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2010-09-21 08:00:00

CHICAGO, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Noting that the Illinois State Police (ISP) are not responding to lawful requests for documents under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois today asked a state court in Chicago to compel the police agency to turn over records about the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center (STIC). STIC is Illinois' "fusion center," an entity that integrates the gathering, storage, sharing, and...

2010-08-03 11:33:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's first class action lawsuit on behalf of immigrant detainees with severe mental disabilities was filed in a federal court in Los Angeles late Monday by a coalition of legal organizations led by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU/SC), Public Counsel and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. The lawsuit argues that the U.S. government must create a system for determining which non-citizens lack the mental...

2010-08-02 20:29:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's first class action lawsuit on behalf of immigrant detainees with severe mental disabilities -- detainees who are defenseless in a system they cannot comprehend -- was filed late Monday by a coalition of legal organizations led by Public Counsel, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Others participating in the suit include the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights...

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2010-08-01 07:45:00

Hackers are helping people strengthen privacy or empty profile pages at Facebook after privacy concerns continue to roll out. Chris Conley of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) showed off an arsenal of applications at DefCon, which kicked off in Las Vegas on Friday. "They are needed because people don't have control of their privacy and don't really understand," Conley said after the presentation. "They give people options." A program written by Conley displays pictures, posts, or...

2010-07-28 09:17:00

CHICAGO, July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ofelia Casillas, an award winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune, has joined the staff of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to assist the organization in communicating with its many and diverse audiences. Beginning this week, Mrs. Casillas is the Deputy Director of Communications and Foundation Relations. In her new position, she will have primary responsibility for the organization's on-going interactions with several prominent...

2010-07-27 12:22:00

FBI's Claimed Authority To Track And Map "Behaviors" And "Lifestyle Characteristics" Of American Communities Invites Racial Profiling NEW YORK, July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Civil Liberties Union today is asking the FBI field offices in 29 states and Washington, D.C. to turn over records related to the agency's collection and use of race and ethnicity data in local communities. According to an FBI operations guide, FBI agents have the authority to collect information...

2010-06-30 15:03:00

Arizona Racial Profiling Law Threatens Civil Liberties NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to civil liberties threats caused by the recent passage of Arizona's racial profiling law, state-based American Civil Liberties Union affiliates across the country are issuing travel alerts informing individuals of their rights when stopped by law enforcement when traveling in Arizona. The unconstitutional law, known as SB 1070, requires law enforcement agents to demand "papers"...

2010-06-30 14:54:00

List Blocks People From Flying Without Explanation Or Due Process NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens and lawful residents who are prohibited from flying to or from the United States or over U.S. airspace because they are on the government's "No Fly List." None of the individuals in the lawsuit, including a disabled U.S. Marine Corps veteran stranded in Egypt and a U.S. Army...

2010-06-23 13:49:00

Demand For Records By North Carolina Department Of Revenue Unconstitutional NEW YORK, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Requests by the North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) for detailed information about Amazon.com customers are unconstitutional because they violate Internet users' rights to free speech, anonymity and privacy, according to a complaint filed today by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation and ACLU of Washington. The ACLU, on...

2010-06-21 13:43:00

Court Upholds Broad Interpretation Of Anti-Terrorism Law That Inhibits Work Of Humanitarian Groups NEW YORK, June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Supreme Court today upheld the broad application of a federal law that hinders the ability of human rights and humanitarian aid organizations to do their work by making it a crime to provide "material support" to designated "foreign terrorist organizations" (FTOs). The ruling thwarts the efforts of human rights organizations to...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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