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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...

2010-06-21 12:47:00

NEW YORK, June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Civil Liberties Union today released a report summarizing the civil liberties and civil rights record of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, nominated by President Obama to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The report was prepared in accordance with ACLU policy, and will be made available to the public and members of the Senate. The ACLU does not endorse or oppose...

2010-06-03 10:24:00

ACLU, EFF And Public Citizen File Briefs Supporting Time Warner Effort To Protect User Anonymity NEW YORK, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Subpoenas seeking the names and contact information of thousands of individual Internet users from their respective Internet service providers (ISPs) violate the individual users' rights to due process and anonymity, according to friend-of-the-court briefs filed late last night by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of the Nation's...

2010-05-12 15:54:00

Decision Further Discredits Military Commissions NEW YORK, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Civil Liberties Union and several other rights groups today sent a letter to the Pentagon expressing concern over the banning of four reporters from future Guantanamo military commissions proceedings. The reporters were banned for reporting the name of a witness in the pre-trial hearings of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, even though his identity had already been disclosed in previous...

2010-05-11 09:54:00

Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest and Conviction of Responsible Parties PLANO, Texas, May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Mojave Desert War Memorial, which was saved temporarily by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, was torn down by vandals sometime Sunday night. Liberty Institute, which represents longtime memorial caretakers Henry and Wanda Sandoz, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), The American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the...

2010-05-05 15:02:00

Facility Exemplifies Need To Reduce Prison And Jail Populations Across The Nation LOS ANGELES, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union shows that overcrowding and unsanitary conditions that have plagued Los Angeles County's Men's Central Jail for more than 30 years still persist, along with an apparent culture of violence and fear, including prisoner-on-prisoner assaults and the use of excessive force by deputies. The picture of...

2010-04-28 12:36:00

ACLU To Continue To Argue That Land Transfer To Private Veterans Group Does Not Remedy Establishment Clause Violation WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today remanded a case concerning a Latin cross in the Mojave National Preserve back to the district court, saying that the lower court used the wrong legal standard in deciding to invalidate a transfer of the land on which the cross sits to private ownership. The American Civil Liberties...

2010-04-28 11:26:00

WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing today to discuss the legal issues involved in the government's targeted killing program, including the use of unmanned weapon systems, or drones, for the targeted killing of individuals. The Obama administration has reportedly authorized the targeted killing of individuals, including a U.S. citizen, outside of the...

2010-04-27 13:56:00

ACLU at Guantanamo To Observe Proceedings of Alleged Former Child Soldier Omar Khadr NEW YORK, April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four months after the Obama administration missed its deadline to close Guantanamo, the deeply flawed military commissions system has resumed there with closely watched pre-trial proceedings in the case of Omar Khadr beginning this week. The American Civil Liberties Union will be present for the pre-trial hearings for Khadr, a Canadian citizen who has been in...

2010-03-29 14:40:00

CHICAGO, March 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cook County Circuit Court Judge Daniel A. Riley, lamenting that the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act was an unfortunate law that would harm teens at risk of abuse, nonetheless granted a motion by the State of Illinois to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Illinois challenging the Act as violative of the state Constitution. However, the Judge also granted an order sought by the ACLU of Illinois and the State of Illinois to...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.