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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...

2010-03-14 23:01:00

CHICAGO, March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A landmark agreement between the State of Illinois and thousands of persons with mental illnesses will result in significant reforms of Illinois' outmoded, overcrowded and scandalized nursing home system. The agreement, filed in federal district court in Chicago on March 15, 2010 will begin a systemic process of giving approximately 4,500 persons with mental illnesses the choice to move out of large nursing homes known as "Institutions for...

2010-03-02 05:00:00

Full Disclosure Network(R) Reports WASHINGTON, March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On March 4, 2010, Richard I Fine will mark one year in the L.A. County Jail. He accused Superior Court Judge David Yaffe of corruption for taking illegal payments from L.A. County in a case involving the County. Full Disclosure Network is releasing a seven minute video news report http://tiny.cc/aclu12 featuring court appointed ACLU jail monitors relating attempts made to get the Los Angeles County Sheriff to...

2009-11-02 15:00:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Most Americans have only seen Guantanamo detainees as one-dimensional caricatures. But a new American Civil Liberties Union video shows the full range of their lives before, during and after their captivity. The video, "Justice Denied: Voices from Guantanamo," is part of an ACLU initiative against the practice of detention without due process that violates fundamental principles of American justice. Despite plans to close Guantanamo, the Obama administration...

2009-10-13 15:12:00

CHICAGO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citing "serious and irreversible harm to teens," the American Civil Liberties Union asked an Illinois court to strike down a newly effective law that prevents teens from having an abortion unless they notify a parent or go to court. The lawsuit, on behalf of Illinois medical providers and their patients, notes that most young women who seek abortions already involve their parents and that health care providers help patients facilitate that...

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2009-10-13 11:20:00

The FBI is weighing options to utilize a biometric monitoring system that relies on driver's license photos to catch criminals. According to the Associated Press, the FBI has been using a facial recognition system in North Carolina, where it has turned up at least one suspect "“ a double-homicide suspect named Rodolfo Corrales. But Christopher Calabrese, from the American Civil Liberties Union, said the system poses a threat to privacy. "Everybody's participating, essentially, in a...

2009-08-06 12:24:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Civil Liberties Union released a video today featuring prominent figures, including Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Oliver Stone, reading from one of the infamous Bush administration legal memos used to justify the use of torture against detainees in U.S. custody. The video calls for accountability and the restoration of the rule of law. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/aclu/39457/ "The...

2009-08-03 16:46:00

Detainees Protesting Inhumane Conditions Sentenced To Solitary Confinement NEW YORK, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Civil Liberties Union and several other human rights and civil liberties organizations sent a letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, calling on her to fix the deplorable conditions at the South Louisiana Correctional Facility in Basile. Conditions at the immigration detention center are so bad that last week detainees there launched their...

2009-07-28 14:52:00

Court Found Inadequate Case Against ACLU Client Mohammed Jawad NEW YORK, July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad should be sent home to Afghanistan immediately, according to an American Civil Liberties Union filing today on behalf of Jawad, who has been illegally detained by the U.S. for almost seven years. The Afghan government has indicated that it is prepared to receive Jawad immediately and unconditionally, and that the repatriation could be done without...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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