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2009-06-29 13:28:00

"Tweaking" The System Will Not Make It Constitutional NEW YORK, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to The Wall Street Journal, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued guidance to the Obama administration on reviving the military commissions system to try Guantanamo detainees. The Journal reports that the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel advised the administration that detainees can claim some constitutional rights if they are tried in military commissions within the United States....

2009-06-24 15:34:00

NEW YORK, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former detainees have alleged they were beaten, deprived of sleep and threatened with dogs at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, according to a new BBC report based on interviews with former detainees held at Bagram between 2002 and 2006. Hundreds of detainees are still being held in U.S. custody at the Bagram prison without charge or trial. "When prisoners are in American custody and under American control, no matter the location, our values and...

2009-06-18 14:08:00

Treasurer Of Ron Paul's Campaign For Liberty Detained And Interrogated For Carrying Cash At St. Louis Airport NEW YORK, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is subjecting innocent Americans to unreasonable searches and detentions that violate the Constitution, according to a lawsuit filed today by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU filed the complaint on behalf of a traveler who was illegally detained and harassed by TSA agents at the...

2009-06-16 11:00:00

New Comprehensive Report Details Effects Of Flawed Policies On Muslim Charitable Giving NEW YORK, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. terrorism finance laws and policies unfairly prevent Muslim Americans from practicing their religion through charitable giving, create a climate of fear and distrust in law enforcement and undermine America's diplomatic efforts in Muslim countries, according to an American Civil Liberties Union report out today. The 164-page report, "Blocking Faith,...

2009-06-16 10:00:00

Video Shows How Terrorist Finance Laws Alienate American Muslims And Chill Religious Practice Of Charitable Giving NEW YORK, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A new video from the American Civil Liberties Union, "Blocking Faith, Freezing Charity," shows how terrorism finance laws have created a climate of fear that hurts the ability of American Muslims to freely practice their religion through charitable giving. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/aclu/38184/...

2009-05-21 11:20:00

Launch Public Campaign to Save Monuments on Memorial Day Weekend WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today -- days before Memorial Day -- Liberty Legal Institute joins five veterans groups, representing over four million veterans, to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to save the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial from being torn down by the ACLU, the subject of Salazar v. Buono to be heard in The High Court's 2009-2010 term. The coalition is launching a major campaign to draw attention to...

2009-05-15 09:36:30

The American Civil Liberties Union action in filing a lawsuit yesterday against Myriad Genetics is going to lead to one of the most important legal battles in the history of biotechnology, asserts Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN). (www.genengnews.com) The ACLU charged that the patenting of two human genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer will inhibit medical research. The organization also claims that the patents are invalid and unconstitutional."This is going to turn...

2009-05-13 11:26:15

Patenting pure genes linked to diseases is unconstitutional and slows down research progress, civil liberties advocates claim. American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero says constitutional rights to knowledge about the human body and to make pertinent healthcare decisions are at stake when private companies are allowed to hold patents on genes found responsible for diseases, CNN reported Wednesday. The ACLU and Yeshiva University's law school filed suit in U.S. District...

2009-05-13 07:30:00

ACLU Releases Video Showing How Restrictive Gene Patents Hurt Women NEW YORK, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Breast cancer survivor Genae Girard underwent genetic testing to determine whether she's also at risk for ovarian cancer and should have her ovaries removed. But the test didn't come with a second opinion -- a problem for any woman facing a decision that will impact her ability to have children. That's because only one company holds the patents on the genes associated with breast and ovarian...

2009-05-12 18:24:00

Gene Patents Stifle Patient Access To Medical Care And Critical Research NEW YORK, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Civil Liberties Union and the Public Patent Foundation at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (PUBPAT) filed a lawsuit today charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer stifle research that could lead to cures and limit women's options regarding their medical care. Mutations along the genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, are...


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