American Civil Liberties Union - the best personalized free web-based Email en en American Civil Liberties Union Kobach says he won't pre-judge voter fraud panel's findings TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach, the author of contentious policies on immigration and voter identification, enters his new role as a leader of President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud by touting evidence of illegal voting he says he uncovered as Kansas' secretary of state. Kobach, the nation's only state elections chief with prosecutorial po... Thu, 18 May 2017 21:38:00 GMT 2017-05-18T21:38:00Z Death in Vegas raises questions about police restraint move LAS VEGAS (AP) — The death of an unarmed man after police squeezed his neck during a struggle to subdue him outside a Las Vegas Strip casino raised questions Monday about the risks of the technique designed to restrict the flow of blood to the brain. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, which led a push for use-of-force reforms after Las Vegas po... Mon, 15 May 2017 23:30:00 GMT 2017-05-15T23:30:00Z ACLU Slams Sessions' New Sentencing Policy The ACLU is criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions' directive encouraging prosecutors to pursue tougher charges against most suspects. Fri, 12 May 2017 21:33:00 GMT 2017-05-12T21:33:00Z ACLU warns Texas travelers about 'sanctuary city' law AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a warning about traveling to Texas because of the state's new law banning so-called sanctuary cities. The ACLU said Tuesday that Texas travelers should anticipate "the possible violation of their constitutional rights" if stopped by police. The new law allows officers to ask people about their immigration sta... Tue, 09 May 2017 20:41:00 GMT 2017-05-09T20:41:00Z Trump's Muslim Comments at Center of Case A challenge to President Donald Trump's travel ban appears to hinge on whether a federal appeals court agrees that his past anti-Muslim statements can... Tue, 09 May 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-05-09T00:06:00Z ACLU sues for documents in Yemen raid that killed Navy SEAL NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group asked a court Monday to force the U.S. government to divulge more information about a January raid in Yemen that resulted in the death of a U.S. Navy sailor and Yemeni civilians. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, saying it wants to learn the legal basis and decision-making p... Mon, 08 May 2017 16:58:00 GMT 2017-05-08T16:58:00Z Immigrants being held in Oregon jail staged hunger strike SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Pro-immigrant activists and the legal director of the ACLU of Oregon said Friday that officials appear to be breaking state law by holding people for federal immigration authorities at an Oregon jail where several of the detainees this week ended a hunger strike over what they called horrible conditions. They say the deal between the No... Sat, 06 May 2017 04:55:00 GMT 2017-05-06T04:55:00Z Lawyers in torture case seek materials the CIA calls secret SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers for two psychologists who developed harsh interrogation methods in the government's war on terror asked a judge Friday to allow them to interview two CIA officials and have access to documents the government claims are secret. But government lawyers told the federal judge in Spokane, Washington, that the officials and documents are ... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-05-05T21:08:00Z Prosecutors move to toss more than 21,000 tainted drug cases BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors moved to throw out more than 21,000 drug convictions on Tuesday, five years after a chemist at the state drug lab was caught tampering with evidence and falsifying tests. The state's highest court had ordered district attorneys in seven counties to produce lists by Tuesday indicating how many of approximately 24,000 cases involving Annie Dookhan the... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:38:00 GMT 2017-04-19T02:38:00Z Tom Hanks mixes laughs, gravity for ACLU online fundraiser Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and other stars joined in an online fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union, urging the public to help protect bedrock rights they warned are in jeopardy. Hanks said actions such as President Donald Trump's attempted travel ban represent a "brand of tragedy" and not the America the actor learned about as a youngster. ... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 03:25:00 GMT 2017-04-01T03:25:00Z The Latest: NCAA plans to review 'bathroom bill' deal RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a compromise proposal to overturn North Carolina's "bathroom law" (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The NCAA plans to review a deal to roll back North Carolina's bathroom bill before it makes a decision on whether to bring neutral-site championships back to the state. NCAA President Mark ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 23:06:00 GMT 2017-03-30T23:06:00Z ACLU asks Ohio city to stop charging drug overdose survivors COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio community is endangering drug addicts by criminally charging people revived by an overdose antidote, which could discourage calls for help, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. The ACLU's Ohio chapter asked Washington Court House to end the practice, adopted by the city as an effort to fight the addictions epidemi... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:14:00 GMT 2017-03-28T22:14:00Z 'Dreamer' immigrant in Oregon detained by US authorities PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 25-year-old man who had been allowed to stay in the U.S. because he was brought illegally into the country as a child was detained Sunday by immigration agents, activists said. Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez was picked up at his home by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, immigration lawyer Stephen Manning said. The lead... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:44:00 GMT 2017-03-27T02:44:00Z Study: Chicago stop-and-frisk numbers drop, more work needed CHICAGO (AP) — A study of the Chicago Police Department's stop-and-frisk procedures released Friday revealed a dramatic decrease in the number of stops since an American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois lawsuit, but found that officers were still targeting racial minorities. The report by former U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys, the first one issued u... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:03:00 GMT 2017-03-25T01:03:00Z Hanks, Baldwin headline Facebook Live ACLU fundraiser NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey are among the stars set to appear on Facebook Live as part of a fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union. Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler, Tracy Morgan and others will also take part in "Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU," which will stream on Facebook on March 31. The event will be broadcast from New York and hosted... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:22:00 GMT 2017-03-21T15:22:00Z The Latest: Judge doesn't extend order on new travel ban GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — The Latest on federal court challenges to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban (all times local): 6:20 p.m. A federal judge in Seattle has ruled that his order blocking President Donald Trump's original travel ban does not apply to the revised executive order. Judge James Robart entered hi... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-03-17T01:30:00Z Q&A: Trump travel ban faces key test in multiple courtrooms SEATTLE (AP) — President Donald Trump's revised travel ban will be scrutinized in federal courtrooms across the country on Wednesday — the day before it is supposed to go into effect. More than a half-dozen states are trying to derail the executive order affecting travelers from six Muslim-majority nations. Hawaii's lawsuit is heading t... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:27:00 GMT 2017-03-14T21:27:00Z Facebook says its data can't be used for 'surveillance' NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is prohibiting developers from using the massive amount of data it collects on users for surveillance. This includes using such data to monitor activists and protesters. The company said Monday that it is making an existing policy "explicit." Facebook says it has already taken action against developers who created or marketed tools meant to be used f... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:26:00 GMT 2017-03-13T21:26:00Z ACLU sues over initial hearings for detained immigrants SAN DIEGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the federal government to limit the amount of time that people can be held before seeing an immigration judge, saying many are held for months while waiting for an initial appearance. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court on behalf of three Mexicans at a San Diego immigration detention cen... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 03:24:00 GMT 2017-03-11T03:24:00Z The Latest: 'Moonlight' wins best picture Academy Award LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 89th Academy Awards (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" is the winner of the best picture Academy Award. The film won after the end of the awards ceremony was plunged into chaos after "La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner. ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:45:00 GMT 2017-02-27T05:45:00Z Lawsuit accuses Milwaukee police of illegal stop-and-frisks MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Police Department is operating a stop-and-frisk program that mostly targets black and Latino residents who are often detained without cause, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of six black and Latino plaintiffs who say they've been sto... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:45:00 GMT 2017-02-23T00:45:00Z Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. The issue gained attention recently after at least three travelers, including a Canadian journalist... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:59:00 GMT 2017-02-18T19:59:00Z Imagine Dragons, Macklemore, Skrillex lead ACLU concert NEW YORK (AP) — Outrage over President Donald Trump's travel ban has prompted a spring fundraising concert for the American Civil Liberties Union that will feature a diverse lineup, including Macklemore, Imagine Dragons, Incubus, Miguel and Skrillex. DJ and producer Zedd, a Russian-born immigrant, organized the April 3 concert called "Welcome!" at the Sta... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 00:46:00 GMT 2017-02-11T00:46:00Z The Latest: Judge questions claim travel ban has Muslim bias SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A federal judge is questioning claims that President Donald Trump's travel ban amounts to hostility against Islam when the vast majority of Muslims in the world would not be affected. Judge Richard R. Clift... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:24:00 GMT 2017-02-08T00:24:00Z Lawsuit: Trump Cabinet nominee has not turned over records OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, of violating the state open records law by not providing access to emails and other official documents sought for up to two years. The Wisconsin-based advocacy group the Center for Media an... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:40:00 GMT 2017-02-07T23:40:00Z Google launches fund that could donate $4M to ACLU, others MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google has created a crisis fund that could raise up to $4 million for four immigrant rights organizations. Google has confirmed a USA Today report that it is funding an initial $2 million for the fund that can be matched with up to $2 million in donations from employees. The money will go toward the American Civil Liberties Union, the Immigrant ... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:20:00 GMT 2017-01-30T15:20:00Z US judge bars deportations under Trump travel ban WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge issued an emergency order Saturday night temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to President Donald Trump's travel ban, saying travelers who had been detained had a strong argument that their legal rights had been violated. The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement early Sunda... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 07:33:00 GMT 2017-01-29T07:33:00Z Judge refuses to toss lawsuit on harsh CIA interrogation SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss a lawsuit against two psychologists who designed the CIA's harsh interrogation methods used on terror detainees, pushing them closer to a trial that is expected to include secret information. The American Civil Liberties Union sued James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen on behalf of three ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 01:01:00 GMT 2017-01-28T01:01:00Z Judge hints at trial for lawsuit on harsh CIA interrogation SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Psychologists who designed the CIA's harsh interrogation methods for the war on terror want a lawsuit from three former detainees dismissed, but a federal judge said Thursday that he was inclined to allow it to move to a trial that was expected to include classified information. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the psychologis... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:42:00 GMT 2017-01-19T23:42:00Z Central Illinois man files lawsuit over flag-burning arrest CHICAGO (AP) — A 22-year-old central Illinois man who was arrested and detained after posting online pictures of himself burning an American flag has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have the state's flag desecration law declared unconstitutional. Such state laws are already invalid after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled separately, in 1989 and 1990, that f... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:56:00 GMT 2017-01-12T17:56:00Z