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In June, the ACLU of Maine Foundation applauded the decision of the Sanford School Committee to abandon single-sex classrooms in the fifth and sixth grades at Willard School.  Documents released under the Freedom of Access Act demonstrated that the program was based on harmful gender stereotypes about the supposedly different learning styles of boys and girls.

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It was nice to open the New York Times on Friday to read this article on privacy protection in the Technology section.  It picks up a number of the key points Chris Soghoian made in his excellent blog on the ACLU Blog of Rights.

For instance:
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The scandal surrounding the affair and subsequent resignation of David Petraeus has also exposed the ability of the FBI to track and read our electronic communications.  For an in-depth analysis on how this is done,  I highly recommend reading yesterday's blog by Chris Soghoain at the ACLU Blog of Rights.  Chris is a Senior Policy Analyst with the ACLU Privacy and Technology Project and he breaks down the methods the FBI can snoop email even when taking steps to a
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The United States is without a doubt the greatest country in the world...at incarcerating its citizens.  With 5 percent of the world's population, we keep 25 percent of the world's prisoners in our jails.    How do we do it?  We pass "war on drugs" laws that criminalize non violent offenses and drug addiction. 

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In 2009, Shane Bauer was one of three Americans detained while hiking in Iraq’s Kurdish region near the Iranian border. He and Josh Fattal ultimately were imprisoned for 26 months, much of it in solitary confinement. 

Bauer's first major article since his release appears in the November/December issue of Mother Jones magazine and is titled "Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside America's Prisons."

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Yesterday, the ACLU filed suit against Morgan Stanley for fueling the production of predatory loans that targeted African-American borrowers.  The fallout from these loans continues to wreak havoc in communities across the nation, but in large segregated cities such as Detroit they have been devastating.

From the ACLU Blog of Rights:
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Today's New York Times Op-Ed Column by Frank Bruni features 80 year old Cape Neddick resident Chuck Bennett talking about why winning the freedom to marry is so important:

“I see it as something of profound significance,” he said. “Whether anyone winds up getting married in Maine, I don’t care. I care that they can get married.” That right means that gay people are equal to straight people. It recognizes their dignity. His dignity.

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"The attempt to impose upon man, a creature of growth and capable of sweetness, to ooze juicily at the last round the bearded lips of God, to attempt to impose, I say, laws and conditions appropriate to a mechanical creation, against this I raise my sword-pen. ..."

As I tried to make up my rassoodock on my favorite banned book it came to me:  A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

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Today, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) released a report on the use of solitary confinement in the New York correctional system.  Boxed In: The True Cost of Extreme Isolation in New York’s Prisons, is the product of an intensive, year-long investigation that involved communication with more than 100 people who have spent significant amounts of time – in one case, more than 20 years – in extreme isolation.

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Outside of armed conflict zones, the use of lethal force is strictly limited by international law and, when it comes to U.S. citizens, the Constitution. Specifically, lethal force can be used only as a last resort against an imminent threat to life. Even in the context of an armed conflict against an armed group, the government may use lethal force only against individuals who are directly participating in hostilities against the U. S.

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