It's always nice to open the newspaper in the morning and read about the ACLU's work. Today was one of those days. The New York Times featured ACLU attorney Catherine Crump and lawsuits (the first in 2010) the ACLU filed over suspiciousness electronic data searches by the Department of Homeland Security at our borders.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.