You can hear ACLU of MAINE Field Director Brianna Twofoot on Maine Public Radio, which covered Saturday's hearing. Equally importantly, you can hear from Maine residents who themselves experienced profiling. Eda Trejo is a mother and lives and works in Portland. She and her husband have been stopped multiple times. Rodents Biacho, who was an accountant in Sudan, shared his experience being stopped wh
Have you given any money to charity? Do you donate to organizations overseas? Do you give to organizations in regions of past or present conflict like Israel, Palestine, Afghanistan, or Africa among others? The Patriot Act gives the government broad power to prosecute anyone who gives money or even intangible support including training or advice to any organization designated as terrorist by the State Department.
Anyone who shares my mild addiction to the television program, Law and Order, has heard the Miranda warning numerous times. "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense."
The ACLU defends the Bill of Rights and the Constitution for everyone. No other organization works on so many civil rights and civil liberties issues. As a result, sometimes we're in the news on multiple issues, even on the same day. Yesterday I spoke to Maine Public Radio about patient privacy for medical marijuana patients. Shortly, afterward our Legal Director, Zach Heiden, spoke to MPBN about religous freedom. The common theme is freedom from government interference.
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The good news is that the ACLU and our partners are suing to stop Arizona's new law requiring law enforcement to demand "papers" from anyone who appears unauthorized to be in the country. The bad news is legislators in three other states have already announced their intentions to pursue similar legislation.