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Inappropriate Government Watchlisting Threatens Innocent Lives

"A single, uncorroborated source of information - including a Facebook or Twitter post" - is enough to put innocent foreigners and Americans on a watchlist of "known" and "suspected" terrorists shared with foreign and domestic agencies as well as private contractors, ACLU legislative counsel Arjun Sethi writes at The Guardian on Saturday.


Related Topix: Social Software, US News, Liberal Political News

Sun Aug 31, 2014


"Voluntarily-Deported", not "Self-Deported",...

Regarding my previous blog entry Feds to Self-Deportees: Please Return! , a correspondent points out that they were not actually illegal aliens who "self-deported" but illegals who "voluntarily deported".


Related Topix: Illegal Immigration, US News, Prison

The Oregonian

Bicyclist killed in Seattle on Friday was well-respected attorney

The King County Medical Examiner's office has identified the bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle as a well-respected attorney who in 2010 was part of the American Civil Liberties Union's legal team that challenged the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.


Related Topix: Washington, US Military, US Air Force

Daily Kos

Listen to BradCast Interview of Charlie Grapski on Ferguson

Charlie Grapski posted a little visited diary today, "No Incident Report? Then Where's Use of Force Report? More Ferguson Violations" about his FOIA efforts and results concerning the Ferguson and St Louis County PD.


Related Topix: St Louis County, MO

The Jersey Journal

Newark police need a civilian review board to probe complaints: Editorial

The people of Newark have good reason to distrust their cops. A Justice Department report recently found that police in this city routinely violate the rights of citizens, especially blacks.


Related Topix: Newark, NJ, Opinion


Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

An anonymous reader writes: A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled that the Los Angeles Police Department is not required to hand over a week's worth of license plate reader data to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation .


Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

Sat Aug 30, 2014

The Town Talk

ACLU: Ten Commandments display would draw scrutiny

ACLU: Ten Commandments display would draw scrutiny Federal courts would scrutinize proposed Ten Commandments display in Pineville.


Related Topix: Pineville, LA

Farmington Daily Times

Bloomfield appeals Ten Commandments monument ruling

A federal judge who ruled a Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the Bloomfield City Hall lawn by Sept.


Related Topix: Bloomfield, NM, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, US News

The Daily Republic

Ferguson fallout: A call for police 'body cams'

The fatal police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is prompting calls for more officers to wear so-called body cameras, simple, lapel-mounted gadgets that capture video footage of law enforcement's interactions with the public.


Related Topix: Ferguson, MO

Courier News

Helmetta officials are looking to ban video and picture taking in public buildings.

Helmetta may ban photos, videos in public buildings Ordinance scheduled for second reading at Sept.


Related Topix: Prison

The Stranger

The Saturday Morning News

Who Was the Bicyclist Killed Yesterday Morning on Second Avenue? Sher Kung, an attorney and former legal fellow at the ACLU who worked on a high profile case that "paved the way" for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.


Related Topix: Hugo Chavez

The Morning Call

Easton Area close to settlement on attorney fees in Boobies case

After nearly four years of fighting in the courts, Easton Area School District is within days of closing out its unsuccessful defense of a ban on breast cancer awareness bracelets with the slogan "I Boobies!" District officials must decide whether to approve a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania on how much money the ... (more)


Related Topix: Easton, PA, Education Etc., US News, Third Circuit Court of Appeals

The Stranger

Harsh Toke? Attorney General Wins Fight to Let WA Cities Ban Pot Stores

A small city in Washington State is legally justified in banning pot stores , even though pot stores are legally allowed under state law, according to a Pierce County judge's decision this afternoon.


Related Topix: Pierce County, WA, Fife, WA, Drugs, Marijuana

Fri Aug 29, 2014

Anchorage Daily News

Alaska civil rights groups show support for same-sex marriage challenge

Two civil rights organizations filed a joint brief in federal court supporting a challenge to Alaska's same-sex marriage ban.


Related Topix: Alaska, Alaska Government, US Supreme Court, US News


Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case

The Justice Department has weighed in on a class-action lawsuit in South Dakota pitting Native American tribes against state officials, and come down resoundingly in support of tribes.


Related Topix: Oglala, SD

Daily Kos

ACLU lawsuit challenging Hawai'i election thrown out

According to Civil Beat , the Hawai'i Supreme Court has rejected the ACLU's suit filed to stop certification of Hawaii's August 9 primary on grounds that voters were disenfranchised by Hurricane Iselle.


Related Topix: Hurricane, Weather, Hurricane Iselle, US News, Liberal Political News

Courthouse News Service

ACLU Touts Agreement on Departure Procedures

The U.S. Government agreed to new procedures so foreign nationals without immigration papers know the legal consequences of voluntarily returning to their countries from Southern California, the ACLU announced.


Related Topix: Prison

Poynter Online

So you got arrested in Ferguson, now what?

If you're Matthew Giles, an NYU grad student studying in the Media, Culture and Communications department, then the answer has a few components.


Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, St Louis County, MO


Yakima City Council: 'We are going to comply' with order in ACLU case

Yakima City Council has said it will "comply with the judge's order" after a ruling in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union in its lawsuit against the City of Yakima.


Related Topix: Yakima, WA, Activism

Thu Aug 28, 2014

Redlands Daily Facts

Public cannot see extensive license plate database kept by LAPD, LASD, judge rules

LOS ANGELES >> A superior court judge blocked the release of a law enforcement database containing millions of Angelenos' license plates this week as the information could allow stalkers and criminals to track victims and police patrols, according to his ruling.


Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Los Angeles County, CA