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President Trump's Transgender Military Ban Is an Affront to the Core Tenets of the US Military

I'm a former Army captain, and the only thing I care about in a war zone is the competence of the person next to me. This morning, on the 69th anniversary of President Harry Truman desegregating the military, President Donald Trump announced via a series of three tweets that the United States will ...

Jeff Sessions Thinks It Should Be Legal to Fire You for Being LGBT

If you thought Attorney General Sessions couldn't be anymore anti-LGBT, last night he doubled down. In the latest and most significant anti-LGBT action yet from the Trump administration, the Justice Department last night filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit arguing ...

Even Fake Law Enforcement Agencies Can Get Weapons of War for 'Policing'

The GAO was able to acquire $1.2 million in weapons from the Pentagon posing as a fake law enforcement agency. It appears all law enforcement — even a fictitious federal agency' — can get federally supplied weapons of war, with quite literally, no questions asked.       We learned this ...

Even Fake Law Enforcement Agencies Get Weapons of War for 'Policing'

The GAO was able to acquire $1.2 million in weapons from the Pentagon posing as a fake law enforcement agency. It appears all law enforcement — even a fictitious federal agency' — can get federally supplied weapons of war, with quite literally, no questions asked.       We learned this ...

How the Israel Anti-Boycott Act Threatens First Amendment Rights

There's a lot of confusion about a new bill targeting Israel boycotts. Here's what it actually does. Last week, the ACLU came out against a bill that would criminalize constitutionally protected boycotts and certain speech targeting Israel. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which was introduced in both ...

Kris Kobach, the Man Charged With Enhancing Americans' Confidence in Elections, Says That We May Never Know Who Won The Election

Kobach's strategy of stoking fears of voter fraud, without evidence, is nothing new for this vote suppressor. Roughly half of voters who said they voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election believe that he won the popular vote, according to a new poll from POLITICO/Morning Consult. The ...

With Three Tweets President Trump Cruelly Threatens Trans Service Members With Rank Discrimination

Contrary to Trump's assertions, the military has said that transgender troops promote readiness at no cost or disruption. In a series of tweets this morning, President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced a cruel and dangerous reversal in policy on transgender individuals serving in the military. ...

Wyoming's Boot Camp Program for Young, First-Time Offenders Openly Discriminates Against Women in Favor of Men

A judge recommended Taylor Blanchard for a 6-month boot camp. But since the program is for men only, she must go to prison. Last week, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court in Wyoming on behalf of 23-year-old Taylor Blanchard. Ms. Blanchard is a first-time offender who was convicted of a ...

Tomorrow Ohio Plans to Restart Executions With Drugs Known to Torture

Ohio's death penalty has failed on all accounts. We must not bring it back. Update: The state of Ohio executed Ronald Phillips at 10:43 AM ET on July 26, 2017. After a three-and-a-half year moratorium, Ohio is poised to start executions again with the killing of Ronald Phillips by lethal injection ...

Tomorrow Ohio Plans to Restart Executions with Drugs Known to Torture

Ohio's death penalty has failed on all accounts. We must not bring it back. After a three-and-a-half year moratorium, Ohio is poised to start executions again with the killing of Ronald Phillips by lethal injection on July 26. It will also mark the beginning of 27 planned executions that will make ...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Speaks in Code. Here's What He's Really Saying.

When Jeff Sessions talks about the war on drugs' or tough on crime' policies, he's engaging in double speak. President Trump and his administration have wasted no time attempting to strip away some of our basic fundamental rights. And some of the most dangerous policies have been introduced and ...

CIA Torture Psychologists Compare Themselves to Nazi Poison Gas Manufacturer as Defense

As we know from Nuremberg, contractors are accountable when they provide unlawful means for and profit from war crimes. As the recently departed White House press secretary demonstrated earlier this year, making comparisons to the Nazi regime's murderous use of poison gas is rarely a good idea. ...

Trump Administration Can't Deport 1,400 Iraqi Nationals Who Fear Persecution, Torture, or Death … For Now.

A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction in our class action case, allowing detainees crucial time to reopen cases. A federal judge in Michigan last night extended a lifeline to more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals across the United States, stopping their immediate removal to Iraq, where they ...

Why I Help Escort Women to the Doors of Kentucky's Last Abortion Clinic

A clinic escort discusses her work and how she's preparing for a week of large anti-abortion protests at her clinic. Beginning this weekend, the anti-abortion group Operation Save America will descend on Louisville, Kentucky, in an attempt to shut down the last abortion clinic in the state, EMW ...

Remembering Norman Dorsen

Dorsen was a civil liberties hero who guided the ACLU through one of its most challenging times. On July 1, 2017, former ACLU President Norman Dorsen died due to complications from a stroke. Susan Herman, current president of the ACLU and a former student of Dorsen's, remembers the impact the man ...

North Carolina's Rewrite of HB2 Is Nothing More Than a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

HB 142 still enshrines discrimination against trans people into state law. When North Carolina lawmakers in March passed a fake "repeal" of House Bill 2, the state's sweeping anti-LGBT law, we promised we would continue our fight for the rights and dignity of all LGBT people in our state.Today we ...

The First Amendment Protects the Right to Boycott Israel

Opinions on the Mideast conflict aside, the right to boycott is one of the brightest stars in our constitutional firmament. Earlier this week, the ACLU sent a letter to members of Congress opposing the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. The bill would amend existing law to prohibit people in the United States ...

A Federal Appeals Court Just Shot Down Government Prayer on Steroids in North Carolina

The Fourth Circuit recognized that there are still limitations on invocations by governmental legislative bodies. In Rowan County, North Carolina, the county board of commissioners was intent on taking government prayer to a whole new level. Every board meeting opened with a prayer. But it wasn't ...

How People Power Activists Are Driving Change

In its four short months of existence, People Power has had success after success nationwide. Four months ago, activists and volunteers all over the country came together to launch the People Power movement, seeking to bring meaningful policy change to their local communities and the nation.  ...

The Drone Program in Pakistan Is One of the Government's Worst-Kept Secrets

The government seems to claim in court that the drone program in Pakistan is an official 'secret.' That's plain absurd. If it's a secret, it's surely one of the worst kept secrets in the world. Although the U.S. government has tried for more than a decade to shroud its use of drones to conduct ...

Lawmakers in Texas Are Returning to the Capitol for More Anti-Trans Discrimination

The lives of transgender people are at stake as Texas convenes their special legislative session. In Texas, transgender young people and their families have become accustomed to sustained attacks on their basic humanity. Throughout the last legislative session, which concluded in May with most of ...

Reform Is Finally Coming to Illinois's Unjust Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

The Illinois Legislature has approved reform legislation that will reduce abuses associated with civil asset forfeiture. In Illinois, you'll often hear police officials say that the only way to fight back against the Scarfaces of the world is to make sure crime doesn't pay. The primary tool police ...

What This American Family Went Through at the Border Was Clearly Unconstitutional

The harrowing border experience of an American family represents much of what's wrong with our approach to border security. Increasing border detentions and a ballooning American watchlisting system are two major drivers of government abuse. A lawsuit the ACLU filed last week challenges both. We ...

Trump's Grandma Ban Is No More for Now

Hawaii judge rejects the Trump administration's attempt to ban grandmothers, uncles, and other relatives of U.S. Muslims. A federal judge in Hawaii stepped in on Thursday night to stop the Trump administration from enforcing its irrational interpretation of the Supreme Court's order that allowed a ...

Trump's Grandma Ban Is No More for Now

Hawaii judge rejects the Trump administration's attempt to ban grandmothers, uncles, and other close relatives of U.S. Muslim A federal judge in Hawaii stepped in on Thursday night to stop the Trump administration from enforcing its irrational interpretation of the Supreme Court's order that allowed ...

My Family and I Were Detained at Gunpoint and Then Held for Hours at the US-Canada Border. I'm Afraid It Will Happen Again.

We are Americans who were treated like criminals by our own government for no good reason. In 1991, I fled my home in Somalia to escape the civil war there. After nine years of living in uncertainty as a refugee in Yemen, I won a lottery to immigrate to America. I couldn't believe my luck. I ...

Trump's Sham Election Commission Wants to Operate in the Dark, but We're Suing to Drag It Into the Sunlight

The ACLU is suing the president's election commission under a federal law designed to ensure public accountability. Despite requesting a staggering amount of sensitive data from every registered voter in the country, Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission intends to hold its next meeting ...

A Small Town in Pennsylvania Is Treading on This Naval Officer's First Amendment Rights

The ACLU of Pennsylvania defends a naval officer's right to honor his fallen comrades by broadcasting taps every night. Lieutenant Commander Joshua Corney, an active duty naval officer who lives in rural Pennsylvania, returned from combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan with a promise. As he settled ...

Trump's Voter Suppression Efforts Have Begun

The president's voting commission isn't about ensuring accurate voter rolls. It is meant to disenfranchise voters. This piece originally appeared online at The New York Times. Last Wednesday, Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas and the vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission ...