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  • The ACLU doing what the ACLU does

    02/13/2016 1:44:45 PM PST · by HarborSentry · 3 replies
    Rand Koch blog ^ | February 13, 2016 | Rand Koch
    The ACLU and its friends are close to admitting that there weren't enough examples of real "torture" for them to complain about. Having sued to get images from evidence files of military legal cases, the ACLU finally got 198 images involving soldiers accused of mistreating prisoners. There were about 2,000 photos, but most are withheld because, quite understandably, the military doesn't want to provoke the the jihadists. The ACLU doesn't care if it provokes more violence. They want to see all the photos no matter who gets hurt. But this wasn't interrogation, either by the military or the CIA. It...
  • Kim Davis obeying orders in gay marriage case, judges rules

    02/09/2016 6:24:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2016 7:03 PM EST
    Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has obeyed orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the months since she spent five nights in jail for refusing to do so, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. United States District Judge David Bunning denied the American Civil Liberties Union's request to order Davis to reissue licenses she had altered to remove her name and title or face the possibility of further punishment. He found that Davis has allowed her deputies to issue licenses to anyone eligible since September and that the altered licenses are likely valid under Kentucky law. ...
  • BREAKING: Kim Davis defeats ACLU attempt to force her to violate her conscience

    02/09/2016 2:13:04 PM PST · by wagglebee · 45 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/9/16 | Ben Johnson
    ROWAN COUNTY, Kentucky, February 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - A federal judge has turned down the ACLU's attempt to force Kim Davis to violate her conscience while issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Although Governor Matt Bevin granted a religious accommodation for the county clerk to issue altered marriage licenses to homosexuals, the ACLU brought a lawsuit seeking to force Davis to issue the old forms with her full name on them. "There is absolutely no reason that this case went so far without reasonable people respecting and accommodating Kim Davis' First Amendment rights," said Mat Staver, the founder and chairman...
  • Utah bill could allow executions of human traffickers

    02/02/2016 1:34:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 2, 2016 4:14 PM EST | Michelle L. Price
    A proposal allowing Utah to execute someone convicted of human trafficking even if the criminal didn't actually kill the person would be unjust, costly and likely unconstitutional, opponents of the death penalty argued Tuesday. The bill from Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, would make human trafficking a capital crime in Utah if the victim dies. Under current state law, someone convicted of trafficking that results in a victim's death faces five years to life in prison. Ray said trafficking is a terrible crime, and the state has to do something to try and deter it. [...] The American Civil Liberties Union...
  • Court weighs practice of Christian prayers at meetings (Rowan County NC)

    01/27/2016 12:34:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 3:09 PM EST | Alanna Durkin Richer
    A federal appeals court wrestled on Wednesday with whether local government leaders in North Carolina are violating the Constitution by holding exclusively Christian prayers at their meetings - the first time a court at that level has addressed the issue since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a town government's favor in a similar case in 2014. An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union urged a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the lower court's ruling that the Rowan County Commissioner's practice of opening their meetings with prayers that almost always referred to...
  • Silencing the Lambs

    01/26/2016 6:54:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2016 | Robert Knight
    "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." In George Orwell's dystopic novel 1984, the totalitarian Big Brother regime issues perverse edicts reflecting the opposite of what is said. Likewise, in the American Civil Liberties Union's dystopic world, "silence is freedom of speech." The latest example unfolded recently in the Pittsburgh suburb of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, where the ACLU bullied the city council, which had been considering allowing faith leaders to give rotating prayers before the meetings. The Council had long been opening with recitations of the Lord's Prayer, and after a complaint from a single, disappointed petitioner morphed into...
  • Judge Orders Temporary Stop to Stricter 'Nipple Law'. (ACLU)

    01/25/2016 3:26:36 PM PST · by aimhigh · 53 replies
    Ozark's First ^ | 01/25/2016 | Ozark'sFirst
    On Friday evening, the United States District Court issued a preliminary injunction in the 'Free the Nipple' lawsuit. The injunction on the case Free the Nipple , et al., v. City of Springfield stops Springfield from enforcing a discriminatory provision in the City's indecent exposure law that made it illegal for women to show any portion of their breasts beneath the areola as an act of protest. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed the suit on Oct. 26 following the plaintiffs’ August protest in which they appeared at Park Central Square without shirts, but with their nipples covered.
  • Court Requires NYPD to Purge Docs on Terrorists Inside U.S.

    01/18/2016 6:57:30 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 30 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 18 | Adam Kredo
    The New York Police Department has been directed by a U.S. court to remove from its online records an investigation pertaining to the rise of Islamic extremists in the West and the threats these individuals pose to American safety, according to legal documents. As part of a settlement agreement reached earlier this month with Muslim community advocates in U.S. District Court, the NYPD will purge from its website an extensive report that experts say has been critical to the department's understanding of radical Islam and its efforts to police the threat. The court settlement also stipulates that the NYPD make...
  • ACLU Kicks God Out of School in Ben Franklin's Backyard

    01/12/2016 1:29:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2016 | Robert Knight
    Glenview Elementary School in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, was already far along the safe road to political correctness. The suburban Philadelphia-area school's annual Christmas concert, held on Dec. 23, was called the Holiday Concert, and Christmas break had become Winter Break. Its website has a link to the 79-page, state-issued, anti-bullying guidelines. So far, so good. But the school had not bent entirely to PC fashion. After each recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, the pupils recited the words, "God bless America." Although this was not a required action, the school had been doing it to honor fallen first responders...
  • Washington State bathroom bill obliterates men’s and women’s rooms

    01/08/2016 12:41:24 PM PST · by wagglebee · 45 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/8/16 | Lisa Bourne
    OLYMPIA, Washington, January 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Washington State will now require public buildings, including schools, to allow individuals to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex. Having taken effect on December 26, the transgender bathroom rule was created by the State Human Rights Commission and has been in the works since 2012. It eliminates a previous separate standard for schools, which allowed them to look at locker room use for transgender students on a case-by-case basis. Human Rights Commission executive director Sharon Ortiz, along with ACLU staff attorney Margaret Chen, said the rule clarifies law that previously...
  • NYC Settles Lawsuits Over Muslim Surveillance by Police

    01/07/2016 12:59:41 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 7, 2015 | Tom Hays
    NYC Settles Lawsuits Over Muslim Surveillance by Police By tom hays, associated press NEW YORK -- Jan 7, 2016 The New York Police Department will strengthen safeguards against illegal surveillance of Muslims in investigations of terror threats and install a civilian representative on an advisory committee that reviews the probes under the terms of a settlement of two high-profile civil rights lawsuits, lawyers said Thursday. The announcement of a deal following months of negotiations formally ended litigation over accusations that the nation's largest police department cast a shadow over Muslim communities with a covert campaign of religious profiling and illegal...
  • School stops saying 'God Bless America' after ACLU threat

    01/06/2016 5:36:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 6, 2016 | Todd Starnes
    For more than a decade boys and girls at Glenview Elementary School would start the day by gathering on the playground to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The children of Haddon Heights, New Jersey would conclude their patriotic service by saying "God bless America." It was a tradition birthed by two kindergarten teachers in the aftermath of the Muslim terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 - a way to honor those who lost their lives on that terrible day. But that tradition ended Monday - thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. The school's principal sent a...
  • New Jersey School Skips Legal Battle, Will No Longer Recite “God Bless America”

    01/05/2016 3:18:58 PM PST · by detective · 13 replies
    CBS ^ | January 5, 2016 | Mike DeNardo
    Students at a Haddon Heights Elementary School are getting a real-life lesson in Constitutional law. Staffers at Glenview Elementary School say it became a daily ritual for students to say "God bless America" after the morning recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Muslim ACLU Activist Explains ... Not

    12/30/2015 6:55:03 PM PST · by Belteshazzar · 6 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 29, 2015 | Carly Hoilman
    The deputy director of the ACLU of Michigan said in an op-ed Monday that she refuses to condemn radical Islamic terrorism in order to prove her allegiance to the United States. Rana Elmir wrote that she’s “consistently and aggressively asked” to condemn Islamic terrorism, and is tired of having her religious views linked to atrocities like the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and in Paris and San Bernardino this year. “I emphatically refuse,” she wrote in an opinion piece in The Washington Post. The op-ed was titled: “Stop asking me to condemn terrorists just because I’m Muslim.”
  • 'I Emphatically Refuse': Muslim ACLU Activist Explains Why She Won’t Condemn Islamic Terrorism

    12/29/2015 10:00:09 AM PST · by amorphous · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 29 Dec 2015 | Carly Hoilman
    The deputy director of the ACLU of Michigan said in an op-ed Monday that she refuses to condemn radical Islamic terrorism in order to prove her allegiance to the United States. Rana Elmir wrote that she's "consistently and aggressively asked" to condemn Islamic terrorism, and is tired of having her religious views linked to atrocities like the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and in Paris and San Bernardino this year. "I emphatically refuse," she wrote in an opinion piece in The Washington Post. The op-ed was titled: "Stop asking me to condemn terrorists just because I'm Muslim."
  • Muslim ACLU Official: ‘I Emphatically Refuse’ to Condemn Islamic Terrorism

    12/28/2015 3:36:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 68 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/28/15 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D.
    Rana Elmir, an American Muslim and deputy director of the ACLU of Michigan, says that she “emphatically” refuses to condemn jihadist terrorists “just because I’m Muslim.” In her provocative article in Monday’s Washington Post, Elmir claims that she is often asked to condemn Islamic terrorism, to which she replies: “I emphatically refuse.” She then goes on to compare the systematic slaughters wrought under the name of Islamic terrorism with “the terror advanced by mostly white men at the alarming rate of one mass killing every two weeks in this country.” Elmir draws a parallel between the Islamic State and “Dylann...
  • The ACLU Finally Supports Real Liberties

    12/18/2015 7:06:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    It wasn't until last week that I realized the ACLU opposed gun control. The co-chair of the Colorado ACLU announced his support for use of guns in self-defense on Facebook. Unfortunately, in the resulting furor he was forced to resign. Indicating that he owned a firearm apparently was too much for his colleagues to bear. Of course, Loring Wirbel's original endorsement was a bit unusual. He wrote: "we have to really reach out to those who might consider voting for Trump and say, 'This is Goebbels. This is the final solution. If you are voting for him I will have...
  • ACLU leader forced to resign after making violent threats towards Trump supporters

    12/13/2015 7:05:38 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://www.allenbwest.com ^ | December 13, 2015 | Michele Hickford
    Yes, we conservatives are the hate-filled bigots because we still use terms like "illegal immigrants," "Islamic terrorists" and oh yeah, "Merry Christmas." Yes, very hateful - and you know the American Civil Liberties Union would be first in line to point that out, except... What happens when one of their OWN squeaks out a little bona fide hate speech? His rant was accompanied by a USA Today article calling Trump a ‘fear monger in chief.’ The original post, which has been taken down, read, ‘The thing is, we have to really reach out to those who might consider voting for...
  • When The Truth Would Do

    12/13/2015 6:04:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    When I was a press secretary in the U.S. Senate, my boss instilled in me an important lesson: Don't put anything in an email you don't want to see on the front page of the Washington Post the next day. It was an obvious lesson once you thought about it, but it was one many people never seem to learn. I worked in the Senate in 2006, before Facebook and Twitter. But the lesson should be even more true for social media. I don't understand why some people don't get this, but it happened again last week. I broke a...
  • Police Won’t Investigate ACLU Board Member’s Call To ‘Shoot’ Trump Supporters

    12/11/2015 10:04:02 AM PST · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12-11-15 | Alex Pappas
    Police in Colorado Springs, Colorado have decided against investigating a board member of the state's American Civil Liberties Union after a post appeared on his Facebook page about shooting supporters of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. "There is not an investigation underway as the contents of the threat do not address a specific individual who could be considered a victim," Lt. Mark Comte of the Colorado Springs Police Department said in an email to The Daily Caller. As The Daily Caller reported, the Facebook page of a man named Loring Wirbel, the co-chair of the ACLU's Colorado Springs chapter, recently included...
  • Colorado ACLU Honcho Says Trump Supporters Should Be Shot [semi-satire]

    12/12/2015 12:01:43 AM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Dec 2015 | John Semmens
    In a post to his public page on Facebook, Loring Wirbel, a board member of the Colorado ACLU and co-chair of the Colorado Springs chapter, justified shooting anyone who supports the idea that Donald Trump should be elected president. "Not too long ago Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked if he would be willing to travel back in time and kill Hitler in his crib," Wirbel recalled. "Gov. Bush quite sensibly said yes. Well, Donald Trump is our era's Hitler and we wouldn't have to travel back in time to take the action necessary to prevent him from ushering...
  • ACLU Board Member Resigns After Urging People To Kill Supporters Of Trump

    DENVER (CBS4) A board member for the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado has resigned after urging people to kill supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump.
  • ACLU board member resigns after Facebook post about shooting people who...

    12/11/2015 6:12:38 PM PST · by markomalley · 55 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | 12/11/15 | Megan Schrader
    Loring Wirbel has resigned as co-chair of the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado after facing mounting criticism for a Facebook post that said people voting for Donald Trump should be told "I will have to shoot you before election day."Wirbel told The Gazette Thursday night that the post wasn't meant to be taken seriously."It was intended totally as a joke," Wirbel said. "They are taking that stuff out of context. It's smear politics."However, Wirbel said he could see how the post was offensive.Daniel Cole, executive director of the El Paso County Republican Party, was...
  • Colorado ACLU Board Member: Shoot Trump Voters 'Before Election Day'

    12/11/2015 7:59:17 AM PST · by arl295 · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 10, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Loring Wirbel, board member of the American Civil Liberties Union's Colorado chapter and co-chair of the ACLU's Colorado Springs chapter, called for supporters of GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be shot before they vote for the billionaire businessman. Comparing Trump to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, Wirbel wrote in his Facebook page: The thing is, we have to really reach out to those who might consider voting for Trump and say, "This is Goebbels. This is the final solution. If you are voting for him I will have to shoot you before election day." They're not going to listen to...
  • ACLU Board Member: Trump Supporters Should Be Shot!

    12/10/2015 7:57:04 PM PST · by servo1969 · 262 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-10-2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    Liberals are taking their war on leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to a new level-beyond calls to assassinate Trump-with a call to shoot his supporters before they can vote for him! "The thing is, we have to really reach out to those who might consider voting for Trump and say, "This is Goebbels. This is the final solution. If you are voting for him I will have to shoot you before election day." They're not going to listen to reason, so when justice is gone, there's always force, as Laurie would say.' Loring Wirbel, a board member of the...
  • Tolerating the Intolerant

    11/24/2015 7:15:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | Robert Knight
    If, as Franklin Roosevelt said, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself," we might have to redefine "fear." To the progressive Left, "fear" means taking common-sense precautions to protect our citizens, such as the House's 289 to 137 vote on Thursday rejecting President Obama's Syrian refugee plan. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has assailed the more than 30 governors who don't want Syrian migrants placed in their states, accusing them of "fear mongering." In a press statement, the ACLU said that, "For more than 75 years, the Supreme Court has made it clear that the federal...
  • County Jail Run for Profit: Inmates = Slaves

    11/19/2015 4:46:45 PM PST · by Talkwire · 67 replies
    Civil Rights Attorney ^ | November 19, 2015 | Jaye Ryan, Attorney at Law
    Jails are NOT profit centers, and people in custody are not slaves. Privatization of jail system phones and commissary has resulted in overcharging inmates, and a lucrative revenue source for the Contra Costa County Jail. Remember our justice system is based around the presumption of innocence, "Innocent until proven Guilty". In fact, in 78% of Contra Costa County jail detainees are awaiting trial. These are people who could not make bail and are in the jail awaiting their day in court. Pre-sentence inmates are milked like revenue cows to make money for the County. The Contra Costa Jail makes $1.5Million...
  • ACLU: Missouri needs to protect students' free speech rights

    11/11/2015 5:15:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 11, 2015 4:36 PM EST | Summer Ballentine and Alan Scher Zagier
    Free speech advocates are expressing concern that instructions from University of Missouri police on how students should report "hateful and/or hurtful" speech could stifle legitimate differences of opinion. [...] The university's student conduct code prohibits harassment, which it defines as "unwelcome verbal or physical conduct" against "actual or perceived membership in a protected class ... that creates a hostile environment." The conduct code also forbids bullying, retaliation and threatening or intimidating behaviors. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri responded with a statement calling for the university to not compromise the right to free expression in its efforts to fight...
  • Sinai Terror Attack Could Easily Have Been in Minneapolis

    11/07/2015 8:29:28 AM PST · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 7, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Before the Russian Airbus 321 was blown apart 30,000 feet over the Sinai by what a growing consensus of intelligence experts believe to be a bomb planted by a passenger or airport worker, a man who would later fight and die for the Islamic State (IS) worked at the Minneapolis airport with security clearance and access to the tarmac and aircraft. It could have happened here. It may yet. As Investor’s Business Daily reported in September, 2014: Fox affiliate KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul has reported the case of Abdirahmaan Muhumed, who, before he went to Syria to fight and die...
  • ACLU: As a Matter of Science, Biologically Male Transgender is ‘A Girl Through and Through’

    11/06/2015 10:10:37 AM PST · by xzins · 105 replies
    CNS ^ | November 5, 2015 | Sam Dorman
    An American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyer representing a biologically male transgender student in Illinois says that his client should be allowed to shower in the girls’ locker room because "as a matter of science," he is “a girl through and through”. Although the Palatine-Schaumberg Township High School District 211 allows transgender students to use locker rooms of the gender they identify with, it requires them to use private shower stalls or changing areas so as not to appear naked in the company of the opposite sex. The student filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of...
  • ACLU: Documents prove FBI flew surveillance planes during Baltimore (/Ferguson) riots

    11/01/2015 3:11:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    WBAL ^ | 10/30/15 | Kate Amara, George Lettis
    BALTIMORE —The FBI was flying spy and surveillance planes over west Baltimore during the April riots. Two surveillance planes were spotted flying over west Baltimore during the riots, circling for days. "We've done it in Baltimore, we did it in Ferguson as well, as I recall," FBI Director James Comey told members of Congress this week. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland said Friday that it has obtained reams of documents through a Freedom of Information request from the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration that detail the flights.
  • NYPD has some scary-sounding x-ray vans and its refusing to talk about them

    The New York Police Department has equipped x-rays in some of its vans but its refusing to talk about them due to security concerns. Even though these x-ray vans reportedly cost$825,000a piece, NYPD is staying completely silent about them and their purpose. Those are issues Id prefer not to divulge to the public at this time, NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said, NYMag reports. I will not talk about anything at all about this it falls into the range of security and counter-terrorism activity that we engage in. Bratton was asked to comment on a request from the NYCLU...
  • ACLU Suit Seeks to Require Catholic Hospitals to Perform Abortions in Some Cases

    10/05/2015 6:27:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has brought a lawsuit against a Catholic health-care system based in Michigan, seeking to force the Church-run hospitals to perform abortions. The ACLU suit against Trinity Health Corporation alleges that affiliated hospitals, guided by the US bishops health-care directives, refused to perform abortions for women who had incomplete miscarriages. The suit claims that in these cases, the breaking of amniotic sac leaves the unborn child defenseless, with no realistic chance of survival, while exposing the mother to risk of complications. ACLU sues Catholic hospital chain over emergency abortions (USA Today)
  • Ethicist: The ACLU is Right to Sue Catholic Hospitals

    10/05/2015 10:24:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/05/2015 | Arthur Caplan
    The visit to the United States by Pope Francis left a lot of goodwill behind. But there are areas where that goodwill slams into a church-state wall. The views of the church are completely out of step with American law and values when it comes to health care for women. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has just announced a lawsuit against Trinity Health Corporation, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country. The suit highlights a key area where the Catholic Church and the law of land are colliding.The lawsuit says Trinity is failing in its duties...
  • ACLU Sues Catholic Hospitals for Refusing to Give Abortions

    10/05/2015 6:08:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit last week against Trinity Health Corporation, one of the nations largest Catholic health care groups, for refusing to provide emergency abortions. The formal complaint is based on the health systems repeated and systematic failure to provide women suffering pregnancy complications with appropriate emergency abortions as required by federal law, according to an ACLU press release. Fox News religion correspondent Father John Morris said this is another example of religious institutions being forced to do things against their beliefs. "The ACLU wants no religious belief whatsoever to get in the way of their...
  • ACLU Sues Catholic Hospital for Refusing Abortion Services to Pregnant Women

    10/04/2015 2:17:00 PM PDT · by amorphous · 21 replies
    Rick Wiles' TruNews.Com ^ | 4 Oct 2015 | Kelly Sloan
    The American Civil Liberties Union has sued a Catholic health care provider for refusing to provide abortions. They claim Trinity Health Corporation has violated federal law by refusing to provide pregnant women suffering emergency medical conditions with abortions necessary to stabilize them. The 86 hospitals that fall under the corporation are required to abide by Directive 45 which states abortion is never permitted. In June, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell dismissed a similar ACLU lawsuit against Trinity Health. He ruled federal courts have no jurisdiction over hospital policy and that patients who believed they received inadequate care should file...
  • This Catholic healthcare group is being sued for refusing to provide abortions

    10/04/2015 10:07:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | October 4, 2015 | Maggie Maslak
    Detroit, Mich., Oct 4, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Trinity Health Corporations, one of the largest Catholic health care operations in America, is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union over its refusal to provide women with abortion services at their medical facilities.   "This case has no merit.  A federal court already dismissed a similar ACLU claim, and we will seek dismissal of this suit for the same reason," stated Eve Pidgeon, the manager of public relations at Trinity Health Corporations. Trinity Health Corporations is a multi-facility operation headquartered in Livonia, a...
  • ACLU Sues Catholic Hospitals [semi-satire]

    10/03/2015 10:51:42 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Oct 2015 | John Semmens
    Catholic hospitals refusal to perform birth control services that run counter to the Churchs beliefs came under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union this week as it launched a lawsuit aimed at compelling these institutions to comply with federal policy on this subject. Were taking a stand today to fight for pregnant women who are denied potentially life-saving care because doctors are forced to follow religious directives rather than best medical practices, Brooke Tucker, an ACLU attorney, said. That the Catholic Church considers abortion and sterilization intrinsically evil must not be allowed to grant them an exemption from abiding...
  • Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks

    01/23/2012 6:42:19 PM PST · by oldernittany · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/23/2012 | Greg Miller
    Kiriakou, 47, was a source for stories by The New York Times and other news organizations in 2008 and 2009 about some of the agencys most sensitive operations after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ......... that the information Kiriakou supplied to journalists ... enabling defense attorneys there to obtain photographs of CIA operatives suspected of being involved in harsh interrogations. Some of the pictures were subsequently discovered in the cells of high-value detainees.
  • Classified CIA Docs Found In Gitmo Prison Cells

    01/25/2012 2:09:22 PM PST · by OPS4 · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Judicalwatch ^ | 1/24/12 | Judicialwatch
    Classified U.S. government information was found in the cells of high-value detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison that houses the worlds most dangerous terrorists, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
  • Ex-Officer Is First in C.I.A. to Face Prison for a Leak

    01/05/2013 4:42:13 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 5, 2013 | By SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON Looking back, John C. Kiriakou admits he should have known better. But when the F.B.I. called him a year ago and invited him to stop by and help us with a case, he did not hesitate. Only an hour into what began as a relaxed chat with the two agents the younger one who traded Pittsburgh Steelers talk with him and the senior investigator with the droopy eye did he begin to realize just who was the target of their investigation. On Jan. 25, Mr. Kiriakou is scheduled to be sentenced to 30 months in prison...
  • Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is Meddling and Altering Marriage Licenses, ACLU Says

    09/22/2015 12:54:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | 09/22/2015 | TIM STELLOH
    Kim Davis went back to work as a Kentucky county clerk last week after a stint in jail and a pledge that she wouldn't interfere with deputies who were issuing wedding licenses to same-sex couples. But in a court motion filed Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union said that she was doing just that. After returning to her job on Sept. 14 as the Rowan County clerk, the filing said, Davis "immediately" began meddling with licenses that the office's deputy clerk, Brian Mason, was issuing. Kim Davis went back to work as a Kentucky county clerk last week after a...
  • San Francisco Man's Claim: Undercover Police Officers Beat Me "Because Im Black"

    09/09/2015 10:03:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/9 | Christie Smith
    ACLU announces civil rights complaint filed against police department A civil rights complaint filed by a 23-year-old man against the San Francisco Police Department claims he was beaten by officers simply for being black. Travis Hall says three plainclothes officers assaulted him. Wednesday, he, his lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union went public with their accusations. That night, the officers automatically assumed I was doing something wrong because Im black, Hall said. The San Francisco man described an encounter he says he had with three undercover officers in April. Not all police do terrible things, he said, but...
  • The ACLUs Sterile View of the First Amendment

    09/01/2015 4:41:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Robert Knight
    Tie her tubes, or well sue you for sex discrimination, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) told a Catholic-affiliated hospital in California. So after first declining to do so, Mercy Medical Center in Redding has now slated a tubal ligation for a woman after her scheduled C-section to deliver a baby in late September. The ACLUs demand is cut from the same cloth as the Obama Administrations order under Obamacare to the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their beliefs and provide contraceptives and abortifacients or pay crushing fines. That case is still in litigation. The latest manifestation of...
  • ACLU files contempt motion against Kentucky clerk [For defying SCOTUS on same-sex marriage]

    09/01/2015 9:26:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    KMBC ^ | 09/01/2015
    The ACLU of Kentucky filed a motion in federal court Tuesday asking a judge to hold county clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court for failing to comply with the Supreme Court and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In court papers, the ACLU lawyers note that following the Supreme Court's order late Monday night, the plaintiffs in their case went to the Rowan County Clerk's office at 8 a.m. Tuesday to obtain a marriage license. "Unfortunately , they were again denied by a deputy clerk who asserted that no marriage licenses would be issued," the ACLU said in a...
  • Catholic Hospital to Permit Sterilization Following Lawsuit Threat

    08/25/2015 7:16:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    A Catholic hospital in California has agreed to permit a doctor to sterilize a woman after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to file a lawsuit, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. "Rachel Miller, due to have her second child in late September, agreed with her husband that this would be her last pregnancy and decided she would be sterilized by tubal ligation after giving birth," the newspaper reported. Miller says that her insurance will not cover both childbirth and sterilization at any other hospital in a 150-mile radius. Citing the US bishops healthcare directives, Mercy Medical Center in Redding initially...
  • Officer in Kentucky sued over handcuffed kids

    08/04/2015 6:04:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    WWMT-TV ^ | 8/4/15
    The ACLU is getting involved after a sheriff's deputy in Kentucky was caught on camera handcuffing a child. Deputy: "You can do what we've asked you to, or you can suffer the consequences." Child: "Ow, that hurts." Deputy: "Now sit down in the chair like I've asked you to." The adult is School Resource Officer Kevin Sumner. You can see him placing handcuffs on the biceps of an eight-year-old boy.
  • Bobby Jindal's executive order on the Westboro Baptist Church troubles the ACLU

    07/26/2015 11:27:48 AM PDT · by BBell · 28 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/26/15 | Julia O'Donoghue, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is concerned Gov. Bobby Jindal may disregard the constitutional rights of the Westboro Baptist Church with his latest executive order. "Governor Jindal's Executive Order ... is misguided and has the potential to be used to infringe on protestors' First Amendment rights," said the ACLU in a statement Sunday morning. Jindal issued an order Saturday mostly aimed at keeping the Westboro Baptist Church -- and presumably the vulgar "God Hates Fags" signs they usually carry -- away from the funerals of two Lafayette movie theater shootings victims. "They come here to Louisiana. They try...
  • New Rule Widens Access to Birth Control Regardless of Employers Beliefs

    07/11/2015 9:29:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The ACLU ^ | July 10, 2015
    The federal government today released a new rule to ensure that women will have birth control coverage in their health insurance, even if they work for closely held for-profit companies that have a religious objection to contraception. The rule follows the Supreme Courts decision last year that Hobby Lobby and other closely held corporations could not be required to provide contraceptive coverage to their female employees, even though that coverage is guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act. Todays guidance is a positive development for women denied access to important healthcare in the troubling aftermath of the Hobby Lobby ruling, said...
  • ACLUs Wang: Media Storm Over SFs Sanctuary City Law Dangerous

    07/11/2015 4:07:13 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/11/2015 | Trent Baker
    On Saturdays Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC, director of American Civil Liberties Union Cecillia Wang reacted to the medias treatment of San Francisco, as well as other cities, for being a sanctuary city.Sanctuary cities are now under fire after Kate Steinle was shot dead on July 1, allegedly by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a Mexican felon who was in the UnitedStates illegally.