Blog of Rights

Why Gov't Executions Look Like Amateur Medical Experiments

For all we know, the "pharmacy" might be a high school science class.

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Would Supporters of Full Body Scanners at Airports Also Favor Body Cavity Searches?

Okay, so no one is explicitly calling for body cavity searches for all airline travelers -- yet. But the logic of those pushing for body scanners for all airline passengers, and criticizing the ACLU for opposing that, leads to the inescapable conclusion that these critics would support such a policy.

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Do Pregnant Women Have Fewer Rights?

In March, a Florida judge forced a pregnant woman to stay on bed rest and undergo all medical treatments deemed necessary to save her fetus, virtually imprisoning her at a hospital. In June, a federal judge in Maine sentenced a pregnant woman living with HIV to spend the duration of her pregnancy in jail solely because she was HIV-positive and pregnant (her sentence was later vacated). And just last week, the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case where local probation officers admitted they threw a probationer who failed a drug test into jail because she was pregnant; if she had not been pregnant they would have taken less drastic measures.

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The Forced Disappearance of Mustafa Setmariam Nassar

In October 2005, Mustafa Setmariam Nassar, a Spanish citizen of Syrian origin and an influential Islamic theorist, was apprehended by agents of the Pakistani government and handed over to U.S. officials. Nassar's wife and family have not heard from him since. All evidence points to the fact that Nassar was a target of the "extraordinary rendition" program, and to this day, the United States government has refused to discuss its involvement in Nassar's disappearance. His wife and family do not know where he is located, or if he is alive or dead. For the past four years, his four children have been brought up without their father.

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UN Investigation on Military Contractors Begins Today

Starting Monday, July 20, a five-member United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries will conduct a two-week examination of this country’s use of private military and security contractors (PMSCs). Two members of the Working Group will meet with officials from the Obama administration, members of Congress, nongovernmental organizations (like the ACLU) and PMSCs. This official visit comes at the invitation of the U.S. government. From a statement released [Friday, July 17th]:

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