BILLINGS, Mont. — Civil liberties advocates have sued the U.S government alleging law enforcement agencies are maneuvering to crack down on anticipated protests over the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and its Montana affiliate filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Missoula on Tuesday against the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Interior and Justice. The groups want the court to order the release of all records pertaining to cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement and private security companies. Government agency representatives declined immediate comment. The suit cites prior efforts by law enforcement to disband Native Americans and other protesters opposed to a separate project, the Dakota Access Pipeline. Keystone XL would transport crude oil from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska. … [Read more...] about Civil liberties groups sue US over pipeline protest plans
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DES MOINES, Iowa — A civil liberties organization and an advocacy group for the homeless said Tuesday they are taking on Iowa city ordinances that restrict the ability of homeless people to ask for money in public areas, saying the local laws are unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa sent formal demand letters Tuesday to three cities in Iowa — Council Bluffs, Des Moines, and Grimes — insisting that they repeal their bans on panhandling. Those cities represent an initial review of ordinances in some of Iowa's largest cities, said Rita Bettis Austen, ACLU of Iowa legal director. There are others that have unconstitutional ordinances, which were not targeted with a letter, she said. She's advising all cities to ensure that they don't have bans or permit requirements on panhandling or solicitation. "That's not just wrong in the moral sense, it is also unconstitutional, because the First Amendment protects the right of people to express their needs … [Read more...] about Civil liberties group challenges anti-panhandling ordinances
Democrats are ready to eliminate civil liberties if it means convicting President Donald Trump of a crime, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz said Saturday. "The way they go after our rights is to first go after political enemies, establish precedence on the basis of the political enemies," Dershowitz told Fox News' "Fox and Friends. "Then that precedent lies around like a loaded gun and is used against anybody." Dershowitz referred to the 1966 movie "A Man for All Seasons," when the protagonist, Sir Thomas More, said he would give the devil the right of the law, but his opponent replied "'if you knock down all the laws to get the devil, the next thing that will happen is the devil will use that to come after you.'" "Now, Democrats and left wingers obviously think President Trump is the devil, and they are prepared to eliminate civil liberties," Dershowitz said. He pointed to the recent raids on the offices and home of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, noting that the Americans Civil … [Read more...] about Dershowitz: Dems Ignoring Civil Liberties to Get ‘Devil’ Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration wants to transfer an American citizen detained in Iraq to a third, unnamed country, according to a court filing unsealed Tuesday.The detainee could be transferred to Saudi Arabia, where he has dual citizenship, as early as Thursday, according to a U.S. official who was not authorized to discuss the issue and spoke only on condition of anonymity. The American Civil Liberties Union, however, said it would challenge the transfer in court.The U.S. military has held the unidentified detainee, who once studied in Louisiana, without charge in Iraq since he surrendered on the Syrian battlefield last fall. His fate has become a test case for how the government should treat U.S. citizens picked up on the battlefield and accused of fighting with IS militants.Court documents filed by the government say that when he surrendered to U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, he was carrying thumb drives containing thousands of files. There were 10,000 or … [Read more...] about US wants to transfer detained American to 3rd country
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterpriseMarch 9, 2018 at 10:18 am Southern California congressional Democrats are defending their votes for a bill that critics contend will wreck the Americans with Disabilities Act and imperil the civil rights of those with disabilities. The proposed law, H.R. 620, also called the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, passed the House of Representatives last month 225-192. Twelve Democrats, including several from Southern California, joined Republicans in passing the bill, which requires Senate approval. If passed, the bill sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, would require people with disabilities to provide a written notice to a business when they encounter an ADA violation. Businesses then would have 60 days to acknowledge the notice and 120 days to start fixing the problem before they could be sued for ADA noncompliance. The bill’s supporters, who include various industry groups, say the legislation will cut down on … [Read more...] about Would a proposed law gut the Americans With Disabilities Act?