The ACLU was scheduled to be to be in court today, Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009, challenging the unconstitutional FISA Amendments Act which George W. Bush signed into law a year ago. There are more details at:
The name of the case is Amnesty_v._McConnell. See
One of the plaintiffs is Naomi Klein of The Nation. A statement by her is at:
The ACLU has been involved in a great variety of cases. Most people don’t understand that it is the constitutional principals that the ACLU defends. The people whose rights need defending are often in the minority or unpopular, but if one group loses their rights, so do we all. We can not allow our rights be construed as privileges, because when that occurs tyranny inevitably follows.
These are just a few of the ‘ACLU 100 Greatest Hits’ Supreme Court Cases mentioned at:
1952 Rochin v. California: Reversed a conviction and held that the police having a man’s stomach pumped for drugs “shocks the conscience”
1954 Brown v. Board of Education: Separate is not equal
1963 Gideon v. Wainwright: The right to a lawyer
1964 New York Times v. Sullivan: Free Press and the right to be wrong.
1965 Griswold v. Connecticut: Marital Privacy, contraception
1966 Miranda v. Arizona: 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment rights
1967 In Re Gault: Young persons have constitutional rights
1967 Loving v. Virginia: Court refers to the 14th Amendment Equal Protection clause and the “freedom to marry” and invalidates bans on interracial marriage
1973 Frontiero v. Richardson: Gender equality under the law