“We congratulate President Obama on his re-election. This is his opportunity to reaffirm our constitutional principles and the fundamental American values of due process, respect for the rule of law and individual freedom. It is a time to once again be a nation where we can be both safe and free. We urge President Obama to end warrantless surveillance, extra-judicial killings by drones, indefinite detention and other un-American practices that have become official government policy. Now is the time to make good the promise he made four years ago to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Closer to home, the president needs to end his administration’s discriminatory deportation policies, which foster racial profiling and do nothing to improve public safety, and remove the many dangerous abortion restrictions from the federal budget so that the right to a safe and legal abortion remains accessible to all women. With four more years in front of him and the history of his presidency yet to be written, President Obama has the opportunity to put us back on the right track.”
— American Civil Liberties Union leader Anthony D. Romero asks President Obama to work on his civil liberties positions after congratulating on his re-election bid. (Source)
6:49 pm • 9 November 2012 • 1 note
Letter from a Bahrain prison
If you read something today, please have it be this Storify of tweets from a letter by Zainab Al-Khawaja (@angryarabiya), a prisoner in Bahrain arrested for trying to visit her jailed activist father Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja. Curated and posted by NPR’s Andy Carvin.
4:53 pm • 23 May 2012