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"Akron gives fingerprint meal system high grade" - 02/01/05

From this: A controversial cafeteria system that identifies Akron Public School students from their fingerprints has proved beneficial for the district, school leaders say. More middle-school students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches now are taking advantage of them.

The enemy within - 12/16/04

From the AP's "ACLU sues for access to records on immigration sweeps": A lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union seeks access to public records involving the arrests last summer of more than 400 illegal immigrants in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In June, a small group of Temecula-based Border Patrol agents set off a panic among immigrants by beginning to patrol and arrest people in cities far north of the border, including Corona and Ontario. The next mon

"ACLU, Open Borders Advocates, Attempt to Rewrite 9/11 Commission Report" - 10/07/04

From FAIR: The American Civil Liberties Union and other open border advocacy groups are attempting to rewrite the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, leaving out important sections dealing with immigration policy, charged the Federation for American Immigration Reform. In assessing the situation that led to the attacks of 9/11, the Commission pointed to glaring weaknesses in U.S.

Proposed L.A. County seal lacks cross, sense of place, balls - 09/08/04

Our doughty L.A. County board of supervisors have released the proposed new L.A. County seal. The AP reports: A proposed new seal for Los Angeles County has been unveiled_ minus a controversial gold cross, oil derricks and a goddess. County supervisors voted in June to remove a tiny cross, which has been part of the seal since 1957.

John Kerry, civil libertarian. Part 2 - 07/26/04

The liberaltarians at Reason provide a run-down of Kerry's record on civil liberties (reason . com/hod/jb072604.shtml): Then it was Sen. John Ashcroft (R-Mo.) who argued alongside the ACLU in favor of the individual's right to encrypt messages and export encryption software. Ashcroft "was kind of the go-to guy for all of us on the Republican side of the Senate," recalls David Sobel, general counsel of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Susan "Medea" Benjamin is (partially) right (for once) - 07/25/04

Susan "Medea" Benjamin on the "free speech zones" at the DNCC: "We don't deserve to be put in a detention center, a concentration camp," said Medea Benjamin of San Francisco.

"The Town of <strike>Our Lady the Queen of Angels</strike> Ramona Ripston of the Little Portion" - 06/13/04

The L.A. Daily News asks: 'L.A.'s name too divine?': No L.A.? It's no joke. A strong legal argument can be made that the name of the city of Los Angeles -- even worse its formal name, "The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the Little Portion" -- violates the constitutional requirement for separation of church and state.

What goes on in Vegas... Stays in your FBI file - 01/02/04

From the article "Casinos, Airlines Ordered to Give FBI Information": LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas hotel operators and airlines serving McCarran International Airport are being required by the FBI to turn over all guest and passenger names and personal information, at least during the holiday period, several sources said Tuesday.

More fun with Ramona Ripston - 12/19/02

Sometimes the ACLU does good, sometimes it does bad. For instance, read this article: Hundreds of Muslim Immigrants Rounded Up in Calif.: The head of the southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (news - web sites) compared the arrests to the internment of Japanese Americans in camps during the Second World War. "I think it is shocking what is happening. It is reminiscent of what happened in the past with the internment of Japanese Americans.