Anthony D. Romero

Anthony D. Romero is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 9:15am
States of Fear
Fear is toxic to a democracy. Fear divides. Fear overreacts. Fear discriminates. It's a lesson we've learned throughout our history, from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II to the post-9/11 Patriot Act. And now in the aftermath of the...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 3:30pm
The Sun Must Go Down on the Patriot Act
Not long after the Patriot Act was passed in 2001, I had dinner with the late Senator Paul Wellstone in Washington, who was a stalwart defender of civil liberties throughout his career. I asked him how he could have possibly voted for a law that so vastly expanded the government’s spying powers. He...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 1:30pm
Generation Snowden: On Why Surveillance Reform Is Inevitable
About a year ago, a thirty-something sculptor in Los Angeles began working on a bust of Edward Snowden. When he was done, he shipped the bust to his artist friends on the East Coast. Just before dawn April 6, the artists crept under cover of darkness into Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park and installed...
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 7:09am
Edward Snowden is a Patriot
Edward Snowden is a patriot.
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Monday, April 22, 2013 - 2:57pm
The Constitution Applies to All Americans, No Matter What They Are Accused Of
Our country has been shaken by the events coming out of Boston in the past week. First, of course, there was the tragedy and loss of life and injuries from the Marathon bombing, and the fear of not knowing what would happen next.
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Friday, June 15, 2012 - 2:54pm
A Lifeline for DREAMers
Today the Obama administration threw a lifeline to America's undocumented youth, announcing that it will stop deporting and give work permits to young adults who came to the U.S. as children, or DREAMers.
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