By Anthony D. Romero
government Director of the ACLU Anthony D. Romero and award-winning journalist Dina Temple-Raston current tales of genuine american citizens on the entrance traces of the struggle for civil liberties at a time whilst our most elementary rights are being challenged. From the tale of ''American Taliban'' John Walker Lindh to the conflict opposed to the nationwide safeguard Agency's warrantless spying software, and from a circulate in Pennsylvania to strength faith into the general public institution technological know-how curriculum to the case of Matthew Limon, a homosexual teen sentenced to seventeen years in legal for having consensual oral intercourse with one other teenage boy in Kansas, In safeguard of Our the US deals readers an eye-opening examine the damaging erosion of rights within the post-9/11 age of terror and chronicles the brave ongoing fight of standard american citizens to maintain our hard-won constitutional freedoms.
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The prisoners will stay where they belong,” he told the Department of Corrections when they offered to help with an evacuation. He called a meeting of his deputies on the Saturday before the storm and told them they were welcome to bring their families to the jail for safety. He assured them there were generators and water and flashlights. A deputy at that meeting said that one of the cooks warned there wasn’t nearly enough food to sustain the inmates and workers’ families for more than a day or two.
For Buckingham, teaching Darwin’s Origin of Species—that man basically descended from apes—was a prime example of one of those Christian issues that had been overtaken by activist courts. It seemed patently wrong to talk about Darwin’s theories without also telling students that Darwin’s theory was by no means ironclad. There was lots of wiggle room in Darwin’s study, as Buckingham saw it, and it was a Christian’s duty to let the students know. Bert Spahr said later that she saw the first signs of the assault on evolution in August of 2002.
Given all the suffering that occurred in the wake of Katrina, it was easy to shrug off what happened to the prisoners as part and parcel of unanticipated tragedy. There were casualties everywhere. Clearly, prisoners were bound to be among them. The sheer size of OPP—almost half as big as the entire Lower Ninth Ward—meant that people were bound to get hurt. New Orleans’s incarceration rate reflected its violent reputation. But it was hard not to notice that the jailhouse population was racially skewed.