Blog of Rights


New Torture Documents, Same Old Story

By Ateqah Khaki at 11:13pm
So the big news today was the release of the CIA inspector general's (IG) report from May 2004 (PDF) made public as part of our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, and Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement of a decision to appoint a prosecutor to conduct a preliminary investigation into whether federal laws were violated during the interrogation of detainees in U.S. custody.

Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Unconstitutional Spying Law

By Ateqah Khaki at 6:18pm

Today, a federal court today dismissed our lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional government spying law known as the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). Congress passed the law last year, effectively legalizing the secret warrantless surveillance program…

ACLU to Government: Shed Some Light on Bagram

By Ateqah Khaki at 12:52pm

Today, we sent a letter to the Department of Defense (DOD), asking them to reconsider their refusal to turn over information about the detention facility at Bagram in Afghanistan. The request is connected to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request…

Meanwhile, on a Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay…

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:52pm

Yesterday, White House Homeland Security Chief John Brennan indicated the Obama administration might not meet President Obama’s January 22, 2010, deadline to close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay. When asked about the president’s…

ACLU in Court Tomorrow to Challenge Unconstitutional Spying Law

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:10pm

Tomorrow, we'll be in court presenting oral arguments in our challenge to the unconstitutional FISA Amendments Act (FAA) — the law passed by Congress last year that gave the government virtually unchecked power to intercept Americans' international…

ACLU Demands OLC Memo Regarding Constitutional Rights in Guantánamo Military Commissions

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:59pm

Today, we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request demanding the disclosure of a May 2009 legal memo from the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). The memo reportedly addresses the constitutional rights that Guantánamo…

Accountability 101

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:20pm

If you’ve been following our conversation about torture, you know by now that today is International Day in Support of Torture Victims.  The ACLU has been calling for accountability for the abuse and torture of detainees in U.S. custody,…

Torture 101

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:55pm

Pop quiz! This Friday, June 26 is:

A: International Day in Support of Torture Victims B: The U.N. anniversary of the day the Convention Against Torture came into effect C: A day to take action and demand accountability for torture D:…

Talking About Torture

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:34pm

Last week, we kicked off an Online Torture Forum to continue the conversation about torture and accountability. So far, we've featured a variety of voices calling for accountability for the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody, including an international…

ACLU Sues TSA for Unlawful Detention of Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty Treasurer

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:25pm

Today, we filed a new lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over unlawful TSA search and detention practices. The case was filed on behalf of a traveler who was illegally detained and harassed by TSA Agents at the airport for…

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