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Newly Released Detainee Statements Provide More Evidence of CIA Torture Program

By Ateqah Khaki at 6:19pm
Today, in response to an ACLU lawsuit, the CIA released documents in which Guantánamo Bay prisoners describe abuse and torture they suffered in CIA custody. In previously released versions of the documents, the CIA had removed virtually all references to the abuse of prisoners in their custody; the documents released today are still heavily redacted, but include some new information.

Torture FOIA Version 2.0

By Ateqah Khaki at 12:11pm

Many of the recent revelations about torture — including the "torture memos" released in April — have been a part of the ACLU's five-year-old Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request related to the abuse and torture of prisoners…

Death by Detention

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:16pm

Last week, our friend – journalist Andy Worthington – reminded readers of a forgotten anniversary: the second anniversary of a death at Guantánamo – apparently by suicide.

This week, the world learned of yet another death…

A Director’s Take on Why the Photos Are Important

By Ateqah Khaki at 7:50pm

Alex Gibney, writer, director and producer of the 2008 Oscar-winning documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side, recently commented on The Atlantic about the Obama administration’s reversal on releasing photos depicting detainee abuse in U.S. custody…

The "Cancer of Guantánamo"

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:27pm

In the wake of President Obama's national security speech yesterday and implications of his proposed tweaked military commissions and so-called "preventive detention" system, Salon's Glenn Greenwald features a podcast discussion with ACLU's…

Obama Can’t Fix the Military Commissions

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:46pm

As news reports continue to suggest that the Obama administration is preparing to revive the military commissions system established at Guantánamo, the ACLU’s John Adams Project's Director Denny LeBeouf explains why President Obama can’t…

Here "Uighur" Again

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:35pm

On Wednesday, we filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to hear the case of the Uighurs — a group of 17 Chinese Muslims that have been detained at Guantánamo for over seven years without charge.

In October…

Giving Voice to Tortured Detainees

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:17pm

Today, The New York Times ran a strongly-worded editorial pointing out that as the body of information about Bush-era torture policies continues to grow, a major missing piece in the torture debate is the voices of the detainees themselves.


Guantánamo Bay, U.S.A.?

By Ateqah Khaki at 12:10pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested that as many as 100 individuals currently detained at Guantánamo could be transferred to U.S. soil and held without trial. Secretary Gates stated, "The…

Ben Wizner Discusses Extraordinary Rendition Case with Salon's Glenn Greenwald

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:21pm

Yesterday, shortly after a federal appeals court ruled that our "extraordinary rendition" case against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen DataPlan can go forward, Salon's Glenn Greenwald interviewed ACLU attorney and counsel in the case, Ben Wizner,…

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