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DOJ Watchdog Unit Investigates Torture Memo Authors

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:12pm
This weekend, Newsweek reported on an internal Department of Justice (DOJ) report concerning the conduct of senior lawyers who approved torture and other harsh interrogation tactics under the Bush administration. The DOJ’s watchdog unit is investigating whether legal advice penned by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) “was consistent with the professional standards that apply to Department of Justice attorneys.” According to insiders, a draft of the report sharply criticizes the legal work of former top OLC officials under Bush — Jay Bybee and John Yoo. In light of these reports, Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) called on the DOJ to release the findings.

We Trust the Courts. Obama Should Too.

By Ateqah Khaki at 6:41pm

Last night, President-elect Barack Obama addressed the nation for the first time since he was elected almost two weeks ago. During his interview with 60 Minutes, he vowed to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, stating:I have…

DOJ Closes CIA Torture Investigation With No Criminal Charges

DOJ Closes CIA Torture Investigation With No Criminal Charges

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:39pm

The Justice Department has finished sweeping the crimes of the Bush administration under the rug. Senior officials developed and implemented an interrogation program that subjected prisoners to abuse that clearly violated the law by any measure. But…

Two More Days to Vote for ACLU SXSW Panels!

Two More Days to Vote for ACLU SXSW Panels!

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:22pm

The ACLU is hoping to be at South by SouthWest next March, and we need your help! We’ve submitted four panel pitches (one, two, three and four) for SXSW Interactive, and there are two days left for the public to vote for and comment on the…

Vote for the ACLU’s SXSW Panels!

Vote for the ACLU’s SXSW Panels!

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:18pm

The South by SouthWest Panel Picker has launched for the 2013 festival, and we need your help!

The ACLU has submitted two panel pitches (one and two) for SXSW Interactive, which will take place March 8-12, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Wondering…

9/11 Suspects To Be Tried in Broken Guantánamo Military Commissions System

9/11 Suspects To Be Tried in Broken Guantánamo Military Commissions System

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:35pm

Today, the cases of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other prisoners accused of participating in the 9/11 attacks were officially referred for trial by military commission at Guantánamo Bay. Prosecutors have 30 days to hold an arraignment,…

Google's New Privacy Settings Go Into Effect Tomorrow

Google's New Privacy Settings Go Into Effect Tomorrow

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:38pm

As of March 1, your e-mail content and search terms could influence ads you see on any Google site.

Domestic Drones: Big Brother's Prying Eyes in the Sky

Domestic Drones: Big Brother's Prying Eyes in the Sky

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:10pm

"As technology advances, so does the government's surveillance powers. If we want to protect our privacy rights, the exercise of this power has to be subject to limits," writes ACLU deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer in The New York Times…

Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Dismiss ACLU Challenge to Warrantless Wiretapping Law

Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Dismiss ACLU Challenge to Warrantless Wiretapping Law

By Ateqah Khaki at 6:47pm

Today, the government asked the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that allowed our lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act to go forward.

One Small Step for the U.S., One Giant Step for LBGT Rights

By Ateqah Khaki at 8:56pm

Earlier today, we told you about a historic commitment by the United States to the cause of LGBT international human rights. We hope that this is just a first step toward a greater global recognition that LGBT rights are really core human rights, and…

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