Blog of Rights


NYT Calls for End to “Ideological Exclusion”

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:49pm
Yesterday, The New York Times opined about “ideological exclusion” — the practice of denying foreign citizens entry into the U.S. based on their political views and associations, rather than any suspicious activity — writing:

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…

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:…

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…

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…

Note to CIA: Be Kind, Rewind

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:02pm

Yesterday, the government sent a letter to the judge in our Torture FOIA case in response to a deadline that required them to provide a work plan for producing documents related to the 92 videotapes depicting illegal interrogation methods that were…

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…

Update: FISA Amendments Act Case

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:16pm

Today, we filed another brief (and our last at this stage of the game) in our case challenging the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA). It lays out our arguments for why the law violates the Constitution. It also explains why our plaintiffs, attorneys,…

Protect Universal Human Rights: Close Gitmo

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:56pm

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR, which serves as the founding document of the modern human rights system outlines the basic rights and protections that are to be enjoyed by all people…

Video: ACLU Lawyers on Landmark Al-Marri Case

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:06pm
As we mentioned earlier today, the Supreme Court will hear the case Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a legal resident of the United States, who has been detained in solitary confinement at a Navy brig in South Carolina since June 2003 without charge or trial. In…
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