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"Something to Hide" a the Miami Book Fair International

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:42pm
This weekend, we teamed up with PEN American Center once again to host “Something to Hide: Writers and Artists Against the Surveillance State,” a special event designed to provoke reflection on controversial post-9/11 government surveillance programs in the U.S. The event took place at the Miami Book Fair International for a sold-out crowd of 700 (in fact, the event was projected on the side of a building for those who didn’t fit inside the venue!).

Military Commission Judge Finds Torture-Extracted Confession Inadmissible

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:56pm

Yesterday, for the first time, a U.S. military judge at Guantánamo ruled that a prisoner's confession was extracted through torture, as defined by the Military Commission Rules of Evidence. The judge barred the government from using the detainee's…

Let's Crowdsource Our Own Hollywood Movie About Torture

Let's Crowdsource Our Own Hollywood Movie About Torture

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:08pm

Originally posted on The Huffington Post.

With controversy still swirling around the film Zero Dark Thirty and its misleading suggestion that torture put the CIA on the trail of Osama bin Laden, it's time to take the tools of filmmaking into…

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…

Know Your Rights at the DNC!

Know Your Rights at the DNC!

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:37pm

Earlier this week, we told you about your RNC-related rights, and now we’ve pulled together similar resources specific to the Democratic National Convention.

As we mentioned before, while the First Amendment protects our rights to free…

At the RNC? Know Your Rights!

At the RNC? Know Your Rights!

By Ateqah Khaki at 6:09pm

After a brief weather-related delay, the 2012 Republic National Convention is finally getting underway. Although crowds of protestors are smaller than initially expected, as we recently pointed out, in past years, political conventions have sometimes…

ProPublica: “Can the government declare anything a Guantanamo detainee does or says automatically classified?”

ProPublica: “Can the government declare anything a Guantanamo detainee does or says automatically classified?”

By Ateqah Khaki at 6:56pm

Earlier this week, ProPublica published an article discussing the government’s attempts to censor the statements of the defendants in the 9/11 Guantanamo military commission trials.  The article’s well worth reading because it discusses…

Internet Freedom is Worth Fighting For

Internet Freedom is Worth Fighting For

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:02pm

The ACLU and dozens of other organizations – including Free Press and the Electronic Frontier Foundation – have teamed up to create the Declaration of Internet Freedom, which sets for a set of principles providing a positive vision…

Why Targeted Killing is “Unlawful and Dangerous”

Why Targeted Killing is “Unlawful and Dangerous”

By Ateqah Khaki & Hannah Mercuris at 2:08pm

This morning, USA Today ran an op-ed by ACLU National Security Project director, Hina Shamsi about the U.S. government’s unlawful targeted killing program. She writes:

Today, our government is killing people in countries in which the…

White House Confirms Existence of Targeted Killing Program

White House Confirms Existence of Targeted Killing Program

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:59pm

Today, the New York Times ran an ACLU op-ed about the CIA's misuse of secrecy to withhold information from the public about the agency's targeted killing program, which has so far killed thousands of people, including several Americans.

The…

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