Blog of Rights


Hiding Torture Photos Weakens Democracy and Accountability

By Ateqah Khaki at 10:34am
Yesterday, the Supreme Court sent back to an appeals court in New York our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for the release of photographs depicting the abuse of prisoners in U.S. custody overseas.

Secretary Gates Says Americans Should Not See Torture Photos

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:23pm

Late Friday night, the government filed a brief in which Secretary of Defense Robert Gates purportedly invoked his authority to block the release of photos depicting the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody overseas. The development came in our five-year-old…

Accountable for Torture…In Italy

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:09pm

Today, an Italian court convicted 23 Americans for the “extraordinary rendition” of a Muslim cleric who was kidnapped in Milan in 2003. The case is the first of its kind to hold Americans accountable for the rendition of terrorism suspects…

Government Hands Over More Torture Documents

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:32pm

On Friday, the government released more documents detailing the Bush administration’s torture program. The documents were handed over as a part of our ongoing litigation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for information related to…

Tortured Tunes

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:29pm

Today, a group of musicians, including REM, Pearl Jam and The Roots filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to find out whether their music was played at the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay.  The request for information stems…

Reckoning with Torture

By Ateqah Khaki at 9:49am

Tuesday night, almost 600 New Yorkers came out to hear a diverse line-up of writers, artists, a former CIA agent and former military interrogator reading from pages of documents that detail the Bush administration’s torture program.


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:


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…

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…

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