Blog of Rights


See You Tonight at Joe's Pub!

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:50pm
Tonight, we will be cohosting "Face to Face: Confronting the Torturers" at Joe's Pub in Manhattan. The event will feature a series of readings from world literature, in which people have literally or figuratively stood face-to-face with their torturers.

Irish Rendition Activist to Attend Accountability Conference in North Carolina

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:05pm

This week, as the ACLU welcomes our clients Professors Adam Habib and Tariq Ramadan to the United States — scholars who, until recently, were barred from entering the country because of their criticism of U.S. policy and who will be speaking…

9/11 Family Members Urge Obama to Keep 9/11 Cases in Federal Criminal Courts

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:23pm

As the Obama administration continues to deliberate over a final decision regarding trials for the 9/11 suspects, a group of 9/11 victims’ family members urged President Obama to try Guantánamo detainees in federal criminal courts rather…

What Is the Government Hiding About Bagram Detainees?

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:10pm

Today, we asked a federal court to order the government to stop suppressing key information about the prisoners detained at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

The development comes in our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records…

ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer at New School Conference

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:43pm

This week, The New School in New York City will be hosting a conference, on "Limiting Knowledge in a Democracy," which will assess where America is today with respect to limits on our access to information. The two-day conference will…

Tell Google Not to Enter Into an Agreement With the NSA

Tell Google Not to Enter Into an Agreement With the NSA

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:57pm

Yesterday, The Washington Post reported that Google — the world’s largest Internet search company — is negotiating an information-sharing agreement with the National Security Agency (NSA) — the world’s largest network for routine, mass communications surveillance.

End It. Close It.

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:06pm

Today, the Obama administration missed its own deadline to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay. As you might recall, a year ago on his second full day in office, President Obama signed an executive order to close the prison within a year. Not…

Winner Announced in ACLU Poster Design Contest

Winner Announced in ACLU Poster Design Contest

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:55pm

Today, we announced the winning design in an ACLU poster contest. After the 2008 election, we asked artists to review our transition plan for the incoming Obama administration and come up with a design that depicts our vision of this country's…

Tweet to Close Gitmo!

Tweet to Close Gitmo!

By Ateqah Khaki at 11:20am

Today is the one-year anniversary of President Obama's commitment to close the prison at Guantánamo. Although the administration has already admitted it will miss its self-imposed deadline, the ACLU will continue to advocate for Guantánamo to be closed as soon as possible, and most importantly, to be closed correctly.

Public Kept in the Dark About Drone Strikes

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:51pm

Yesterday, we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information about the U.S. government's use of armed drones to target and kill individuals in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Today, in an article entitled "We…

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