Blog of Rights


Torture Memos vs. Red Cross Report

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:28pm

If you’ve read the torture memos, you’ve probably noticed the technical and detached language used by government lawyers to describe and authorize specific interrogation techniques, including facial slaps, stress positions, sleep deprivation,…

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…

Supreme Court Vacates Lower Court Decision in Al-Marri Case

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:58pm

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a lower court decision in the al-Marri case that gave the president the extraordinary power to seize and indefinitely detain U.S. citizens or residents without trial or charge.

You may recall that…

The State Secret That Everyone Knows

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:20pm

Today, The New York Times ran an editorial about one of the ACLU’s rendition cases — Mohamed et al. v. Jeppesen. On Monday, February 9 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco is scheduled to hear oral arguments…

Show Me the Memos!

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:24pm

Today, we sent a letter to the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) asking them to release still-secret memos that provided the legal basis for many of the Bush administration's controversial national security policies.

The OLC — a component…

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…

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…

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