Blog of Rights


Life after Gitmo

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:49pm
Today, the Los Angeles Times reports on the struggle of former Guantánamo detainee Mohammed Jawad to readjust to freedom after spending roughly a third of his life in detention. In August, as a result of the ACLU's habeas corpus petition on behalf of Jawad, he was finally released and sent home to Afghanistan after 6 1/2 in U.S. custody.

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…

Court Rules Government Can Continue to Suppress Detainee Statements Describing Torture and Abuse

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:41pm

Today, a federal court ruled that the government can continue suppressing transcripts in which former CIA prisoners now held at Guantánamo Bay describe abuse and torture suffered in CIA custody. The ruling came in a Freedom of Information Act…

Reading the Record

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:13pm

Earlier this week, we teamed up with PEN American Center to present Reckoning with Torture: Memos and Testimonies from the “War on Terror.”  A crowd of around 700 people came out on Tuesday night to hear writers, artists, lawyers,…

Keeping America Safe AND Free

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:38pm

Salon’s Glenn Greenwald pointed out an interesting coincidence today. He writes:

The ACLU has long had as its motto for  its National Security Project: "Keep America Safe and Free." Here is their new logo: Liz…

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.


Reckoning with Torture

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:48pm

Next Tuesday, writers and artists including Eve Ensler, Don Delillo, Jonathan Ames, George Saunders, Ishmael Beah and Art Spiegelman will join the ACLU and PEN American Center to bring attention to acts of torture and abuse carried out by the U.S.…

Proposed Appropriations Bill Would Allow Defense Department to Suppress Torture Photos

By Ateqah Khaki at 9:06pm

We've just learned that the House and Senate conferees approved language today for the homeland security appropriations bill that, if passed, would grant the Department of Defense (DoD) the authority to continue suppressing photos depicting the abuse…

Fighting for Sunlight on Torture Documents

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:16pm

Yesterday, we were in court seeking the release of secret government documents related to the treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody overseas. Specifically, we asked the court to order the release of redacted portions of Justice Department Office…

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:

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