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Jameel
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Jameel Jaffer (@JameelJaffer) is an ACLU deputy legal director and director of the ACLU's Center for Democracy, which houses the organization's National Security Project, Human Rights Program, and Speech, Privacy & Technology Project. He has testified before Congress about issues relating to government surveillance and, since 2004, has served as a human rights monitor for the military commissions at Guantánamo. His book, Administration of Torture (co-authored with Open Society Justice Institute attorney Amrit Singh), was published by Columbia University Press in 2007. Prior to joining the ACLU, he clerked for Amalya L. Kearse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada. He is a graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School. (Photo: Redwell Imaging)

What the Government Should Disclose About Its Targeted Killing Program

What the Government Should Disclose About Its Targeted Killing Program

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 11:36am
This post originally appeared on Politico.
First the 'targeted killing' campaign, then the targeted propaganda campaign

First the 'targeted killing' campaign, then the targeted propaganda campaign

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy & Nathan Freed Wessler, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 11:10am

Originally posted on The Guardian.

A story in last week's New York Times painted a remarkably detailed picture of the US government's so-called "targeted killing" campaign, a campaign that involves the use of unmanned aerial vehicles…

Sens. Wyden and Udall Weigh in on ACLU Patriot Act FOIA Case

Sens. Wyden and Udall Weigh in on ACLU Patriot Act FOIA Case

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 6:09pm

"Contrary to core principles of American democracy." That's how two U.S. senators describe the Justice Department's refusal to release a secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act.

Last year, we filed a request under the Freedom…

A Brewing Battle Over Warrantless Wiretapping

A Brewing Battle Over Warrantless Wiretapping

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 1:14pm

It's almost certain that we'll have a hard-fought battle over domestic surveillance this year, both in the courts and in Congress.

Could the Government Outlaw Lying?

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 1:12pm

Could the government outlaw lying? Not just lying that causes injury — lying that defames, for example, or defrauds — but could the government outlaw lying more generally? The Justice Department appears to think so. In a case called…

RIP Hitch

RIP Hitch

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 3:53pm

Christopher Hitchens had many rare qualities – he was contrarian, original, devastatingly brilliant, skeptical of almost everything – and I take pride in the fact that he was once an ACLU client.  He was a plaintiff in our 2006 challenge…

Targeted Killing and the Courts

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 5:03pm

Weeks after 9/11, Alan Dershowitz notoriously proposed that judges be empowered to issue warrants authorizing interrogators to use torture against suspected terrorists. His theory was that government interrogators would torture prisoners whether or…

The Torture Report

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 10:25am

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

Since 2004, the ACLU and its partners — the Center for Constitutional Rights, Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense, and Veterans for Peace — have been litigating under…

Accountability for Torture

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 6:04pm

Since 2004, the ACLU and its partners — the Center for Constitutional Rights, Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense, and Veterans for Peace — have been litigating under the Freedom of Information Act for documents concerning…

Report Reveals Wider Reach of Financial Spying

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 5:51pm
In today’s New York Times, Eric Lichtblau and Mark Mazzetti report that the CIA and Pentagon have been using "national security letters" to obtain sensitive financial information about Americans and others living in the United States.  The report…
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