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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)

Obama Was Right to Release Torture Memos

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 12:16pm
(Originally posted on Index on Censorship’s Free Speech Blog. Index on Censorship is a British organization and magazine that promotes freedom of expression.)

Jameel Jaffer: See No Evil

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 2:49pm

The report issued Tuesday by Glenn A. Fine, the Justice Department's Inspector General, is overflowing with new information about the development and implementation of the Bush administration's torture policies. The report's most important finding…

Opaque Guantánamo

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 6:12pm
In a June 2003 statement President Bush observed, that governments that use torture often seek to “shield their abuses from the eyes of the world by staging elaborate deceptions and denying access to international human rights monitors.”  He…

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…

Keep Out: The New Yorker on Ideological Exclusion

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 3:21pm
This week's New Yorker includes a Comment by George Packer about the State Department's refusal to grant a visa to Swiss-Egyptian scholar Tariq Ramadan. Ramadan is a prominent scholar of Islam -- he is currently a Fellow at Oxford University and his…

Guantánamo: A Legal Black Hole

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 1:00am
The pre-trial hearings in the Hicks case came to an end today, so this may be my last dispatch from Guantánamo. Next week, the commission will hear motions in the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a 34-year old Yemeni who is accused of having served as a bodyguard…

While U.S. Elections Loom, It's Another Day at the Kangaroo Court

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 1:00am
Right now, Guantánamo Naval Base seems very far away from the election going on in the United States. There are restrictions on what members of the military can say in uniform, so there aren't a lot of public conversations about politics. I haven't seen…

David Hicks: "Unprivileged Belligerent"?

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 1:00am
We have just come back from the Clipper Club, which is the only restaurant on the leeward side of the Base that is open after seven o'clock. We spent most of the day on the other side of the Base, meeting with military officials and attending the commission…

Day One in Sunny Guantánamo

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 12:00am
This is the first of six dispatches I'll write from Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, which I'm visiting as a representative of the ACLU. If you've read the dispatches sent by Anthony Romero a few weeks ago, you already know that the ACLU's main purpose here…
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