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VIDEO: Falling Short: Guantánamo Military Commissions and the Torture Connection

VIDEO: Falling Short: Guantánamo Military Commissions and the Torture Connection

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 9:47am
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other prisoners accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks will soon be tried at a military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay, despite the Obama administration's earlier stated intention to try the men in federal court.
VIDEO: See What Armed Domestic Drones Look Like

VIDEO: See What Armed Domestic Drones Look Like

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 4:09pm

A big worry about U.S. law enforcement’s expanding use of drones is the lack of rules protecting from privacy violations. But drone manufacturers are also considering offering police the option of arming these remote controlled aircraft with…

VIDEO: Presidential Power and the Targeted Killing Debate

VIDEO: Presidential Power and the Targeted Killing Debate

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:34pm

The Obama administration’s strained defense of its targeted killing program is continuing to make people think long and hard about the government’s asserted authority to mark an American for death without any judicial oversight whatsoever.

Today…

VIDEO: Holder Talks About Targeted Killing Program While DOJ Says It Can't

VIDEO: Holder Talks About Targeted Killing Program While DOJ Says It Can't

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 7:55pm

On Monday the Obama administration made its latest attempt to defend the government’s targeted killing program. Attorney General Eric Holder provided the most detailed public discussion yet of the program, but disappointingly took the “trust…

VIDEO: Doug Liman Talks About Crowdsourced Film Project "Reckoning With Torture"

VIDEO: Doug Liman Talks About Crowdsourced Film Project "Reckoning With Torture"

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 11:48am

Video submissions from the public are now being taken for director Doug Liman’s new film, Reckoning With Torture: Memos and Testimonies From the “War On Terror.” The movie will combine these clips with filmed stage performances…

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Should Investigate Spying and Religious Profiling by NYPD

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:31pm

Today the ACLU and the New York Civil Liberties Union called on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to investigate religious and racial profiling by the New York Police Department.

In a series of articles, the Associated Press reports…

Domestic Drones: Hear About Who’s Watching You from Above

Domestic Drones: Hear About Who’s Watching You from Above

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 9:44am

The ACLU recently released a report prompted by the increasing use of surveillance drones by U.S. law enforcement and other agencies. It finds that current privacy protections are lacking, and recommends that new federal rules for domestic drones are…

A Positive Step on Biased Anti-Muslim Counterterrorism Training Materials

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 10:13am

UPDATE/CORRECTION: ACLU Senior Policy Counsel Mike German has responded to criticism of this post and the ACLU analysis it was based on. The analysis and this post have been changed to remove the citation of an essay that was used as an example of…

ACLU in Court Defending the Freedom of Speech for Ex-Gitmo Prosecutor

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 3:19pm

Today the ACLU was in court arguing that the Library of Congress violated Col. Morris Davis’s First Amendment rights when it fired him from his job at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) because of opinion pieces he wrote criticizing…

VIDEO: Justices Take on Warrantless GPS Tracking

VIDEO: Justices Take on Warrantless GPS Tracking

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 10:06am

Today the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that’s likely to affect the privacy rights of anyone who carries a cell phone. The case, U.S. v. Jones, is about whether law enforcement needs a warrant before planting a GPS tracking…

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