Blog of Rights


Trashing Transparency

By Nasrina Bargzie, National Security Project at 10:27am
In November 2005, U.S. marines in Iraq were involved in the killing of 24 civilians—including women and children. Shortly after the story became public, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all documents related to the incident and other civilian casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although we received thousands of documents in response, the government did not give us a single document relating specifically to the killings at Haditha.

Wearing Orange and Proud

By Nasrina Bargzie, National Security Project at 11:57am
It's been six years to the day that the first detainee arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Naval Base. Indefinite detention without due process is illegal under our Constitution, antithetical to the American way, and would have made our founding fathers…

Pursuing Accountability for Civilian Deaths in Iraq

By Nasrina Bargzie, National Security Project at 2:21pm
After a two-year-long investigation, no murder charges are being filed against Marines involved in the killings of 24 civilians - including woman and children - in Haditha, Iraq, on November 25, 2005. Instead four Marines will face various lesser charges,…

Secrecy, Civilian Deaths, and Blackwater USA

By Nasrina Bargzie, National Security Project at 1:36pm
On September 16, 2007, the U.S. military contractor Blackwater USA was involved in a shooting that left at least eight Iraqi civilians dead. This wasn't the first time Blackwater was involved in civilian casualties in Iraq. According to the Iraqi…

CIVIC Releases Expert Analysis of "Cost of War" Documents

By Nasrina Bargzie, National Security Project at 1:40pm
Today the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) released a report analyzing claims made by family members of civilians killed by Coalition Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Called "Adding Insult to Injury: US Military Claims System for…

NSA Spying and the Need for Real Answers

By Nasrina Bargzie, National Security Project at 10:03am
After the recent and startling testimony by former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, detailing the internal conflicts within the Department of Justice itself over the legality of President Bush's illegal NSA spying program, we've renewed our call for…
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