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THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT Circles Liberty’s Torch

THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT Circles Liberty’s Torch

By David Birkin at 3:17pm
Today, on Veterans Day, on the 11th day of the11th month, an aircraft began circling the Statue of Liberty trailing a banner that read “THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT.”
The U.N. Puts America on the Hot Seat for Torture

The U.N. Puts America on the Hot Seat for Torture

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 1:54pm

The eyes of the international community will be focused on the United States this week. Government representatives will appear before the U.N. Committee against Torture to defend U.S. compliance with the anti-torture treaty the United States ratified…

If America Is Going to Reveal the Truth About Torture, Obama Must End Gitmo’s Cover-Up Court

If America Is Going to Reveal the Truth About Torture, Obama Must End Gitmo’s Cover-Up Court

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 11:53am

This piece originally appeared at The Guardian.

When the Senate's long delayed torture report is finally released – if the new, Republican-controlled Senate releases it at all – the international conversation will rightly focus…

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Call on Obama to Reckon With Torture

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Call on Obama to Reckon With Torture

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project at 3:45pm

Twelve Nobel Peace Prize laureates sent a powerful letter to President Obama today, calling on him to lead the nation by reckoning with the Bush administration's torture program, closing Guantánamo, and adhering fully to the United States' legal obligations…

Why is the U.S. Deporting Families it Should be Protecting?

Why is the U.S. Deporting Families it Should be Protecting?

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 9:49am

This year, when a large number of families and children arrived in the United States seeking protection, the U.S. government's primary response has been to expand family detention and accelerate deportations.

This Monday, the ACLU and other…

Will Obama Follow Bush Down the Made-Up Torture Loophole?

Will Obama Follow Bush Down the Made-Up Torture Loophole?

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 1:11pm

Twenty years ago, the United States ratified an international treaty banning the use of torture and cruelty worldwide. Three successive American presidents, with bipartisan support, threw their weight behind the treaty – Ronald Reagan signed it in…

The Torture Secrets Are Coming

The Torture Secrets Are Coming

By Marcellene Hearn, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 11:44am

Once you've seen the Abu Ghraib photos, they're not easily forgotten.

The hooded man, the electrodes, the naked bodies piled upon each other, and the grinning soldier with a thumbs up. The images are the stuff of nightmares. They're also incontrovertible…

Welcoming "the Scrutiny of the World" on Human Rights

Welcoming "the Scrutiny of the World" on Human Rights

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 12:32pm

Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, President Obama took a moment to reflect on America's domestic human rights record and the situation in Ferguson.

I realize that America's critics will be quick to point…

Fear of ISIS Triggers Double Threat to Checks and Balances

Fear of ISIS Triggers Double Threat to Checks and Balances

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project & Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:05pm

Whatever you may think of the harms carried out by the group referred to as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the fear of ISIS is now creating a double threat to our system of checks and balances. We now have a Congress so anxious to avoid…

After Ferguson, U.N. Calls on U.S. to Get Its Act Together on Race Discrimination

After Ferguson, U.N. Calls on U.S. to Get Its Act Together on Race Discrimination

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 3:06pm

In the last several weeks, the state of Missouri has captured news headlines around the globe: first, with reports coming out of Ferguson of yet another unarmed African-American young man shot and killed by police, and then with accounts of a violent…