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International Right to Know Day: Pursuing Openness and Accountability

International Right to Know Day: Pursuing Openness and Accountability

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 7:48pm
Today, we celebrate the 11th annual International Right to Know Day, recognizing the right of access to information and the importance of government transparency. Ninety-three countries around the world have transparency laws or regulations guaranteeing citizens the right to seek information held by the government. One of those is the United States – our 1966 federal Freedom of Information Act, known commonly as "FOIA," was one of the earliest modern government transparency laws.
A Year in Targeted Killing: Small Steps Forward on Transparency, Still No Accountability

A Year in Targeted Killing: Small Steps Forward on Transparency, Still No Accountability

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 1:01pm

One year ago today, the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. government's drone killings of three American citizens in Yemen in 2011. Tomorrow, we will appear in court to…

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: It's Time to Look "Backwards"

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: It's Time to Look "Backwards"

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 3:37pm

On this day 26 years ago, the international community committed to eradicating torture worldwide and the U.N. Convention...

Let's Check James Comey's Bush Years Record Before He Becomes FBI Director

Let's Check James Comey's Bush Years Record Before He Becomes FBI Director

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:26pm

This piece originally appeared at the Guardian.

It had the air of Hollywood. On the night of 10 March 2004, James Comey, the nominee to lead the FBI for the next ten years, rushed to the hospital bedside of his terribly ill boss, Attorney General…

Rights Groups to Government: Allow U.N. Torture Expert to Examine U.S. Use of Solitary Confinement

Rights Groups to Government: Allow U.N. Torture Expert to Examine U.S. Use of Solitary Confinement

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program & Ian Kysel, Aryeh Neier Fellow, ACLU Human Rights Program at 9:53am

Human and civil rights groups around the country have asked the U.S. government to invite a U.N....

James Comey's Indefensible Defense of Indefinite Detention

James Comey's Indefensible Defense of Indefinite Detention

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 2:10pm

When Deputy Attorney General James Comey addressed the American people nine years ago, he told them what he called a "sobering story" about Jose Padilla. He described the then 33-year-old accused al Qaeda member's intent to detonate a dirty bomb as…

James Comey: Two Thumbs-Up on Waterboarding?

James Comey: Two Thumbs-Up on Waterboarding?

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:00pm

Waterboarding and other torture tactics may once again take center stage in yet another nomination fight. But this time, the stakes involve a ten-year appointment to head the FBI.

Before President Obama nominates—and certainly before the…

ACLU Seeks Accountability for Police Violation of the Rights of Domestic Violence Victims

ACLU Seeks Accountability for Police Violation of the Rights of Domestic Violence Victims

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 1:53pm

In 2008, 66 year old Baerbel Roznowski sought a protection order to keep herself safe from her estranged boyfriend, Chan Kim, who had a history of violence. A court issued the order, which said that Kim must stay away from Roznowski and her home and…

Prestigious Law Firms Join Fight for Guestworkers' Rights in Major Human Trafficking Case (UPDATED)

Prestigious Law Firms Join Fight for Guestworkers' Rights in Major Human Trafficking Case (UPDATED)

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 11:30am

Eighty-three Indian guestworkers who fell victim to a massive human trafficking scheme filed suit...

New Push, at Home and Abroad, to Combat Modern-Day Slavery

New Push, at Home and Abroad, to Combat Modern-Day Slavery

By Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 7:07pm

A White House task force set up to combat human trafficking held its annual meeting today, chaired by Secretary of State John Kerry. The cabinet-level group, called the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons…