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Getting Gitmo Down to Zero

Getting Gitmo Down to Zero

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:51pm
On January 11, 2002, the first prisoners were slammed into hastily assembled cages at the Guantánamo Navy base, and men then streamed in from across the globe. Typically brought into custody without even the most basic due process review, the newly arrived detainees included large numbers who had no reason to be in any prison, much less Guantánamo. Yet they were all now caught in a prison that one Bush official called "the legal equivalent of outer space" – a place where no laws were intended to apply.
Harrowing Tales of the Wrongly Deported: How Border Patrol Officers Flout the Law and Destroy Lives

Harrowing Tales of the Wrongly Deported: How Border Patrol Officers Flout the Law and Destroy Lives

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 10:40am

This was originally posted on The American Prospect.

In 2008, Nydia, a transgender woman, fled physical and sexual attacks in Mexico and was granted asylum in the United States. She was saving money to apply for lawful permanent residence (a…

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: CIA Edition

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: CIA Edition

By Ashley Gorski, Nadine Strossen Fellow, National Security Project, ACLU at 4:32pm

The executive summary of the Senate torture report documents an overwhelming array of CIA deceptions, ranging from misrepresentations about the "effectiveness" of torture to misstatements about the number of detainees in CIA custody.

The breadth…

Aquellos que Obama dejó olvidados – y deportó sin una oportunidad de ser escuchados

Aquellos que Obama dejó olvidados – y deportó sin una oportunidad de ser escuchados

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 1:34pm

Nydia ya tenía asilo en los Estados Unidos cuando fue deportada dos veces por agentes fronterizos de nuevo al peligro del cual ella huyó. Nydia, una mujer transgénero de México, dijo a los oficiales que ella tenía estatus y que había sido violada…

The United States Admits It Crossed a Line. That’s the Least of It.

The United States Admits It Crossed a Line. That’s the Least of It.

By Sarah Mehta, Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program at 12:54pm

On Wednesday, the United Nations Committee Against Torture began its review of the United States’ record on torture—not only at the infamous Guantánamo Bay but closer to home, in our prisons, police forces, and immigration facilities.

The…

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 the 11th month, an aircraft began circling the Statue of Liberty trailing a banner that read “THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT.”

The phrase refers to an unattainable burden of proof. In American courts, juries…

U.S. Admits Modern-Day Slavery Exists at Home

U.S. Admits Modern-Day Slavery Exists at Home

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 1:08pm

Some of America's most vulnerable workers are victims of modern-day slavery, and the government knows it. What's worse: These workers are protecting U.S. military and economic interests – but the U.S. isn't protecting them.

In its annual…

The CIA Can't Control the Truth at Guantánamo Forever

The CIA Can't Control the Truth at Guantánamo Forever

By Marcellene Hearn, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 11:33am

The government is continuing to fight on various fronts to keep its torture program secret. It's not going to win.

Last week I watched the televised feed in the latest round of pre-trial hearings in the death penalty case against Abd al-Rahim…