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American Torture and the 'Heroic Imagination'

American Torture and the 'Heroic Imagination'

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy & Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 11:55am
This was originally posted on The Huffington Post.
ACLU to Testify Today: Solitary Confinement is a Human Rights Violation Happening on U.S. Soil

ACLU to Testify Today: Solitary Confinement is a Human Rights Violation Happening on U.S. Soil

By Hilary Krase, ACLU National Prison Project at 10:01am

The world will get a glimpse this week into how the United States treats those we lock in solitary confinement, when the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hears ACLU testimonies on how our treatment of vulnerable prisoners violates international…

The Change in Maine: The Pine Tree State Leads the Way on Solitary Confinement Reform

The Change in Maine: The Pine Tree State Leads the Way on Solitary Confinement Reform

By Rachel Healy, Director of Public Education and Communications, ACLU of Maine at 4:22pm

The world will get a glimpse this week into how the United States treats those we lock in solitary confinement, when the Inter-American Commission...

ACLU, in Geneva, Advocates Against Death Penalty, Solitary Confinement

ACLU, in Geneva, Advocates Against Death Penalty, Solitary Confinement

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 10:32am

One year ago, the ACLU's Amy Fettig stood before the United Nations Human Rights Council to condemn the use of solitary confinement in the United States. In a written statement also submitted to the Council last year, the ACLU expressed serious concern…

ACLU Briefs German Parliamentarians on U.S. Targeted Killing Program

ACLU Briefs German Parliamentarians on U.S. Targeted Killing Program

By Katie Haas, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 3:37pm

In Berlin yesterday, ACLU attorney Steven Watt attended a German parliamentary hearing on human rights and counterterrorism to brief lawmakers on the U.S. targeted killing program, in which thousands of people have been killed, many far from any battlefield.…

Let's Crowdsource Our Own Hollywood Movie About Torture

Let's Crowdsource Our Own Hollywood Movie About Torture

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:08pm

Originally posted on The Huffington Post.

With controversy still swirling around the film Zero Dark Thirty and its misleading suggestion that torture put the CIA on the trail of Osama bin Laden, it's time to take the tools of filmmaking into…

"Did You Kiss the Dead Body?"

"Did You Kiss the Dead Body?"

By Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Staff Attorney, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties at 10:47am

Artist's Work Keeps Human Realities of Torture Alive

Last autumn, Rajkamal Kahlon, a Berlin-based American artist, joined the ACLU as an artist-in-residence. Working out of our New York headquarters, Kahlon furthered an on-going project of…

Torture: America's Export

Torture: America's Export

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:07pm

Yesterday, the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) issued a comprehensive report laying out the scope of the CIA's extraordinary rendition, secret prison and torture program. The report, following up on the ACLU's 2012 Torture Report, traces the…

U.S. Violating Human Rights of Children, Says U.N. Committee

U.S. Violating Human Rights of Children, Says U.N. Committee

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 11:41am

The Obama Administration recently underwent its first U.N. treaty body review, and the resulting concluding observations made public yesterday should be a cause for alarm. The observations, issued by independent U.N. experts tasked with monitoring…

Brennan’s Path to Langley Shouldn’t Be Easy

Brennan’s Path to Langley Shouldn’t Be Easy

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:41pm

On Thursday, John Brennan, the White House deputy national security advisor for homeland security and counterterrorism, will come before the Senate to interview for one of the most powerful jobs in the world: director of the Central Intelligence Agency.…