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Police Need to Make Body-Camera Policies Transparent

By Sonia Roubini, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 3:00pm
Body cameras are a hot topic these days in the wake of the Ferguson and Eric Garner controversies, as well as President Obama’s announcement that he will seek $75 million in funding for police body cameras and training. Body cameras are an important public policy issue – the devices have the potential to function as a powerful oversight mechanism for police in departments around the country, but also (as we explain in our 2013 white paper) raise serious privacy issues. It’s important that these knotty issues be worked out transparently, in public, through the democratic process.
Honoring Chelsea Manning on Her 27th Birthday

Honoring Chelsea Manning on Her 27th Birthday

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 12:18pm

From the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she is serving a 35-year prison sentence for convictions related to leaking classified information to Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning continues to speak out against the injustices…

A Definite End to Indefinite Detention Is Within Reach

A Definite End to Indefinite Detention Is Within Reach

By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:33am

This piece originally appeared in Foreign Policy on December 10, 2014.

On his first full day in office as president, Barack Obama signed an executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Nearly six years later, his administration…

After Torture Report, Lawsuit Tests U.S. Commitment to Accountability

After Torture Report, Lawsuit Tests U.S. Commitment to Accountability

By Jonathan Hafetz, Associate Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law at 10:25am

A week after the release of the executive summary of Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report, the world's attention is rightly focused on the flagrant abuses committed by CIA officials in the name of national security. But it would be mistake…

Those Who Approved Torture Shouldn't Be Above the Law

Those Who Approved Torture Shouldn't Be Above the Law

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 10:23am

This piece originally appeared at MSNBC.com.

The Senate report released earlier this week makes clear that the CIA tortured more men, and far more brutally, than anyone outside the intelligence community previously understood. Given the report's…

Now Can Torture Survivor Khaled El-Masri Have His Apology?

Now Can Torture Survivor Khaled El-Masri Have His Apology?

By Steven M. Watt, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 2:33pm

The CIA's unlawful detention and torture of Khaled El-Masri has left him "a broken man," according to a McClatchy article published yesterday.

The story of El-Masri, an ACLU client, is especially poignant following the release of the Senate…

What Did the CIA’s Torture Program Have to Do With Intelligence Gathering? Not Much.

What Did the CIA’s Torture Program Have to Do With Intelligence Gathering? Not Much.

By Marcellene Hearn, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:20pm

One of the most important takeaways from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report summary is that senior CIA personnel – which the report refers to as CIA headquarters – knew from the very beginning that torture was unlawful and learned…

Will You Stand Up for Them?

CIA Agents Said "No" to Torture

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 11:34am

The Senate report released earlier this week is mainly about the CIA personnel who authorized and used torture.

But the report also includes references to CIA personnel who raised concerns about the torture policies. CIA personnel raised…

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…

"A Train Wreck Waiting to Happen": Shocking Stories from the Senate's Torture Report

"A Train Wreck Waiting to Happen": Shocking Stories from the Senate's Torture Report

By Noa Yachot, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 4:20pm

In the last 24 hours, pundits have spoken at length about the Senate Intelligence Committee's landmark torture report, the executive summary of which was released yesterday. For good reason. Despite all of the leaks, the previously released documents,…