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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.
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,…

FYI Abercrombie: Discrimination Is So Out of Style

FYI Abercrombie: Discrimination Is So Out of Style

By Aleksandr Sverdlik, Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 3:51pm

The Supreme Court will soon hear the case of Samantha Elauf, a Muslim teenager who was denied a job at an Abercrombie store solely because her religious headscarf, or hijab, didn't meet the company's "look policy." Abercrombie doesn't contest this…

The US's Story of Torture Doesn't Have to End With Impunity

The US's Story of Torture Doesn't Have to End With Impunity

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project at 5:16pm

After five long years of investigation, declassification, and redaction – not to mention outright obstruction by the CIA – the Senate Intelligence Committee today shone more light on CIA torture and made a historic and necessary contribution to…

Pardon Bush and Those Who Tortured

Pardon Bush and Those Who Tortured

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 12:54pm

This piece originally appeared on The New York Times opinion page.

Before President George W. Bush left office, a group of conservatives lobbied the White House to grant pardons to the officials who had planned and authorized the United States…

Required Reading: Prequels to the Torture Report

Required Reading: Prequels to the Torture Report

By Marcellene Hearn, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 2:17pm

As early as tomorrow, the long-awaited Senate torture report will finally see the light of day. If all goes as planned, the Senate Intelligence Committee will release the roughly 500-page executive summary of its 6,000-page report concerning the CIA's…

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ACLU Fights for Limits on Secret Phone Tracking

By Samia Hossain, William J. Brennan Fellow, ACLU Speech, Privacy, & Technology Project at 11:08am

In March of this year, Robert Harrison had a cell phone with him while he was inside his home. Though he has kept and used a cell phone as long as any of us, this time, things were different.

Unbeknownst to Harrison, Baltimore police officers…