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At Guantánamo, a Death Penalty Case Without a Death Penalty Lawyer

The broken military commissions have devolved, with new and unprecedented attacks on defense counsel.

By Cassandra Stubbs
November 14, 2017

Transgender Prisoners Face Sexual Assault and Discrimination at Pittsburgh Jail

Jules Williams was raped repeatedly for four days after guards put her in “protective” custody.

By Dylan Cowart
November 13, 2017

The Trump White House’s Actions Recall the Most Divisive Eras of the American Past

But last week’s elections show people are waking up to the administration’s threats to liberty and equality.

By Dennis Parker
November 13, 2017

Veteran’s Day Reflections From a Civil Libertarian Former Soldier

If you want to honor a veteran or service member, work to defend the rights of everyone in this nation.

By Noah Strangio
November 9, 2017

Our Fight to Defeat the Transgender Military Ban Enters a New Phase

The stakes could not be higher.

By Chase Strangio
November 9, 2017

Year One: It’s Up to Us

In the end, the most important guardian of liberty is an engaged citizenry.

By David Cole
November 9, 2017

The 2017 Elections Show Criminal Justice Reform Can Be a Winning Issue

Smearing candidates as "soft on crime" didn’t work this election cycle.

By Udi Ofer
November 8, 2017

U.S. Gave Its Torturers a Pass, So International Court Steps In

For the first time, U.S. officials could face the specter of indictment by the international court.

By Jamil Dakwar, Joshua Manson
November 8, 2017

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