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The Constitution Applies to All Americans, No Matter What They Are Accused Of

The Constitution Applies to All Americans, No Matter What They Are Accused Of

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 12:28pm

Our country has been shaken by the events coming out of Boston in the past week. First, of course, there was the tragedy and loss of life...

A Mother’s “Last Chance” at Justice: José Padilla Torture Case Brought Before Human Rights Tribunal

A Mother’s “Last Chance” at Justice: José Padilla Torture Case Brought Before Human Rights Tribunal

By Deborah Francois, Yale Law School, Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic & Sheng Li, Yale Law School, Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic & Alaina Varvaloucas, Yale Law School, Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at 5:04pm

After a fruitless five-year battle in U.S. federal courts to hold accountable those who unlawfully detained and tortured her son José Padilla, Estela Lebron today sought to have their claims heard by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).…

A Question for America About Torture

A Question for America About Torture

By Ben Wizner, Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 10:58am

Today the Supreme Court was asked if federal officials responsible for the torture of an American citizen on American soil may be sued for damages under the Constitution.

Guantánamo Plea Deal Tainted by Torture

Guantánamo Plea Deal Tainted by Torture

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:42pm

Former CIA prisoner Majid Khan has pled guilty and agreed to testify against other Guantánamo prisoners in exchange for a sentence of no more than 19 years.

Accountability for Torture Still the Goal, Still Elusive

Accountability for Torture Still the Goal, Still Elusive

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:37pm

A pair of developments Monday made abundantly clear the lack of accountability for U.S.-sponsored torture after 9/11.

In a criminal complaint filed by the Justice Department, former CIA officer John Kiriakou was charged with disclosing classified…

Fighting for a Day in Court for an American Tortured on U.S. Soil

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:49pm

The ACLU was in court yesterday trying to hold officials accountable for the torture of U.S. citizen Jose Padilla. In 2002 he was taken from a New York jail by the military, declared an "enemy combatant," and secretly transported to a Navy brig in…

The Accountability Shell Game

The Accountability Shell Game

By Ben Wizner, Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 3:48pm

There are many awful legacies of the Bush administration's criminal embrace of torture in the months and years following the 9/11 attacks. Among the most agonizing — for the torture victims themselves, and for the lawyers who have represented them…

Waterboarding Redux: Anthony Romero Takes on Yoo, Gonzales Over Bush-Era "Lawlessness"

By Tori Mends-Cole, Washington Legislative Office at 4:56pm

The Aspen Security Forum never lacks for high-powered panelists for its annual discussions on homeland security. The July 30 session featuring ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero was no exception.

For a discussion on The Rule of Law and…

"If the Law Does Not Protect Jose Padilla . . . It Protects No One"

"If the Law Does Not Protect Jose Padilla . . . It Protects No One"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:27pm

In February, a federal district court in South Carolina dismissed our lawsuit on behalf of American citizen Jose Padilla against Donald Rumsfeld and other current and former officials, saying the former Secretary of Defense was entitled to "qualified…

"Donald Rumsfeld Is Above the Law and Jose Padilla Is Beneath It"

"Donald Rumsfeld Is Above the Law and Jose Padilla Is Beneath It"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:06pm

In the case of Jose Padilla, nothing moves swiftly. He was arrested in March 2002, held without charge for two years in a South Carolina military brig without access to a lawyer, and was tortured to the point that brig authorities described his behavior…

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