ACLU Sues for Info on Bagram Detainees

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:52pm
This morning, we filed a lawsuit to enforce our April 2009 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information about Bagram detainees. We're looking for basic information, such as how many people are imprisoned at Bagram, who they are, how long they’ve been detained, and where and under what circumstances they were captured. We are also requesting records about the rules and policies that govern Bagram detentions, the process for prisoners to challenge their detention, and the conditions of confinement. So far, the agencies we requested the information from—the Departments of Justice, State, Defense and the CIA—have been less than forthcoming.
White House Confirms Existence of Targeted Killing Program

White House Confirms Existence of Targeted Killing Program

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:59pm

Today, the New York Times ran an ACLU op-ed about the CIA's misuse of secrecy to withhold information from the public about the agency's targeted killing program, which has so far killed thousands of people, including several Americans.


FBI FOIA Docs Show Use of "Mosque Outreach" for Illegal Intel Gathering

FBI FOIA Docs Show Use of "Mosque Outreach" for Illegal Intel Gathering

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 11:38am

This type of secret intelligence gathering is an affront to religious liberty and the right to equal protection of the law.

FBI Needs Constitutional Law 101, Not "Islam 101"

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:19am

Last week, Wired’s Spencer Ackerman reported on a FBI document released through an ACLU document request that the agency uses to train new recruits on best practices for “successful interviews/interrogations with individuals from the M.E.…

No Death Left Behind: House Judiciary Committee Approves the Death in Custody Reporting Act

By David Shapiro, ACLU National Prison Project at 12:29pm

Two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had no idea how many immigration detainees had died on its watch. Yes, you read that right. In 2009, DHS had simply lost track of the number of immigrants who had died in the detention centers…

ACLU Files Lawsuit for Info on Alleged Bush-Era Operation to Discredit Blogger & Professor Juan Cole

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:39pm

Today we filed a lawsuit to enforce a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking any information pertaining to University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole.

Last month, The New York Times reported that Bush administration officials…

Emptying One Black Hole to Fill Another

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:24pm

Yesterday, the Justice Department filed a brief (PDF) with the D.C. Court of Appeals asserting that detainees in U.S. custody at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan have no right to challenge their detention in American courts.

Sound familiar?…

Coal Miners Pay the Price for Unlawful Government Secrecy

By Seth DiStefano, ACLU of West Virginia at 1:54pm

For anyone looking for the human price of unlawful government secrecy, take time to consider Bob Snashall’s recent editorial in The Charleston Gazette. Snashall spent 30 years as a freedom of information adviser within the U.S. Labor Department…

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