Tortured Evidence Out in Child Soldier Case

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:05pm
Today we learned that evidence gained through the torture of Mohammed Jawad would not be used against him in his federal court case challenging his unlawful detention. Jawad was a young boy when captured in Afghanistan in 2002. Evidence gained through torture following Jawad's arrest was previously thrown out by the judge in Jawad's military commission hearing. In his habeas case, the government had sought to rely on this same evidence, as well as statements obtained through torture and other coercion at Guantanamo and Bagram.

ACLU Demands OLC Memo Regarding Constitutional Rights in Guantánamo Military Commissions

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:59pm

Today, we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request demanding the disclosure of a May 2009 legal memo from the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). The memo reportedly addresses the constitutional rights that Guantánamo…

Indefinite Detention: No Guilty Verdict Required

By Anna Christensen, National Security Project at 5:03pm

In her testimony before the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee last week, Denny LeBoeuf, director of the ACLU's John Adams Project, highlighted a number of the most egregious flaws in the…

Time to Practice What We Preach

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 2:57pm

As President Obama travels overseas, it is a good time to remember the United States’ potential to lead by example. Today, the ACLU ran an ad in the daily Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, asking President Obama to restore American…

President Obama: The Whole World Is Watching

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:01pm

As President Obama travels overseas, the ACLU reminds him that in order to restore America's name around the world, we must end indefinite detention and close Guantánamo. This ad appears in the July 10, 2009, edition of the Italian newspaper Corriere…

What Do Vacuums and the Military Commissions Have in Common?

By Amanda Simon at 7:10pm

This week has been a busy one for those following the military commissions debate. Congress has held not one, but two hearings on recent proposed changes to the military commissions.

Before we get into that, a brief history lesson: The military…

Bob Herbert on Mohammed Jawad: "How Long Is Enough?"

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 3:12pm

Bob Herbert has an excellent piece in The New York Times today about our habeas corpus case on behalf of Mohammed Jawad.

The Afghan government recently sent a letter to the U.S. government demanding Jawad’s return and suggesting he…

The ACLU and the Military: A Natural Alliance

By Susan Herman, President, ACLU at 5:15pm

I recently had the fascinating experience of speaking at the U.S. Army War College about civil liberties and national security, as part of a weeklong seminar the college was conducting on national security issues. Many thought that it was surprising…

Death by Detention

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:16pm

Last week, our friend – journalist Andy Worthington – reminded readers of a forgotten anniversary: the second anniversary of a death at Guantánamo – apparently by suicide.

This week, the world learned of yet another death…

In a Dignified and Professional Manner

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 10:49am

The circus-like atmosphere of the military commissions in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, carried on yesterday in top form. Although the primary issue addressed – selection of counsel for the accused – routinely arises and is professionally…

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