Rendition

7 Years and 7 Paragraphs Underscore Need for Accountability for Torture

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:19pm
Today, the English Court of Appeals ordered the publication of previously secret information pertaining to the abuse of Binyam Mohamed, a former British detainee who was held in U.S. custody. Today's decision affirmed an earlier High Court ruling that ordered the release of seven paragraphs that the British government sought to suppress. The paragraphs reveal what the whole world already knew: the British government's complicity with the United States in the torture of Mohamed.

Arguments in Extraordinary Rendition Case Today

By Ateqah Khaki at 11:45am

Today, at 10:00 a.m. PST, we'll be in federal appeals court in San Francisco to argue that our lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen DataPlan Inc. for its role in the Bush administration's unlawful "extraordinary rendition" program…

A Framework for Impunity

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy at 6:04pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Since 2003, the ACLU and other U.S. human rights organizations have filed dozens of cases relating to the abuse and torture of prisoners. Some of these cases seek to enforce requests under the Freedom of Information…

State Secrets, Take 3

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:36pm

Next week, a panel of 11 judges from the 9th Circuit federal appeals court will hear the government’s appeal of an earlier ruling that allowed our lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc. to proceed. In 2007, we sued Jeppesen…

ACLU Sues Government Officials on Behalf of American Citizen Illegally Detained in Africa

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:00pm

Today, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of Amir Meshal, an American citizen who was arrested and secretly imprisoned in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia for four months. He was held in secret, without access to a lawyer or any process to contest his…

Rays Of Sunlight in the House Judiciary Committee

By Amanda Simon at 6:14pm

Good news on national security legislation. I know! I can hardly believe it myself!

The USA Patriot Amendments Act was marked up this week in an epic House Judiciary Committee meeting that spanned two days. The bill, though a bit watered down,…

Accountable for Torture…In Italy

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:09pm

Today, an Italian court convicted 23 Americans for the “extraordinary rendition” of a Muslim cleric who was kidnapped in Milan in 2003. The case is the first of its kind to hold Americans accountable for the rendition of terrorism suspects…

Rendition Rewind

By Ateqah Khaki at 3:21pm

Yesterday, a federal appeals court announced that it will hear the government’s appeal of an earlier ruling that allowed the ACLU’s lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen DataPlan Inc., to go forward. In 2007, we sued Jeppesen for its…

New State Secrets Policy: Like the Fox Guarding the Henhouse

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:02pm

Months after Attorney General Eric Holder said he would release the Obama administration's new policy on the use of the state secrets privilege, it's finally out. The thrust of the new rule: Holder must approve any invocation of the privilege.

Well,…

Black Sites? What's That? Torture? Us?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:58pm

Last week, the Department of State (DOS) released a huge tranche of documents on its website in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights and NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.…

Statistics image