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. There's a lot of stuff to wade through, but we found some gems.

Rendition Program to Continue Under Obama's Watch

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 4:58pm

On Monday, the Obama administration announced that it would continue the Bush administration practice of kidnapping individuals suspected of terrorism to other countries to be detained or interrogated. The Obama administration also announced that…

State Department Has Two Months to Respond to Forced Disappearance and Torture Charges

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 4:50pm

Two months. That's how long the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has given to the U.S. government to respond to allegations of kidnapping and torture put forth in a petition the ACLU filed on behalf of an innocent victim of the CIA's…

Is This the "Change We Can Believe In"?

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:59pm

Presented with a first opportunity to break away from the Bush administration's legacy of abuse and secrecy, and uphold commitments of transparency and openness, the Obama Justice Department stood by the previous administration's claims of "state…

Marching Toward Justice on the 217th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights

By Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office & Caroline Fredrickson, Washington Legislative Office at 5:55pm

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

Our march toward justice has been long and not without setback, but as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once reminded us, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." His…

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