U.S. Torture

Italian Court Upholds Rendition Conviction of CIA Agents

Italian Court Upholds Rendition Conviction of CIA Agents

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 5:21pm
The U.S. government may have closed without any prosecutions its inquiries into and investigations of CIA involvement in torture, homicide and other gross human rights violations, and convinced courts to dismiss civil accountability suits for such abuses – but across the pond, courts are holding U.S. officials criminally responsible for these very same acts. Yesterday, Italy’s highest court affirmed the convictions of 23 Americans involved in the abduction and rendition to torture of a Muslim cleric, Abu Omar, as part of the U.S. government’s notorious “extraordinary rendition” program. This case marks the first time any court anywhere in the world has held CIA officials responsible for torture and other abuses arising out of the program, which was greatly expanded under President George W. Bush and continues to be endorsed, albeit with assurances that international legal obligations will be respected, under the Obama administration.
FBI Interrogation Primer Encourages Prisoner Isolation

FBI Interrogation Primer Encourages Prisoner Isolation

By Devon Chaffee, Legislative Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:31am

Today, the ACLU released a 2011 FBI “primer” on overseas interrogation that calls into question whether the FBI is adhering to its own policy prohibiting coercive techniques. The 2011 primer was obtained by the ACLU and colleague organizations…

Please Tweet for Torture Awareness

Please Tweet for Torture Awareness

By Allie Bohm, Advocacy & Policy Strategist, ACLU at 6:44pm

June: best known for school ending, kids’ going to camp, longer days, and increasing temperatures. Also known for being Torture Awareness Month. And, tomorrow, June 26, is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (as declared…

Afghan and Iraqi Victims of Torture by U.S. Military Seek Justice From International Human Rights Tribunal

Afghan and Iraqi Victims of Torture by U.S. Military Seek Justice From International Human Rights Tribunal

By Steven M. Watt, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 2:09pm

After being shut out of U.S. courts, yesterday we filed a case with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on behalf of three Afghans and three Iraqis who were tortured while held by the American military at detention centers in…

In Court Today: CIA Claims That Torture Technique Is an “Intelligence Method” Exempted From FOIA

In Court Today: CIA Claims That Torture Technique Is an “Intelligence Method” Exempted From FOIA

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 9:29am

Today I will argue the CIA must release cables describing its use of waterboarding.

James Comey's Indefensible Defense of Indefinite Detention

James Comey's Indefensible Defense of Indefinite Detention

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 2:10pm

When Deputy Attorney General James Comey addressed the American people nine years ago, he told them what he called a "sobering story" about Jose Padilla. He described the then 33-year-old accused al Qaeda member's intent to detonate a dirty bomb as…

"Look to Guantánamo Before It Is Too Late"

"Look to Guantánamo Before It Is Too Late"

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:05pm

The ongoing crisis in the prison at Guantánamo Bay is escalating, and new details are emerging as media have been allowed to visit this week. A few days ago, as part of an operation to shift hunger-striking prisoners from communal living to individual…

Seeking the Truth About the CIA's Detainee Abuses

Seeking the Truth About the CIA's Detainee Abuses

By Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Staff Attorney, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties at 10:55am

In April 2011, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking a narrow yet critically important set of government documents: internal CIA reports detailing the use of unauthorized interrogation techniques at its secret overseas prisons,…

Guantánamo Military Judge Grants ACLU’s Request to Argue Against Censorship of 9/11 Defendants’ Testimony

Guantánamo Military Judge Grants ACLU’s Request to Argue Against Censorship of 9/11 Defendants’ Testimony

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project at 6:18pm

In an order made public today, a military commissions judge at Guantánamo Bay announced that he will hear oral argument on the ACLU’s challenge to censorship of torture at the trial of the 9/11 defendants.

In May, we filed a motion…

Reporting From Guantanamo: “Why Not Get It Right the First Time?”

Reporting From Guantanamo: “Why Not Get It Right the First Time?”

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 5:08pm

At the Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay this week, military commission proceedings have resumed in the capital case against Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al-Nashiri, a 47-year-old citizen of Saudi Arabia, who is facing a possible death sentence for his…

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