U.S. Torture

On Memorial Day Weekend, America Reckons with Torture

On Memorial Day Weekend, America Reckons with Torture

This weekend, Bill Moyers’ public television show is devoting a full hour to Reckoning With Torture, the innovative film project by director Doug Liman, the ACLU, and PEN American Center. The movie will tell the story of America’s torture program using the government’s own documents. Here’s a preview of the upcoming Moyers & Company episode: http://billmoyers.com/segment/preview-reckoning-with-torture/

Victim of Torture and CIA Rendition Gets His First Day in Court — in Europe

Victim of Torture and CIA Rendition Gets His First Day in Court — in Europe

By Jamil Dakwar, Director, ACLU Human Rights Program at 11:54am

Tomorrow, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Europe's top human rights court based in Strasbourg, France, will hear arguments in El-Masri v. "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia." Tomorrow's hearing marks the first case…

Book Review: "Hard Measures"

Book Review: "Hard Measures"

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 11:03am

In an email sent to potential supporters a few days before releasing his book on CIA torture, Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and its former Deputy Director of Operations, complained that his book, Hard Measures,…

The Shame of Guantánamo: A Close-Up View of Injustice

The Shame of Guantánamo: A Close-Up View of Injustice

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 4:21pm

As I watched the arraignment Saturday of five accused conspirators in the 9/11 attacks, I was reminded of Yogi Berra. Sadly, it was a case of déjà vu all over again.

60 Minutes Spotlights Ham-Handed CIA Torture

60 Minutes Spotlights Ham-Handed CIA Torture

By Devon Chaffee, Legislative Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:18pm

Last night former CIA chief Jose Rodriguez appeared on 60 Minutes to promote his new book defending his role in the CIA's torture program and his decision to order that tapes of the torture sessions be destroyed. While Rodriguez regurgitated …

Twisted Logic and the New Book by the CIA Spy Who Destroyed Torture Tapes

Twisted Logic and the New Book by the CIA Spy Who Destroyed Torture Tapes

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 4:03pm

On Monday, the latest installment in the defense of torture — Hard Measures, by Jose Rodriguez — will hit bookshelves. Rodriguez, the former head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center and its former Deputy Director of Operations, will…

A Question for America About Torture

A Question for America About Torture

By Ben Wizner, Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 10:58am

Today the Supreme Court was asked if federal officials responsible for the torture of an American citizen on American soil may be sued for damages under the Constitution.

Reporting from Guantánamo: Leaving the Constitution on the Mainland

Reporting from Guantánamo: Leaving the Constitution on the Mainland

By Anna Arceneaux, Staff Attorney, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 4:15pm

This week I am in Guantánamo Bay observing a hearing in the case of Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al-Nashiri (pronounced al-NAH-shiri), the first death penalty case to be tried by military commission. Mr. al-Nashiri faces charges for his…

VIDEO: Falling Short: Guantánamo Military Commissions and the Torture Connection

VIDEO: Falling Short: Guantánamo Military Commissions and the Torture Connection

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 9:47am

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other prisoners accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks will soon be tried at a military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay, despite the Obama administration's earlier stated intention to try the men in federal…

9/11 Suspects To Be Tried in Broken Guantánamo Military Commissions System

9/11 Suspects To Be Tried in Broken Guantánamo Military Commissions System

By Ateqah Khaki at 1:35pm

Today, the cases of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other prisoners accused of participating in the 9/11 attacks were officially referred for trial by military commission at Guantánamo Bay. Prosecutors have 30 days to hold an arraignment,…

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