U.S. Torture

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, which American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony D. Romero plans to attend. In April 2011, the Obama administration reversed a 2009 decision to try the men in federal court and decided instead to try them at Guantánamo using military commissions that have been broadly criticized.
Europe Makes Progress on Accountability for Torture While U.S. Stalls

Europe Makes Progress on Accountability for Torture While U.S. Stalls

By Avinash Samarth, ACLU National Security Project at 1:09pm

European nations are making slow but steady progress towards holding their own officials accountable for their complicity in the CIA's secret rendition, detention, and interrogation programs. This past Tuesday, members of the Civil Liberties Committee…

Accountability for U.S. Torture — But in Poland

Accountability for U.S. Torture — But in Poland

By Anna Estevao, National Security Project at 1:21pm

A Polish investigation into CIA black sites has made a meaningful step towards accountability for torture. Zbigniew Siematkowski, former chief of Polish intelligence services, has reportedly been charged with "unlawful deprivation of liberty"…

New Briefing Paper: Obama's Unfinished Business on Human Rights

New Briefing Paper: Obama's Unfinished Business on Human Rights

By Devon Chaffee, Legislative Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:46pm

Today, the ACLU laid out concrete steps the Obama administration should take to live up to the human rights promises it made to the U.N. just over one year ago. The release of our new briefing paper coincides with the administration's announcement…

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…

CIA: We Do Not "Concede or Not Concede" that Waterboarding is Illegal

CIA: We Do Not "Concede or Not Concede" that Waterboarding is Illegal

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project & Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Staff Attorney, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties at 1:45pm

On Friday, the ACLU appeared before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to argue that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires the CIA to release documents describing its use of waterboarding. The simple question at the heart of…

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.

VIDEO: Doug Liman Talks About Crowdsourced Film Project "Reckoning With Torture"

VIDEO: Doug Liman Talks About Crowdsourced Film Project "Reckoning With Torture"

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 11:48am

Video submissions from the public are now being taken for director Doug Liman’s new film, Reckoning With Torture: Memos and Testimonies From the “War On Terror.” The movie will combine these clips with filmed stage performances…

Al Franken Flags Torture Program Architect at NDAA Hearing

Al Franken Flags Torture Program Architect at NDAA Hearing

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 11:47am

The senator took the opportunity yesterday to publicly condemn the torture program and question the credibility of Steven Bradbury's testimony.

Guantánamo Plea Deal Tainted by Torture

Guantánamo Plea Deal Tainted by Torture

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:42pm

Former CIA prisoner Majid Khan has pled guilty and agreed to testify against other Guantánamo prisoners in exchange for a sentence of no more than 19 years.

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