U.S. Torture

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…

President Obama, Don’t Let the CIA Control the Torture Narrative

President Obama, Don’t Let the CIA Control the Torture Narrative

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:41pm

When former White House counterterrorism advisor John Brennan went before the Senate in early February for his confirmation hearing to lead the CIA, he made a startling admission. After reading the 300-page summary of the Senate Select Committee on…

Brennan Confirmation Hearing: Time to Focus on Torture and Killing

Brennan Confirmation Hearing: Time to Focus on Torture and Killing

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 9:09am

ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Chris Anders appeared on “UP with Chris Hayes” Sunday morning for a 40-minute, in-depth discussion of President Obama’s nomination of his counterterrorism advisor John Brennan to run the CIA.

Anders…

New Government Report Reveals Over 200 Children Have Been Held in U.S. Custody in Afghanistan Since 2008

New Government Report Reveals Over 200 Children Have Been Held in U.S. Custody in Afghanistan Since 2008

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 1:36pm

In recent years, several human rights bodies have faulted the U.S. for failing to live up to its international legal commitments to protect children in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week, the U.S. issued its written response to questions…

U.S. Military Treatment of Juvenile Detainees Undergoes International Scrutiny

U.S. Military Treatment of Juvenile Detainees Undergoes International Scrutiny

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 11:37am

When the U.S. ratified the international treaty on the rights of children in armed conflict in 2002, it committed to protecting children under 18 from military recruitment and deployment to war and guaranteeing basic protections to former child soldiers,…

Reporting from Guantánamo: The five uns

Reporting from Guantánamo: The five uns

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 4:10pm

In Guantánamo Bay last week, I had an enlightening opportunity to talk with Brigadier General Mark Martins—the Chief Prosecutor of the military commissions—along with a handful of other NGO observers of the commissions. There…

ACLU Launches Torture Database in Recognition of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

ACLU Launches Torture Database in Recognition of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 4:41pm
In recognition of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we launched the Torture Database, a compilation of over 100,000 pages of documents related to the Bush administration’s rendition, detention, and interrogation policies and practices. The database is our effort to provide meaningful public access to the primary documentation of torture and abuse during the years following September 11, 2001.
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…

The “Watergate Moment” and the “Torture Moment”

The “Watergate Moment” and the “Torture Moment”

We just marked the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, when five burglars associated with the White House were caught in the Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, DC. The burglary unleashed a series of revelations of misdeeds that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974.

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