U.S. Torture

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.

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 Speech, Privacy, and Technology 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.

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 Speech, Privacy, and Technology 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.

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…

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