U.S. Torture

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,…

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 Speech, Privacy, and Technology 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 Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 9:29am

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

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