U.S. Torture

10 Years Later: Our First Step Toward Torture

10 Years Later: Our First Step Toward Torture

By Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at 2:44pm
Our country’s embrace of torture after 9/11 may have seemed like a quick one: one day we didn’t torture, and the next we did, with the so-called “torture memos” to blame for the rapid shift. But the reality is that proponents of “enhanced interrogation techniques” (and other euphemistically titled cruelties) had to overcome substantial barriers in their efforts to justify torture. The first major barrier fell 10 years ago, today—many months before the torture memos were issued.
ACLU Studio: The Torture Report

ACLU Studio: The Torture Report

By Ateqah Khaki & David Felsen, ACLU at 6:09pm

Sometimes the truth is buried in front of us. That is the case with more than 140,000 pages of government documents relating to the abuse of prisoners by U.S. forces during the “war on terror,” brought to light by the ACLU.

Since…

The Machinery of Death: Witness to Al-Nashiri’s First Guantánamo Hearing

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 1:25pm

Yesterday, the man accused of planning the 2000 U.S.S. Cole bombing appeared before the world for the first time, nine years after his capture, at a military commission hearing at Guantánamo. I was there to observe the proceedings for the…

ACLU Studio: Former FBI Special Agent Disagrees with Cheney’s Tortured Logic

ACLU Studio: Former FBI Special Agent Disagrees with Cheney’s Tortured Logic

By David Felsen, ACLU at 2:55pm

For nearly 10 years, Ali Soufan helped fight the United States’ secret war on terror, gathering intelligence and interrogating prisoners as an FBI Special Agent. Soufan claims that former Vice President Dick Cheney’s insistence that waterboarding was effective is flat-out wrong.

ACLU Studio: Porter Goss, Beer Nuts and Waterboarding

ACLU Studio: Porter Goss, Beer Nuts and Waterboarding

By David Felsen, ACLU at 12:44pm

Apparently, former CIA Director Porter Goss' favorite party trick is to use beer nuts to show how waterboarding is really no big deal. You'll learn this and other fun facts in our inaugural ACLU Studio Podcast.

Tenth Anniversary of Worldwide War; A Time to Reassess Who We Are

Tenth Anniversary of Worldwide War; A Time to Reassess Who We Are

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:39pm

While the country focuses on the upcoming tenth anniversary of 9/11, there is another tenth anniversary that is coming up next week that triggered sweeping changes around the world.

Just a few days after 9/11, Congress passed the Authorization…

The Legacy of 9/11: Endless War Without Oversight

The Legacy of 9/11: Endless War Without Oversight

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project at 4:33pm

Almost ten years after 9/11, in May of this year, a majority of the US House of Representatives voted to give President Obama — and all future presidents — more war authority than Congress gave to President Bush two days after the 9/11…

This Week in Civil Liberties (9/2/2011)

This Week in Civil Liberties (9/2/2011)

By Rekha Arulanantham, ACLU at 5:03pm

What major telecom company participated in warrantless wiretapping?

Which former leader has no regrets about Bush Administration torture policies?

What supposedly quick fix to public education deficiencies endangers the separation between…

Waterboarding Redux: Anthony Romero Takes on Yoo, Gonzales Over Bush-Era "Lawlessness"

By Tori Mends-Cole, Washington Legislative Office at 4:56pm

The Aspen Security Forum never lacks for high-powered panelists for its annual discussions on homeland security. The July 30 session featuring ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero was no exception.

For a discussion on The Rule of Law and…

Court Sanctions CIA to Pay Fees Over Torture Tapes

By Ateqah Khaki at 9:32pm

Earlier today, we appeared in court for a hearing on our motion to hold the CIA in contempt of the court for destroying 92 videotapes depicting torture of two prisoners, Abu Zubaydah and Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri. (Coincidentally, the argument came on…

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