U.S. Torture

Accountability for Torture Still the Goal, Still Elusive

Accountability for Torture Still the Goal, Still Elusive

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:37pm
A pair of developments Monday made abundantly clear the lack of accountability for U.S.-sponsored torture after 9/11.
Demanding Accountability in the Home of Torture Taxi Headquarters

Demanding Accountability in the Home of Torture Taxi Headquarters

By Christina Cowger, North Carolina Stop Torture Now at 10:41am

North Carolina’s Governor Beverly Perdue agreed with us 100 percent, her Policy Director Al Delia told our delegation — “extraordinary rendition” and torture are wrong. However, the Governor would do nothing about rendition…

Seriously? Senate Considering Repeal of Anti-Torture Measures

By Ateqah Khaki at 11:16am

Yesterday, the ACLU and over 30 other organizations sent a letter to the Senate asking them to oppose an effort in Congress that threatens to revive the use of torture and other inhumane interrogation techniques. If passed, an amendment introduced…

Fighting for a Day in Court for an American Tortured on U.S. Soil

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 5:49pm

The ACLU was in court yesterday trying to hold officials accountable for the torture of U.S. citizen Jose Padilla. In 2002 he was taken from a New York jail by the military, declared an "enemy combatant," and secretly transported to a Navy brig in…

ACLU Studio: A Fall from Grace, or Business as Usual at Guantánamo?

ACLU Studio: A Fall from Grace, or Business as Usual at Guantánamo?

By David Felsen, ACLU at 4:43pm

Many people saw the torture and abuse of prisoners and indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay in the wake of 9/11 as a fall from grace. Harvard Historian, Jonathan Hansen disagrees. “America,” he says, “scarcely has any…

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.

A Decade Later

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:29pm

As the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the ACLU joins all Americans in remembering the unspeakable losses suffered on that tragic day.

This solemn occasion provides opportunity to reflect on the turbulent decade behind us, and to…

Cheney Digs in on Legacy of Torture

Cheney Digs in on Legacy of Torture

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 5:11pm

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is busy promoting his new book. The take-home message appears to be: He is not sorry for the torture and abuse that took place during the Bush administration.

DOJ to Investigate Deaths of Two Detainees in CIA Custody

DOJ to Investigate Deaths of Two Detainees in CIA Custody

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:42pm

Earlier today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department is launching a "full criminal investigation" into the deaths of two detainees in CIA custody during the Bush administration.

In August 2009, Holder…

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