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Posts Tagged ‘aclu

America Land of the Free Surveillance

August 26, 2010

Political spying is nearly as bad now as it was during the Cold War. The ACLU reports that Americans are harrassed and under surveillance for exercising their First Amendment rights. One ACLU report, Policing Free Speech: Police Surveillance and Obstruction of First Amendment-Protected Activity (.pdf), reveals that, in recent years, Americans have been put under surveillance […]

Bush administration warned 9/11 Commission against probing too deeply

March 18, 2010

Senior Bush administration officials sternly cautioned the 9/11 Commission against probing too deeply into the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, according to a document recently obtained by the ACLU. The notification came in a letter dated January 6, 2004, addressed by Attorney General John Ashcroft, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and CIA Director George […]

ACLU request Govt to provide info on Predator Drone Program

January 15, 2010

In a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the American Civil Liberties Union asked the U.S. government to disclose the legal basis for its use of predator drones to conduct “targeted killings” overseas. In particular, the ACLU seeks to find out when, where and against whom drone strikes can be authorized, and how the United […]

George Bush: “None of the provisions of Geneva apply to our conflict”

November 2, 2009

According to the New York Times: F.B.I. agents who arrived at a secret C.I.A. jail overseas in September 2002 found prisoners “manacled to the ceiling and subjected to blaring music around the clock.” What is more frightening — that the C.I.A. got its jollies by torturing, even murdering human beings in its secret sodomy frat-houses […]

CIA refuses to turn over torture records

September 5, 2009

The Central Intelligence Agency has refused to turn over documents they were ordered to produce to a civil rights group under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. A federal judge ordered the agency to produce the documents — relating to the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program and secret prisons — by Monday, or provide a justification […]

12-year-old does 7 years in Guantanamo

August 27, 2009

One of the youngest people to be held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay has finally been released and taken back to his native Afghanistan, his lawyer has said. The now-19-year-old,  Mohammed Jawad, “was released and returned to Afghanistan today, ending nearly seven years of illegal detention by the United States,” Jonathan Hafetz, […]

Torture Cover-Up Fight

June 9, 2009

CIA Director Leon Panetta told a federal judge Monday that releasing documents about the agency’s terror interrogations would gravely damage national security. The lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union led to the unveiling of Bush administration legal memos authorizing harsh methods — among them waterboarding, a type of simulated drowning, and slamming suspects […]