Obama Administration Releases First Yemeni Prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in Years

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 11:39 pm

Five prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay prison were released and resettled in Georgia and Slovakia. The released prisoners included four Yemenis, marking the first time since 2010 that Yemenis cleared for release were set free. Salah Muhammad Salih Al Dhabi, Abdul Khaled al Baidani, and Abd Al Hakim Ghalib Ahmad Alhag, who are each Yemeni, were [...]

US Government to Go Before UN Committee Against Torture & Defend Solitary Confinement

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 12:46 pm

During a periodic review of the country’s obligations under the Convention Against Torture, the United States is expected to go before the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva and defend the use of solitary confinement. On November 12 and 13, the committee will scrutinize President Barack Obama’s administration and its compliance with the treaty. [...]

Kuwaiti Prisoner Cleared by Periodic Review Board Is Released from Guantanamo in Spite of Republican Fear Mongering

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 12:51 pm

Kuwaiti prisoner Fawzi Al Odah was released from Guantanamo Bay prison and transferred to Kuwait. Odah was cleared for release by a periodic review board in July and is the first prisoner cleared by the board to be released. During Odah’s detention, he was a high-profile prisoner whose attorneys fought for rights for all prisoners, [...]

When the Government’s Secrecy Arguments Are Not Blindly Accepted by Judges

By: Monday October 6, 2014 11:46 am

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner, Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who has been force-fed and subjected to rough cell extractions prior to such feeding, is finally getting the opportunity to have his case challenging his treatment heard in court today. Remarkably, the hearing comes after two major victories, where the judge agreed the legal proceeding should be open [...]

The Uncivil Termination of Professor Steven Salaita

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 12:30 pm

Professor Steven Salaita was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza. Yesterday, he delivered his first statement on what happened to a room full of supporters on the UIUC campus—a [...]

Court: Releasing Images of Guantanamo Prisoner Would Incite Violence, Especially Since He Was Tortured

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 8:51 pm

A federal appeals court has ruled that the United States government can keep video and photos of high-profile Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohammed al-Qahtani secret because it is well-known that he was tortured and abused and any future release of information depicting him could be used by terrorist groups to incite anti-American violence. The Center for [...]

In No-Fly List Lawsuit by American Muslims, DOJ Argues ‘No Constitutional Right Not to Become an Informant’

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 4:46 pm

The United States Justice Department has moved to dismiss a lawsuit in which American Muslims allege that that twenty-five law enforcement officials, particularly FBI agents, had them placed on the No Fly List after they refused to become government informants in their community. In April, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Creative Law Enforcement [...]

‘Breaking The Set’ Segment on Leaked Guidebook for Placing Individuals on Terrorism Watchlists

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 10:33 pm

The Intercept published a major story yesterday on a guidebook from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) that contains criteria employees should follow when placing people on the United States’ terrorism watchlists, including the No-Fly List. (I posted my own analysis of the story here.) The guidebook is vague, riddled with loopholes and gives employees a lot [...]

Animal Rights Activists Who Allegedly Freed Minks Are Indicted on Federal Terrorism Charges

By: Friday July 11, 2014 12:26 pm

Two animal rights activists who allegedly released thousands of animals from a mink farm about sixty-five miles southwest of Chicago have been indicted on federal terrorism charges. Both Tyler Lang and Kevin Johnson were indicted by a grand jury in the Northern District of Illinois for allegedly releasing 2,000 minks from captivity on August 14, [...]

In Appeal, Diverse Groups Challenge District Court’s Dismissal of Lawsuit Against NYPD Spying

By: Friday July 11, 2014 10:23 am

A number of organizations and individuals have decided to support an appeal in a lawsuit against spying against American Muslims by the New York Police Department. In February, federal district court judge William Martini dismissed a lawsuit brought by eight American Muslims. Martini refused to accept that surveillance by the NYPD had caused any suffering. He [...]

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