UK Watchdog Warns Country’s Terrorism Laws Could Be Used to Criminalize Newspapers as Terrorists

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 1:01 pm

The official in the United Kingdom, who is tasked with reviewing terrorism legislation, has released a report warning about the breadth of terrorism laws and how they could be used to criminalize journalism. Citing the case of David Miranda, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s husband who was detained at Heathrow Airport under the UK’s Terrorism Act of [...]

Supreme Court Makes It Even More Impossible for Torture Victims to Win Lawsuits

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 6:40 pm

The US Supreme Court unanimously decided that foreign political organizations and multinational corporations cannot be sued for the torture or extrajudicial killing of persons abroad under an anti-torture law passed in 1992. The law only gives people the right to sue “an individual,” “who acted under the authority of a foreign nation,” according to the [...]

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Bradley Manning Supporter’s Lawsuit Against the US Government

By: Thursday March 29, 2012 1:54 pm

A federal judge allowed a lawsuit against the US government that charges an activist was targeted for his “lawful association” with the Bradley Manning Support Network, an organization initially established to help raise funds for Pfc. Bradley Manning who is accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks. Activist David House was reentering the US after [...]

Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of the Homeland Battlefield Act Set to Begin

By: Wednesday March 28, 2012 7:10 pm

Testimony in a lawsuit against the United States government is set to begin tomorrow as multiple individuals challenge the Homeland Battlefield Act in a New York City federal court. The lawsuit is being brought by individuals concerned that the work they engage in could now lead the government to accuse them of being an “associated [...]

Afghanis & Iraqis Tortured by US Military Take Case to International Human Rights Tribunal

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 1:29 pm

Three Afghanis and three Iraqis allegedly tortured by the US military at detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan are proceeding with their case despite having the their case dismissed and upheld by an appeals court in November of last year. On March 19, a petition against the US was filed by the American Civil Liberties [...]

Holder’s Regressive Defense of Targeted Killings

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 2:32 am

(update below) Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a major policy speech at Northwestern University in Chicago that laid out what he and the Obama Administration consider to be the legal justification for counterterrorism policies. Of particular significance were arguments justifying the use of lethal force to kill US citizens suspected of terrorism without charge or trial. [...]

The Problem with Drones for Human Rights

By: Monday February 6, 2012 5:30 pm

Mark Hanis encouraged me to post a fleshed-out response to his op-ed after I asked him if he wanted me to respond to an op-ed he and a colleague, Andrew Stobo Sniderman, wrote on “drones for human rights.” I asked him if he wanted me to write a response after he found a message I sent [...]

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