DoJ Memo Justifies Killing Anwar al-Awlaki by Citing US Law Enforcement’s Right to Use Deadly Force

By: Friday August 15, 2014 8:33 pm

As a result of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times, President Barack Obama’s administration has released the first memo authored by federal appeals court judge and former Office of Legal Counsel lawyer David Barron to justify the killing of US citizen and terrorism suspect [...]

Hundreds of Thousands of People Unaffiliated With Terrorist Group on US Government Watchlist

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 6:31 pm

Two hundred and eighty thousand people or more than forty percent of the individuals on the government’s main watchlist are not affiliated with any “recognized terrorist group,” according to a report from The Intercept. “The watchlist,” as described in the story from journalists Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux, is typically the list with data from [...]

White House’s Censorship of Senate Report on CIA Torture Continues US Indignity Toward Victims

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 12:00 pm

United States senators involved in producing a more than 6,000-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program are upset with significant redactions the White House made to the report. One of the key issues is that the White House censored “pseudonyms” from the report used to protect covert CIA agents and [...]

Lawsuit Challenges Secretive Policy Allegedly Used Against Muslim Immigrants to Deny Citizenship

By: Friday August 1, 2014 10:53 am

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of five Muslims allegedly denied American citizenship because of a secretive policy a Homeland Security Department’s immigration agency operates. The program grants the government broad discretion to designate those applying for citizenship as “national security concerns.” According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], the United [...]

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┬ástory 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 [...]

Leaked Rulebook Reveals Loophole-Ridden Criteria for Placing Individuals on Terrorist Watchlists

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 7:53 pm

A secret United States government rulebook for placing “known terrorists” and “suspected terrorists” on government watchlists, including the No-Fly List, has been published by The Intercept. It was obtained from an unnamed “intelligence source.” The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance” [PDF] from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) contains the criteria by which officials can blacklist individuals [...]

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 [...]

Preemptive Prosecutions: Report Spotlights How the US Government Manufactures ‘Terrorism’ Cases

By: Monday July 21, 2014 7:43 pm

Human Rights Watch and the Columbia Law School have released a comprehensive report challenging the government’s use of sting operations and other tactics in terrorism prosecutions. It particularly highlighted twenty-seven cases from when the cases were initiated to sentencing and post-conviction, including confinement conditions. The report comes just over a month after a mostly ignored [...]

A Navy Medical Officer’s Profound Act of Resistance to Force-Feeding Guantanamo Prisoners

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 9:43 am

A Navy medical officer recently refused to force-feed a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. It is the first reported act of resistance to the regime of force-feeding since prisoners went on hunger strike eighteen months ago. According to Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald, Navy Captain Tom Gresback confirmed “a recent instance of a medical provider [...]

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