Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘ACLU’

Court Finds Ex-Gitmo Prosecutor Likely Fired For Speaking Out Against Military Commissions

Court Finds Ex-Gitmo Prosecutor Likely Fired For Speaking Out Against Military Commissions

A federal court found today that, based on the facts presented to it so far, the Library of Congress likely violated Col. Morris Davis’s rights when it fired him from his job at the Library’s Congressional Research Service (CRS) because of opinion pieces he wrote about the Guantánamo military commissions system that ran in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post in November. The court denied Davis’s request for an immediate injunction to compel the Library to reinstate him, however, finding that Col. Davis had not yet demonstrated the irreparable injury necessary for an injunction because Davis might be able to recover monetary damage in the future.

Civil Liberties Groups Say New TSA Screening Measures Are Discriminatory

Civil Liberties Groups Say New TSA Screening Measures Are Discriminatory

Civil liberties advocates and organizations representing Muslims believe the Obama administration’s decision to require extra scrutiny for travelers to the U.S. from 14 predominantly Islamic countries will lead to practices that are discriminatory and ineffective. The Obama administration announced Sunday it will subject the citizens of 14 nations who are flying to the United States to intensified screening at airports, including being subjected to full-body pat downs or body scanners.

Govt Official Fired For Writing Critical Op-Eds About Gitmo Military Commissions

Govt Official Fired For Writing Critical Op-Eds About Gitmo Military Commissions

So much for the First Amendment. Morris Davis, the retired Air Force Colonel who served as the Chief Prosecutor of the Military Commissions at Guantánamo from September 2005 until his resignation in October 2007, has just lost his job at the Congressional Research Service (a branch of the Library of Congress) for writing, in his […]

9/11 Families: Send Guantanamo Detainees To Federal Court

9/11 Families: Send Guantanamo Detainees To Federal Court

This video, released by the American Civil Liberties Union today, features family members of 9/11 victims calling for federal trials of terrorism suspects. The Obama administration is expected to announce by November 16 whether certain Guantánamo detainees will be transferred to the U.S. for trial in federal courts or be tried in the illegitimate military […]

Controversial Patriot Act Provisions Appears Set For Reauthorization

Controversial Patriot Act Provisions Appears Set For Reauthorization

It appears that reapproval of controversial provisions of the Patriot Act may happen soon – evidently with a green light from the Obama Administration and over strong objections from human rights and civil liberties groups. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the USA Patriot Act Extension Act of 2009. The bill makes only minor changes to the original Patriot Act and was further watered down by amendments adopted during the Committee’s deliberations.

Obama Urged to Fully Comply with Anti-Torture Treaty

Obama Urged to Fully Comply with Anti-Torture Treaty

The 15th anniversary of the U.S. ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Torture passed last week with little fanfare and virtually no press attention from the mainstream media here. But according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), “U.S. policy continues to fall short of ensuring full compliance with the treaty.” For example, the organization said that an appendix to the Army Field Manual (AFM) can still facilitate cruel treatment of prisoners and detainees at home and abroad.

Civil Rights Group: New Bagram Detainee Rules A ‘Step In The Wrong Direction’

Civil Rights Group: New Bagram Detainee Rules A ‘Step In The Wrong Direction’

Human rights activists and legal experts reacted swiftly today to disclosures that the U.S. Government is planning to introduce new measures they claim would give inmates at Afghanistan’s notorious Bagram prison more opportunities to challenge their detention. Their views range from cautious optimism to total condemnation. There are some 600-plus prisoners being held at the […]

High Court Urged to Reject White House Appeal to Keep Abuse Photos Secret

High Court Urged to Reject White House Appeal to Keep Abuse Photos Secret

The American Civil Liberties Union called upon the U.S. Supreme Court this week to deny a petition the Obama administration filed in August that urged justices to review and reverse a lower court’s decision ordering the government to release more than four-dozen photos depicting U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan abusing prisoners.

Court Rules Ashcroft Can Be Held Liable For U.S. Citizen’s Post 9/11 Detention

Court Rules Ashcroft Can Be Held Liable For U.S. Citizen’s Post 9/11 Detention

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that former Attorney General John Ashcroft can be held personally responsible for the wrongful detention of Abdullah al-Kidd, a U.S. citizen, who was on his way to Saudi Arabia when he was arrested in Washington’s Dulles Airport on March 16, 2003 as a material witness in the trial of Sami Omar Al-Hussayem.

CIA Will Continue to Withhold Key Bush Era Torture Documents

CIA Will Continue to Withhold Key Bush Era Torture Documents

The CIA said in court papers late Monday that it intends to withhold hundreds of pages of documents related to the Bush administration’s torture and detention policies on grounds that disclosing the information will threaten national security.

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