Civil Liberties


Guardian U.K.

Shortly after the Pentagon took a battery of pro-Guantánamo US senators for a tour of its infamous detention center, it confirmed that it will deny the United Nations’ torture investigator interviews with Guantánamo Bay detainees. (more…)

The Intercept

Investigative reporter James Gordon Meek broke an important story this week: He revealed that U.S.-backed forces in Iraq are committing the same type of horrific war crimes — wanton killings of prisoners, beheadings, torture — as the Islamic State fighters on the other side of the front line. (more…)

Truthout

Roughly four times more money flows into contractor coffers today than before 9/11, now over $400 billion. This parallels a contraction in actual jobs as more and more money is expended on fancy toys that often bring very little benefit, but that lead to dramatic wealth accumulation among a tiny elite who network tightly with the lords of secrecy. (more…)

Commondreams.org

If passed, C-51 would give up to 17 government agencies access to Canadian citizens’ private information, including their financial status, medical history, and religious and political beliefs. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service would also be given the power to spy on Canadians and foreign nationals living in the country, while the Royal Canadian Mounted Police would be granted increased powers of preventive arrest. (more…)

The Intercept

Brennan’s remarks confirm what journalists have long reported: that the Obama administration sometimes helps other countries do the dirty work of snatching and interrogating terror suspects–keeping the U.S. at arm’s length from operations that are ethically and legally dubious. (more…)

Katherine will be giving a short talk about civil liberties and Dr. Dhafir’s case at the Petit Branch Library in Syracuse, New York, today at 3 p.m.

Read Katherine’s two most recent articles: Fairness and Justice? and Anatomy of a “Terrorism” Prosecution

See a Memorandum that Dr. Dhafir’s attorney Charles Swift has recently submitted for a 2255 Habeas Corpus Petition. New evidence from a FOIA request exposes the government’s duplicity in its prosecution of the case.

The Intercept

Members of an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force tracked the time and location of a Black Lives Matter protest last December at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, email obtained by The Intercept shows. (more…)

Commondreams

A former member of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s brutal regime taught at the Pentagon’s top university for 13 years, despite repeated complaints from his colleagues about his past as a torturer and murderer of political dissidents in the South American nation. (more…)

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