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Washington, DC to Rally Against Torture on Friday, June 26

What do Amnesty International USA, CODEPINK: Women For Peace, and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee have in common? They are among the activist organizations that are gathering in front of the Department of Justice in Washington, DC at 4 pm on Friday, June 26 to call for an full investigation and prosecution of those […]

Bipartisan Group Passes Amendment Banning FBI From Forcing Weak Backdoors To Encryption

The House has passed an amendment that bans the Department of Justice from approaching technology companies and forcing them, or even requesting to, install backdoor evasions of encryption software. […]

US Government Using Airplanes To Hack Into Americans’ Phones En Masse

Late yesterday, the Wall Street Journal revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice is using airplanes equipped with “dirtbox” technology to hack into Americans’ cell phones from the air. (Read all about it in The Guardian) This technology converts an airplane into a fake cell phone tower. When Justice Department planes fly over American cities, […]

Obama Official: Once We’ve Got Your Data, it’s Not Subject to the Constitution

I am grateful to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for at least holding hearings on the subject of the massive warrantless surveillance. On March 19, 2014, the PCLOB held a hearing and subsequently produced a transcript so that we can hear the Obama administration’s point of view on civil liberties.

As you already […]

New Government Spying Allegations Have Nothing To Do With Stopping Terrorists

The Department of Justice has been given ongoing access to a massive database of information about Americans’ private telephone calls, for investigations that have nothing to do with preventing terrorist attacks. […]

It’s not just the DEA: NSA Program allows Warrantless Surveillance to spot Ordinary Crime

How would you feel if a soldier arrived at the door of your house and announced that on behalf of the U.S. military, he would be installing a voice recorder under your kitchen table to capture all of your conversations, and also splicing a data recorder into the cables in your basement to monitor your […]

Vigil at White House to Close Guantanamo Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 2011

Today and tomorrow from Noon to 4 pm, Witness Against Torture is holding a vigil outside the White House to call for the closing of Guantanamo and an end to the practice of indefinite detention without criminal charges. If you’re in Washington DC and can make it to these events, please do your part to […]

What Does Document Censored By Obama Justice Say?

We would seek an alteration in subsection 22 of section A, inserting the word “pretty” in front of the word “please”, and further inserting the phrase “with a cherry on top”. […]

White House Hesitates Even to Prosecute Torture Deaths: "Could Have Been Clogged Arteries"

The Washington Post reports today that earlier reports of a vigorous program of investigation and prosecution for violations of federal torture law were wildly overstated. The Obama Administration Department of Justice will look at far fewer than ten cases. These cases will be prosecuted not solely for torture, but also apparently for homicide, with the […]

White House Hesitates Even to Prosecute Torture Deaths: “Could Have Been Clogged Arteries”

The Washington Post reports today that earlier reports of a vigorous program of investigation and prosecution for violations of federal torture law were wildly overstated. The Obama Administration Department of Justice will look at far fewer than ten cases. These cases will be prosecuted not solely for torture, but also apparently for homicide, with the […]

Bush Administration Directed Construction of Torture Chambers

This heartfelt stupidity wasn’t merely a mistake. It was criminal. Conspiracy to commit torture is a violation against the Geneva Conventions and two separate criminal codes. […]