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51 items by John Knefel

  • Guantanamo Lawyers Denied Phone Access to Clients

    Guantanamo Lawyers Denied Phone Access to Clients | ARTICLE

    An email obtained by Rolling Stone reveals that a Guantanamo Bay lawyer who represents 11 detainees was denied access to an emergency call to communicate with one of his clients on Tuesday. Defense attorney Carlos Warner requested...

    April 16, 2013 4:50 PM ET
  • Task Force: Post-9/11 U.S. Policies Were Torture

    Task Force: Post-9/11 U.S. Policies Were Torture | ARTICLE

    A non-partisan task force led by two former members of Congress has concluded that the United States government engaged in torture in the years after 9/11, and that "senior officials . . . bear ultimate responsibility" for...

    April 16, 2013 2:56 PM ET
  • Did the CIA's Drone Program in Pakistan Begin With a 'Bargaining Chip' Killing?

    Did the CIA's Drone Program in Pakistan Begin With a 'Bargaining Chip' Killing? | ARTICLE

    In a major story in Sunday's New York Times, national security reporter Mark Mazzetti details the troubling origins of the CIA's targeted killing program in Pakistan – which he says began in 2004 with the...

    April 8, 2013 10:54 AM ET
  • U.N. Official Calls for Closing of Guantanamo Bay

    U.N. Official Calls for Closing of Guantanamo Bay | ARTICLE

    A high-ranking United Nations official called for the closing of Guantanamo Bay today in one of the strongest statements issued by the U.N. in recent memory. Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human...

    April 5, 2013 3:40 PM ET
  • Symbols of Bush-era Lawlessness Flourish Under Obama

    Symbols of Bush-era Lawlessness Flourish Under Obama | ARTICLE

    During the George W. Bush years, two of the most controversial elements of what was then called the Global War on Terror were the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program and the creation of the prison...

    April 2, 2013 3:00 PM ET
  • Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike Worsens As Hopes For Prison's Closing Fade

    Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike Worsens As Hopes For Prison's Closing Fade | ARTICLE

    First it was five or six. Then it was 14. Then 24, and now 25. Those are the number of Guantánamo Bay detainees on hunger strike that the Department of Defense...

    March 21, 2013 11:30 AM ET
  • Andrew 'Weev' Auernheimer Sentenced to Three and a Half Years

    Andrew 'Weev' Auernheimer Sentenced to Three and a Half Years | ARTICLE

    Andrew Auernheimer, the 27-year-old hacker better known as Weev, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison this week for his role in what became known as the AT&T hack, with an additional 3 years...

    March 19, 2013 12:46 PM ET
  • Police Spying on American Muslims Is a Pointless National Shame

    Police Spying on American Muslims Is a Pointless National Shame | ARTICLE

    Civil liberties groups led by the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition released a new report today detailing the detrimental effects of the NYPD's spying on Muslim communities in recent years. The report, called Mapping Muslims:...

    March 11, 2013 12:00 PM ET
  • Why Rand Paul's Filibuster Matters

    Why Rand Paul's Filibuster Matters | ARTICLE

    Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) held the Senate floor for 12 straight hours this week, from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning, in an attempt to block the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA. But the junior...

    March 7, 2013 2:43 PM ET
  • House Hearing Fails to Address Major Concerns With Targeted Killing Program

    House Hearing Fails to Address Major Concerns With Targeted Killing Program | ARTICLE

    The House Judiciary Committee held a full member hearing today on when it is acceptable for the government to designate a U.S. citizen for targeted killing – the first hearing to focus specifically on this...

    February 27, 2013 12:32 PM ET
  • The Drone Industry Wants a Makeover

    The Drone Industry Wants a Makeover | ARTICLE

    It's been a rough couple of months for drone advocates. John Brennan's CIA confirmation hearing and the Department of Justice's leaked white paper on the government's "kill list" have finally brought the issue of targeted...

    February 21, 2013 5:03 PM ET
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