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Torture awareness month events organized across the nation

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

tortureIn February 1998, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared June 26 to be the International Day of Support for the Victims of Torture. Human rights advocates across the globe join together on this day each year in an effort to raise awareness about inhumane abuse and express solidarity with survivors.

In Los Angeles, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace hosted the Close Guantánamo Justice Luncheon at United University Church, welcoming attorneys Anne Richardson and Michael Rapkin, each of whom represents detainees at the world’s most notorious prison camp. The event brought together people from a variety of religious communities, exposing the realities of American-sponsored torture at home and abroad.

Numerous legal and advocacy organizations in Chicago worked together to lead a town hall meeting on torture at the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies. Drawing upon the Convention Against Torture, a legally binding document ratified by the US in 1994, this town hall meeting focused on prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement practices by the Chicago Police Department. In addition to demanding an end to all torture practices throughout the nation, this event called upon the Governor of the State of Illinois to pardon all victims of torture and recognize their right to rehabilitation.

Finally, the fight to end US-sponsored torture and other human rights abuses emerged in our nation’s capital, where the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)  recognized Syracuse University Law professor David Crane with the 2014 Eclipse Award for his work to fight against impunity for torture. More recently, Crane has played a pivotal role in revealing the injustices perpetrated by the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad. The event also hosted David Luban, a professor at Georgetown University College of Law, and Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador at Large and Director of the US State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Guided by CVT Executive Director Curt Goering, these distinguished experts discussed principles to fighting impunity, and the challenges that emerge in implementing them.

For more information about how you can join the fight against torture email orgnanizing@bordc.org.

 

CIA stonewalling transparency on torture even after Senate vote

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 8:55 am by

The nation is still waiting to hear from the Obama administration regarding its declassification of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s practice of torture under the Bush administration. On April 3, the committee voted 11-3 to declassify a four hundred page summary of its much larger report of over six thousand pages.

The committee gave the Obama administration the ability to redact whatever it deems harmful to national security. The administration, however, has allowed the CIA to take the lead on the redaction process, causing concern among many observers that the CIA may be focused more on protecting its reputation than national security.

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Constitution in Crisis :: BORDC May Newsletter

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 9:55 am by

Constitution in Crisis

May 2014, Vol. 13 No. 05

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Cities around the country say: fusion centers are wasteful, fraudulent, and perpetuate racial profiling

Diverse, multiracial grassroots coalitions from around the country held teach-ins, press conferences, and actions to challenge civil liberties violations by fusion centers, which coordinate the surveillance activities of local police alongside federal agencies like the NSA and FBI.



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Will Obama protect the CIA, as he has the NSA? (Part I)

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm by
(Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to seek the declassification of less than 10% of its 6,000 page report documenting CIA torture crimes vastly beyond those previously acknowledged. The vote could be the most significant accountability moment for our nation’s intelligence agencies in the last 40 years.

But don’t hold your breath. The decision over declassification now goes to the White House, where despite his rhetorical support for transparency, the President has repeatedly aligned himself with the intelligence agencies despite documented crimes and bipartisan congressional opposition.
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BORDC News Digest for 04/03/14

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm by

Current News

4/3, Kathryn Watson, Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau, Advocate: Police bypass Fourth Amendment with license plate readers

4/3, Caitlin Hendee, Denver Business Journal, Colorado hunters won’t be allowed to point guns at drones

4/2, Andrew Napolitano, Washington Times, NAPOLITANO: What if secrecy, NSA trump the Constitution?

4/2, Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, CIA torture report to remain largely secret despite declassification vote

4/2, Daniel Gallington, World Report, What’s Behind the NSA Battle

3/31, Bradley Klapper, ABC News, Senate Report: Torture Didn’t Lead to Bin Laden

3/31, Radley Balko, The Washington Post, The drug war exception to the Fourth Amendment

BORDC News Digest for 04/02/14

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm by

Current News 

4/2, Fred Fleitz, National Review, The Senate’s CIA Report

4/1, Matt Sledge, Huffington Post, The CIA Torture Debate Is Only Beginning

3/31, Washington Post, Greg Miller and Ellen Nakashima, CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says

3/30, Chris Hedges, TruthDig, Fighting the Militarized State

3/28, Celeste Katz, NY Daily News, Reaction Roundup: DC’s Philip Eure appointed NYPD inspector general

The people of Maine can stop torture

Monday, March 31, 2014 at 9:15 am by

collins-kingResidents of Maine have a unique opportunity to advance human rights and restore checks and balances on executive power. The state’s Senators both sit on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), which has conducted an investigation to establish the facts surrounding the CIA’s use of torture as an instrument of detention and interrogation. A 6,300-page report presents the most comprehensive review to date of the agency’s program, documenting abuses vastly beyond those previously acknowledged—but it remains secret, pending the committee’s vote on whether to declassify portions of it to let the public finally see the facts.

It gets worse: the CIA was caught spying on the SSCI’s torture investigation, and stands accused by its chief ally in Congress, committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), of stealing documents from the committee’s computers and impeding its investigation. Moreover, a senior CIA lawyer who himself appears complicit in torture has ironically sought a Justice Department criminal investigation into how the committee gained access to the documents.
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BORDC News Digest for 3/25/14

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:28 pm by

Current News 

3/25, Cindy Saine, Voice of AmericaObama, Legislators Propose Plans to Stop Massive NSA Phone Data Collection

3/24, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report, CIA Losing Friends in Congress

3/24, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Baltimore Sun, Bill calls for end to NSA bulk telephone ‘metadata’ collection [Commentary]

3/24, Jessica Van Sack, Boston Herald, Microsoft case shows privacy’s a myth

3/24, Jeff Stein, Newsweek, The CIA Doesn’t Want You to Know How Badly It Botched Torture

3/23, Andy Worthington, Eurasia Review, Guantánamo, Where Unsubstantiated Suspicion Of Terrorism Ensures Indefinite Detention, Even After 12 Years

3/20, Mary Silver, Epoch Times, Oversight Group Testimony Says Patriot Act Flawed

BORDC News Digest for 03/17/14

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:45 pm by

Current News 

3/17, Shahid Buttar, People’s Blog for the Constitution, Beyond CIA & NSA spying: Corruption

3/16, Morley Safer, CBS News, Drones over America

3/15, Candice Bernd, TruthOut, From Waterboarding to “Water Curing”: Guantanamo Detainee First To Legally Challenge Force-Feeding

3/15, Nahal Zamani, Huffington Post, From Stop-and-Frisk to Guantánamo: US Human Rights Record Under Scrutiny at UN

3/13, Darren Samuelsohn, POLITICO, Intel Panel ‘Very Close’ on killing NSA phone programs

Beyond CIA & NSA spying: Corruption

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm by

PRISM-Microsoft-supported-NSAEven before open war erupted last week between the CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), embattled NSA officials had woven tangled skeins to downplay public crimes including lying to Congress.

Many observers have noted the double-standard apparent in Feinstein challenging the CIA while deferring to the NSA. Few have recognized that both the NSA’s pattern of spying and then lying about it, and the CIA’s trajectory of first committing torture crimes, then spying on Congress to cover it up and then lying about the spying when caught, can be described in a single word: corruption.

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