A reported plan to transfer the United States targeted killing program from the Central Intelligence Agency to the Defense Department could improve transparency and accountability, though a number of other concerns with the program would remain.
A letter to President Obama concerning redactions the Administration has proposed to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) oversight report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.
The landmark rulings against Poland by the European Court of Human Rights on July 24, 2014, underscore the need for wider European accountability for involvement in US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) counterterrorism abuses. The court ruled Poland was complicit in the rendition, secret detention, and torture of two terrorism suspects.
Twelve months ago today, Barack Obama gave a landmark national security speech. We were promised drone memos. And a case for legal targeted killing. And no more Guantanamo. A year later, none of these promises have been met.
The former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has told the Council of Europe that the NSA spied on human rights organizations, but did not identify which groups. If Snowden’s assertion is accurate, it is an example of behavior the US government condemns around the world.
The US Senate Intelligence Committee’s vote to declassify part of its report on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention and interrogation is an important first step toward public accounting of torture by the United States.
A joint statement in support by human rights and civil liberties groups of the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act would give the public and all members of Congress much-needed information about drones.
The United Statesshould heed calls issued on March 27, 2014, by an important UN human rights body to ensure that its surveillance activities are consistent with the right to privacy, both within and outside its borders
Senator Dianne Feinstein’s account of CIA efforts to obstruct congressional oversight underscores the urgency of declassifying a Senate report on the CIA secret detention and interrogation program. The Justice Department should fully investigate allegations that the CIA sought to undermine oversight by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which Feinstein chairs.