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.
Tucked inside the continuing resolution the United States Congress passed late last week was a provision to authorize the training and equipping of “moderate, vetted” elements of the Syrian opposition. The CIA has been carrying out a covert, small-scale version of this program, according to media reports.
In any normal case, in any ordinary court, judges hold preliminary hearings to narrow the issues and move the case closer to trial. But there is nothing ordinary about the prosecution of the five men accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. And the military commission at Guantanamo Bay, where the case is being heard, is no ordinary court. Instead of bringing the case closer to trial, each preliminary hearing in Guantanamo seems to move it further away.
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.