23 Oct 2012

Drones, Debates, and Deadly Consequences

When you see politicians on television cheering each other on about the use of drones, it is all made to seem so abstract and clean. The reality is quite a different story and raises some fundamental questions that are being glossed over: Is it lawful or wise for the Executive to be sending missiles and drones into other countries, outside of places where the U.S. is engaged in active combat, to kill people, including American citizens, that it suspects of involvement in terrorism? Haven’t we seen unchecked power lead to enormous life and death mistakes over the past decade? And doesn’t this set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the world?

10 Oct 2012

U.S. Torture Program Architects Must Face Justice

With the DOJ’s failure to prosecute the Bush Six and other torturers, Spain has a legal obligation to ensure impunity does not cross borders

10 Sep 2012

CCR Condemns Ninth Shameful and Tragic Death at Guantánamo

Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released the following statement in response to the news that a ninth man has died in detention at Guantánamo.

23 Mar 2012

New Maciel Revelations on the Heels of Papal Visit to Mexico Underscore Need for Accountability at the Very Top of the Roman Catholic Church

Recent Report Shows Mexico a Destination for Priests Escaping Charges of Rape and Sexual Violence in U.S   By Pam Spees, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights   While nothing is being done to protect the children of Mexico still being assaulted by Catholic clergy, plenty of preparations have

23 Feb 2012

Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Occupy 4 Prisoners

By Bill Quigley.  Bill teaches law at Loyola University New Orleans and works with the Center for Constitutional Rights.  A version of this article with sources is available. You can reach Bill at quigley77@gmail.com. Today US Army Private Bradley Manning is to be formally charged with numerous crimes at Fort

19 Jan 2012

Working and Poor in the USA

By Bill Quigley, Associate Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University New Orleans. “Our nation, so richly endowed with natural resources and with a capable and industrious population, should be able to devise

11 Jan 2012

Live from Guantánamo

This entry was written by Center for Constitutional Rights Senior Staff Attorney, Wells Dixon, who is currently in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba visiting one of his clients. January 11, 2012 Today marks ten years since the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay.  As fate would have it, I am here

06 Jan 2012

Guantánamo: Ten Years Too Many

by Peter Weiss, Vice President for the Center for Constitutional Rights “Today, it is not merely justice itself, but the idea of justice that is under attack.” The words are those of Arundhati Roy, the Indian author and activist, but they could also be those of anyone trying to draw

19 Dec 2011

Migrants’ Rights Are Human Rights! Take The Police Out of Immigration Enforcement

By Sunita Patel, Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and Bill Quigley, Associate Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights Nations and organizations around the globe observed yesterday as International Migrants Day. Twenty-two years ago, on December 18, 1990 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted

16 Dec 2011

Dutch Commission Report Highlights Need for International Response to Clergy Sex Abuse

Center for Constitutional Rights Issues Statement   December 16, 2011, New York – In light of a report released today by an official commission investigating clergy sex abuse throughout the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement: The extent of child