22 Sep 2015

Inspector General Urged To Investigate Justice Department For Ignoring CIA Torture

Amnesty International USA urged the inspector general for the Justice Department to investigate why the department has failed to examine human rights violations documented in the Senate report on CIA torture. In a letter dated September 21, AIUSA alleges the Justice Department failed to review evidence regarding the department’s role in human rights violations, which were committed by the CIA.

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21 Sep 2015

Released Guantanamo Prisoner Experienced Terror On Flight To Morocco

A Moroccan released from Guantanamo Bay prison was blindfolded and shackled during his flight to Morocco, where he remains in detention, according to his attorney. Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri, who was detained for 13 years, was repatriated to Morocco last week. Moroccan authorities did not immediately release him.

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21 Sep 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ‘This is Not a Protest Song’

Jazz vocalist and songwriter René Marie believed since the civil rights movement jazz musicians had not done all that much to address social issues. She recorded a song in 2007 about her personal experiences with homelessness, and all money made from the song was to be given to Colorado’s Coalition for the

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20 Sep 2015

Podcast: As Hunger Strike Ends, Parent Shares How Fight for Dyett Means Everything to Her

The Fight for Dyett, a grassroots campaign to revitalize and save Walter H. Dyett High School on the south side of Chicago, ended a 34-day hunger strike on September 19. At least twelve people had participated in the hunger strike in order to save the public school from being closed down and privatized.

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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is being threatened with indefinite solitary confinement (via Chelsea Manning Support Network)
18 Sep 2015

Chelsea Manning To Sue Military For Prohibiting Her From Growing Hair

Chelsea Manning announced the United States Army has once again denied her ongoing request to grow her hair out. She indicated she will file a lawsuit against the prohibition.

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17 Sep 2015

Lawyer For Guantanamo Inmates Describes Prisoners’ Dreams Of Family, Fresh Air

Omar Shakir, an attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights who has worked on Guantanamo Bay prisoners’ cases, made his first trip to the military prison this month. He shared what struck him most about going to Guantanamo to meet with two prisoners, Ghaleb al-Bihani and Zaher Hamdoun. Shakir described how the men’s faces lit up as they talked about things most humans take for granted, like fresh air, travel, family, and friends.

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17 Sep 2015

Ahmed Mohamed Inspires Other Muslim Students to Stand Up to Fear, Be Themselves

Ahmed Mohamed’s case is a perfect case to understand the bigotry and hysteria in the United States, which has persisted since the September 11th attacks and festered as isolated instances of violent extremism have occurred. The outpouring of support presents an opportunity to reflect on other cases where students have been targeted for their skin color and religion.

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16 Sep 2015

In Rare Act, Police Review Agency Recommends Chicago Police Fire Cop

Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority, setup to investigate complaints against police, has recommended the cop who killed 22-year-old Rekia Boyd be fired. In the history of the agency, it has only recommended two other officers have their job terminated. Both recommendations came this year.

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16 Sep 2015

U.S. Wrongly Argues Verizon Wireless’ Participation In NSA Program Is Classified

In a challenge to the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s phone records surveillance program, President Barack Obama’s administration claims whether Verizon Wireless participated in the program is a state secret. This is remarkable given there is irrefutable evidence from government documents of Verizon Wireless’ involvement in a similar challenge to this program.

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14 Sep 2015

Attorneys: U.S. Claims ‘Unchecked Power’ to Keep Gravely Sick Prisoner at Guantanamo

Attorneys for a gravely sick Guantanamo Bay prisoner, who has been on hunger strike for eight and a half years, argue the United States government has “attacked” a federal court’s “Constitutional authority” by claiming “unchecked power” to continue detention and force-feeding. Tariq Ba Odah, a Yemeni prisoner and resident of

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