Category: Civil Liberties

Marjorie Cohn: Senate Confirms Gina Haspel, Despite Her Facilitation of Torture

The Senate voted 55-45 to confirm Gina Haspel as CIA director on May 17, despite the fact that her facilitation of torture should disqualify her from assuming the role. In her testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 9, Haspel insisted that the CIA’s interrogation program during the Bush administration was legal. Haspel, a 33-year Read more…

Norman Finkelstein: The Power of Nonviolent Palestinian Resistance

This spring’s mass nonviolent protests in Gaza come as the human rights conditions in the “open-air prison” have even further deteriorated

Juan Cole: Can Palestinians be Killed? Can Israelis Kill them? Or do they only “Die”?

Why is it so hard to admit that the Israeli army, and Israeli squatter settlers, routinely kill Palestinians?

Juan Cole: Kelly’s “Family Separation”

John Kelly, White House chief of staff, is an immigrant-hating bigot, as demonstrated by a long series of Draconian statements and measures

Tina Vasquez: The New ICE Age

An Agency Unleashed

Marjorie Cohn: Will Congress Authorize Indefinite Detention of Americans?

Under the guise of exercising supervisory power over the president’s ability to use military force, Congress is considering writing Donald Trump a blank check to indefinitely detain US citizens with no criminal charges. Alarmingly, this legislation could permit the president to lock up Americans who dissent against US military policy. The bill that risks conveying Read more…

Sarah Macaraeg: ‘We live as second-class citizens’

What it’s like to face border agents every day

Arwa Mahdawi: Michelle Wolf has nothing to apologise for

Her critics do, though

Simon Davis-Cohen: Police Quietly Backed Anti-Protest Bills in at Least 8 States

And that may be the tip of the iceberg

Vijay Prashad: A crisis that’s been long in the making

The curious saga of Lula da Silva that has undermined democracy in Brazil

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