Professor Steven Salaita was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza. Yesterday, he delivered his first statement on what happened to a room full of supporters on the UIUC campus—a number of which had walked out of their classes.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:35 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 3, 2014 4:15 pm|
A federal appeals court has ruled that the United States government can keep video and photos of high-profile Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohammed al-Qahtani secret because it is well-known that he was tortured and abused and any future release of information depicting him could be used by terrorist groups to incite anti-American violence.
The Center for Constitutional Rights filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. At issue are at least 58 FBI videos “depicting Qahtani’s activities in his cell and his interactions” with Defense Department personnel. There are also two videos showing “forced cell extractions,” where Qahtani was likely removed from his cell in an abusive or aggressive manner, two videos showing “document intelligence debriefings” and “six mugshots” of Qahtani.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 29, 2014 3:30 pm|
The United States Justice Department has moved to dismiss a lawsuit in which American Muslims allege that that twenty-five law enforcement officials, particularly FBI agents, had them placed on the No Fly List after they refused to become government informants in their community.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 25, 2014 7:45 am|
I appeared on RT’s “Breaking the Set,” which is hosted by Abby Martin. Center for Constitutional Rights fellow Susan Hu and I appeared as part of a panel to discuss the released guidebook. We covered a lot of ground in the twelve minutes we had to discuss the watchlisting criteria.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 11, 2014 10:09 am|
Two animal rights activists who allegedly released thousands of animals from a mink farm about sixty-five miles southwest of Chicago have been indicted on federal terrorism charges.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 11, 2014 9:01 am|
A number of organizations and individuals have decided to support an appeal in a lawsuit against spying against American Muslims by the New York Police Department.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 30, 2014 4:10 pm|
A United States federal appeals court overturned a ruling by the US District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia and decided that victims of torture at Abu Ghraib may sue CACI Premier Technology, Inc.
The district court had ruled that the US Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Shell/Royal Dutch Petroleum had closed off any potential lawsuit by the four Iraqi civilians—foreign nationals, who say they were tortured and mistreated by both American civilian and military personnel while in detention
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 30, 2014 8:47 am|
Just over ten years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay had a right to challenge their detention in US courts and opened up the pervasive lawlessness at the facility to lawsuits by prisoners.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 11, 2014 11:19 am|
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other employees of the Defense Department and effectively determined that torture or abuse, which Guantanamo Bay prisoners cleared for release may have experienced, was “incidental” and within the “scope of their employment.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 23, 2014 7:35 am|
President Barack Obama stated in a speech in May of last year that he was lifting a “moratorium on detainee transfers” from Guantanamo Bay to Yemen so his administration could review each prisoner on a “case-by-case basis.”
“To the greatest extent possible, we will transfer detainees who have been cleared to go to other countries,” Obama said. However, just over a year later, not a single Yemeni prisoner has been freed. The number of Yemenis in detention at Guantanamo Bay, who are cleared for release, is still 57.