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June is Torture Awareness Month

Fresh Updates from RAC » Civil Liberties   |   May 30, 2014 12:00 AM
Although the 2013-14 L’Taken season is over, I want to reflect on my experience working with high school students on issues of torture and indefinite detention as we prepare to commemorate Torture Awareness Month. Nearly 300 students participate in each of the six L’Taken weekends, and I had the privilege of teaching a program on […]

Detaining to Quota: The Detention Bed Mandate

Fresh Updates from RAC » Civil Liberties   |   May 27, 2014 12:00 AM
Since 2010, every Congressional appropriation bill for the Department of Homeland Security has included the following language: “That funding made available under this heading shall maintain a level of not less than 33,400 detention beds.” The number has varied slightly, but the implications have not; while this language seems innocuous, it means that Congress has […]

Our Civil Liberties, Ourselves

Fresh Updates from RAC » Civil Liberties   |   May 13, 2014 12:00 AM
It has been a long time since I last wrote about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. In recent weeks, the major civil liberties focus has been the Senate Intelligence Committee’s vote to release the report on the CIA’s use of torture. But now, as Congress begins work […]
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