The human rights lawyer “knew that when you sue the powerful, you will often lose,” The Nation wrote. “But he also understood that such suits could prompt political action, and that … was often more important in achieving justice than the litigation itself.”
Ratner, who led the charge against excesses in the war on terror, died of complications of cancer Wednesday.
A male officer allegedly removed Kirsty Powell’s religious headscarf by force during an arrest, and now the United States' largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization seeks justice.
In her writings she brings to life the cruelties that the inmates have endured, and in her legal work she has succeeded in getting several men cleared and released.
As the clock counts down to the new year, another clock will continue ticking, counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since May 23, 2013, the day President Barack Obama promised to free all those prisoners at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for release.
The senior attorney at the celebrated civil liberties group is pushing for the prosecution of U.S. officials who tortured detainees and terrorism suspects—an issue the Senate's report on the subject was conspicuously silent about.
In an eerie report on the treatment of Muslims imprisoned for alleged involvement in "terror-like activity," the news agency Inter Press Service tells the story of Tarek Mehanna, a Pittsburgh-born Muslim currently serving a lengthy jail sentence.
Some measure of privacy and secrecy for people is essential, especially when it comes to "effective activism," the Salon blogger and former constitutional lawyer told an audience at the Socialism 2012 conference last week.
Internal emails disclosed by Anonymous and WikiLeaks suggest that Stratfor, a private intelligence firm working with the U.S. Justice Department, has information about a confidential “sealed indictment” for the arraignment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Internal emails disclosed by Anonymous and WikiLeaks suggest that Stratfor, a private intelligence firm, has information about a “sealed indictment” for the arraignment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.