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August 11, 2015
This week Elisa Massimino, Human Rights First’s President and CEO, spoke with Jerome McDonnell, host of Chicago radio show, WBEZ Worldview. On the program, Massimino evaluates President Obama’s...
August 05, 2015
By Carolyn Tackett In a recent interview with BBC’s Hilary Andersson, Buzzy Krongard, CIA executive director from 2001 to 2004, acknowledged that detainees in Guantanamo and CIA black sites were...
July 29, 2015
New York City – Human Rights First today said that the federal government’s response to its amicus brief filed in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit case, Jose Luis Munoz Santos v. Linda R...
July 13, 2015
By Derek Claytor As a young eighteen-year-old Marine Private First Class on my first deployment, I was tasked with watching over two detainees suspected of terrorist activities as they were...
July 09, 2015
Elisa Massimino, in an article for Roll Call, writes that the Senate’s passage of the McCain-Feinstein amendment with a landslide bipartisan 78-21 vote is more than a policy victory. On this key...
June 26, 2015
Washington, D.C.– To mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Human Rights First calls on members of Congress to protect an historic provision in the National...
June 26, 2015
By Carolyn Tackett Today, on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, it is important for the United States to reflect on its painful past as an abuser, its failure to bring...

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Infographic | June 12, 2015
To: Senators, congressional staff, and other interested parties  From: Former interrogators and intelligence professionals (Steven Kleinman, William Quinn, Torin Nelson, Joe Navarro, Frank...
Talking Points | June 11, 2015
National security experts, including our nation’s most respected military and intelligence leaders, support the McCain-Feinstein amendment because it enhances national security while preventing...
Letter | June 11, 2015
June 9, 2015 Dear Senator, As retired generals and admirals who believe that American ideals are a national security asset, we urge you to support the amendment to the 2016 National Defense...
Letter | June 11, 2015
June 9, 2015 Dear Senator, As intelligence and interrogation professionals who have offered our collective voice opposing torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, we...