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September 17, 2015 Next week Pope Francis will make his first visit the United States. The occasion has Catholics and non-Catholics alike wondering what issues the Pope will choose to speak about. His six-day tour...
September 09, 2015 Hitting bookstores today: Rebuttal, in which several former CIA officials defend their authorization of torture after 9/11 and criticize the findings of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s...
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...

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Letter | June 22, 2017
Download Full Letter We write to express our serious concerns regarding the nomination of Steven G. Bradbury for general counsel of the Department of Transportation (DOT). Mr. Bradbury’s role in...
Factsheet | June 13, 2017
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has begun to return copies of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. The move is a significant setback to efforts to shine a light...
Infographic | June 08, 2017
There are now just 41 detainees at Guantanamo, each imprisoned at the extraordinary cost of $10 million per year. Five detainees, however, have been cleared for transfer by all relevant government...
Impact Study | May 08, 2017
During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged to “bring back waterboarding, and a hell of a lot worse.” That was a red line for us.   Immediately after the election, we mobilized our...