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March 11, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today praises Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) speech on the Senate floor in which she addressed the need for a strong oversight mechanism in Congress and noted...
March 07, 2014 There is a clear consensus emerging from our top military leaders:  effective counterterrorism requires a whole-of-government – not exclusively military – approach. At congressional hearings...
March 05, 2014 Washington, DC –  Reports that the CIA may have unlawfully monitored Senate staff working on a Senate intelligence committee inquiry into the CIA's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program...
February 26, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Twenty of the nation’s top former interrogators and intelligence officials sent a letter to members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) urging them to...
February 25, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Thirty-one of the nation's most respected retired admirals and generals sent a letter today to members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence urging them to vote to...
November 08, 2013 Yesterday, Rolling Stone magazine released a story by Matthieu Aikins detailing possible abuses committed by U.S. Green Berets and/or their translators in Afghanistan. This grisly account could be...
October 23, 2013 By Rita Siemion Law and Security Program In yesterday’s pre-trial motions proceedings in the 9/11 military commissions case against Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four co-defendants, defense attorneys...

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Issue Brief | February 01, 2018
When terrorism suspects are captured or arrested, it is important for the United States to learn all that it can from these individuals to prevent future attacks and gain knowledge about terrorist...
| August 09, 2017
July 31, 2017 Dear Senator,  We are a nonpartisan group of former national security, law enforcement, intelligence, and interrogation professionals. Our collective professional...
Factsheet | August 30, 2016
Service members of the United States Armed Forces are required to disobey orders that violate the law. As retired Marine Corps General John Allen recently said: “When we swear an oath to support...
Letter | February 17, 2016
September 17, 2015 Dear Presidential Candidate, We are a nonpartisan group of former national security, law enforcement, intelligence, and interrogation professionals who served in the U.S...