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July 09, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Today James Comey, President Obama’s nominee for Director of the FBI, testified during his nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee as to the legality of so-called...
July 05, 2013 Washington, DC –Five former agents who have worked in or with the FBI are urging members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to fully vet James Comey’s views on detention and interrogation of terrorism...
June 26, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Today, as it marks International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Human Rights First calls for the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s (SSCI) report on the...
June 21, 2013 Washington, D.C. – In response to reports that President Obama will nominate James Comey to be the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Human Rights First’s Elisa Massimino said...
May 07, 2013 Washington, DC – Following reports that the Central Intelligence Agency edited the screenplay for “Zero Dark Thirty,” the Oscar-nominated film about the U.S. Special Forces’ Osama bin Laden operation...
May 03, 2013 Four years after President Obama signed an executive order to ban torture, we’re still debating whether it saved American lives. Why? Because the most authoritative record of the so-called “...
April 27, 2013 Following Vice President Biden’s remarks last night supporting release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report into CIA torture, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino said...

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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...