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July 11, 2013 On Tuesday, James Comey faced a Senate confirmation hearing for his nomination to become the next FBI Director. Much of the hearing was spent questioning Mr. Comey about the torture policies of the...
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 08, 2013 Exactly a year ago tomorrow leading Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab was arrested in his home by masked men. He has been in custody ever since and has another year to go before...
July 05, 2013 This week, Senators Dick Durbin and Sheldon Whitehouse wrote to James Comey, President Obama’s nominee for FBI Director, asking for clarification of his role in authorizing torture during his time as...
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 27, 2013 As the United States looks to reestablish itself as a leader in the global struggle to eradicate torture we have learned that our ability to influence other countries is diminished when we don’t have...
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...

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Issue Brief | January 04, 2019
Introduction As the armed conflict with various organized terrorist groups stretches into its sixteenth year, the United States continues to wrestle with the most effective way to handle captured...
Letter | November 30, 2018
  Dear Senators: We are a group of non-governmental organizations that advocate for human rights, civil rights, and government accountability. We are writing to share our serious...
Factsheet | May 24, 2018
On May 17, 2018, the Senate voted to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the CIA. She was confirmed by a vote of 54-45—the lowest number of affirmative votes for any CIA director in history. Haspel...
Letter | May 08, 2018
Download Dear Senator: Even in times of crisis, the United States prides itself on remaining committed to American values and universal ideals. This means that our leaders and government...

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