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CCR Factsheets and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) cover a variety of areas, and aim to move beyond the boundaries of specific cases to address some of the broader issues and root causes in our work. Most Factsheets and FAQs are also available to download as pdf's so they can be easily printed and distributed.

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  1. Al-Aulaqi v. Obama: Government Kill Lists Target U.S. Citizens Far From Any Armed Conflict

    What are the government’s “kill lists” and why are they illegal? The government has “kill lists” of individuals suspected of terrorism, including U.S. citizens, who are being targeted for death outside of zones of armed conflict,…

  2. Covering Dissent: The Attack on Journalists by Law Enforcement

    The Crackdown on Journalists Through pre-emptive raids and mass coordinated actions, local and federal law enforcement interfered with the media’s ability to report on public protest, civic engagement and on law enforcement’s activities around the 2008…

  3. CMUs: The Federal Prison System’s Experiment in Social Isolation

    Download the PDF of the CMU Factsheet here. What is a Communications Management Unit (CMU)? In 2006 and 2008, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP or “Bureau”) secretly created the Communications Management Units (CMUs), prison units designed to…

  4. Erasing the Past: The Destruction of an Ancient Muslim Cemetery in Jerusalem

    Download our factsheet on the Mamilla Cemetary by clicking here.  

  5. Guantanamo Bay Habeas Decision Scorecard

    This scorecard provides an overview of habeas case outcomes for men who have been illegally detained at the detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  In chronological order, the scorecard includes the petitioner’s name, ISN (internment…

  6. 100 Days: End the Abuse of the State Secrets Privilege

    During its tenure, the Bush administration sought to centralize power in the executive by any means necessary––both legal and extralegal––in order to carry out its policies without oversight by any other branch of government. In…

  7. Factsheet: The Case Against Shell

    The Case Against Shell  

  8. Factsheet: Shell's Environmental Devastation in Nigeria

    Royal Dutch Shell, plc (Shell) began oil production in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria in 1958 and has a long history of working closely with the Nigerian government to quell popular opposition to its presence in the…

  9. Factsheet: The Alien Tort Statute (in English and Spanish)

    The Alien Tort Statute (ATS), also known as the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA), is a powerful legal tool that allows foreign victims of human rights abuse to seek civil remedies in U.S. courts. It…

  10. Factsheet: Accountability and Prosecutions for Torture

    Evidence of the criminal activities of the Bush administration is exceedingly well documented. It is apparent in Bush administration memos, FOIA documents, congressional hearings, court documents, the testimony of victims, innumerable investigative news articles and…

  11. Factsheet: The Case Against Avi Dichter

    The Case against Avi Dichter   International law and Accountability Just before midnight on July 22, 2002, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) dropped a one-ton bomb on Al-Daraj, a densely-populated residential neighborhood in Gaza City in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).…

  12. Factsheet: Guns for Hire in Iraq, The Cases Against Blackwater

    Why are guns for hire in Iraq? The U.S. government has increasingly been outsourcing functions previously carried out by government employees or members of the military to for-profit corporations. During the Bush Administration, the use of…

  13. Factsheet: Boumediene v. Bush/Al Odah v. U.S. : The Supreme Court Decision

    The Supreme Court Decision   Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative  

  14. Legal Analysis: Boumediene v. Bush/Al Odah v. United States

    Legal Analysis: Boumediene v. Bush/Al Odah v. United States

  15. Solitary Confinement at Guantanamo Bay

    "It's kind of like having their own apartment." Camp 6 Guard, Guantánamo Bay Naval Station 1 "I am in my tomb." Abdelli Feghoul, Camp 6 prisoner, cleared for release since at least 2006 Approximately 70% of the men imprisoned…

  16. Foreign Interrogators in Guantanamo Bay

    FOREIGN INTERROGATORS IN GUANTÁNAMO BAY US Allows Security Forces from Brutal Human Rights Abusing Regimes into Guantanamo; Many Countries Complicit in Abuses at Guantánamo

  17. Bowoto v. Chevron: How Chevron Pays, Houses, Transports, Schedules, and Directs the Nigerian Police and Military

    Through its subsidiary Chevron Nigeria Limited, Chevron directs the notorious Nigerian military and police forces that commit gross human rights abuses on its behalf. Yet in its public face, Chevron pretends that it has no…

  18. Factsheet: Maher Arar and Extraordinary Rendition

    In 2002, Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen, was detained at a U.S. airport on his way home from a family trip. He was interrogated by U.S. officials about alleged links to al-Qaeda and was repeatedly…

  19. Factsheet: Qana and Belhas v. Ya'alon

    On April 18, 1996, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) shelled a United Nations (UN) compound in Qana, Lebanon, killing over 100 civilians and wounding hundreds more. Approximately 800 civilians had sought refuge in the compound while their villages became the…

  20. Al Odah v. United States Legal Arguments and Implications

    AL ODAH/BOUMEDIENE LEGAL ARGUMENT AND IMPLICATIONS Boumediene v. Bush:

  21. Factsheet: The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007

    Could Rosa Parks, who was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 for violating segregation laws by sitting in the white-only section of a bus and refusing to move, be considered a “homegrown terrorist” by…

  22. The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA)

    The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) was passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 27, 2006. The law was pushed through Congress by wealthy biomedical & agri-business industry…

  23. Habeas Petitions and Habeas Counsel

    Since the first habeas corpus petition for detainees was filed on February 19, 2002, CCR has helped coordinate a movement of over 500 pro bono attorneys who have filed habeas petitions for more than…

  24. FAQs: Prison Phone Rates

    Q: Why should we lower the rates? If people in prison don’t want expensive calls, they should not break the law. A: People in prison do not pay for the collect calls. That burden falls to…

  25. FAQs: Does the U.S. Torture People?

    In the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which the United States ratified in 1994, torture is defined as "any act by which severe pain or suffering,…