Illegal Detentions and Guantanamo

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GTMO representation by Zina Saunder

The government has illegally detained thousands of people, the most notorious example being the men at Guantánamo. The Center for Constitutional Rights has fought for the right to due process, filing countless cases on behalf of these men and others swept up in the so-called War on Terror. CCR has challenged immigration sweeps, ghost detentions, extraordinary rendition, and every other illegal program the government has devised to lock people up and throw away the key. CCR believes we all become less safe and less free when we trample on the rights of others.

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Impeach Torture Architect Jay Bybee

President Obama released four torture authorization memos written by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) under the Bush administration that devised a legal framework for the justification of the Torture Program. The memos were released as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the Center for Constitutional Rights helped file with the ACLU and other organizations.

We need your help to impeach one of the legal architects of the Bush administration Torture Program who is now, incredibly, a federal judge.

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Advocacy Toolkit: Close GTMO

This set of information and media includes the Faces of Guntanamo Reports, the Guantanamo by the Numbers factsheet, links to our petition to shut Guantanamo down, a Solidarity Calendar with ongoing events, and more tools!

Report: Guantanamo and Its Aftermath

The UC Berkeley and CCR joint Report on GTMO detaineesThis report, Guantánamo and Its Aftermath: U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices and Their Impact on Detainees, based on a two-year study, reveals in graphic detail the cumulative effect of Bush Administration policies on the lives of 62 released detainees.

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Al-Zahrani v. Rumsfeld & Al-Zahrani v. United States

Al-Zahrani v. Rumsfeld is a civil action filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of the families and estates of two men who died at Guantánamo Bay in June 2006. The case…

Boumediene v. Bush / Al Odah v. United States

On June 28, 2004, the Supreme Court held in Rasul v. Bush, that the nearly-600 men imprisoned by the U.S. government in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba had a right of access to the federal courts, via…

CCR Attorneys Praise Gitmo Closure Plan, Caution Need for DOD to Get on Board, Stop Holding Up Efforts

April 22, 2015, New York – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released the following statement in response to a front-page story in The Washington Post about the Obama administration’s plans to close the Guantanamo prison camp:  Read More >>

French Court Investigating U.S. Torture: Summon Former Gitmo Commander

April 2, 2015, Paris/Berlin/New York – Today, in a case seeking to hold U.S. officials accountable for the torture and other serious mistreatment of three French citizens formerly detained at Guantánamo, the Chambre de l’instruction de la Cour d’appel de… Read More >>

Rasul v. Bush

The Center for Constitutional Rights began this case in February 2002, shortly after the first detainees were sent to Guantánamo. Representing two Australians—David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib—and two men from the U.K.—Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal, CCR filed a petition… Read More >>

United States of America v. Osama Awadallah

United States of America v. Osama Awadallah is a lawsuit in which the Center for Constitutional Rights defended Osama Awadallah against charges of making two false material declarations before a grand jury. CCR maintained that Mr. Awadallah was illegally detained… Read More >>