Government Abuse of Power

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Signing of the Patriot Act.

CCR was the first organization to challenge the Bush administration’s policy of “extraordinary rendition,” where suspects are secretly transferred from U.S. custody to foreign governments that are notorious for poor human rights records. Since our founding, we have fought against similar government abuses of power – restrictions on travel to Cuba, illegal surveillance and wiretapping, and U.S. military aggression in Central American and Iraq. And post-9/11, we continue to fight the government’s use of the “state secrets” doctrine to cover-up its misdeeds as well as fight its classification of many First Amendment activities as “material support” to groups the U.S. has labeled as terrorist organizations.

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