Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney speaks with the ACLU’s Ben Wizner about We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. They discuss how The New York Times among other publications have been treated differently than Wikileaks by the government, the dangers of over-classification, the role of journalists in a national security situation, and the connection between Wikileaks and the Arab Spring.
The East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF) is supposed to take care of mentally ill prisoners, but there is little mental health care available. Many mentally ill prisoners are locked away in solitary confinement cells for a minimum of 23 hours per day for weeks, months and years. The man featured in this video was held in solitary and despite repeated requests for help was left in the cell until he hung himself. They live among rats, human waste and debris from fires lit to get the attention of officers in emergency situations.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Law Offices of Elizabeth Alexander are representing a class of prisoners in a federal lawsuit forcing the Mississippi Department of Corrections to put an end to constitutional and human rights violations at EMCF.
US President Barack Obama gave a speech that was meant to contextualise the global drone war that has escalated under his presidency, outline the framework for future targeted killing, and address concerns about the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay. But did he succeed? To discuss this, Inside Story Americas, with presenter Shihab Rattansi, is joined by guests: Carlos Warner, a lawyer for Guantanamo detainees; and Hina Shamsi, the director of the ACLU’s National Security Project.
The Obama administration’s internal legal justification for assassinating U.S. citizens without charge has been revealed for the first time. In a secret Justice Department memo, the administration claims it has legal authority to assassinate U.S. citizens overseas even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the United States. We’re joined by Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “If you look at the memo, there is no geographic line,” says Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “Now the Obama administration is making a greater claim of authority in some ways [than President Bush]. They are arguing the authority to kill American citizens has no geographic limit.”