Hina Shamsi

Hina Shamsi is the director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - 1:15pm
The Government's 'Predictive Judgments' Land Innocent Travelers on the No Fly List Without Meaningful Redress
In the movie Minority Report , Hollywood depicts a future Washington, D.C., in which people are arrested by a special police force called Precrime, based on predictions that they will commit murders in the future. These predictions are not based on science, but on near-infallible psychics. Precrime...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 4:00pm
Despite Global Recognition, the Plight of Guantánamo’s Best-Selling Author Worsens
Mohamedou Ould Slahi's 13 th year of captivity in Guantánamo has been remarkable in many ways. " Guantánamo Diary ," his story of torture and unlawful detention by the United States, was finally published and has become a best-seller , earning rave reviews around the world and a Hollywood movie...
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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 8:30am
Obama Apologized for the Drone Killings of Two Western Victims. What About Everyone Else?
President Obama's recent response to the tragic deaths of two civilians, U.S. citizen Warren Weinstein and Italian citizen Giovanni Lo Porto, in a January 2015 "targeted killing" strike in Pakistan, was remarkable and unprecedented — yet it should not have been. The president publicly announced the...
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Monday, May 4, 2015 - 3:00pm
We Need a Full, Transparent Review of the US Targeted Killing Program
In releasing information on April 23 about a drone strike that killed two western hostages in Pakistan in January, the Obama administration demonstrated that it is able and willing to acknowledge responsibility for strikes, carry out investigations into them, and publicly offer compensation to...
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 7:30am
Will White House Violent Extremism Summit Address Pressing Civil Rights Concerns?
Should the federal government task teachers, religious leaders, and mental health professionals with rating and reporting to law enforcement about the strength of a family's parent-child bond? A child's involvement in religious activities or his connection to a group identity? Whether there are "...
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 7:00am
The US's Story of Torture Doesn't Have to End With Impunity
After five long years of investigation, declassification, and redaction – not to mention outright obstruction by the CIA – the Senate Intelligence Committee today shone more light on CIA torture and made a historic and necessary contribution to public scrutiny, debate, and our nation's values. The...
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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 9:45am
Uncle Sam’s Databases of Suspicion
It began with an unexpected rapping on the front door. When Wiley Gill opened up, no one was there. Suddenly, two police officers appeared, their guns drawn, yelling, “Chico Police Department.” “I had tunnel vision,” Gill said, “The only thing I could see was their guns.” After telling him to step...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 1:00pm
Fear of ISIS Triggers Double Threat to Checks and Balances
Whatever you may think of the harms carried out by the group referred to as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the fear of ISIS is now creating a double threat to our system of checks and balances. We now have a Congress so anxious to avoid tough votes that it is ducking any decision on...
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 8:33am
Death without Due Process
The White House is once again weighing whether to kill an American citizen overseas as part of its "targeted killing" program.
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Friday, January 4, 2013 - 2:42pm
Obama Administration Needs to Explain Drone Strikes
The Obama administration, having killed a 16-year-old American boy, refuses to explain why in court. The boy, Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, was born in Denver and lived there until he was 7, when his family moved to Yemen.
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