Hina Shamsi

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

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Monday, October 17, 2016 - 2:30pm
Finally Free: ‘Guantánamo Diary’ Author Released After 14 Years Without Charge
After unlawfully imprisoning our client Mohamedou Ould Slahi at Guantánamo for 14 years without charge or trial, the U.S. government has finally released him. He is now home in his native Mauritania. We are overjoyed for Mohamedou and his loving family, who have been anxiously awaiting his return...
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Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 3:30pm
Hearing Thursday Could Clear Path to Freedom for ‘Guantánamo Diary’ Author
Mohamedou Slahi has been unlawfully detained for 14 years at Guantánamo Bay and is the author of a best-selling book about the ordeal he suffered there. A hearing Thursday could result in his freedom. After years of waiting and litigation, Slahi will finally receive a Periodic Review Board hearing...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:00am
Why I Have Hope For American Muslim Equality
President Obama gave a milestone speech in defense of American Muslims and religious freedom at a mosque last week. And I had a hard time listening to it. That may seem counter-intuitive at a time when anti-Muslim hysteria, discrimination, and violence have reached such a crisis stage that The...
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Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 12:45pm
Landmark Settlement in Challenge to NYPD Surveillance of New York Muslims: What You Need to Know
A settlement in our challenge to NYPD surveillance of New York Muslims was announced today, heralding new safeguards to protect against bias-based and unjustified investigations of Muslim and other minority communities. The settlement was announced in Raza v. City of New York , a lawsuit on behalf...
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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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