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Dissent Is Patriotic. It’s Also a Powerful Antidote to Propaganda

“If you’re to be called a communist every time you stand up for basic American rights and freedoms, what’s likely to happen? Will you be silent? And if so, is this what the House Committee on Un-American Activities is really after — a silent, submissive, un-protesting America?” -Ernest Besig, “Operation Correction,” 1961 By Bethany Woolman, ACLU…

Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Secure Safe Drinking Water in Flint

via the ACLU of Michigan.     FLINT. January 27, 2016 – A coalition of local citizens and national groups filed suit today to ask a federal court to step in and secure access to safe drinking water for the people of Flint, Michigan. Alleging violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the complaint was filed…

Here the Rain Never Finishes – The Story of Suleiman Abdullah Salim

An American Civil Liberties video:

Suleiman Abdullah Salim, a Tanzanian citizen, is a fisherman. In March 2003, the CIA and Kenyan security forces abducted him in Somalia, where he was working as a fisherman and trader. They rendered him to Kenya and from there to a CIA prison in Afghanistan, codenamed COBALT in the Senate torture report. Salim was held from March 2003 until May 2003 at COBALT, where he was brutally tortured. He was then transferred to a second CIA prison in Afghanistan, known as the “Salt Pit,” where he was held in solitary confinement under abusive conditions for 14 months. In July 2004, Salim was transferred to the custody of the U.S. military and imprisoned at Bagram Air Force Base, Afghanistan, for four more years. He was released from U.S. custody on August 17, 2008, with a document confirming he had “been determined to pose no threat to the United States Armed Forces or its interests in Afghanistan.” He currently lives in Stone Town, Zanzibar with his wife and their three-year-old daughter.

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against James Elmer Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, two psychologists contracted by the CIA to design, implement, and oversee the agency’s post-9/11 torture program. The suit is on behalf of Salim, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and the estate of the late Gul Rahman, who died as a result of his torture. All three were kidnapped by the CIA, and tortured and experimented upon according to Mitchell and Jessen’s protocols. Salim and Ben Soud continue to suffer the effects of the physical and psychological torture inflicted on them.