You'll be amazed to see the difference in the amount of information redacted in the very same 2004 report issued by two different administrations, only about one year apart. The 2004 report is Special Review of the CIA's Office of Inspector General entitled, Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities (September 2001 — October 2003. The side-by-side comparison was recently released by the National Security Archive. The most frequent phrases in the release by one of the administrations is "Denied in Full" and "Page not provided." If you're interested in the torture question, you'll also want to check out the group's The Torture Archive. The Archive contains "more than 83,000 pages of primary source documents (and thousands more to come) related to the detention and interrogation of individuals by the United States, in connection with the conduct of hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in the broader context of the 'global war on terror.'" The National Security Archive's website states that it is an independent non-governmental research institute and library at D.C.'s George Washington University which collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Monthly Archives: September 2009
USD Trans-border Institute Event: A Vision for US-Mexico Border Security
Date: Friday, September 11, 2009
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & JusticeTheatre
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Mr. Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will share his vision of the U.S.-Mexico border security relationship, explore the coordination of United States border security policy with the southwest border communities, and address the importance of close collaboration between the United States and Mexico in this regard.
For event and ticketing information, please visit the TBI events page.
Ever read a living book? Here’s your chance…
Take a look at the Living Library website to get familiar with the concept: http://living-library.org/index.html, and its history. If you have questions about the project, contact Amy Besnoy at Copley (email@example.com) or John Adkins at the Legal Research Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).
iAWFUL: Internet Advocates’ Watchlist for Ugly Laws
This new website employs a "continually updated" Top Ten List which tracks "the Worst Internet Laws in America." The NetChoice Initiative website iAWFUL states, "Reckless and misguided laws, often originating at the state level, threaten to undermine the foundation of the free and open Internet. Some of the most serious threats to the Internet come in the form of lawmakers trying to "fix' it." In addition to the advocacy analysis of the proposed legislation done by NetChoice, the site links you to the full-text of what it sees as "dangerous legislation", so you can read it yourself and draw your own conclusions.
IPJ Peacebuilding in Guatemala
Event: Reweaving the Social Fabric in Post-Conflict Guatemala
Date: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Room C
During the Summer of 2009 USD sent a team to Quiché – the area in the western highlands of Guatemala that was hardest hit during that country’s 36-year civil war – to conduct a workshop on conflict transformation. Panelists including the new IPJ Executive Director Milburn Line; IPJ Program Officer Elena McCollim; Community Service Learning Director Elaine Elliott; and Anu Lawrence, M.A. in Peace & Justice ’09, will discuss the outcomes of the workshop and its relevance for peacebuilding efforts in Guatemala. No RSVP required. Feel free to bring a lunch; light refreshments will be provided.