Drones, surveillance, torture, rendition, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. These are just some of the subjects over which Jameel Jaffer has fought the U.S. government.
He is the head of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy — and now he’s leaving after more than a decade with the civil liberties organization to run the new Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.
“There’s obviously reasonable disagreement on what the government’s response to the very real response of terrorism ought to be,” Jaffer tells NPR’s Ari Shapiro. “But, I think there’s probably widespread agreement now that, at various points over the last 15 years, the U.S. government has crossed lines that it shouldn’t have crossed. And … one of the ACLU’s roles has been to draw attention to those transgressions and to try to right them.”
Read more at the source: NPR – August 11, 2016 – Outgoing ACLU Director Reviews Tenure Fighting National Security Battles
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