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Jameel Jaffer (2015)

Jameel Jaffer is a human rights and civil liberties attorney who is deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is particularly notable for the role he played in litigating Freedom of Information Act requests that led to the U.S. government's release of over one hundred thousand pages of documents related to the torture of prisoners held by the U.S. at Guantanamo and elsewhere. Among the documents released through that litigation were interrogation directives signed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, emails written by FBI agents who witnessed the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, legal memos in which the Office of Legal Counsel stated that U.S. law did not prohibit the President from authorizing torture, and autopsy reports relating to prisoners who were killed in U.S. custody.

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About the Jameel Jaffer Interview

Our lawsuit, filed last week, challenges the NSA's "upstream" surveillance, through which the U.S. government intercepts, copies, and searches almost all international and many domestic text-based communications. All of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit are educational, legal, human rights, and media organizations who depend on confidential communications to advocate for human and civil rights, unimpeded access to knowledge, and a free press.

We encourage you to learn more about our lawsuit here: https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/nsa-has-taken-over-internet-backbone-were-suing-get-it-back

And to learn more about why the Wikimedia Foundation is suing the NSA to protect the rights of Wikimedia users around the world: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/03/10/wikimedia-v-nsa/

Proof that we are who we say we are:

ACLU: https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/578948173961519104

Jameel Jaffer: https://twitter.com/JameelJaffer/status/578948449099505664

Wikimedia: https://twitter.com/Wikimedia/status/578888788526563328

Jimmy Wales: https://twitter.com/jimmy_wales/status/578939818320748544

Wikipedia: https://twitter.com/Wikipedia/status/578949614599938049

Go ahead and AUA.

Update 1:30pm EDT: That's about all the time we have today. Thank you everyone for all your great questions. Let's continue the conversation here and on Twitter (see our Twitter accounts above).

Jameel Jaffer Mar 20, 2015