upcoming events & current campaigns
Oppose 'keep Gitmo open' misinformation campaigns. President Obama's first moves on Guantanamo Bay and military commissions have been met by brazen campaigns of misinformation from those who want to retain disastrous Bush administration policies. Help get the truth out. The ACLU has called for people to write to your local media outlets debunking the critics opposed to shutting down Gitmo. Check out the ACLU call for more info. call for Obama to ban torture

Fire, Disbar, Prosecute John Yoo. John Yoo did his most notorious damage as deputy assistant attorney general for the Bush administration's Office of Legal Counsel, where his legal opinions were used to justify torture. Yet he is still a professor at UC Berkeley's Boalt Law School. Act Against Torture has been participating in protests against the sheltering of this war criminal under the pretext of academic freedom for some years, and got some attention in the press and blogosphere when we called a protest at the Boalt graduation on the morning of May 17, 2008 to demand he be fired, disbarred, and prosecuted for his criminal lawyering as a Bush administration official.

John Yoo's legal brief of March 14, 2003, advising the White House how it could get away with torture, was released to the public in April 2008. Jameel Jaffer, director of the ACLU's national security project, said Yoo's legal reasoning puts "literally no limit at all to the kinds of interrogation methods that the president can authorize. [...] The memo was meant to allow torture, and that's exactly what it did." In the wake of the memo's release, the National Lawyer's Guild has called for Yoo's dismissal from his position at UC Berkeley, his disbarment, and his prosecution for war crimes. The Center for Constitutional Rights has released a letter in support of this call.

Our campaign page has more info and links on efforts to fire, disbar, and prosecute John Yoo.

John Yoo
Take the Orange Ribbon Pledge: Shut Down Guantanamo. AAT is distributing small cards like the one shown on this page with orange ribbons for people to wear. You can buy orange ribbon at any fabric store. A few safety pins, and the sheet of 8 cards later and you're equipped to take our campaign to your neighborhood, school, and workplace. Our Orange Ribbon Flyer describes AAT's pledge campaign in more detail. Also, the article 8 Reasons to Close Guantanamo Now published in In These Times (02/12/07) explains why it's still 100% essential to shut U.S. torture & indefinite detention prisons. orange ribbon campaign card
Murder charges against former Black Panthers based on confessions extracted by torture. Eight former Black Panthers were arrested January 23rd in California, New York and Florida on charges related to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police officer. Similar charges were thrown out after it was revealed that police used torture to extract confessions when some of these same men were arrested in New Orleans in 1973. Harold Taylor and John Bowman (recently deceased) as well as Ruben Scott (thought to be a government witness) were first charged in 1975. But a judge tossed out the charges, finding that Taylor and his two co-defendants made confessions after police in New Orleans tortured them for several days employing electric shock, cattle prods, beatings, sensory deprivation, plastic bags and hot, wet blankets for asphyxiation. Support is being asked in the form of letters to the incarcerated men, showing up at their court hearings in San Francisco, and donations. More info at the Free the SF 8 site. Free the SF 8 poster

(See our photo and press pages for coverage of past events.)