Jameel Jaffer

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Jameel Jaffer is a leading human rights litigator, activist, and author. As an Open Society Fellow, he is writing a book about the transformation of official secrecy and individual privacy in the United States since September 11, 2001. We know too little about the government, Jaffer argues, and the government knows too much about us. The book draws on Jaffer’s experience litigating cases concerning the torture memos, the Abu Ghraib photos, the prison at Guantánamo Bay, rendition, targeted killing, the USA Patriot Act, and warrantless wiretapping.

Jaffer directs the American Civil Liberties Union’s Center for Democracy, which houses the ACLU’s work on human rights; national security; and speech, privacy, and technology. He is the co-author, with Amrit Singh, of Administration of Torture: A Documentary Record from Washington to Abu Ghraib and Beyond (Columbia University Press, 2007).