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National Security & Counterterrorism

The Open Society Foundations seek to investigate and combat human rights violations linked to national security and counterterrorism operations around the world. In the United States, we support work to promote national security policies that respect human rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law.

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Voices
Q&A: German Court Demands Greater Scrutiny of U.S. Drone Attacks

For years, Germany has cooperated with the United States’ controversial use of drone strikes. A new court ruling may force the government to reassess.

Briefing Paper
Challenging German Support for U.S. Drone Strikes

On Wednesday, March 13, an administrative appeals court in Northern Germany will review a legal challenge filed by a Somali herdsman whose innocent father was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

Voices
How Weaponizing Citizenship Hurts the Justice System

No one should have their citizenship revoked as a form of punishment. It’s wrong—and it undermines the rule of law.

Event
Law Versus Power: Our Global Fight for Human Rights  

Wolfgang Kaleck, a leading German human rights lawyer, shares his insights after more than two decades involved in the global struggle to hold powerful people and governments accountable for abuses.

Voices
No State Accountability for North Carolina Contractor Who Helped CIA Torture

While far too much of the CIA’s activities during the presidency of George W. Bush remains hidden from the public, a new report helps to fill the gap by taking a closer look at North Carolina’s involvement.

Event
Book Launch—American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear    

Khaled A. Beydoun’s new book considers the history of Islamophobia in the United States and the ways anti-Muslim rhetoric is rooted in the U.S. legal system.