2017 Forecast: We Are Facing A Direct Assault on Human Rights — in the Name of Security

By Naureen Shah, Director of National Security and Human Rights

Detention and torture:

  • Anywhere between a few to several hundred new detainees at Guantánamo, in addition to those who remain at the end of the Obama administration;
  • Attempts to repeal U.S. law in order to permit torture and other forms of ill-treatment;
  • New “black sites” for incommunicado detention and torture and other forms of ill-treatment, and rendition of individuals to foreign governments with records of torture.

Surveillance and domestic counterterrorism:

  • Expansive profiling and suspicionless surveillance of Muslim and immigrant communities, potentially including a registry of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries;
  • Introduction of “Patriot Act II” legislation to expand U.S. government surveillance of all people without a warrant.

Human rights violations arising from lethal force operations:

  • Expansive use of drones and other air strikes in a manner that endangers civilians and is potentially unlawful in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere; the President-elect has even threatened to restart a nuclear arms race.
  • Further empowerment of the CIA and U.S. Special Forces to conduct killings in secret and with limited or no oversight;
  • Deployment of several thousands of U.S. military personnel to Iraq and Syria, where they and local communities face toxic exposures arising from military operations that may devastate their health.

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