The War of Terror
After the 9/11 attacks, G.W Bush declared what he called a “crusade”, a “War on Terror”. Soon after, the US invaded Afghanistan, started to kidnap individuals around the world to detain, interrogate and torture them.
The US ran a number a covert programs, including the “detention program”, the “rendition program” and the “enhanced interrogation techniques program”.
In February 2002, the first detainees arrived at Guantanamo Bay.
A key feature of the War on Terror is that it ignores the known legal systems and values. Governments claim that it is necessary to counter the terror threat.
This mentality is not limited to the US in their international fight against Al Qaeda but extends to virtually all countries in the world which have adopted measures eroding the most basic rights in the name of the War on Terror.
These rafts of measures have slowly legitimised wars, rendition, intrusive surveillance, extrajudicial killing, profiling, control orders, secret courts and detention without trial or charge.
Our remit of work extends to all those who have been impacted by the war on terror and seeks to defend their rights by upholding the principle of the rule of law.