If a recent policy change is not reversed, art by Guantanamo detainees may be permanently removed from public view when John Jay College’s exhibition closes next week.
During a year of marked ideological divisions, the right to free expression has been challenged by everyone from the alt-right to the far left. Our core values have been attacked by activists across the political spectrum. In this tumultuous year, we commend the allies who refuse to be silenced and continue to defend the right to free speech and its value to our society.
Former FBI officials successfully remove paintings by Leonard Peltier from a government building in Washington state.
A California government official removed an artwork from a public building because he determined that it was “obscene.” The First Amendment exists to prevent this kind of thing, and the piece is back up.
Published in January, The Guantanamo Diary is an intense account of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s excruciating experiences as a prisoner of the U.S. war on terror. Slahi was detained in his native Mauritania in 2001; a CIA rendition plane flew him to Jordan for brutal interrogation sessions, and from there he was taken to Afghanistan and […]