U.S. National Security & Human Rights

U.S. national security policies must meet the challenge of terrorism in ways that uphold the rule of law and comply with the U.S. Constitution and human rights norms.

The Open Society Policy Center’s advocacy efforts focus on U.S. policies concerning detaining, interrogating, and prosecuting terrorist suspects; rendition; profiling and discrimination; privacy and surveillance; and accountability for human rights violations.

In particular, OSPC believes that the U.S. government should close the Guantanamo detention facility, use federal courts to try terrorist suspects captured outside of an active battlefield, ensure that it fully complies with the ban on torture and cruel treatment, and provide accountability for past acts of torture and rendition. OSPC works to end racial and ethnic profiling and opposes surveillance policies that undermine Constitutional rights protections.