Jameel Jaffer is founding director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which works to defend and expand the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age. Previously, he was a Deputy Legal Director at the ACLU, where he oversaw the ACLU’s work relating to free speech, privacy, technology, national security, and international human rights. He has argued in multiple appeals courts, as well as in the U.S. Supreme Court, and has testified several times before the U.S. Congress. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Slate, Salon, Politico, Index on Censorship, the Harvard Law Review, the Harvard Law Review Forum, and the Yale Law Journal Forum. His most recent book, The Drone Memos, was published by The New Press in the fall of 2016.
The Snowden revelations have vindicated The Nation and the ACLU. When will the government correct the record and stop the abuses?