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Christopher Anders (@andersacluis senior legislative counsel in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington Legislative Office, where he represents the ACLU before Congress and the Executive Branch. Since joining the ACLU legislative team in 1997, Anders has represented the ACLU on a wide range of civil liberties and civil rights issues. For the past eight years, Anders has led the ACLU’s Washington, D.C. advocacy on torture, detention, war authority, and Guantanamo issues. Since 2006, he has led a national coalition of human rights, civil liberties, and religious groups working on detention and Guantanamo issues. He also has served as a human rights observer at military commission proceedings held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Prior to joining the ACLU’s Washington office, Anders spent eleven years with Washington law and lobbying firms.

Military Commissions, Obama-Style

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:53pm
It’s official: Bush-era military commissions are back.

Obama Lauds Free Speech Protections in House Hate Crimes Bill

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:32am

What a difference an evening has made for hate crimes!

Late the night of April 28, 2009, the White House released a statement by President Barack Obama in support of a House bill to strengthen protections against hate crimes. The Local Law…

House Hate Crimes Bill Punishes Violence, Not Bigotry

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:36pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

The House hate crimes bill is pitch-perfect.

It punishes only the conduct of intentionally selecting another person for violence because of that person's race, color, national origin, religion, gender,…

Cooking as a Crime, and Other Guantánamo Observations

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:02pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

After sitting through two military commission hearings here at Guantánamo today, I started asking military officers whether any members of Congress or staff have seen any of the military commission proceedings…

Time Running Out At Guantanamo?

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:53am

Almost precisely 36 hours after President-elect Obama declared on 60 Minutes that he will shut the Guantánamo Bay prison and end the sham military commission trials, our Air Force cargo prop plane lumbered down the very same runway at Andrews…

MCA, Still Crazy After All These Years

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:23pm

Two years ago today, President Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA), stripping away the time-honored right of habeas corpus, and thus allowing the federal government to detain anyone it so chooses indefinitely - no charges…

Lame-Duck Attorney General Wants New Declaration of War — and Takes Aim at the Constitution

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:39pm

Maybe we should get Attorney General Michael Mukasey a couple of countdown calendars. If he had checked the calendar yesterday before heading out to give a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, he would have realized that there were only 182…

Congress to Hold Historic Hearing on Gender Identity in the Workplace

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:49pm

This Thursday, June 26, the House Education and Labor Committee's Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on discrimination against transgender employees. Congressman Robert Andrews (D-NJ) will chair this historic…

Chris Anders: The Watchdog Bites at the Torture Administration

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:17pm
At last. A report from the Justice Department that is on the correct side of the torture issue. Yesterday morning, the Inspector General of the Justice Department posted a long-awaited report on the FBI's role in interrogations (PDF)—and how the…

Senators Press, Mukasey Equivocates

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:32pm
On Wednesday, Attorney General Mukasey went before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his first oversight hearing since heading up the Department of Justice. In the days leading up to the hearing, the AG finally responded to the Committee's request…
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