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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.

House Will Debate Worldwide War Amendment Tonight

House Will Debate Worldwide War Amendment Tonight

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:54pm

On Wednesday evening, the House debated Amendment 50 of the National Defense Authorization Act, which would strike the "sleeper provision" that authorizes a worldwide war without end.

House Will Debate Worldwide War Amendment Tonight

House Will Debate Worldwide War Amendment Tonight

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:54pm

On Wednesday evening, the House debated Amendment 50 of the National Defense Authorization Act, which would strike the "sleeper provision" that authorizes a worldwide war without end.

Obama White House Threatens a Veto Over Worldwide War and Detention Provisions

Obama White House Threatens a Veto Over Worldwide War and Detention Provisions

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:03pm

Wow! Late this afternoon, the Obama White House threatened to VETO the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill that the House of Representatives is debating and voting on this week, if it includes a new law for worldwide…

Obama White House Threatens a Veto Over Worldwide War and Detention Provisions

Obama White House Threatens a Veto Over Worldwide War and Detention Provisions

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office & Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:03pm

Wow! Late this afternoon, the Obama White House threatened to VETO the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill that the House of Representatives is debating and voting on this week, if it includes a new law for worldwide…

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.

And the Obama administration has even put its stamp of approval on them. They have made a few changes, but the idea is still the same.

If hearsay is admissible, there…

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…

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