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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.

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 days left of the Bush Administration and roughly five weeks left in the congressional calendar (which translates to about 20 days on Capitol Hill).

White House Heavily Involved in CIA Tape Destruction

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 7:44pm
The CIA is on a roll lately with news that it destroyed taped “harsh” interrogations of detainees. The Justice Department recently warned a federal judge to back off of an inquiry as to whether the tapes’ destruction violated a court order. The…
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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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