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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.

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 war without end, or any of the bad Guantánamo detention and limitation of prosecution provisions that Chairman Buck McKeon of the House Armed Services Committee slipped into the bill. 
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 war without end, or any of the bad Guantánamo detention and limitation of prosecution provisions that Chairman Buck McKeon of the House Armed Services Committee slipped into the bill. 

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…

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…

Accountability for Torture

Take the CIA Out of the Loop on the Torture Report

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:18pm

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Fool me three times? Good grief, no one should ever be fooled three times.

But that's exactly what will happen to the Senate Intelligence Committee – and the American people…

Obama's Drone Killing Program Slowly Emerges from the Secret State Shadows

Obama's Drone Killing Program Slowly Emerges from the Secret State Shadows

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

Should we be happy or worried that the CIA may, someday soon, no longer be able to order a drone pilot to shoot a Hellfire...

Have You No Shame? Torture Memo Author to Testify Against Blocking NDAA Powers in USA

Have You No Shame? Torture Memo Author to Testify Against Blocking NDAA Powers in USA

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:39pm

At today's NDAA hearing, torture memo author Steven Bradbury will advise the Senate not to block the use of the NDAA indefinite detention powers in the United States itself.

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,…

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