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Gabe
Rottman

Gabe Rottman is a legislative counsel/policy advisor in the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office, focusing on the First Amendment. In that role, Rottman advocates in Congress and the federal agencies for the freedoms of speech, press, assembly and petition, including issues related to intellectual property, telecommunications regulation, media law, criminal speech restrictions and the rights of protesters.  Prior to this position, he served as an attorney in private practice and as a senior writer and communications specialist for the ACLU.

Adieu

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 7:52pm

More on Lt. Col. Jordan

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:11am

Things Could Be Worse?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:21pm
Professor Stone ripping it up. So, we should consider recent events in context. The legislation amending FISA is unwarranted, reckless and possibly unconstitutional. Nonetheless, the overall state of civil liberties in the U.S., viewed in historical…

Due Process for Abu Ghraib Officer

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:35pm
Two charges dropped against Lt. Col. Steve Jordan after military court determines that he wasn't read his rights before being interviewed by a senior officer (to whom he allegedly lied about abuse at Abu Ghraib). The charges against Jordan were tossed…

Conspiracy to Commit...What Exactly?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:48am
Adam Liptak at the Times on the Padilla verdict's legal angle. The central charge against Mr. Padilla was that he conspired to murder, maim and kidnap people in a foreign country. The charge is a serious one, and it can carry a life sentence. But prosecutors…

The Padilla Verdict

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:53pm
What to make of this? Mr. Padilla, convicted on all counts, guilty of murder conspiracy and two other charges, based almost exclusively on a grainy reproduction of an alleged "application form" filled out in an attempt to attend an al Qaeda training…

Surging Abuse?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:46pm
American detainees stand at an all time high in Iraq after the surge. U.S. military operations associated with the troop increase in Baghdad have boosted the number of detainees held in American facilities in Iraq to about 23,000, up 5,000 from four…

The March Hare Analogy

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:29pm
Slate's Dahlia Lithwick on the surreal absurdity of the government's arguments yesterday in the NSA spying appeals: Early in the argument in the first case, Hepting v. AT&T, Judge McKeown asked Deputy Solicitor General Gregory G. Garre whether President…
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