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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.

Mr. Jaffer Goes to Santa Fe

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:49am
Santa Fe Reporter interviews Jameel Jaffer, head of the ACLU's National Security Project.

Trust Us...

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:33am
Check this out. It may be a little bit outside the habeas ambit, but it's clearly related to the executive supremacy debate. I'll have more shortly.…

Dems, Redeem Thyselves

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:32pm
Saturday's Times had this extraordinary editorial demanding that the White House disclose sufficient information to allow Congress to deal with the FISA eavesdropping expansion with at least some sense of what it's doing. First, note this mention…

Six More Released

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:39pm
Six more detainees have been repatriated, bringing the total down at Gitmo to around 355 with 80 still cleared for release. Also, of the 14 "high-value" detainees transferred from CIA custody recently, all have been deemed "enemy combatants." Interestingly…

Brits Change Course, Accept Gitmo Detainees

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:29pm
I honestly don't know what to make of this development (though I'm ecstatic there's movement on the detainee front). We know the State Department has been pushing hard for repatriation. Guess it finally stuck.…

Patriot Act Redux

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:14pm
I was working for the ACLU on September 11, 2001. Our offices were about a block away from Capitol Hill, directly across the street from the Supreme Court. That morning, we all knew two things: a) we were scared, and b) the aftermath would not be the…

Secret Opinions and Propaganda

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:23am
The Washington Post reported on Thursday morning that one of the impetuses (impeti?) behind the push to further revise the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, was a classified opinion that reportedly declared part of the NSA surveillance…

So Disingenuous

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:15pm
Cheney on Larry King last night: "I think you need to have someplace to hold those individuals who have been captured during the global war on terror. I'm thinking of people like Khalid Sheik Mohammed. This is a man we captured in Pakistan. He's the…

As the President Plays the Fear Card, Gonzales' Shoe Looks Likelier to Drop

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:54pm
Between the tussle over subpoenas, the possibility of contempt or perjury charges, and criticism from both parties over no less than three separate scandals, it's no surprise that the press has begun to tack on "embattled" to Attorney General Alberto…

Two Week Round-Up

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:48pm
I realize I’ve been asleep at the proverbial switch now for a while now. Mea culpa. I just wrote the bar (hopefully that's all behind me now). In any event, some key stories from the last two weeks that habeas trackers should note. First item:…
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