David Addington

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Playing It Safe...And Missing the Point

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:19pm
Not to knock my adopted hometown paper, but the Washington Post editorial board gets under my skin sometimes. I guess in an attempt to differentiate themselves from the Times, they consistently hew to a quasi-centrist middle-of-the-road position on national security issues. Their editorials always intone these code words for both sides, but rarely take a concrete position one way or the other. Instead, it always ends up milquetoast. Say what you will about the NY Times editorial board (or WSJ, for that matter), at least those folks are consistent, and consistently decisive. Case in point, today's lead piece on closing Guantanamo:

Executive Primacy & Gitmo

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:17pm
Rosa Brooks, Georgetown law professor and LA Times columnist extraordinaire, unpacks the Khadr/Hamdan dismissals today in an op-ed (incidentally, fun fact: most folks think op-ed stands for "opinion-editorial" when it actually means "opposite editorial,"…

No Beverage Service

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:33pm
Huge news last week. And see ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero on HuffPo talking about the torture flights. The ACLU, for the first time, has brought suit against a private company, retained by the CIA to provide travel arrangements and flight…

A Bigger Picture

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:54pm
I've always been interested in how all the stories (read: scandals) coming out of the Bush administration interweave. And I'm especially interested in internecine ideological fights, both because I derive a perverse sense of satisfaction watching hardnose…
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