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Court Sanctions CIA to Pay Fees Over Torture Tapes

By Ateqah Khaki at 9:32pm
Earlier today, we appeared in court for a hearing on our motion to hold the CIA in contempt of the court for destroying 92 videotapes depicting torture of two prisoners, Abu Zubaydah and Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri. (Coincidentally, the argument came on the nine-year anniversary of two of the “torture memos” that purported to provide legal cover for the brutal interrogation CIA detainees).
Newspapers in America's Three Biggest Cities Have Joined Call to Honor Opponents of Torture

Newspapers in America's Three Biggest Cities Have Joined Call to Honor Opponents of Torture

By Josh Bell, Media Strategist, ACLU at 4:28pm

Today the Los Angeles Times published a stirring editorial calling on President Obama to honor those in government who resisted the Bush administration's torture policies. Joining The New York Times and the Chicago Sun-Times, the paper spotlighted…

Senate Armed Services Committee Says "No" to Worldwide War; Overreaches on Indefinite Detention

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 5:12pm

Hooray! With your help, we prevented the Senate from authorizing the president to engage in worldwide war.

For months, we have been pushing to prevent Congress from passing legislation that would give this president (and any of his successors)…

The Good and the Bad of the Warsame Case

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:57pm

First, the good: with today's news of charges being brought against terrorism suspect Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame in federal criminal court in New York, the Obama administration is acting on its Attorney General’s stated belief that our criminal…

Mr. Addington Gets Called Out

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:10pm
When the historians get their mitts on the Bush presidency, the one essential book that probably will never be written is a biography of David Addington, Vice President Cheney's former top lawyer and current chief of staff (the replacement, of course,…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

Changes At SOCOM?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 8:34am
Profile on Adm. James Stavridis, head of the military's regional Southern Command, which includes Gitmo in its ambit. The story is more focused on his approach in Latin America, but it also makes this point: The smart power approach is more than just…
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