Detention

Do We Still Torture?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 7:01am
The LA Times asks in an editorial:

The National Security Bogeyman Haunts the Courtroom

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:41am
Excellent op-ed in the Post today by David Kay, the former weapons inspector and head of the Iraq Survey Group, and Michael German, a policy counsel at the ACLU in Washington. Takes to task the overuse of the so-called "state secrets" privilege, which,…

Happy Birthday Habeas- Freedom and Security

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:48pm
Suspending Habeas Corpus is another step down the road to becoming that which we profess to hate. "The terrorists" really ARE winning. -George Cumberland, RI "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither…

Happy Birthday Habeas- Curtailing Our Rights

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:46pm
The Magna Carta established the right to a writ of habeas corpus for John's barons. As a part of the British unwritten constitution, it has become one of the most important pillars of our English Heritage. If we rebelled against Great Britain because…

Runnymede

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:55pm
So, it's HC's birthday today. Three cheers for the jolly little green fellow, wherever he may be in these dark constitutional times. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero gives us a little history and a little inspiration (and a little country and…

Question from a Reader

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:30pm
In response to the other day's post about the al-Marri decision, reader Robin C. poses an excellent question: Why, if the Court has so ruled, is a Habeas Corpus Restoration Act needed at all? If the constitutional habeas right still applies, as before…

Happy Birthday Habeas- Fundamental Right

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:19pm
To even consider taking a person's freedom indefinitely without showing good cause flies in the face of decency. To say the suspension of Habeas Corpus is confined to individuals who are a threat to national security does not change the abusive nature…

Happy Birthday Habeas- Call to Action

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:17pm
I miss you terribly...we need to keep pressure on all our lawmakers, Democrats as well as Republicans, to bring you back! Our democracy can't survive without you!! -Beverly Seattle, WA "Habeas is more than an idea. It lies at the heart of our national…

Happy Birthday Habeas- Honorable

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:13pm
Happy Birthday. I believe in you and your power to make us a civilized and honorable people. -Robert Brookline, MA Without you, Habeas Corpus, we're back in the Dark Ages. -William Philadelphia, PA…

Happy Birthday Habeas- Your Rightful Place

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:07pm
Once found, please wish Habeas the happiest of birthdays. The best gift will be for "we the people" to restore him to his rightful place at the center of our legal system where he belongs. -Carl Port Orchard, WA Although you have been unfairly suspended,…
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