Detention

New War, New Paradigm?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:42pm
Adam Liptak at the Times has this insightful analysis of the al-Marri decision. Here's the most striking thing for me. Liptak does a good job of articulating the fallacy inherent in the administration's "third way" argument (that is, terrorists do not fit into a criminal or martial paradigm, and thus must occupy an intermediate category that, oh, by the way, allows us to lock them up without charges forever). Here's the relevant pullout:

Can You Limbo?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:21pm
Anthony Shadid at the Post unpacks the story of one detainee, granted release more than a year ago, who remains a guest at Gitmo's maximum security Camp Six because of confusion over his citizenship. In the legal netherworld that the U.S. military…

Al-Marri v. Wright

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:00pm
As promised, I read the (80+ page) al-Marri decision last night. Let me give you the download. First, it's important to note that the decision came on a petition of habeas corpus from Mr. al-Marri against the custodian of the Naval brig in South Carolina.…

US Resident Enemy Combatant Wins in 4th Cir.

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:19pm
This is huge. More soon... "The President cannot eliminate constitutional protections with the stroke of a pen by proclaiming a civilian, even a criminal civilian, an enemy combatant subject to indefinite military detention," the judge continued.…

CSM on Asylum in Albania

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:00pm
True story of Gitmo detainee sent to Albania, and granted asylum at request of US. From the Christian Science Monitor: An Algerian national, Muhammad was living in Pakistan – where he says he was working as a teacher for a nongovernmental organization…

Gates on Closing the Gates

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:24am
It's the talk of the town; the one story that's gotten major play off the Sunday shows yesterday is Secretary Powell's (I believe cabinet secretaries retain the honorific even after leaving office) strong endorsement of Gitmo closure and the transfer…

Gitmo Stanches Liberty Drive?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:50am
Jackson Diehl column on connection between Gitmo and the double-standard in Bush's "dissident," pro-liberty presidency.…

Powell Video

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:34am
Watch it now, watch it often. Vote for it on Digg.…

So What, Indeed!

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 8:37pm
My apologies for not posting this sooner; I've been out of pocket on this relatively fine Sunday. In any event, former Secretary (and General) Colin Powell spoke out strongly in favor of both habeas restoration and moving the Gitmo detainees into the…

Habeas Sightings: Nashville, TN

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:18pm
A man named Stan sent us the following email from the country music capital of the world – Nashville: The biggest part of our history here in Nashville is the music: country, jazz, gospel, you name it. If it wasn’t born here, you can…
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