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The Professionals Revolt

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:21pm
Dahlia Lithwick at Slate has this insightful look at the Khadr/Hamdan dismissals:

What's Good Enough for FARC?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:44am
In February 2003, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, known more ominously by the Spanish acronym FARC (a moniker outdone in being scary-sounding only by the Haitian Tonton Macoute), kidnapped three American counter-narcotics contractors, which…

Orwell at the Post

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:07am
Friends, check THIS development. So, yesterday, I called the Washington Post out on its inclusion of blatantly false legal analysis by David Rivkin, a former Justice official under Reagan and Bush I. My post has his original language, as it appeared…

Hill Response to Gitmo Rebuke

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:39am
From this morning's Times: Senator Patrick J. Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the rulings on Monday in two cases added urgency to the push to restore detainees’ right to file habeas corpus suits.…

When Wrong is Just Wrong...

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:37pm
And, of course, the White House criticized the independent decisions yesterday to dismiss all charges against the two Guantanamo detainees, Omar Khadr and Salim Hamdan. The Post has this write up, and concludes with this bit of "analysis" from a former…

Government Fails MCA 101

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:53pm
Okay, so, not only did a military commission drop the charges against Omar Khadr, the Canadian who was 15 when he allegedly threw a grenade during a firefight that killed a Special Forces medic, but, in a completely separate proceeding, the presiding…

Interesting Podcast

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:28pm
This is a nice aural rundown of the habeas debate. Big ups to KD.…

The Wages of Torture (For the Torturers)

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:45pm
Both the Post and the Times have recent stories on the psychological damage that interrogators who get too close to the line face. The Post story is exceptional. It focuses on three former interrogators, an American Iraq veteran, a former Royal Ulster…

You've Got to be Kidding Me...

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:45pm
Nine months for Hicks, and now all charges dropped against Khadr (because he did not meet the technical definition of "unlawful enemy combatant"). Guilty or not, innocent or not, what the heck is going on? I thought American justice was about impartiality…

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…
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