Detention

Habeas Sightings: Niagara Falls, NY

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:46am
This just in, an e-mail with another reported Habeas sighting. This time at Niagara Falls. My family and I were enjoying a beautiful spring day during our yearly excursion to Niagara Falls. Our son Dylan was too young to run around on his own last…

Getting Out In Front...

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:54pm
Illinois Senator, presidential candidate, and all-around political rockstar Barack Obama gets unequivocal about restoring legitimacy to our detention and "rendition" policies post 9/11. In an essay in the forthcoming Foreign Affairs, Senator Obama faces…

More on Khadr

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:53pm
The Canadian press has been doing a bang-up job of following the Khadr story closely (as has the Australian media with David Hicks---which was undoubtedly one of the reasons he received such a lenient plea deal). The Toronto Star has this workup on Khadr's…

The Fourth

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:53pm
A "high value" Saudi Arabian detainee committed suicide yesterday at Gitmo, the military announced yesterday in a "succinct" missive. His follows three others in June. Mr. Glaberson at the Times ties it to creeping despair among the detainees. Several…

Interrogation Methods Faulted

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 7:13am
A must read: As the Bush administration completes secret new rules governing interrogations, a group of experts advising the intelligence agencies are arguing that the harsh techniques used since the 2001 terrorist attacks are outmoded, amateurish…

Insight From a Reader

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:01pm
A reader responds to the post on how fictional dramatic portrayals of torture have insinuated themselves into the current presidential race. Not just eloquent but spot on: In real life the problem is that you typically don’t know what you don’t…

Shopping With Khalid

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:46pm
The Economist has this decent look at efforts in Congress to close Gitmo. It mentions a relatively mild Defense Authorization amendment by Jim Moran, D-Va., in the House that would require the administration to draw up plans within 60 days to deal with…

Habeas Sightings: Las Vegas, NV

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:31am
Late last night, or really early this morning, we received the following text message from Cooper in Las Vegas, Nevada: So, dudes - Ben n I were cruising the strip L8 last nite when we saw this weird brite green dude hanging out near fountain @ the…

Clement on the Crazy Train

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:20pm
SCOTUSblog has this highly complex, but nicely written, rundown of the government's new argument in a case called In re Ali (meaning, for all you, ahem, non-law types, "In the matter of Ali"), which involves the habeas petition of a Chinese Muslim held…

EXACTLY!!!!!

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:22pm
Clarence Page, the man himself, says what needs saying: America needs to remember that 24, the Fox TV show, is only compelling because it creates impossible situations that demand hard choices. Those situations, however, exist only in TV Land. It's…
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