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Happy Birthday Habeas- Human Rights

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:49pm
Dear Habeas, Happy Birthday! It has been pointed out that even during the most dismal periods of the Dark Ages in Europe that Habeas Corpus was still always upheld. The United States is quickly becoming a rogue nation that represents fear and does not protect human rights - even for its own people - instead of a model for leadership and freedom in the world. Habeas Corpus is simply fundamental. -Jenna West Newbury, MA A day to celebrate -- 792 years of protecting people from unlawful imprisonment. Let's keep it alive! Let's be the true supporter of human rights right here in our own country. -Ruth Beloit, WI You were the beginning of the acknowledgement of the worth and dignity of all humans. come back and have some cake! -Elaine Mcdade, TX

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…

A Welcome Coda to the GOP Debate

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:56am
For those of you who didn't see it (and I have to admit, I'm one---see, I'm already a Tancredo man), IHT has the transcript up online. For those who did see it, you may have noticed Congressman Ron Paul's brave final words. Let me just say, I love libertarians.…
On the Agenda: Week of May 14–18, 2012

On the Agenda: Week of May 14–18, 2012

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 12:39pm

This week the House will debate the NDAA for fiscal year 2013. We'll be monitoring the debate and pulling for an amendment that fixes the terrible detention provisions in last year's bill.

Cheney Digs in on Legacy of Torture

Cheney Digs in on Legacy of Torture

By Sam Milgrom, Washington Legislative Office at 5:11pm

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is busy promoting his new book. The take-home message appears to be: He is not sorry for the torture and abuse that took place during the Bush administration.

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)…

Cross-Post

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:02pm
Sorry I haven't been posting more. Have been busy with other stuff (but check out this post on the ACLU blog). Also, thanks so much to Naomi Klein, the inimitable author of No Logo and the forthcoming The Shock Doctrine, for linking to findhabeas! …

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,…
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