Detention

So, I Wake Up Late...

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:28pm
And this is what I get. Like, the biggest news in 9/11 detention jurisprudence since, well, I dunno, maybe Hamdan and Rasul. Hell, maybe since the opening of Gitmo itself. Rejecting Bush administration arguments, the Supreme Court reversed course…

Whoa

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:20pm
Bruce Fein, conservative constitutional scholar, slams Vice President Cheney. Late post on my part.…

Show the Family Jewels, Forget Gitmo

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 7:58pm
Though it's old news already, the release today of about 700 pages of highly classified documents from the heyday of the intelligence community's abuses, abuses that led to the creation of the two permanent intelligence committees and a series of laws…

Administration Close to Shutting Gitmo?!

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:55pm
AP Newsbreak with a whopper.…

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,…

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…

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…

Happy Birthday Habeas- Waiting for Acknowledgement

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:29pm
I remember your birthday although it seems many have no memory that you exist! I continue to remind them that you are yet alive and waiting for them to acknowldege you! Happy Birthday, RAH -Richard A, IN…

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…

If at First You Don't Succeed...

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:34pm
More essential reading from Mr. Glaberson at the Times. The military system of determining whether detainees are properly held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, includes an unusual practice: If Pentagon officials disagree with the result of a hearing, they…
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