Detention

Another Detainee Transfer

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:17am
Down to 360.…

Take Action

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:18pm
Do it. Do it now. ACLU alert.…

When Ed Boards Attack...

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:47pm
Okay, so there's no liberal media bias---sorry boys and girls, you know it's true---but one has to love the New York Times editorial board. Unlike the Washington Post's cohort of professional fence-sitters, the Times hits all of the high notes in the…

FARC Leader Convicted

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:56pm
I posted about this a while ago. A federal court convicted the Columbian FARC leader, Ricardo Palmera, two days ago for the abduction of three military contractors, held for years as de facto POWs in the Americo-Columbian campaign to interdict narcotics…

Laird Redux

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:06am
I realize this is a little outside my bailiwick, but I wanted to mention one little historical footnote in relation to last week's decision in ACLU v. NSA. At the heart of Friday's decision dismissing the ACLU's suit against the NSA's warrantless wiretapping…

How Many Other Shoes Can Drop?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:22am
The Post lede speaks for itself: As he sought to renew the USA Patriot Act two years ago, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales assured lawmakers that the FBI had not abused its potent new terrorism-fighting powers. "There has not been one verified…

Clients vs. Acolytes

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:00pm
Rosa Brooks, law professor and LA Times columnist, nails it once again, ridiculing the media's incredulity at the recent Libby commutation, the Cheney power-grab reported in the Post and the rest of the "oh, wow" newfound fright at the Bush administration's…

Yes!

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:56am
Professor Witt at Columbia. The man.…

Judge Misleads Senators on Detainees?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:46am
So sayeth Sens. Durbin, D-Il., and Leahy, D-Vt. From Mr. Lewis at the Times. Durbin's question came during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing. I foresee more on this in the days to come. Mr. Durbin asked Judge Kavanaugh about his role in screening…

Changes At SOCOM?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 8:34am
Profile on Adm. James Stavridis, head of the military's regional Southern Command, which includes Gitmo in its ambit. The story is more focused on his approach in Latin America, but it also makes this point: The smart power approach is more than just…
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