Detention

Six More Released

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:39pm
Six more detainees have been repatriated, bringing the total down at Gitmo to around 355 with 80 still cleared for release. Also, of the 14 "high-value" detainees transferred from CIA custody recently, all have been deemed "enemy combatants." Interestingly…

Brits Change Course, Accept Gitmo Detainees

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:29pm
I honestly don't know what to make of this development (though I'm ecstatic there's movement on the detainee front). We know the State Department has been pushing hard for repatriation. Guess it finally stuck.…

So Disingenuous

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:15pm
Cheney on Larry King last night: "I think you need to have someplace to hold those individuals who have been captured during the global war on terror. I'm thinking of people like Khalid Sheik Mohammed. This is a man we captured in Pakistan. He's the…

Two Week Round-Up

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:48pm
I realize I’ve been asleep at the proverbial switch now for a while now. Mea culpa. I just wrote the bar (hopefully that's all behind me now). In any event, some key stories from the last two weeks that habeas trackers should note. First item:…

The Naked Emperor

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:53pm
So, there's been this weird story circulating in the press generated by the Gitmo debate about a Army reservist who signed an affidavit strongly critical of the Combatant Status Review Process. The reservist, an Army Colonel named Steven Abraham was…

So, That's Who Leaked the Deathly Hallows!

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:37am
Jackson Diehl at the Washington Post reports on the importance of positive reinforcement in Gitmo interrogation. Yes, I was on a tour organized by the Pentagon; but no, the scene I witnessed was not a staged departure from a norm of pressure and pain.…

From Gitmo to Bagram?

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:43am
This is very interesting. Bush appointee refuses to dismiss a habeas petition filed by detainee held not at Gitmo, but at Bagram in Afghanistan. A federal judge in Washington on Wednesday upheld the right of a Yemeni man held as an enemy combatant…

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…
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