Detention

Anatomy of a Scandal

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:41pm
From AlterNet; worth reading.

Gitmo in Couplets

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:09pm
Fascinating story in the WSJ on the recent declassification and forthcoming publication of detainee poetry from Gitmo. Apparently, much of it was written using pebbles to make indentations in foam cups.…

US Transfers Six from Gitmo

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:59am
With one possibly facing persecution in Tunisia. The U.S. announced the transfer Tuesday of six Guantanamo Bay prisoners back to their home countries, including one who, according to his lawyers, now may face abuse in Tunisia for nonviolent political…

The Rizzo Nomination

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:33pm
So, there's a story simmering on the backburner that may start to boil over relatively soon. Both the Post and the Times have stories on the confirmation hearing today for John A. Rizzo to become the official CIA general counsel. He currently serves…

See No Evil, Assure Deniability

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:17pm
More from the Seymour Hersh's blockbuster Taguba story. Nevertheless, Rumsfeld, in his appearances before the Senate and the House Armed Services Committees on May 7th, claimed to have had no idea of the extensive abuse. “It breaks our hearts…

No Words

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:07pm
From what I know of the history, I never really thought that Seymour Hersh's Abu Ghraib reporting was of the magnitude of his My Lai scoop during Vietnam. I got the feeling that public sentiment hadn't turned enough for the abuse of Iraqi detainees to…

Taguba Speaks

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:54pm
I'll post about this later, but for now, must read.…

More Birthday Wishes- Habeas is Fundamental to Freedom

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:59am
Happy Birthday, HC! Your very existence has kept countless people from being arbitrarily imprisoned for an indefinite length of time solely because those in power believed they had the right to do so. Freedom vanishes when only a select few have exclusive…

Habeas Birthday Messages Keep Coming In- Freedom of Expression

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:55am
If the government can lock you up indefinitely whenever it wishes the idea of freedom of expression and of loyal opposition becomes meaningless. -Nat Miranda, CA Thanks for always being there when we need you most. Thanks to you, none of us can disappear…

Habeas Birthday Messages Keep Coming In

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:54am
Dear Habeas, We care so much about you that in November, we wrote a Resolution calling on Congress for your restoration. Our Resolution went all the way from our chapter to the Democratic National Committee which adopted it formally in January. We won't…
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