Guantánamo

How Will the Imperial Presidency End?

By Jenny Egan at 1:58pm
In the waning days of the Bush administration, it may seem like a boatload has already been said about the mess George W. created — gallons of newspaper ink, innumerable blog posts, an Oliver Stone biopic, endless books already on the shelves, and more on the way.

Pentagon Admits Number of Guantánamo’s Children is Higher than Originally Disclosed

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 7:58pm

An AP article today announced the Pentagon has admitted that 12 children under the age of 18 have been held at Guantánamo since it opened in 2002. The news report comes on the heels of a study released last week by the U.C. Davis Center for…

Weekend in Camp Justice

By Ben Wizner, Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 11:27am

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

On Friday, Hamdan's lawyers wrapped up their defense with dramatic written testimony from alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the essence of which was that Hamdan — as the evidence had…

Boumediene — Sadness and Celebration

By Ben Wizner, Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 7:16pm

It's been a riveting month at Guantánamo. First was the sad spectacle of the “arraignment” of alleged 9/11 conspirators — in a courtroom expressly designed to suppress their statements about brutal torture in CIA custody,…

Salon: Guantanamo Had Demolished America's Global Standing

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:20am
Anthony D. Romero: "Make no mistake: There were, and are, innocent people imprisoned at Guantanamo."…

TalkLeft: Guantanamo Is a Stain on Our National Legacy

Jerlyn writes: "It must close. Please, join the ACLU in this historic and important campaign. Wear orange on Friday." …

The Padilla Verdict

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:53pm
What to make of this? Mr. Padilla, convicted on all counts, guilty of murder conspiracy and two other charges, based almost exclusively on a grainy reproduction of an alleged "application form" filled out in an attempt to attend an al Qaeda training…

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…

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…
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