Guantánamo

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…

Little Taste Before the Main Show

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:31am
Capitol…

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…

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.…

US Resident Enemy Combatant Wins in 4th Cir.

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:19pm
This is huge. More soon... "The President cannot eliminate constitutional protections with the stroke of a pen by proclaiming a civilian, even a criminal civilian, an enemy combatant subject to indefinite military detention," the judge continued.…
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