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Mr. Addington Gets Called Out

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:10pm
When the historians get their mitts on the Bush presidency, the one essential book that probably will never be written is a biography of David Addington, Vice President Cheney's former top lawyer and current chief of staff (the replacement, of course, for Scooter). Of all of the executive supremacy guys, Mr. Addington is the most prodigious, the most zealous, and the most unsung. By all accounts, his efforts to aggrandize power for the executive at the expense of the courts and the Congress have been more intense and more offensive than even those of John Yoo, Mr. Addington's mole, if you will, in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel (the internal legal "think tank" at the DOJ). (And let us not forget President Bush and ex-Attorney General Gonzales who enabled Mr. Addington's walk on the wild side of civil liberties erosion.) And when that book never gets written, someone needs to devote an entire chapter to the ideological friction between Addington and Jack Goldsmith, Harvard Law professor, conservative academic luminary, former head of the OLC and a political ally of James Comey. Though this is not new news, Goldsmith's new book is a must read for anyone studying the ideological interplay over civil liberties and the separation of powers among conservative lawyers in the early Bush administration. Goldsmith writes:

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…

The March Hare Analogy

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:29pm
Slate's Dahlia Lithwick on the surreal absurdity of the government's arguments yesterday in the NSA spying appeals: Early in the argument in the first case, Hepting v. AT&T, Judge McKeown asked Deputy Solicitor General Gregory G. Garre whether President…

Trust Us...

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:33am
Check this out. It may be a little bit outside the habeas ambit, but it's clearly related to the executive supremacy debate. I'll have more shortly.…

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…

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…

So, I Wake Up Late...

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:28pm
And this is what I get. Like, the biggest news in 9/11 detention jurisprudence since, well, I dunno, maybe Hamdan and Rasul. Hell, maybe since the opening of Gitmo itself. Rejecting Bush administration arguments, the Supreme Court reversed course…

Whoa

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:20pm
Bruce Fein, conservative constitutional scholar, slams Vice President Cheney. Late post on my part.…

Show the Family Jewels, Forget Gitmo

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 7:58pm
Though it's old news already, the release today of about 700 pages of highly classified documents from the heyday of the intelligence community's abuses, abuses that led to the creation of the two permanent intelligence committees and a series of laws…

Administration Close to Shutting Gitmo?!

By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:55pm
AP Newsbreak with a whopper.…
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