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No More Enemy Combatants in the US: Obama Renews our Commitment to the Rule of Law

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 5:32 PM

One week after the terrible bombings in Boston, we are in a very different place than we were the week after the attacks on September 11. In that first week after 9/11, the Justice Department had already started its round-up of what would be a thousand men by the end...

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A Peculiar and Pernicious Myth: Domestic Military Detentions

(42) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 10:14 AM

As reported here yesterday, there is an extraordinary claim being widely circulated: that the defense bill recently signed by the president authorizes the detention without charge of Americans and other terrorist suspects found in the United States. That is simply untrue. While some senators hoped the bill would...

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King Hearings Are Inconsistent With First Amendment Values

(73) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 1:59 PM

The House Homeland Security Committee is planning to hold hearings that threaten to chill freedom of religion and speech protected by the First Amendment. The Committee, headed by Representative Peter King, is scheduling a series of hearings on "radicalization" of the American Muslim community that raise serious constitutional...

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Reining in Secrecy at Your Local Police Department

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 5:41 PM

A small but significant step for civil liberties occurred yesterday. It will help preserve the role of local and state law enforcement as police departments that protect communities -- rather than as intelligence arms of the federal government. Foreign intelligence activities, almost by nature, require classification of information, but the...

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