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Senator Rand Paul Defended

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Senator Rand Paul is like Horatius at the bridge standing against the serial vandalizing of the Constitution by the President of the United States and his myrmidons at the Department of Justice.

Did Congress Just Endorse Rendition For Americans?

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

Lost in the noise over the National Defense Authorization Act's detention provisions were some equally disturbing rules regarding the transfer of terr...

Indefinite Detention Would Harm, Not Help, National Security

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Even if one believes that national security trumps all, the failure to provide a fair trial to suspected terrorists will ultimately do far more harm to U.S. national security than it will do good.

Lindsey Graham's Backwards Look at Military Commissions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

I'll agree with Sen. Lindsey Graham on one thing: "Americans still wait for justice." But Graham's explanation for why we haven't yet seen justice is actually backwards.

How to Overcome the "Legacy of Torture"

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Neither new detention rules nor military commissions can truly overcome torture's legacy. That can only be done by admitting what happened, holding perpetrators accountable, and ultimately, prosecuting terror the American justice system.

Judges to Congress: Don't Legislate Indefinite Detention

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The U.S. government is already detaining hundreds of suspects captured abroad at Guantanamo Bay. The question is whether Congress should expand that authority and define it in more detail.

March Madness Strikes the Terror Debates

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Lindsey Graham's effort to get the administration to abandon legitimate federal court trials for suspected terrorists in exchange for the funding needed to close Guantanamo Bay is headed nowhere fast.

Wittes, Goldsmith, and KSM: "Absurd," "Cynical"

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

The American people deserve to know what happened on 9/11 and who was behind it. The families deserve an opportunity to see justice served.