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Enemy Combatants

Constitutional Rights Do Not Diminsh Where the Crime Is Serious or Strong Evidence of Guilt Exists

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 06.24.2013 | Crime
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The Boston bombing is so horrific, and the evidence of guilt apparently so overwhelming, that the country might wish to go straight to the punishment stage, but that is not how our system of justice functions.

GOP Senator: Radical Islamic Thought Justifies Enemy Combatant Status

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's "ties to radical Islamic thought" and his Chechen heritage s...

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

Kate Martin | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Kate Martin

It seems that the current administration led by President Obama has learned important lessons about not over-reacting, about defeating terrorism through resilience and respect for civil liberties like the right to a trial.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Will Not Be Treated As Enemy Combatant: White House

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an American citizen, won't be treated as an enemy combatant as some Republican members of Congress had sugge...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Lawmakers Split On 'Enemy Combatant' Status | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) strongly rejected calls to declare Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev an enemy combatant, arguing...

Matt Sledge

Lindsey Graham Makes Controversial Call On 'Enemy Combatant' | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics

UPDATE: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured on Friday in Watertown, Mass. Read more about the standoff that led to his apprehension here. EARLIER: ...

Who Owns the Drones?

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

It is nice to know that we won't use drone strikes on American soil. Perhaps some day we won't fly drones over countries with which we are not at war.

The Osama Bin Laden Raid -- What You Don't Know

Michael Kay | Posted 01.19.2013 | Home
Michael Kay

As an experienced and recently retired assault helicopter pilot and mission commander in the Royal Air Force, I spent 20 years working with UK and U.S. special forces in pursuit of terrorists from Northern Ireland to Kosovo and Macedonia to Baghdad.

Ron Paul Slams GOP Senator On House Floor Over Detention Of American Citizens (VIDEO)

Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

On Wednesday, GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) urged his congressional colleagues to support legislation that would repeal a clause ...

Constitution Day: Is the Constitution on Life Support?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.12.2011 | Education
John W. Whitehead

For all intents and purposes, the Constitution is on life support and has been for some time now. Those responsible for its demise are none other tha...

McCain Dethrones the Rule of Law

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

John McCain's latest war gospel hangs an alarming tale. The rule of law has been dethroned and the president has been endowed with absolute power as the American Empire has eclipsed the American Republic.

My Debate with Marc Thiessen

David Frakt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Frakt

The fundamental difference between people like Marc Thiessen and General Hayden and "terrorist sympathizers" like myself is that they seem to feel that detaining dozens of innocent people potentially for decades is acceptable.

Senator Lieberman's Latest Constitutional Buffoonery

Shayana Kadidal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shayana Kadidal

In response to supposed legal restrictions on the interrogation of U.S. citizen and suspected Times Square SUV bomber Faisal Shahzad, Senator Lieberma...

Did The Bush Administration Experiment On Detainees?

Mother Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the course of trying to prove that its "enhanced" interrogation program was legal, the Bush administration may have broken the law, according to a ...

Most Guantanamo Bay Detainees Were Low-Level Fighters, Report Confirms

New York Times | Charlie Savage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The 48 Guantánamo Bay detainees whom the Obama administration has decided to keep holding without trial include several for whom there is no evidence...

Eric Holder Responds To Cheney, Giuliani, And Defends 9/11 Civilian Trials

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On January 11th, a few weeks before his plans for a trial at Foley Square fell apart, Holder flew to Boston, to preside over the installation of a new...

9/11 Trial: White House Orders Justice Department To Look For Other Places For 9/11 Trial

New York Daily News | By Kenneth R. Bazinet and Samuel Goldsmith | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

White House officials have told the Justice Department to consider other venues for the 9/11 terror trial that was to be held in lower Manhattan, the ...

Black Eye Won't Heal If Gitmo Stays

Jane Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Harman

Why not keep Gitmo open and send the latest suspected terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, there? Doing so would not evade the reach of law, save money or remove the stain Gitmo has caused.

Thomson Prison Will Likely Be Next Stop For Gitmo Detainees, Says Obama Administration

Washington Post | Peter Slevin and Peter Finn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Despite opposition from congressional Republicans, the Obama administration is signaling that a state prison in rural Thomson, Ill., will p...

Judge Orders Release from Guantanamo of Unwilling Yemeni Recruit

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The administration's reluctance to release Yemenis is based on the fear that detainees who were actually harmless in 2002 may have since actually been radicalized by their stay at Guantanamo.

Admiral: I Can Empty Guantánamo Camps In 10 Days

The Miami Herald | Carol Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The military can comply with a White House order to empty the detention center and clear all 221 war-on-terror capti...

"Model Prisoner" at Guantanamo, Tortured in the "Dark Prison," Loses Habeas Corpus Petition

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Al-Madhwani joins eight other prisoners in a legal netherworld, no longer regarded as "enemy combatants" by the administration, but still detained indefinitely as though they were.

"Enemy Combatant" Is an Enemy to Justice

Adam Blickstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Blickstein

Republicans who clamor for Abdulmutallab to be named an "enemy combatant" want him to enter a flawed system that even the Bush administration couldn't successfully use and that hasn't been utilized since 2003.

Uighur Brothers: Detainee Declines Offer To Leave Guantanamo Out Of Loyalty To Ailing Brother (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

After eight years of detention, at least one Guantanamo Bay detainee declined an offer to resettle to the Pacific Island of Palau, according to The Wa...

Is Bagram Obama's New Secret Prison?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The Obama administration is following Bush's lead by unilaterally rewriting the Geneva Conventions, presumably to allow it to continue exploiting prisoners of war for their supposed intelligence value.