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Habeas Corpus

Judge For Bin Laden's Driver Nixes Evidence Collected Under "Highly Coercive" Conditions

AP | MIKE MELIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A former driver for Osama bin Laden knew the target of the fourth hijacked plane on Sept. 11, a prosecutor sai...

Mukasey: Guantanamo Detainees Raise Legal "Questions" That Congress Should Answer

AP | LARA JAKES JORDAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Congress, not judges, should decide how to give Guantanamo Bay detainees their day in court, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said ...

Roxanna Brown: How Can This Happen in America?

Mort Rosenblum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mort Rosenblum

However unintended, Roxanna Brown suffered capital punishment without trial because of what appears to be simple identity theft, now so common to our daily lives.

Guantanamo Bay Trials To Start Monday, Judge Rules

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — The U.S. can begin trying Osama bin Laden's former driver next week at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, a federal judge ruled Thursday, reje...

Guantanamo as Alice in Wonderland

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The US administration's basis for holding prisoners without charge or trial in the "War on Terror" belongs in a fantasy world. At the heart of this fantasy world are the Combatant Status Review Tribunals.

Real Homeland Security

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The next president should create a brand new position, which should become a permanent part of the Executive Branch in the future: a Civil Liberties Advisor.

Script Doctors

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

After the Court's ruling that Guantanamo detainees are now entitled to habeas corpus, all the president's men are working overtime so they can stack the deck strongly in favor of winning convictions.

Six Years Late, Court Throws Out Guantanamo Case

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Parhat v. Gates is another significant challenge to executive overreach. Parhat is one of 18 Uighur detainees who fled persecution in China and was arrested in Pakistan with no evidence against him.

How Gingrich/Giuliani Sabotaged Civic Debate

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeffrey Feldman

Withing days of the Supreme Court's ruling on Guantanamo detainees, Gingrich and Giuliani pushed their way into the debate, and began to argue that liberal views on Habeas Corpus would kill Americans.

America Is Stronger When America Sticks to Its Principles!

Eric Roberson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Roberson

We are supposed to be a nation of respect for our constitutional framework. Just as we should not abandon our disdain for torture, we should not abandon the constitutional right to habeas corpus.

Vlad Rudy Has Returned from the Fear Mongering Netherworld

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

With a blinding white light, a loud bang and a puff of wig powder, Vlad Rudy Giuliani has emerged from the netherworld of GOP politics shamelessly trying to frighten Americans into voting for a Republican presidential candidate again.

Sam Stein

McCain's Take On Bin Laden, Habeas Corpus Is Delusional, Legal Scholar Says | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, led by new attack dog Rudy Giuliani, alleged on Wednesday that Barack Obama lacked the chops to lead the cou...

Electing America: Obama, the Supreme Court and the American Exception

Marshall Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marshall Grossman

The Obama candidacy is not about an individual, but about reasserting the distinction of a nation, membership in which is not hereditary but elective.

Putting Boumediene in Global Perspective

David Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Cole

The Supreme Court's latest decision may be novel in U.S. history, but it is consistent with the global growth in recognition of the essential role that courts play in checking the excesses of democracy.

The Supreme Court's Guantanamo Ruling: What Does It Mean?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Those who cherish historical adherence to the rule of law were delighted to hear that the Supreme Court ruled that prisoners at Guantánamo now have the right to challenge the basis of their detention.

"Standard Operating Procedures"

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

While some may say this emperor (Bush) has no clothes, he's still managed to hide his derriere better, and operate with impunity more effectively, than any in recent memory.

The Loss of Democracy: The Deeper Meaning of McClellan's Revelations of Imperial Deceit & Media Submissiveness

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

The result of the White House spin, and the complicity of the press corp. in it, has been the deaths of more than 4,000 U.S. servicemen and women and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

GOP Filibusters Bill Restoring Habeas Rights To Detainees

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate narrowly rejected legislation on Wednesday that would have given military detainees the right to protest their detention in federal court. ...