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How the U.S. Government Has Used 9/11 to Criminalize People of Color

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

In the 15 years since the attacks, heightened surveillance and security have cracked down on Muslims and immigrants.

The Trial of Bin Laden's Son-in-Law and Why Not to Torture a Terrorist

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

To an American observer, that may sound astonishing. Why would he just confess? In fact, that happens all the time in these cases. The key, it seems, is in according the captive respect -- conveying an acknowledgement of his humanity and his right to humane treatment.

Allegations of Abuse, Violations of the Law, Shroud Military Commissions Case

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

"I have never been a member of al Qaeda or the Taliban." These are the words of Noor Uthman Muhammed, read to a panel of military commission member...

Did Michael Mukasey and Rudy Guiliani Commit a Terrorist Crime? A Response to their Defense

David Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Cole

I believe Mukasey and his compatriots have every right to advocate for the MEK as they did. But according to the positions Mukasey's own Justice Department advanced, his actions were criminal

U.S. Justice Department Prepares for the Ominous Expansion of Law Prohibiting "Material Support" for Terrorism

Michael Deutsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Deutsch

Seizing on an overly broad interpretation of "material support," the U.S. government is now moving against political groups who are clearly exercising fundamental First Amendment rights to speak for efforts abroad.

Is the Obama Administration Guilty of a War Crime?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

A new paper published today by an expert on international law and the laws of armed conflict, argues that the military commission trial of Omar Khadr is itself a war crime.

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...

'Material Support' and the First Amendment

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

A divided Supreme Court made it a crime for a person to provide "material support" to a foreign terrorist organization, which includes not only money, weapons and facilities, but also "advice or assistance."

Today at the Supreme Court: Can Speech Constitute Terrorism?

Shayana Kadidal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shayana Kadidal

This morning the Supreme Court will hear argument in a case that asks whether political speech - writing an op-ed for, or teaching nonviolent conflict...