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Donald Trump and the "F" Word

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 01.16.2017 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

Is Trump a fascist? When are we justified in using the "f" word to describe a right-wing politician or movement that we legitimately find frightening?

Friday Talking Points -- GOP Anti-Trump Rants

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This column has always loved a good rant. Most of the time, we provide our own rant at the end of the column, on a subject too big to be contained in talking points.

Conversation With Court Sketch Artist Janet Hamlin

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.01.2016 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

I met Janet Hamlin while freelancing on a TV show earlier this year. We both work as scenic artists and when I learned she is also a court sketch arti...

Sam Stein

Former Top Guantanamo Lawyer Says Don't Send Benghazi Suspect There | Sam Stein | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate over whether to send one of the prime suspects in the 2012 attacks in Benghazi to Guantanamo Bay following his capture this w...

Ryan J. Reilly

Gitmo Prosecutors Want Probe Into KSM 'Propaganda' Leak To HuffPost | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Government prosecutors have asked a military judge to investigate how The Huffington Post obtained 36-page manifesto written by alleged ...

Lawyers Debate Dropping Terrorism Cases

The New York Times | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration legal team is divided over whether to drop two terrorism cases originally prosecuted in a military commission at Guantánamo ...

Rupert's Grip on Output Getting 'Wobbly'?

David Tereshchuk | Posted 07.16.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

The New York Post, Murdoch's tabloid flagship among his American properties -- and so far untainted by the mire swamping its London counterparts -- this week got a scoop.

Justice on Trial

Andrea Prasow | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Andrea Prasow

The U.S. cannot un-torture Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. It cannot redo the detention of these men in a way that is humane and just. There is, however, the chance to ensure that the court in which they are judged is not a further perversion of the values Americans claim to hold dear.

The Unfinished Revolution: We Must Stand Shoulder to Shoulder With the Egyptian Protesters

Bianca Jagger | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Bianca Jagger

The Egyptian peoples' revolution that began a year ago today must not be allowed to be hijacked by the military. The Egyptians, more than ever, need the support of the international community during this critical period, to achieve their goals.

Senate Introduces Disastrous New Detention Bill

Amnesty International | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Amnesty International

The new National Defense Authorization Bill presented to the Senate is such a disaster for civil liberties and human rights it is difficult to know where to begin.

Andrea Stone

WH Advisor John Brennan To Congress: Stop Playing Politics With 'Counterterrorism Cavalry' | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House's chief counterterrorism advisor expressed frustration Thursday that the administration remains unable to make good on i...

Paige Lavender

Holder Continues To Defend Civilian Trials for Terrorists | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite numerous setbacks over the past 2 1/2 years, Attorney General Eric Holder defiantly defended the civilian court system as a venu...

Another 9/11? Call 911

Norm Stamper | Posted 07.14.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

The capture of bin Laden argues elegantly against high-priced, nation-building, mission-creeping war, and its inevitable collateral damage, in order to go after individuals who are, at bottom, criminals.

Elise Foley

Lindsey Graham: U.S. Troops Will Shoot More Afghans Because Guantanamo Bay Is Closing | Elise Foley | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Wednesday that U.S. forces kill suspected terrorists and enemy combatants because they cannot detai...

Saki Knafo

The Sharecropper And The Terrorist: What Leaked Files Reveal About The Guantanamo Dilemma | Saki Knafo | Posted 06.26.2011 | World

In December 2001, Pakistani forces arrested two men within a few days of each other in the mountains on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The tr...

Movie Review: The Conspirator

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As he did with Lions for Lambs, Robert Redford uses The Conspirator to construct a conscience-pricking drama that tells one story while commenting (no...

Amidst Success, Obama's Glaring Failure

Matt Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Kane

As President Obama's approval numbers begin to climb, there is one glaring failure that has taken a back seat to the Giffords shooting and the symboli...

Pentagon Bans Four Reporters From Military Tribunals At Gitmo

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon Thursday banned four reporters, including one from McClatchy Newspapers, from covering future military commissions at Guant...

New Guantanamo Tribunals Manual Leaves Unanswered Questions

McClatchy | Carol Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The long awaited new rule book for the Obama-era war court doesn't resolve a key issue that bedeviled its predecesso...

Sam Stein

9/11 Mother Demands Obama Try Terrorist Plotters In Civilian Court (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A group of more than 200 family members of 9/11 victims has released an emotional new web video imploring the Obama administration to remain true to i...

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

New York Times | Charlie Savage | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

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

Guantanamo Bay and History: Will the Future Belong to Dick Cheney?

Eric M. Freedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric M. Freedman

Under the Constitution, the battle against terrorism is not "a war," which is why attempts to try terrorists before military tribunals have been exercises in fitting a round peg into a square hole.

Try Mohammed at Guantanamo

Vincent J. Vitkowsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vincent J. Vitkowsky

The suggestion that using civilian trials would serve as a symbol of the strength of our justice system is misplaced. Reality is more important than symbolism, and in reality, it is a no-win situation.

Wolf Blitzer Apologizes For 'Dept. of Jihad' Text On CNN

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

CNN's Wolf Blitzer has apologized for using chyron text that seemed to question the loyalties of the Department of Justice. On Thursday, CNN broadca...

Terrorists, Senators and Trials

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Flying in the face of conventional wisdom and airborne by his own elocution, Senator Graham states that "civilian trials create confusion," an astonishing assertion given their 89% conviction rate of suspected terrorists.