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Indefinite Detention

Michael McAuliff

Conservative GOP Senator Tries To Strip Government's Ability To Detain Americans Indefinitely

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) mounted a largely symbolic bid Friday to end the White House's authority to indefinitely detain Americans without...

The New Defense Secretary and Guantanamo Bay

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

When President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joseph Biden at the side of the stage, announced the resignation of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary on November 24, it came as a surprise to many people in the Washington, DC area.

It Has to Stop: Warehousing Women and Children is Inhumane

Archi Pyati | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Archi Pyati

These are not family facilities. They are not shelters or temporary transit facilities. These are jails behind barbed wire, heavy security doors, metal detectors and other hallmarks of prison. Women and children locked up inside have been languishing for months. They could be there indefinitely.

Judge Puts 9/11 Case Back Together Again

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.13.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

After unexpectedly deciding to split the 9/11 case into two trials last month, a military commission judge reversed himself and decided on Wednesday to put the severed case back together again. At least for now.

Matt Sledge

Congress Celebrates Memorial Day By Hammering Civil Liberties

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics

Before heading home this Memorial Day weekend to honor those Americans who fought and died for the principle of liberty, Congress did a number on the ...

The Punishment for Being Yemeni at Guantánamo (VIDEO)

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
The Center for Constitutional Rights

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Not Another Broken Promise on Guantánamo

Nancy Talanian | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Nancy Talanian

In the year since this latest promise, only 12 men have been released. Some 154 prisoners remain, half of whom were unanimously cleared years ago by high-level government officials.

Michael McAuliff

House Vote Maintains Military Ability To Jail People Without Trial

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House voted down a measure Thursday that would have ended the military's ability to indefinitely jail anyone without charge or trial...

Another Terrorism Conviction, Another Reminder It's Time to Close Guantanamo

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The claim that dozens of men at Guantanamo cannot be tried in the United States and are also too dangerous to release to another country is just not plausible. It's a claim we wouldn't accept from any other country, and we shouldn't get comfortable with it in the United States, either.

Hedges v. Obama: The Supreme Court Digs Its Head Deeper Into the Sand

Shahid Buttar | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

On Monday the Supreme Court declined to consider Hedges v. Obama, a constitutional claim challenging a law that could enable the indefinite military detention of U.S. citizens -- within the U.S. -- without trial, charge, or evidence of crime. The decision is remarkable both for its implications for fundamental rights and for its reflection on judicial independence.

Time to Move from Secrecy to Accountability at Guantanamo

Andrea Gittleman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Andrea Gittleman

Hiding problems never solves them. Transparency about past and present abuses is necessary to address victims' needs and prevent such acts from happening again.

Collective Punishment by Nationality: The Plight of Guantanamo's Yemenis

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
The Center for Constitutional Rights

By Omar Farah, staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights Like my client Fahd Ghazy, 90 out of the 164 men still at Guantánamo are from...

Wrong Then, Wrong Now: Mindful of Internment, California Condemns Detention Under NDAA

Ahilan Arulanantham | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Ahilan Arulanantham

Succumbing to the fears that have plagued our nation, the president and Congress once again placed an ill-conceived national security measure ahead of tried-and-true principles of civil liberty.

Sarah Shourd: What Everyone Ought to Know About Angola 3 and Solitary Confinement

Amnesty International | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Amnesty International

Until recently, both Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox had been held in solitary confinement for 4 decades in Louisiana - longer than almost any other...

9/11 Defense Lawyers Claim Judge's Order Conflicts With Convention Against Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Lawyers for defendants in the 9/11 case claim they cannot accept a military judge's order preventing their clients from speaking about their treatment in U.S. custody because it would violate their clients' rights under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

Force Feeding Violates Basic Medical Ethics and Our Core Values

Donna McKay | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Donna McKay

As a nation, we must do better. We must respect everyone's human rights, including those of detainees in our custody and care. Holding people in detention indefinitely violates American values and our country's core principles of justice and fairness.

Force-feeding Must Stop at Guantanamo

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Guantanamo represents a place where the United States broke faith with itself and used torture as an interrogation technique. It is a place where the moral wound of indefinite detention continues to cause immense pain and harm.

Time to Start Sending Yemeni Prisoners Home

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Of the 166 remaining prisoners at Guantanamo, 86 have been cleared to leave. The Yemenis among them have been stuck there en masse due only to their citizenship. It's high time to start sending them home.

Matt Sledge

Key Indefinite Detention Lawsuit Tossed Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit targeting a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 that opponents argue ...

The Duty of Lawyers

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The million-plus practicing lawyers and their many bar organizations should be on the ramparts defending against the insidious rejection of due process, probable cause, habeas corpus and privacy.

Obama Administration Lifts Veil Of Secrecy On Gitmo Detainees

Miami Herald | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The Obama administration Monday lifted a veil of secrecy surrounding the status of the detainees at Guantánamo, for...

Michael McAuliff

House Vote Preserves Indefinite Detention Of Citizens

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted again Thursday to allow the indefinite military detention of Americans, blocking an amendment th...

Is 'Terrorism' a War Crime Triable by Military Commission? Who Knows?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Thirteen years after the USS Cole was bombed, a military commission in Guantanamo Bay is trying to figure out if the act constituted "terrorism" and if "terrorism" is a crime that can be charged in a military commission. We still don't know.

Michael McAuliff

Bill Would Repeal Obama's Extraordinary War Powers

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The sweeping law that allows the president to wage an unlimited global war on terror would be repealed under a bill set to be offered th...

Michael McAuliff

Gitmo, Indefinite Detention Battles Emerge Amid NSA Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the nation already alarmed over revelations of massive National Security Agency data collection, Congress is set to act next week o...