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Can the U.S. Stop Itself from Widespread Surveillance?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

On Monday U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled that the NSA surveillance program was unconstitutional. The gist of his ruling is that collecting data on the telephone calls of every American violates the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. It should be pretty obvious to most Americans that collecting data in this way is not compatible with the values and laws governing our democracy, but it is still good to have that confirmed by a federal judge. The ruling itself is interesting, but the question of how any administration, Democratic or Republican believed that surveillance of that kind was, or should be legal, is more significant.

No Escape From Guantanamo: The Latest Habeas Rulings

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Rulings made by District Court judges in the habeas corpus appeals of prisoners held at Guantánamo seemed to confirm that the courts were uniquely placed to deliver justice to the prisoners.

Never Forget: The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Sadly, our celebrity-obsessed world is unlikely to pay much attention to the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, as the death of Michael Jackson dominates headlines.

Judge Orders Release from Guantanamo of Al-Qaeda Torture Victim

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

In over three years of researching and reporting about the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, I learned that many of the men were "Mickey Mouse" prisoners, with no connection to terrorism whatsoever.

Judge Gladys Kessler Releases Yemeni Detainee, Slams "Mosaic" Of Guantanamo Intelligence And Unreliable Witnesses

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

I am surprised that senior Obama officials seem to have been content to let a Bush-era approach to prosecution survive unchanged.

Obama's First 100 Days: A Start On Guantanamo, But Not Enough

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Just Binyam Mohamed and the Yemeni doctor, Ayman Batarfi have been cleared for release. At this rate, of course, it will take decades to close Guantánamo.

How Cooking For The Taliban Gets You Life In Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Those of us who prefer justice to arbitrary and unaccountable detention without charge or trial were delighted when, last week, Barack Obama fulfilled...

Judge Orders Release of Guantanamo's Forgotten Child

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Just two weeks ago, in a habeas corpus case in a Washington D.C. court, Judge Richard Leon turned the clock back to January 11, 2002 (the day Guantán...

Freed Bosnian Calls Guantanamo "The Worst Place In The World"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

It remains an appalling indictment of the Bush administration's detention policies that it took nearly seven years for the case of three Bosnian Algerian Guantanamo inmates to be reviewed.