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Preventive Detention

Decades Late and (Billions of) Dollars Short: the U.S. Begins Considering the Facts in Pakistan

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

U.S. foreign policy has hardly supported democratic institutions in Pakistan. The New York Times has finally chosen to pay a nod to these concerns.

Closing Guantánamo: A Deadline Missed

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

When Guantánamo finally does close, it appears that some of its most shameful policies will continue on U.S. soil, potentially reducing the closure to a symbolic gesture.

Good News on Immigration Detention But Keeping the Pressure On

Michelle Brané | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Brané

Some 440,000 immigrants and asylum-seekers are expected to be detained in the U.S. this year. We need to be realistic. We need immigration reform and that has to come from Congress.

Detainees in Wonderland

Elizabeth Goitein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Goitein

If the government intends to incarcerate suspected criminals regardless of the verdict, then the trial is just a show. As the Queen of Hearts said in Alice in Wonderland: "Sentence first -- verdict afterwards."

Preventive Detention, at What Cost?

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Whether called "preventive", "indefinite" or "prolonged," prevention detention schemes are essentially lawless, unconstitutional and un-American. At its root, detention without trial threatens democracy.

Former Insider Shatters Credibility of Military Commissions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Lt. Col. Vandeveld said, "I simply could not in good conscience continue to work for an ad-hoc, hastily created apparatus whose evident resort to expediency and ethical compromise were so contrary to my own."

Military Commissions: Government Flounders, As Admiral Hutson Nails Problems

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

A legal quagmire that lacks legitimacy and maintains key policies of the Bush administration's "War on Terror" is almost too awful to contemplate.

Obama's Radical Gitmo Plan

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Obama's controversial detention plan for Guantanamo detainees keeps leaking and it is a fundamentally radical, dangerous and potentially unconstitutional approach.

Obama Courts Disaster With New Detention Plan

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

The Obama administration is rushing towards a unilateral plan to imprison people without trial. The proposal would cut Congress out of the process by using an executive order to essentially bring Gitmo stateside.

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.

The Careless, Corrupt Program That Begat Preventive Detention and Torture

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Bounties, by sheer dint of preceding and laying the groundwork for illegal detention and torture, are equal to them in culpability for the havoc we've wreaked on detainees. To preclude preventive detention and torture in the future, we need to enforce a policy of paying only for information, not scalps.

Obama's Guantánamo Appeasement Plan

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Obama's capitulation to the intelligence gurus and the right-wing attack dogs will not only imperil the rule of law; it will actually make us more vulnerable to future acts of terrorism.

National Security vs. Our Values: "The Toughest Issue We Will Face"

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

What should we do with "detainees at Guantanamo who cannot be prosecuted yet who pose a clear danger to the American people"? This question cuts to the very heart of the concept of preventive detention.

My Message To Obama: Great Speech, But No Military Commissions and No "Preventive Detention"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Look at the sentence, "Hold[ing] individuals to keep them from carrying out an act of war," replace "an act of war" with "any crime," and you will realize why the proposed policy is so terrifying.

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.

Closing Guantánamo Is Easier Than You Think, Mr. President

Shayana Kadidal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shayana Kadidal

Our new president should discard the last seven years of legal novelties in favor of the traditional model of detaining only those men who can and should be charged and tried for some criminal offense.

Don't "Split the Baby" with National Security Courts

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

Proponents of national security courts claim that these new hybrid courts would eliminate burdensome procedural rules that protect the rights of defendants.