Category Archives: civil liberties

Unpacking the Ramifications of Obama’s Targeted Killing Memo

Rosa Brooks unpacks the Obama JD’s targeted killing memo: “Like many legal documents, this one does fine on its own terms, but looks a lot less satisfying when taken out of its hermetically sealed legal universe.” Related: John Fugelsang talks … Continue reading

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney On Targeted Killing: Lethal Strikes On U.S. Citizens ‘Legal,’ ‘Ethical,’ And ‘Wise’

Words fail (h/t): A friendly reminder from TAFKAdnA: The Obama administration claims that the secret judgment of a single “well-informed high level administration official” meets the demands of due process and is sufficient justification to kill an American citizen suspected of working with terrorists. That … Continue reading

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Razing the Project to Save It

by matttbastard (Photo by Infrogmation, used under a GNU Free Documentation License) With the advent of a new administration in Washington providing the long-beleaguered citizens of New Orleans, LA a new sense of hope (no doubt increased upon hearing that … Continue reading

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‘A Place of Jarring Juxtapositions’

by matttbastard Toronto Star national security reporter Michelle Shephard, who, over the course of her career, has visited the detention facility at sunny Guantanamo Bay, Cuba fifteen times, gives an essential summation today of what she calls “a place of … Continue reading

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The Damage Done

by matttbastard Apparently The Dark Side was only the iceberg’s tip: “President Obama’s plans to expeditiously determine the fates of about 245 terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and quickly close the military prison there were set back last … Continue reading

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To 2015 — And Beyond!

by matttbastard Making every Democrat and progressive who gives a shit about effective Congressional leadership wince, Harry Reid has informed The Politico that he isn’t going anywhere, and dares Republicans to bring it on (so to speak) in 2010. Yes, … Continue reading

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Beltway Inertia and the Rule of Law

by matttbastard In a must-read post today, Glenn Greenwald challenges Ruth Marcus and the establishment Washington consensus, in which the pursuit of war crimes charges against soon-to-be-former Bush officials is arbitrarily dismissed as either too polarizing, too partisan, or just … Continue reading

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PSA: ACLU, Other Groups File Suit Against Proposition 8

by matttbastard ACLU/Lambda/NCLR press release: Legal Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Proposition 8, Should It Pass (11/5/2008) Legal Papers Claim Initiative Procedure Cannot Be Used To Undermine the Constitution’s Core Commitment To Equality For Everyone FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: media@aclu.org SAN … Continue reading

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Judge Orders Release of Unlawfully Held Uighur Prisoners

by matttbastard Well, it’s about goddamn time: In a dramatic setback for the Bush administration, a federal judge ordered the U.S. government Tuesday to immediately transfer to the U.S. and release 17 Chinese-born Muslims detained for seven years at Guantanamo. … Continue reading

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The Ten Most Challenged Books of 2007

by Isabel Happy Banned Books Week! 1) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group 2) “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence 3) … Continue reading

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