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Dec 04, 2005 Wrongful Imprisonment: Anatomy of a CIA Mistake:German Citizen Released After Months in 'Rendition'

QUOTE: Coats informed the German minister that the CIA had wrongfully imprisoned one of its citizens...There was also a request: that the German government not disclose what it had been told...The case also shows how complicated it can be to correct errors in a system built and operated in secret.

Washington Post
Dec 01, 2005 Appeals Court Balks at Approving Padilla Plan

QUOTE: The military imprisoned Jose Padilla without charges or a trial for more than three years, accusing him of plotting to detonate a radiological "dirty bomb"...a federal grand jury indicted Padilla on terrorism charges without mentioning the bombing plots. Yesterday, a federal appeals court ordered the government to explain why.

Washington Post
Sep 10, 2005 U.S. Can Confine Citizens Without Charges, Court Rules

QUOTE: A federal appeals court ... backed the president's power to indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen captured on U.S. soil without any criminal charges, holding that such authority is vital during wartime to protect the nation from terrorist attacks.

Washington Post
Jun 27, 2005 Report says Justice Dept. misused law in 70 cases

QUOTE: At least 70 men, all but one of them Muslim and one-quarter of them U.S. citizens, have been detained improperly as "material witnesses" since the Sept. 11 attacks and were denied due-process rights, according to a report by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Seattle Times
Feb 12, 2005 U.S. Offers Judge Secret Evidence To Decide Case: Virginia Man Held in Saudi Prison

QUOTE: ...Judge John D. Bates said at the hearing, however, that he had serious reservations about making such a critical decision based on information that would be presented to him privately in chambers. He said that although he was mindful of the government's concerns about national security, he would be reluctant to dismiss the family's claims of unjust imprisonment without a public explanation.

Washington Post
Feb 01, 2005 Supreme Chickens? The high court's Gitmo confusion comes home to roost.

QUOTE: In its 6-to-3 opinion in Rasul v. Bush, the court established conclusively that federal courts have jurisdiction to hear habeas corpus petitions from these prisoners in some fashion or other.'s becoming clear that litigating each word of every clause in every one of those questions may consume some of these prisoners' natural born lifetimes.

Aug 19, 2004 For Post-9/11 Material Witness, It Is a Terror of a Different Kind

QUOTE: ...scholars and critics say the government has radically reinterpreted what it means to be a material witness in recent years. These days, people held as material witnesses in terrorism investigations are often not called to testify against others; instead, frequently they are charged with crimes themselves.

New York Times
Jul 04, 2004 Finality Seems to Elude High Court's Grasp. In Ruling on Constitutional Controversies, the Justices Are Leaving Them Unsettled

QUOTE: It was as if the justices, at a time when the country is involved not only in war but also a closely fought election campaign, had lost confidence in their ability to forecast the likely practical or political impact of their actions, and reined themselves in accordingly.

Washington Post
Apr 29, 2004 Court Hears Case on U.S. Detainees

QUOTE: The Bush administration yielded no ground before the Supreme Court on Wednesday in arguing that the open-ended military detention of United States citizens as enemy combatants, without criminal charges or access to lawyers, was justified both in law and as policy.

New York Times
Apr 20, 2004 America's Prisoners, American Rights

QUOTE: These suggestions that noncitizens have less right to be free than citizens are ill advised.

New York Times
Mar 04, 2004 German Court Overturns Sept. 11 Conviction

QUOTE: ...said Motassadeq lawyer Josef Graessle-Muenscher after the ruling. In his view, "if the United States does not deliver the witness, they have to bear the consequences."

Washington Post
Feb 21, 2004 Court Accepts Case of 'Dirty Bomb' Suspect

QUOTE: ...Supreme Court rulings this spring that will define the power of the commander in chief during wartime -- and bring an election-year climax to the national debate over civil liberties and public safety that has been simmering since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Washington Post
Dec 04, 2003 White House Defends Hamdi's Limited Rights

QUOTE: A day after saying it would provide a lawyer to a U.S. citizen captured with Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan, the Bush administration argued in a brief to the Supreme Court that the rights of such "enemy combatants" remained extremely narrow, and that the government could detain such suspects for the duration of hostilities without charging them.

Los Angeles Times
Nov 16, 2003 In a Homeland Far From Home

QUOTE: ...the Bush administration signed an agreement with Cambodia that allowed the repatriation of Cambodian nationals who had broken the law in America.... With those changes, nuance dropped out of the deportation system. Noncitizen immigrants and refugees became a class of American residents ineligible for forgiveness or even for individual consideration by our judicial system.

New York Times
Sep 25, 2003 Secrecy Appealed

QUOTE: The lower courts, the petition said, have gone to great lengths to hide the "essential fact" that Bellahouel's case even exists -- including keeping the existence of the case off the public court dockets.
Apr 03, 2003 Ex-Intel VP Fights for Detainee

QUOTE: "People say this doesn't happen in this country," McGeady said, "but one of my neighbors has been disappeared.

Feb 25, 2003 Justices Stress Inmate's Right to Press Appeal

QUOTE: The Supreme Court ordered a new hearing for a Texas death row inmate that warned the federal courts of appeals against shutting the door prematurely on state prisoners who seek to present constitutional challenges to their convictions or sentences.

New York Times
Feb 07, 2003 Moussaoui Case May Have to Shift From U.S. Court to Tribunal

QUOTE: In the ruling at a private hearing last week, officials said, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of Federal District Court in Alexandria, Va., granted a request by Mr. Moussaoui's lawyers that they be allowed to question a captured Qaeda suspect, Ramzi bin al-Shibh.

New York Times
Jan 27, 2003 Abandoned by the Bill of Rights

QUOTE: The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that Yaser Esam Hamdi, an American citizen, can lawfully be imprisoned in a military brig on American soil without access to his lawyer was a blow to two American institutions: both due process and the separation of powers.

Washington Times
Dec 01, 2002 In Terror War, 2nd Track for Suspects: Those Designated 'Combatants' Lose Legal Protections

QUOTE: ...Bush administration is developing a parallel legal system in which terrorism suspects -- U.S. citizens and noncitizens alike -- may be investigated, jailed, interrogated, tried and punished without legal protections guaranteed by the ordinary system...

Washington Post
Aug 14, 2002 Judge Skewers U.S. Curbs On Detainee

QUOTE: A federal judge today dissected the government's reasoning for holding Yaser Esam Hamdi incommunicado in a Navy brig...

Washington Post
Aug 07, 2002 U.S. Defies Judge On Enemy Combatant

QUOTE: The Justice Department yesterday defied a federal judge's order to provide him with documents that would have supported the government's classification of a man captured in Afghanistan and being held in a Navy brig in Norfolk as an "enemy combatant."

Washington Post
Aug 04, 2002 After Sept. 11, a Legal Battle Over Limits of Civil Liberty

QUOTE: The roundup that followed the [9/11] attacks....has produced few if any law enforcement coups....has provoked a sprawling legal battle, now being waged in federal courthouses around the country, that experts say has begun to redefine the delicate balance between individual liberties and national security.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2002 Accord Suggests U.S. Prefers to Avoid Courts

QUOTE: The plea agreement entered into by John Walker Lindh includes an unusual provision that may reflect the government's evolving thinking about how to handle people accused of terrorism and those allied with them.

New York Times
Dec 01, 2001 Ashcroft Seeking to Free F.B.I. to Spy on Groups

QUOTE: Attorney General John Ashcroft is considering a plan to relax restrictions on the F.B.I.'s spying on religious and political organizations in the United States, senior government officials said today.

New York Times
Nov 26, 2001 Kangaroo Courts

QUOTE: The U.C.M.J. demands a public trial, proof beyond reasonable doubt, an accused's voice in the selection of juries and right to choose counsel, unanimity in death sentencing and above all appellate review by civilians confirmed by the Senate. Not one of those fundamental rights can be found in Bush's military order setting up kangaroo courts for people he designates before "trial" to be terrorists.

New York Times
Nov 25, 2001 Swept Up in a Dragnet, Hundreds Sit in Custody and Ask, 'Why?'

QUOTE: The F.B.I. has so far denied a Freedom of Information Act request filed by a coalition of 21 Arab-American and human rights groups demanding a list of who is jailed, where and why.

New York Times
Nov 24, 2001 Wait Until Dark

QUOTE: As part of his mass dragnet prompted by the attacks on America, our attorney general has rounded up about 50 Israeli Jews, some of whom have been detained for nearly a month on the pretext of minor offenses involving working papers.

New York Times

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