Naming and Shaming: Pro Bono Becomes Political Ammo

March 23, 2010 | Comments Off on Naming and Shaming: Pro Bono Becomes Political Ammo

By Ben Neumeyer For the right-wing media, criticizing the Department of Justice under Eric Holder and its handling of the war on terror  has become a bit like the proverbial “spaghetti test”: throw what you can against the wall and see if it sticks.  The newest salvo has come from Keep America Safe, a political […]

If You Were the Judge…

October 7, 2009 | Comments Off on If You Were the Judge…

Warning: this entry contains graphic and disturbing content of a horrific crime.  Reader’s discretion is advised. On April 13, 2007, a 23 year old graduate student attending Columbia University School of Journalism headed back to her apartment building in Hamilton Heights, a neighborhood located in Harlem, Manhattan.  She was subsequently followed to her apartment by […]

Obama’s Education Plan

September 30, 2009 | Comments Off on Obama’s Education Plan

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”- Malcolm X No matter where individuals may fall on the political ideology spectrum,all can agree with Malcolm X’s statement. A child without a quality education is a child with little hope for a prosperous future, which is […]

Some Truths About Guantánamo Bay

March 16, 2009 | Comments Off on Some Truths About Guantánamo Bay

Guest Blogger: Lawrence Wilkerson There are several dimensions to the debate over the U.S. prison facilities at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba that the media have largely missed and, thus, of which the American people are almost completely unaware.  For that matter, few within the government who were not directly involved are aware either. The first of […]

Secret Courts Multiply in the U.S.

February 16, 2009 | Comments Off on Secret Courts Multiply in the U.S.

Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc Oral arguments available here (audio .wma). Mohamed, and 4 other plaintiffs, are suing an airline for transporting him around the world, against his will, for the purpose of subjecting him to the torture of foreign governments. Apparently he has some pretty damning quotes which (if believed) make it as clear […]

Replacing Guantanamo: Where Do We Go From Here?

November 28, 2008 | Comments Off on Replacing Guantanamo: Where Do We Go From Here?

Much of what Barack Obama intends to accomplish as president will have to abide by the rhythm of politics. Drafting new policies, gaining public and congressional support, and shepherding bills through the legislative process are the cost of doing business in Washington. However, there is one messy issue in particular that has the potential to […]

Retroactive Immunity: Not A Compromise

June 23, 2008 | Comments Off on Retroactive Immunity: Not A Compromise

A deal has been reached in the House under which the telecommunications companies, which permitted the President to illegally spy on Americans, will have the cases against them dismissed once the Attorney General represents to a US District court that the Government requested their cooperation in obtaining wiretaps of American citizens in violation of congress’ […]

Telecom Spying– You Are Still Not Safe

April 4, 2008 | Comments Off on Telecom Spying– You Are Still Not Safe

You’re still not safe because there’s still no terrorism exception to the rule of law. That was the message from the Attorney General this week in his address to the Commonwealth Club of California. After his initial remarks (which were on the ongoing effort to fight public corruption) he solicited a question on the debate […]

Senate Immunizes Warrantless Wiretapping

February 14, 2008 | Comments Off on Senate Immunizes Warrantless Wiretapping

Jim Webb, John Warner, and a supermajority of the Senate (68-29), just sold you out. The Senate just passed a bill which would excuse the telecommunications companies for violating the rights that same Senate conferred upon you. Make no mistake, there hasn’t been the slightest suggestion that what they did was legal. Rather, those supporting […]

Guantanamo: Representing the Unseen

October 12, 2007 | Comments Off on Guantanamo: Representing the Unseen

On October 10, students at William and Mary packed room 124 to hear Jeff Colman, a lawyer at Jenner & Block, speak about his experiences representing clients at Guantanamo Bay. January 11, 2007 was the five-year anniversary of the first man being placed in Guantanamo. Colman, a lawyer with 35 years of legal experience, has […]

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