Tag Archives: Habeas Corpus

Legal black holes

Recent reports say the detention center at Guantanamo Bay will remain open for several more months, maybe into 2011. Despite the delay, President Barack Obama likely intends to close the prison. His administration is hyper aware of its own perception and does not want to maintain a facility that so vividly represents Washington’s abuse of […]

It’s not Guantanamo if we call it Bagram

Instead of detaining prisoners forever without a trial in Guantanamo, Obama will just detain them forever without a trial in Bagram: Yesterday, the Obama DOJ — as expected — filed a legal brief (.pdf) which adopted the arguments originally made by the Bush DOJ to insist that detainees whom they abduct from around the world […]

Obama's joke trials

The Obama administration says it will continue to detain suspected terrorists even if they are acquitted by American courts or military commissions. Which … you know … means having a trial is just a show. This news came by way of Spencer Ackerman: Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson moved the Obama administration into new […]

Obama betraying civil libratarians

Senator Obama in 2006: This is an extraordinarily difficult war we are prosecuting against terrorists. There are going to be situations in which we cast too wide a net and capture the wrong person. . . . But what is avoidable is refusing to ever allow our legal system to correct these mistakes. By giving […]