Posts Tagged ‘ACLU’

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Just links for tonight because it’s getting too late, but I’ve got two articles–one on U.S. military deserters in Canada, another on Barack Obama’s Race to the Top program–picked out and ready to go for tomorrow. Coverage to come as soon as I get back from work.

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The ACLU is challenging the no-fly list on behalf of ten U.S. citizens who are currently on it. Yes, the same no-fly list so seamlessly ordered that underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, whose father had directly warned U.S. authorities of his terrorist intent, did not appear on it. Even after that, if the no-fly list somehow still makes you feel safe, this revelation should make you hate the no-fly list:

None of the individuals in the lawsuit, including a disabled U.S. Marine Corps veteran stranded in Egypt and a U.S. Army veteran stuck in Colombia, have been told why they are on the list or given a chance to clear their names.

So fates are being decided by unelected security bureaucrats who have no accountability to the point that they don’t even have to tell you the charges against you. That doesn’t sound like the American justice system we’ve had for the past 200 years.

[Hat tip: Jesse Walker at Reason]

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The ridiculous DISCLOSE Act passed the House on Thursday. Angered and threatened by the Supreme Court’s pro-free speech decision in Citizens United, the Democrats lashed out with this monstrosity that manages to be even worse than McCain-Feingold by setting arbitrary standards for which groups can and can’t participate without restrictions in political campaigns. Spoiler: corporations get restricted again, the favored Democratic constituents that are unions are free to participate. Oh, and if you are a big group like the NRA or Sierra Club or AARP, you had enough lobbying clout to get an absurd exemption from restrictions for groups larger than 500,000 members written into the bill. (more…)

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William Fisher at Antiwar.com has a good piece on the Obama administration’s likely designs on the prison at Bagram AFB. The heart of it:

A senior U.S. official reportedly told the Los Angeles Times that the Obama administration wants to detain and interrogate non-Afghan terrorism suspects captured in countries outside Afghanistan in a section of the Bagram prison, even after it turns the prison over to Afghan control.

The U.S. government has stated its intention to turn over control of the Bagram detention facility to the Afghan government early next year. In May, a federal court ruled that unlike at Guantánamo, prisoners in U.S. custody at Bagram, including those who were captured far from any battlefield and brought to Afghanistan, cannot challenge their detention in U.S. courts. That decision paves the way for the U.S. government to use Bagram to detain terrorism suspects indefinitely.

“The Guantánamo problem is not solved simply by recreating a Guantánamo somewhere else. Closing Guantánamo is essential but it is equally important that the Obama administration put an end to the illegal indefinite detention policy behind Guantánamo,” said Melissa Goodman, staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project.

Amen to that, ACLU!

It’s even more frightening when you consider Guantanamo expert Andy Worthington’s piece today [Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan] about suicides at Gitmo maybe really having been deaths from torture. My first inclination on the Worthington report was to be skeptical (parts of it read a bit like the German left’s refusal to believe in the prison suicides of the Baader-Meinhof gang) and though I retain my skepticism, some of the evidence, especially from the Seton Hall report is damning and downright scary.

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