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Archive for March, 2011

Appeals Court Reverses Habeas Decision

Yesterday, March 29, 2011, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision  to release Yemeni detainee Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman, who has been held at Guantanamo since 2002. Late last year, a lower court judge ruled that the government had not shown that Uthman was a member of […]

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NYT: FBI Data Show Thousands Are Assessed for Terror Links Under Relaxed Rules

The New York Times reports  that FBI data indicates that thousands of people have been assessed for criminal or terror links under relaxed FBI rules for domestic intelligence gathering. The report reveals that between December 2008 and March 2009, the FBI began 11,667 ‘assessments’ of people and groups, completing 8,605 of them and launching more […]

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Trial of Alleged Fourth JFK Bomb Plotter To Go Ahead in May, Despite Defendant’s Condition

The trial of Kareem Ibrahim, the fourth defendant to be charged with plotting to bomb fuel lines at JFK Airport, will proceed on May 2, despite Ibrahim’s weakened condition from self-inflicted starvation. According to a Bloomberg report, “Ibrahim, rolled into court in a wheelchair [Friday], weighs 114 pounds and has been refusing water, insulin injections for […]

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Newburgh Four Reassert Entrapment Defense in Appeal

Lawyers for four men convicted in October of plotting to bomb a synagogue and Jewish community center in the Bronx were back in court Thursday, arguing that their clients’ convictions should be thrown out because the government’s informant entrapped the men. According to Reuters, the defense argument suggested that the defendants were “enticed by extravagant […]

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Mar 26th, 2011 defenses

Under New Rules, Terror Suspects Can Be Held Longer Without Miranda Warning

The Wall Street Journal reports that new Justice Department rules give investigators the authority to question terror suspects for a longer period of time without giving them a Miranda warning. According to the report, investigators can already question suspects for a limited period of time prior to the Miranda warning if there is a question […]

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Attack Renews Debate Over Congressional Consent

Charlie Savage reports in The New York Times Tuesday, in an article entitled "Attack Renews Debate Over Congressional Consent," that President Obama is facing criticism that crosses the political divide for not seeking Congressional authorization before ordering the American military to join in attacks of Libyan air defenses and government forces. According to the NYTimes,  "On […]

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U.S. Appeals Court Reinstates Wiretap Lawsuit

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit spearheaded by the ACLU that challenges amendments to FISA which give the government power to wiretap non-U.S. citizens overseas with less judicial oversight. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinstated a 2008 suit on Monday, although the court has not yet weighed in on […]

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BBC: Hayden reports Drones are “Winning War Against Al Qaeda”

In Part Two of the BBC’s program ‘The Secret War on Terror,’ former CIA chief Michael Hayden says that the drone program in Pakistan “has been a very strong significant force in making the al-Qaeda senior leadership spend most of their waking moments worrying about their survival, rather than threatening yours or mine. And that […]

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Defense Lawyers at Guantanamo Protest New Procedures

The Miami Herald reports that military defense lawyers are protesting a recently issued order that they sign off on new ground rules on what they can and can’t say to their detainee clients and to the public. The new rules mandate that “a lawyer needs the CIA’s blessing simply to ask a captive about a […]

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Brennan Criticizes Effort to Block Civilian Trials for Detainees

According to reports, President Obama’s top counterterrorism advisor John Brennan has offered a forceful defense of the plan to close Guantanamo and try detainees in civilian courts while speaking at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice on Friday. Politico reports that Brennan criticized Congressional efforts to block civilian trials, saying “‘[t]o argue that [commissions] are the […]

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