Court: Improper for Judiciary to Decide Whether Killing US Citizens with Drones Violates Due Process Rights

By: Friday April 4, 2014 8:21 pm

A federal judge was unable to find no remedy in United States law for a claim that United States citizen’s due process rights were violated when they were targeted and killed by a drone. The case was dismissed because the judge determined the citizen had been properly designated a terrorist, posed a threat to US [...]

Appeal Filed in Lawsuit Against NYPD Spying on Muslims

By: Friday March 21, 2014 10:15 am

A group of Muslims in New Jersey, who are represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Muslim Advocates, have appealed a decision in a lawsuit against spying by the New York Police Department. In February, federal Judge William J. Martini of the United States District Court of Newark accepted most if not all [...]

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case That Would Have Challenged NSA Warrantless Surveillance of Lawyers

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 11:15 am

Whether the warrantless surveillance program carried out by the National Security Agency (NSA) under President George W. Bush was legal is a question the United States Supreme Court is not going to answer. In a case very similar to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against warrantless surveillance made “legal” by [...]

Judge Rules Against Release of Video of Guantanamo Prisoner’s Interrogations, Could Be Used as Propaganda

By: Monday September 16, 2013 6:04 pm

A federal judge ruled last week that the United States government did not have to release images or videos of interrogations of a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, who a convening authority for military commissions previously conceded had been tortured. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) sought the disclosure of images of Mohammed al Qahtani under [...]

Former JAG Who Served Sentence for Violating Espionage Act Comments on His Case & Bradley Manning’s Trial

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:44 am

The military judge at Fort Meade in Maryland is expected to announce how long Pfc. Bradley Manning will be sentenced to prison some time tomorrow morning, August 21. Ahead of the announcement, I contacted Matthew Diaz, a former Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) at the Guantanamo Bay prison. He released 558 names of detainees being [...]

Will There Now Be Greater Transparency in Bradley Manning’s Court Martial?

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 4:58 pm

Another pretrial motion hearing occurred in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade today. During a recess in proceedings, a military legal matter expert opened a yellow envelope and pulled out physical copies of a ruling issued and read in court by the judge. The handing out of a court record to [...]

How US Military is Trying to Cover Up Hunger Strike at Guantanamo, According to Shaker Aamer

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 6:22 pm

British prisoner Shaker Aamer has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for over eleven years. He has not been charged with any crime or given a trial. He has been cleared for release yet he remains in detention. And he is one of the more than one hundred prisoners being held at Guantanamo who have been [...]

Environmental Activist, Prosecuted as If He Was Terrorist, Was Held in Isolation for Political Speech

By: Monday April 1, 2013 5:42 pm

An environmental activist, who was prosecuted by the Justice Department for engaging in acts the department considers to be terrorism, has found out through a lawsuit of which he is a plaintiff that he was transferred to a prison in Marion, Illinois, and held in isolation for his political speech. Daniel McGowan, who had a [...]

Guantanamo Prisoner on Hunger Strike Seeks Relief in Court from ‘Reversion to Harsh Conditions’

By: Friday March 29, 2013 12:29 pm

(update below) A Yemeni prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay prison, who has been participating in a hunger strike which has been ongoing for weeks, has requested “emergency humanitarian relief” from a federal district court he says he and other prisoners are being denied access to potable water. The motion for emergency relief filed on March [...]

More on the New York Times’ Anwar Al-Awlaki Drone Killing Story

By: Tuesday March 12, 2013 5:42 pm

Sourced to current and former legal and counterterrorism officials in the United States government, the New York Times published a story on Sunday on the killing of US-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was targeted by a CIA drone without charge or trial on September 30, 2011. Much of the material in the story from anonymous individuals [...]

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