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Obama wins the right to detain people with no habeas review

Today, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals adopted the Bush/Obama position, holding that even detainees abducted outside of Afghanistan and then shipped to Bagram have no right to contest the legitimacy of their detention in a U.S. federal court

via Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com.

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Court Says Bush Illegally Wiretapped Two Americans | Threat Level | Wired.com – Mozilla Firefox

A federal judge on Wednesday said the George W. Bush administration illegally eavesdropped on the telephone conversations of two American lawyers who represented a now-defunct Saudi charity.

via Court Says Bush Illegally Wiretapped Two Americans | Threat Level | Wired.com – Mozilla Firefox.

Boo. Also, Yah.

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On Citizenship

The CBC is reporting that Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Canadian stranded in Sudan is deemed a security risk, denied a passport.

I do not believe a government is just that can decide to restrict the ability of a citizen to return home.

Word of the day: Disgusted.

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Senate Joins House in Caving to White House Immunity Demands | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Senate Joins House in Caving to White House Immunity Demands | Electronic Frontier Foundation
“We thank those senators who courageously opposed telecom immunity and vow to them, and to the American people, that the fight for accountability over the president’s illegal surveillance is not over,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl. “Even though Congress has failed to protect the privacy of Americans and uphold the rule of law, we will not abandon our defense of liberty. We will fight this unconstitutional grant of immunity in the courtroom and in the Congress, requesting repeal of the immunity in the next session, while seeking justice from the Judiciary. Nor can the lawless officials who approved this massive violation of Americans’ rights rest easy, for we will file a new suit against the government and challenge warrantless wiretapping, past, present and future.”

Here’s hoping that the EFF and ACLU can smack some sense into enough judges to get this tragedy of a law thrown out.

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Watchdog Blog » Blog Archive » Answering for War Crimes

Watchdog Blog » Blog Archive » Answering for War Crimes

Prisoners in U.S. hands have been battered, even killed, in flat-out violation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The U.S. is a party to the convention. The evidence of mistreatment is overwhelming, and it comes not just from detainees but from Red Cross and FBI eyewitneses.

Just in case you had forgotten.

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Peace, order and good government, eh?: There’s offensive and then there’s really offensive

Peace, order and good government, eh?: There’s offensive and then there’s really offensive

When asked about the list, U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins was indignant. “We ought to be removed … I just think it’s absurd … and quite offensive.”

Awww, pumpkin.

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Tomgram: How Bush Took Us to the Dark Side

Land of the free.

Tomgram: How Bush Took Us to the Dark Side

“After 19 months of imprisonment and torment at the hands of the CIA, the agency released him [in Yemen] with no explanation, just as he had been imprisoned in the first place. He faced no terrorism charges. He was given no lawyer. He saw no judge. He was simply released, his life shattered.”

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