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Further explanation of federal board decision denying immigrants advisal before questioning

By | 08.17.11 | 4:00 pm | More from The Florida Independent

On Tuesday, The American Independent reported that the Board of Immigration Appeals, a body that is part of the U.S. Justice Department, made a decision on Aug. 11 arguing that federal regulations do not require that immigrants arrested without a warrant have to be notified of their rights before being More…

Ashcroft Defends Civilian Trials for Terrorists

By | 02.19.10 | 12:44 pm

Sam Stein catches up to the former Attorney General at CPAC:

In an interview with the Huffington Post at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the former Bush administration official said that there are “a variety of tools that ought to be available to an administration” in its efforts to


Court OKs Pretextual Use of Immigration Detention

By | 12.22.09 | 3:14 pm

In a ruling that slid in quietly under the news radar, a federal court of appeals ruled late last Friday that the government can lawfully use immigration detention as an excuse to conduct criminal investigations into non-citizens if the government likely has the right to deport that person. More…

Appeals Court Dismisses Canadian Torture Victim’s Case

By | 11.02.09 | 3:13 pm

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals just dismissed a landmark lawsuit filed by a Canadian victim of “extraordinary rendition” against former U.S. officials, ruling that torture victims have no right to compensation from the U.S. government, even if U.S. officials were complicit in their treatment.

Maher Arar is a More…

U.S. Citizen Can Sue Ashcroft for Wrongful Detention

By | 09.08.09 | 8:58 am

Few innocent victims of post-9/11 counter-terrorism policies have been able to sustain their claims against government officials in federal courts, although many have tried.  But on Friday, a federal appeals court held that a U.S. citizen detained for more than two weeks as a “material witness” and then released More…

John Yoo’s Defense of Himself Is as Persuasive as Most of His Legal Opinions

By | 07.16.09 | 9:06 am

This is your horrible, dystopian future: John Yoo, the former Office of Legal Counsel official who had a hand in crafting the Bush administration’s detentions, interrogations and warrantless surveillance abuses, writes endless and endlessly misleading defenses of himself. Some people die because of Yoo’s cavalier relationship with the law — More…

Bush Personally Ordered Visit to Ashcroft’s Hospital Bed

By | 07.10.09 | 5:43 pm

One warrantless surveillance mystery solved. My friend Marcy Wheeler beat me to this: George W. Bush personally ordered White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and Chief of Staff Andy Card to visit an ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft in the hospital in March 2004 after Ashcroft’s deputy Jim Comey refused More…

Gonzales’ Testimony on Surveillance Was ‘Confusing, Inaccurate, and … Misleading’

By | 07.10.09 | 4:21 pm

Ah, Alberto Gonzales. After the then-Attorney General presented a slippery account to the Senate Judiciary Committee in July 2007 of, among other subjects, the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance efforts, a group of Democratic senators quickly moved to investigate Gonzales for perjury. The immediate issue was Gonzales’ assertion that Justice More…

Yoo and Only Yoo (Knew About Surveillance)

By | 07.10.09 | 3:12 pm

Sure, the associate attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department is supposed to be in charge of the office. But in 2001, then-OLC chief Jay Bybee “was never read into” the President’s Surveillance Program and instead, his deputy, John Yoo, was the only one More…

Decision Allowing Yoo Lawsuit to Continue Carries Narrow Implications

By | 06.16.09 | 12:26 am

Since U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled late Friday in San Francisco that former “enemy combatant” Jose Padilla can proceed with his lawsuit against “torture memo” author John Yoo, the decision has been interpreted by many in the media as a broad vindication of detainees’ rights to sue former Bush More…