Category: Civil Liberties

Andrew Herd: Extraordinary Rendition: Where’s the outrage?

In a recent article published about the US supreme court ruling confirming Guantanamo inmates’ right to habeas corpus in the Guardian, George Monbiot links the outrage over their treatment to the lack of outrage concerning what has euphemistically been called extraordinary rendition. (1) In comparison to the outrage over the vision of inmates shackled and Read more…

Andy Worthington: Italy’s Forgotten Residents in Guantánamo

Reprieve, the London-based legal action charity that represents 35 of the 273 prisoners still in Guantánamo, has just released a report, The Forgotten Italian Residents in Guantánamo Bay, in an attempt to find a solution to the plight of six of its clients. The six men are Italian residents, who, with one exception, have been Read more…

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Marjorie Cohn: Scalia Cites False Information in Habeas Corpus Dissent

To bolster his argument that the Guantánamo detainees should be denied the right to prove their innocence in federal courts, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his dissent in Boumediene v. Bush: "At least 30 of those prisoners hitherto released from Guantánamo have returned to the battlefield." It turns out that statement is false. According to Read more…

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Thomas Swann: Charter for Democracy

First Published in Scottish Socialist Voice, No. 303 (13th April 2007), p. 10   Charter 77 was founded in Czechoslovakia 30 years ago as a campaign for democracy and human rights. People involved gathered in Prague at the end of March to consider their experiences and the impact of their campaign. Thomas Swann reports. In Read more…

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Cynthia Mckinney: Cynthia McKinney’s Call to Action in Support of Dennis Kucinich’s Articles of Impeachment Against Bush

With great satisfaction I learned of the courageous action taken by Congressman Dennis Kucinich on Monday, June 9th. On that day, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, he rose to introduce House Resolution 1258, containing 35 Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush. The litany of documented High Crimes and constitutional Read more…

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Marjorie Cohn: Supreme Court Checks and Balances in Boumediene

After the Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited opinion, upholding habeas corpus rights for the Guantánamo detainees, I was invited to appear on The O’Reilly Factor with guest host Laura Ingraham. Although she is a lawyer and former law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas, Ingraham has no use for our judicial branch of government, noting Read more…

Dennis Bernstein: Interview With Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Bernstein:  Dennis Kucinich’s decision to introduce 35 articles of impeachment against Bush and Cheney in the House has sent reverberations across official Washington, although very few politicians and the leadership are willing to talk about it.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said repeatedly that impeachment is "off the table", and John Conyers has actually Read more…

Polly Curtis: ‘This is not the way I should have been treated in a country I love’

For more than a decade, Nottingham university felt like the safest place in the world for Hicham Yezza as an undergraduate, doctoral student, campus activist and, most recently, employee. But two weeks ago his world caved in when he was arrested under the Terrorism Act.   The 30-year-old Algerian was detained by police for possessing Read more…

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Stephen Lendman: Updating Yassin Aref’s Struggle for Justice

Yassin Aref is an Iraqi Kurd and political prisoner in Police State America. A full account of his ordeal can be found at the following link: http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2008/03/yassin-arefs-struggle-for-justice-in.html.   In the post-9/11 climate of fear, Aref was targeted for his faith and ethnicity and victimized by a willful FBI frame. It began as a sting to Read more…

Dalia Acosta: Cuba: Sexual Diversity – the Rainbow Revolution

HAVANA, May 21 (IPS) – Nearly 50 years after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, sexual minorities are at last beginning to feel that their voice is being heard and that they can finally take their place in the movement towards a more just and inclusive society. "I always wanted to be a part of Read more…

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