Just a few years ago, the national debate over the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, indefinite detention, secret renditions and other legal elements of the Bush Administration’s “War on Terror” happened openly in American courtrooms and in the daily newspapers. Increasingly, those debates have receded into the rearview mirror as we content ourselves with the illusion that these issues are no longer urgent, or no longer affect us. In his thoughtful new book, Habeas Corpus After 9/11, Professor Jonathan Hafetz of Seton Hall University School of Law, reminds us that these and other legal innovations in the War on Terror are neither resolved, nor isolated, nor benign. We are still living in the legal universe that was constructed on the fly after 9/11. We just don’t want to admit it.
|By: Dahlia Lithwick Sunday July 10, 2011 1:59 pm|
|By: Bill Egnor Wednesday June 15, 2011 7:30 am|
Living in fear is a terrible thing. Sen. Mitch “Box-Turtle” McConnell might not being living in fear but he sure wants his constituents to do so. He is drumming up fear of a couple of terrors suspects from Kentucky and demanding that they be sent to Guantanamo Bay.
|By: Eli Friday June 3, 2011 6:01 pm|
Obama’s very good at making promises that will appeal to progressives, and terrible at keeping them. Or even trying to.
|By: Attaturk Monday April 25, 2011 1:30 am|
Leaked documents bring the banality of GITMO and much of the so-called War on Terror back to light.
|By: Spencer Ackerman Friday September 10, 2010 6:07 am|
Befitting this blighted world, Goldsmith endeavors to find some pragmatic ways out of the terrorism detentions stalemate. Among his basic tradeoffs: keep Guantanamo open and lose the military commissions.
|By: Peterr Saturday July 31, 2010 9:00 am|
Nouns give an essay substance, and verbs give it motion. Adjectives transform it from black and white into color.
Consider Carol Rosenberg’s comments on the rules at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Like Ansel Adams, she works with black and white, giving us a picture of the administration of justice, such as it is, at Gitmo. Even if she doesn’t use adjectives, they come through on their own. Words like “silly” and “vengeful” and “clueless.”
Holder and Gates give the US a black eye with the way Gitmo represents our system of justice to the world. Rosenberg, on the other hand, does the constitution proud.
|By: Spencer Ackerman Thursday April 29, 2010 6:59 am|
As the courtroom cleared following the adjournment of Omar Khadr’s first day of pre-trial hearings, a Marine captain asked me if I could address “an internet rumor.” Uh, sure, I replied. She wanted to know: did I somehow find a way to tweet from inside the extremely-secure courtroom?
|By: Peterr Saturday April 24, 2010 9:03 am|
There are predators, and then there are enablers.
It doesn’t matter if we are talking about child sexual abuse committed by Roman Catholic priests, deceptive Wall Street bankers, or DOJ-sanctioned torture. The game being played right now is the same, in all three venues: avoid accountability.
|By: Spencer Ackerman Thursday April 15, 2010 6:09 am|
A couple weeks ago, I had a conversation with some friends in which the lameness of Milbank emerged, and a friend urged me to take a structural understanding. After all, the guy’s on a beat that requires frivolity and rejects substance. If you write ‘Washington Sketch,’ you have to treat subjects like indefinite detention as a giggle. OK, let’s say that’s true. . . .