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The Reality of Civilian Trials for Terrorists

December 02, 2010  |  Posted by Daniel Pollitt

The conviction of Ahmed Ghailani is just one more example of the effectiveness of civilian trials for terrorists. Read More »

New York Times: Some Skeptics Questioning Rosy Reports on War Zone

November 08, 2010  |  Posted by Daniel Pollitt

The spin machine is in full mode according to an article on the war in Afghanistan in today's New York TimesRead More »

Judge to Hear Arguments on Targeted Killing of U.S. Citizen by Obama Administration

November 08, 2010  |  Posted by Daniel Pollitt

Today, a federal judge will hear arguments on the legality of the plan by the Obama administration to use lethal force against a U.S. citizen. Read More »

New York Times: Mental Health Visits Rise as Parent Deploys

November 08, 2010  |  Posted by Daniel Pollitt

A study on the effects of repeated deployments of members of the military, found that their children are 10 % more likely to see a doctor for a "...mental health difficulty when a parent is deployed than when a parent is home." Read More »

Close Gitmo and Use the Legal System [VIDEO]

July 26, 2010  |  Posted by Ryan Anderson

This weekend, friend of the Close Gitmo Campaign Marcy Wheeler moderated a panel on closing Gitmo and using the legal system to prosecute terrorism at the Netroots Nation conference in Las Vegas. Panelists featured are Rep. Jerry Nadler,'s Matt Alexander, blogger/journalist Adam Serwer and Center for Constitutional Rights' Vince Warren. Read More »

For Terrorism Trials, Civilian Courts are up to the Job

July 20, 2010  |  Posted by Dianne Feinstein

Our federal courts are unmatched at putting terrorism suspects on trial, collecting intelligence when possible and sending them away for good. Read More »

Move the Movement & End the War

June 08, 2010  |  Posted by Ryan Anderson

It’s time for the progressive movement to rise to this challenge and counter this pressure from conservatives to set our foreign policy on a new path -- starting with the escalating war in Afghanistan. Read More »

Who Needs a Constitution Anyway?

May 05, 2010  |  Posted by Ryan Anderson

When it comes to the 2nd Amendment and your right to pack a Colt .45 everywhere you go, just in case you need to shoot something, right wingers will back you to the end. Which, when everyone is armed, could come rather quickly. But if Joe Lieberman and John McCain get their way, the Constitution and its guarantee of basic rights will become optional. And when Glenn Beck becomes the most rational voice on the Right, you know we've taken a wrong turn... Read More »

Dianne Feinstein Hears You

April 15, 2010  |  Posted by Ryan Anderson

Senate Republicans continued playing politics in their attacks on Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But key members like Senator Dianne Feinstein pushed back and set the record straight. Read More »

Watch the Holder Hearing LIVE

April 14, 2010  |  Posted by Ryan Anderson

New Security Action members sent over 45,000 letters to the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats telling them to stand up for justice and stand with Holder. Did they get the message? Watch Secretary Holder's testimony live at Read More »

Peter Galbraith: Time To Withdraw

April 08, 2010  |  Posted by Ryan Anderson

A former UN envoy to Afghanistan, Peter Galbraith, recently became the second former diplomat to recommend that the United States begin to withdraw from Afghanistan. And, like former State Department official Matthew Hoh before him, Galbraith describes in an OpEd in today's Washington Post the futility of our endeavor to prop up the incredibly un-credible President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. Read More »

Where “Military Victory” Is an Oxymoron

April 07, 2010  |  Posted by Tom Andrews

When it comes to Afghanistan, “military victory” is an oxymoron. Even President Obama and his Defense Secretary Robert Gates say so. Repeatedly. The only path to peaceful resolution to the Afghanistan conundrum, they point out, is by winning the “hearts and minds” of the Afghan people. That is why the grim news from Afghanistan about a cover up of the a botched US military raid of a baby shower near Gardez is so devastating... Read More »

Rev. King’s Anti-Vietnam Words Still Resonate Today

April 02, 2010  |  Posted by Danielle Belton

NPR takes a behind the scenes look at Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "Beyond Vietnam" speech, where the slain Civil Rights leader came out against the war in Vietnam in 1967. King was rounding criticized for moving outside of Civil Rights issues to address the war, but King felt it was necessary to speak out against all forms of violence. While some saw it as a tactical mistake, the speech still holds resonance today as many of the points raised in it also fit our current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Read More »

Terrorism On the Homefront

April 01, 2010  |  Posted by Danielle Belton

In all the fear-mongering and chatter about the threat from terrorists overseas what often gets obscured is that terrorism can come from anyone, anywhere -- even from our own citizens. But we don't declare war when groups like the so-called "Hutaree" militia plot to kill U.S. government officials. We treat them as the potentially dangerous criminals they are. The right wing would have you believe there is something different between homegrown terrorists and terrorists from overseas -- but there isn't. The both want the same thing, to spread violence and fear.  Read More »

Public View Shifts Against Closing Gitmo

March 29, 2010  |  Posted by Danielle Belton

A new CNN poll is reporting that while a majority of Democrats still want to see the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed, the number of Independents who want the same is rapidly declining. More information on the numbers after the jump. Read More »

Gitmo News Round Up

March 25, 2010  |  Posted by Danielle Belton

Sen. Lindsey Graham is laying the ground work for his Guantanamo Bay closure proposal that would close the prison, but keep all the horrible policies that made Gitmo what it is in the first place -- a legal nightmare, no man's land. The Pentagon is moving ahead with naming a new chief of military commissions leading us to think that despite all the talk from the White House we are creeping closer and closer to keeping military commissions. And human rights activists are wondering if President Obama is backtracking on the rights of Gitmo detainees. Can't say we blame them for their suspicions. All the news coming out about Gitmo lately sounds very questionable. Read More »

Now Is the Time

March 23, 2010  |  Posted by Danielle Belton

In the push to pass health care, Speaker Nancy Pelosi convinced the President to buckle down and fight for what he believes in. The Democrats were in the majority and if he wanted health care to pass, now was the time to do it -- and they did. The President and Congress can do the same with closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay if they just stay strong and hold the line.  Read More »

The Truth About Waterboarding

March 22, 2010  |  Posted by Danielle Belton

While some like Karl Rove and Dick Cheney praise waterboarding, the truth is coming out about how the CIA actually "executed" the tactic and the details are horrifying. Read More »

Gitmo Sell-Out Near

March 19, 2010  |  Posted by Ryan Anderson

This morning the Wall Street Journal reports that the White House is close to giving-in to the baseless attacks of his right-wing critics and giving-up on the Constitution and the rule of law. In exchange for Sen. Lindsey Graham's support in closing Gitmo, President Obama would put KSM and other top terror suspects before Bush-era military commissions, while nearly 50 unnamed prisoners would be kept in legal limbo, held without charge or trial indefinitely. ACT NOW TO TELL THE PRESIDENT "NO DEAL" Read More »

Liz Cheney Pushes Myth That Civilian Trials Leak Secrets

March 18, 2010  |  Posted by Danielle Belton

Liz Cheney's Keep America Safe, came out -- not surprisingly -- criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder's statements about criminal trials and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. In their efforts to attack the attorney general what got lost in the argument was how New Yorkers and several others have been waiting nine years for justice for the attacks on Sept. 11. Justice that is best served in our criminal courts. Read More »

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