Tuesday, August 26, 2014

And so we wait.......

As I am sure you have noticed I have not discussed my remaining client at Guantanamo for quite a while. That is because his case had been pending in the D.C. Court of Appeals until this spring and then I filed a Cert Petition in the U.S. Supreme Court over the summer. Last week I filed the final brief in this matter- the reply to my cert petition. The likelihood that the Supreme Court will hear my client's case is small- the Court only takes a tiny fraction of the cases that are filed but as Studs Terkel was fond of saying "hope dies last..." and so I wait and... hope. It has been ten years since I last (and first!) argued in the Supreme Court so perhaps it is my time again.
Marty Lederman has more on my clients Cert Petition here with links to the Petition, Opposition and Reply.
The Court will (most likely) make its decision on September 29th.

Friday, August 15, 2014

More on my Country's right to kill me and other U.S. citizens without due process.....

I have discussed several times on this blog my governments assassination of american citizens. The memo justifying those murders has been released- although heavily redacted- because we don't have the right to know the full "analysis." Firedoglake has the memo and some discussion here. Emptywheel has more here and here. the bottom line? Well I leave that for all of you...but if you are a U.S. citizen you should be worried. If you are not a U.S. citizen you were probably already worried.

Judge demands answers regarding force feeding...

We of course don't know what she will do with the answers but at least she is asking the questions......and letting us (the public) know what the questions are!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What are we going to do about it?

That is the question Edward Snowden has put to all of us? Read this important story and then ask yourself that same question.

Monday, August 11, 2014

oh, and perhaps even more importantly -- Free James Risen

Today, fourteen Pulitzer Prize winners have issued statements in support of journalist James Risen and in protest of the Justice Department's attempt to force Risen to testify against his sources. Risen has vowed to go to jail rather than give up his source, but the Justice Department has steadfastly refused to drop its pursuit. On Thursday, many of the major US press freedom organizations will hold a press conference in Washington DC and deliver a petition with over 100,000 signatures to the Justice Department, calling on them to do the same.
what a cluster F*** our president has turned out to be...

Sunday, August 10, 2014


There are quite a few people that access my blog from government agencies. I assume not all of them are watching the blog for business reasons! So, for those of you out there working for the government with access to the torture report- why don't you do our country a favor and leak it to the press----No, not to me---but to someone out there that will make sure we all get to see the full report. This government secrecy has got to stop.

Friday, August 8, 2014

August 8, 1974

Nixon resigned in disgrace. I was so very proud of my country.... but we (or at least I) did not know the half of it. he was not just a crook he was engaged in treason.

Yes--Torture is torture and by any other name......

The news media has been complicit in my countries criminal activities by refusing to call torture what it is--torture. Instead they used words like "enhanced interrogation" to somehow make the torture seem more palatable. Yesterday the New York Times finally agreed that it should use the proper word....emptywheel has more here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

oh, and in case you didn't hear

After 9/11"we tortured some folks..".

That would be my president speaking.
 I noticed shortly after he was elected he started holding himself like GW Bush-- the way he walked and his haughty stance. Then he started talking like that imbecile GW. This is a great example of Obama becoming Bush.
What an asshole.

Excuse me while I vent.....UPDATED

I am sick and tired of the DC Circuit allowing the military to do any god damn thing it wants to the men at Guantanamo..... todays decision can be found here.
enough said.

Steve Vladeck has more on the DC Circuit opinion here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

More on the decision by the European Court of Human Rights...

And that is precisely why accountability is so vital to American democracy. We cannot have reached the stage in our development as a country where the very enormity of the government's misconduct becomes its shield against exposure. We cannot, in other words, reward the government for its wrongdoing by promising that only modest and insignificant transgressions will be brought to light. To do so would be to encourage the government to break its solemn faith with us, not by unfortunate and excusable negligence, but by unforgivable and deliberate venality. Our government would then cease to be our servant in any sense that does justice to the word. I cannot believe we have fallen that far.
Reacting to the court's decision, a spokeswoman for the Polish president said it was "shameful for Poland." But Poland at least has the opportunity to make amends, to purge its shame by confronting its past. One day the United States may do the same, but only if Americans demand more of their government. The "overriding point," we should remind our leaders, is not simply "that this program no longer exists."
 Read the entire op-ed by Joe Margulies here.http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-margulies-poland-black-site-rendition-ruling-20140727-story.html

Thursday, July 24, 2014


If you want to know how the US government decides who to track ---the rule book and a guide to to the rule book can be found here. The short version is that there are no real rules....

 "The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept."


For the last few years both the US and Poland have denied what was clearly true--that the US ran a torture compound in Poland. Now the European Court has agreed. You can read more about it here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

More on last weeks En Banc decision

Outside Congress, it seems that no one believes that the military commission system should continue to stand. For twelve years, the system has created nothing but embarrassment for its proponents as the highest-profile prosecutions have repeatedly tripped over their own feet. The first cases have also created waves of fundamental legal challenges. This week's decision simply postponed the most basic issues to be resolved by some future case. That leaves a very real prospect that the 9/11 prosecutions fall apart up on appeal years after trial court proceedings are over, as Bahlul's material support conviction did. The administration wants to try terrorism suspects in federal court for good reason. Congress should not stand in its way

Read the entire article here: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/judicial/212488-warning-military-commissions-act-convictions-may-self-destruct#ixzz387Hu3T9o