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Jonathan Shapiro on the Hamdan Case

In Jonathan Mahler’s new book, George W. Bush emerges as the most lawless president in American history, the first to usurp the law as a matter of policy.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE



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Hamdan Sentence Is a Snub to Prosecution

Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s former driver, has been sentenced by a military jury to five and a half years in prison—most of which he’s already served in detention. The prosecution wanted his sentence to be 30 years or longer, but it needn’t be too upset: The military has said it can hold Hamdan indefinitely if it feels like it. Hamdan’s lawyers are expected to appeal.

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE


Improvisational Justice

Now we’ve bungled our own kangaroo courts. Two military judges, acting separately in the cases of two alleged terrorists, have dismissed war crimes charges against both. The legal reasoning is technical. But this breakdown is no technicality—it is farce.

Posted on Jun 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift

Truthdig tips its hat to the Navy lawyer who on Dec. 11 won a major ACLU award for his successful defense in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the U.S. Supreme Court case that dashed Bush administration efforts to try terror suspects in special military courts.

Posted on Dec 16, 2006 READ MORE


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Bush, Infallible to His Sycophants

Testifying before Congress yesterday, the Justice Department’s top lawyer had a succinct answer to a question posed by a senator about whether Bush was wrong or right in his interpretation of the Supreme Court’s Hamdan case: “The President is always right.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


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