30 Oct 2006

Nicolas Eyle [Executive Director, RECONSIDER]: "Nearly three decades after California cracked down on rising crime rates with tougher sentencing laws, Californians are beginning to realize the downside of what many experts say has been one of the most poorly planned prison expansions in the country. A recent Justice Policy Institute [read more]

27 Oct 2006

Tara Magner [Policy Director, National Immigrant Justice Center]: "The Secure Fence Act has generated a good deal of controversy this election season. First, its price tag is unknown, but is estimated to fall between $2 billion and $9 billion. Second, it is unlikely to solve the problem of unlawful entry [read more]

26 Oct 2006

Jack Martin [Special Project Director, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)]: "At this point, the border fencing law signed by President Bush Thursday is largely symbolic, although important. The legislation sends the message abroad that we intend to defend our borders against illegal immigration. It is symbolic because little more [read more]

24 Oct 2006

Kristin Jones [Senior Asia Research Associate, Committee to Protect Journalists]: "Journalist Yang Xiaoqing's imprisonment caught the attention of ordinary people in China who recognized it as the case of a man who had taken on powerful officials in his home county and was paying the price. Without the vocal advocacy [read more]

23 Oct 2006

Jonathan Hafetz [Associate Counsel Brennan Center, attorney for Mohammed Munaf]: "On October 19, 2006, the district court (Lamberth, J.) dismissed the habeas petition of Mohammed Munaf, the American citizen detained in Iraq by the United States and sentenced to death by an Iraqi criminal court on October 12, 2006. The [read more]

20 Oct 2006

Thomas Nash [Cluster Munition Coalition Coordinator]: "The increasing evidence of humanitarian harm from cluster munitions used during the recent conflict between Israel and Hezbollah is the latest example of a consistent pattern of civilian suffering documented over the last 40 years. Whether it has been the goverment of Sudan against [read more]

20 Oct 2006

Ted Mayer [Hughes Hubbard & Reed, LLP, outside counsel for Merck]: "Merck & Co., Inc. is pleased that the District Court of Berlin, Germany, has rejected two VIOXX claims. In the first case, a 60-year old woman from Berlin claimed that VIOXX caused her cardiac arrhythmia. The second case involved [read more]

20 Oct 2006

Ali Khan [Washburn University]: "One great accomplishment of the 1945 UN Charter has been its prescription against the threats of use of armed force. Article 2(4) states: "All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of [read more]

19 Oct 2006

David Becker [Senior Attorney, People for the American Way Foundation]: "Last week Missouri's Supreme Court, with only one justice dissenting, upheld long-standing constitutional and legal principles in striking down Missouri's restrictive voter ID law. Though the state claimed that the law was necessary to combat alleged voter impersonation fraud, the [read more]

19 Oct 2006

Jon Greenbaum [Voting Rights Project Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law]: "Since the 2004 election, one disturbing trend in election law has been the enactment of laws requiring voters to provide government-issued voter identification in order to cast ballot or documentation of citizenship in order to register. These [read more]

17 Oct 2006

Jonathan Hafetz [Associate Counsel at the Brennan Center and attorney for Mohammed Munaf]: "On Oct. 12, 2006, Mohammed Munaf, an American citizen, was convicted and sentenced to death by a criminal court in Iraq for his alleged role in a kidnapping. Mr. Munaf maintains his innocence. According to Mr. Munaf's [read more]

16 Oct 2006

David Miner [attorney for US Army Sgt. Ricky Clousing, an Iraq war objector who recently pleaded guilty to going AWOL]: "A growing number of soldiers question whether they can honorably serve in support of the war in Iraq. My client Ricky Clousing confronted this question after a five month deployment [read more]

15 Oct 2006

Nell Minow [Editor and Co-founder, The Corporate Library]: "The board of Hewlett-Packard, a serial offender with a record of colossal poor judgment in the selection, overpayment, and departure package of CEO Carly Fiorina and in its massive mishandling of the fight over the Compaq merger, leapt from the frying pan [read more]

12 Oct 2006

Daniel T. Griswold [Director of the Center for Trade Policy Study, Cato Institute]: "The 700-mile, $1.2-billion wall along the U.S.-Mexican border that Congress authorized before leaving town will not stem the flow of illegal immigrants to the United States. It will be an expensive, ugly band-aid. We built several miles [read more]

11 Oct 2006

His Excellency Nabi Sensoy, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey [Turkish Embassy, Washington DC]: "During the First World War the Ottoman government was fighting for survival against the Entente powers. A situation of extreme danger existed as a result of serious military setbacks. Many Armenians sided with the enemy and [read more]

11 Oct 2006

Suliman Giddo [President and CEO, Darfur Peace & Development]: "The tragic war and atrocities committed against the defenseless civilians in Darfur have been escalating since the partial agreement (Darfur Peace Agreement) was signed in May 2006. The downside of the Darfur Peace Agreement, besides its mass rejection by Darfurians, is [read more]

11 Oct 2006

Ben Davis [University of Toledo College of Law]: "Lawyers for Jose Padilla recently (October 4) filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida a Motion to Dismiss for Outrageous Government Conduct [PDF]. The motion recites, from the point of view of Jose Padilla, his detention [read more]

7 Oct 2006

Ali Khan [Washburn University]: "The world will mourn today's brutal murder of Russian journalist and human rights advocate Anna Politkovaskay in Moscow. In writing my book, A Theory of International Terrorism (2006), I relied on Anna Politkovaskaya's reports about the situation in Chechnya that she always delivered with passionate clarity. [read more]

4 Oct 2006

Bill Goodman [Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights]: "The Center for Constitutional Rights is aggressively challenging the appalling Military Commissions Act (MCA) passed by Congress last week. Our allies have already contributed cogent analyses of some of the dangers posed by the MCA: its unprecedented and expansive suspension of habeas [read more]

4 Oct 2006

David Cynamon [partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Project Kuwaiti Freedom]: "I represent the four remaining Kuwaiti detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, captured in Pakistan by bounty hunters and sold to the US government. Before being sold, these captives, who were charity workers, were not given any hearing or the benefit [read more]

3 Oct 2006

Elisa Massimino [Washington Director, Human Rights First]: "Last week, Congress adopted legislation governing the trial and treatment of detainees that is inconsistent both with the laws of war and the U.S. Constitution.On the one hand, Congress rejected an administration proposal to explicitly downgrade the humane treatment requirements of Common Article [read more]

2 Oct 2006

Caroline Fredrickson [Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office]: "Last week, the House and Senate adopted S.3930, the Military Commissions Act of 2006. In doing so, lawmakers removed important checks on the president, failed to protect due process, eliminated habeas corpus for many detainees, undermined enforcement of the Geneva Conventions and gave [read more]

2 Oct 2006

Dr. James Jay Carafano [Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation]: "When Congress passed the law that will govern how terrorist suspects can be tried in military tribunals, they acted just like the Founding Fathers would have wished. They stuck fast to principles, the bedrock of values and beliefs that this nation [read more]

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