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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:47 PM
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NOVEMBER 28, 2007
12:27 PM

Laurie Gindin Beacham, (212) 519-7811 or (212) 549-2666;

ACLU Briefing: Connecting the Dots on Guantnamo, Habeas Corpus, and Torture
A Backgrounder on Three Major Events Taking Place on December 5
Toll-Free Dial-in for Reporters: (888) 428-4478

NEW YORK - November 28 - This Friday, attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union will provide a background briefing about three major events occurring on Wednesday, December 5 regarding the illegal detention and torture of detainees in U.S. custody:

* An argument before the United States Supreme Court in Boumediene v. Bush regarding the habeas corpus rights of Guantnamo detainees. The case will have major implications for the rights of prisoners in U.S. custody overseas to challenge their detention in the civilian court system. The ACLU has filed a friend of the court brief in this case.

* The military commissions proceeding of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, alleged to be Osama bin Ladens driver and charged with conspiracy and providing terrorism support. It was in Hamdans case that the U.S. Supreme Court held in 2006 that the then-existing military commissions system violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Geneva Conventions. In response, Congress passed the Military Commissions Act under which the Pentagon is now seeking to prosecute Hamdan. The case was initially thrown out in June when the military judge found the government failed to show Hamdan was an unlawful enemy combatant as the law required. The judge has now allowed the government to present evidence of such alleged status. The ACLU will be at Guantnamo to monitor the Hamdan proceeding.

* A federal court hearing on the ACLUs Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain documents from the government regarding treatment of detainees in U.S. custody. The ACLU and other groups are requesting the release of three secret memos issued by the Department of Justices Office of Legal Counsel, two of which were disclosed by the New York Times in October, the third of which the ACLU became aware in legal papers recently filed by the government. The memos relate to harsh interrogation methods authorized for CIA use.

On the teleconference, ACLU attorneys who are experts on these issues will describe the significance of each event and provide context about how they all relate to one another.

WHAT: ACLU teleconference briefing for reporters on three December 5 events related to Guantnamo, habeas corpus, and torture

Steven R. Shapiro, Legal Director of the ACLU and expert on the Supreme Court, will address the Boumediene case.

Hina Shamsi, staff attorney with the ACLUs National Security Project, will discuss the Hamdan military commissions proceeding, which she will attend.

Amrit Singh, staff attorney with the ACLUs Immigrants Rights Project and co-author of the recently released book, Administration of Torture, will address the ACLUs attempt to obtain the DOJs secret memos regarding detention and torture.

Christopher Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel with the ACLUs Washington Legislative Office, will be available to answer questions about legislative issues concerning illegal detention and torture.

Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLUs National Security Project and co-author of Administration of Torture, and Jamil Dakwar, Advocacy Director of the ACLUs Human Rights Program who attended the military commission hearing of Omar Khadr earlier this month, will also be available for questions.

WHEN: Friday, November 30, 2007 at 11 a.m. EST

WHERE: Call in to (888) 428-4478

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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:49 PM
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1. All eyes should be on SCOTUS next Wednesday...
We may find out if there is a shred of Habeas Corpus for us remaining in this Country.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 04:53 PM
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