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  • "Checks and balances" has a nice ring. But it's a currency that doesn't go a long way in Washington today....

    September 28, 2006
  • Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman says restoring voting rights would "strengthen our democracy and enhance public safety," in this Providence Journal op-ed.

    September 25, 2006
  • More than two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Rasul v. Bush that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have the right to challenge their detention in federal court through habeas corpus. No longer, the court said, could Guantanamo operate as a prison beyond the law.

    September 22, 2006
  • Yesterday, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted out a bill labeled "the Military Commission Act of 2006." Media attention in leading East and West Coast papers generally lauded the senators' supposed new-found spine, standing up to the president's suggested rules on military commissions for alleged terrorists seized overseas. But is this really a victory for measured moderation? On closer inspection, it turns out the bill that came out of committee is, in most important respects, practically a blank check when it comes to executive detention authority.

    September 15, 2006
  • The practice ofextraordinary rendition has left a trail of broken lives in its wake. The Canadian citizen Mahar Arar and the German citizen Khaled Masri are but the two most well-known examples. Worse, extraordinary rendition inflicts incalculable harm on countries that cooperate with the United States. It strengthens undemocratic, brutal Middle Eastern dictatorships, including, ironically, some of the regimes that first spawned the cancer of transnational jihadism. Islamists such as Hasan al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb, precursors to Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, were reactions to those regimes' repressive policies. America's continued support of undemocratic regimes, and its failure to support real democracies, is today tilling the soil once more for a new crop of jihadists.

    September 11, 2006
    Monday, September 11, 2006

    Thinking Beyond the Violence
    By Aziz Huq

    September 11, 2006
  • Congress returns from recess this month to confront fundamental questions presented by the president’s five-year long global “war on terrorism.” On the table is nothing less than the future scope of presidential power, with battles looming over military trials, detainee treatment, and domestic surveillance. In the past several months, courts have dealt the administration a series of setbacks on these issues. Undeterred, the president intends to reverse those defeats by asking lawmakers for even greater authority. The ball is now in their court.

    September 5, 2006
  • The Syracuse Post-Standard
    September 3, 2006

    Court Needs Racial Diversity
    By Lauren Jones

    A little-known issue in this year’s gubernatorial race could have an impact long after the next governor’s term expires. In his first year in office, the next governor will appoint three judges to the seven-member Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, giving him the ability to shape the judicial branch for years.

    September 3, 2006
  • Within hours of her decision to hold the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program unconstitutional, Judge Anna Diggs Taylor was subjected to relentless personal criticism. Even in the mainstream press, she has been accused of "pos[ing] for the cameras" (the Wall Street Journal), charged with "blithely ignoring [her] own obligations" (The New York Times) and dismissed as having produced merely unscholarly "angry rhetoric" (The Washington Post). Such deeply personal invective directed at Judge Taylor drowned out commentary either applauding or disputing the merits of the decision.

    August 30, 2006