Posted on September 13, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Debate over anti-terror laws and civil liberties continues.
Imprisonment without trial remains unconstitutional — for now
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the U.S. can’t indefinitely detain terrorism suspects without giving them the due process guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
In her decision, U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest issued a permanent injunction agaisnt the so-called “indefinite detention” provision of the 2012 Defense spending bill. The provision would have enabled the military to indefinitely detain civilians — even Americans — without charge or trial if they are accused of certain crimes, or even associated with certain criminals.
The indefinite detention provision was criticized by civil rights advocates who characterized the law as an erosion of fundamental civil liberties. It was challenged by six plaintiffs, including writer Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, and Daniel Ellsberg, known as the source of the Pentagon Papers. Continue reading
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Posted on July 29, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
A Cold War listening station near Berlin.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The so-called war on terror has resulted in a fundamental change in U.S. policies on interrogations and surveillance, with most civil rights advocates claiming that the government has gone too far in the name of security.
Those excesses include 2008 provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that enable the government to conduct warrantless surveillance and searches of communications like emails and phone calls.
Because the operations conducted by the government under those provisions is shrouded in secrecy, nobody really knows how many communications have been intercepted and read. Continue reading
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