Michael Ratner

Michael Ratner is the president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights and currently serves as attorney for Julian Assange and Wikileaks. He is co-author with Margaret Ratner Kunstler of “Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in the Twenty-First Century”.

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Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London ( Credit: Carl Gardner/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 1:30pm
Lift Assange Out of Legal Limbo
A whistle-blower living in exile in Russia. A publisher seeking the asylum he has already been granted while his sources are imprisoned. This isn't the cast of a summer blockbuster. It's a perfect storm of real-life cases that make it clear that constitutional guarantees of a free press and...
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 2:45pm
Shrinking Fronts on Our Global Battlefield
Last week, the dramatic filibuster delaying John Brennan’s confirmation as our new CIA director begged for an answer to one question: “does the President have authority to order a targeted killing by drone of an American citizen not actively engaged in combat on U.S. soil?” Many in the Senate, especially the so-called Progressive Democrats who approved Brennan’s nomination, likely hoped that the end of Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster, along with Attorney General Eric Holder’s subsequent terse note, might quietly end the controversy.
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Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 12:12pm
Bradley Manning: The Conscience of America
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Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 11:56am
Julian Assange Is Right to Fear US Prosecution
As the drama unfolds over Julian Assange's bid for political asylum in Ecuador , a troubling irony has emerged: the besieged founder of WikiLeaks is seeking refug
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 9:58am
Guantánamo at 10: The Defeat of Liberty by Fear
On 11 January 2002, the United States began showing major signs of what I call "Guantánamo syndrome", after one of the ailment's first and most enduring symptoms.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 8:40am
Anwar al-Awlaki's Extrajudicial Murder
Is this the world we want?
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Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 10:51am
Anything Goes: The New FBI Guidelines
The FBI should not be given more power to spy on dissenters in America. In fact, it should not have that power at all. Once upon a time, the FBI could investigate a person or organization only when the agency had reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. This crucial requirement came about after the revelations of massive FBI abuse in the 1960s and early 1970s. In 1976, Sen. Frank Church of Idaho held hearings on FBI wrongdoing. The Church Committee’s findings shed crucial light.
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Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:58pm
To Hell with the Constitution: Obama Goes To War
How is it that Congress isn't screaming at President Obama for usurping its power to take this nation to war against Libya? (Even Bushes #41 and #43 had their wars in Afghanistan and Iraq authorized.) And if Congress isn't screaming, then why aren't we? We should be. The power to make war impacts us all: it kills, it costs our dwindling treasury, and it has serious consequences.
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Friday, January 7, 2011 - 10:19am
Bringing the 'Bush Six' to Justice
Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed papers encouraging Judge Eloy Velasco and the Spanish national court to do what the United States will not: prosecute the "Bush Six" .
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Monday, November 2, 2009 - 8:44am
Congress Should Not Reject the Goldstone Report
On Tuesday, November 3, Congress is poised to vote on H.Res.867, which calls on the “President and the Secretary of State to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the `Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict' in multilateral fora.’ ”
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