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January 7, 2010
1:21 PM

CONTACT: Constitution Project

Matthew Allee, (202) 580-6922 or

Policy Experts Available to Discuss Prosecution of Christmas Day Bomber in Federal Court

Administration's decision consistent with principles put forth in 'Beyond Guantanamo: A Bipartisan Declaration'

WASHINGTON - January 7 - A broad bipartisan collection of prominent Americans with policy expertise are available to comment on the Obama administration's recent announcement to prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the attempted Christmas day bomber, in a Michigan federal court. Yesterday, Abdulmutallab was indicted by a federal grand jury in Michigan and is scheduled to appear in court Friday for a bond hearing. 

The administration's decision to prosecute Abdulmutallab in federal court, as opposed to a military commission, is consistent with the principles put forth by Beyond Guantanamo: A Bipartisan Declaration, organized by the Constitution Project and Human Rights First. Released in early November, the Declaration supports the use of traditional federal courts for prosecuting suspected terrorists and opposes the use of indefinite detention without charge and has been joined by over 135 prominent Americans, including former members of Congress, diplomats, federal judges and prosecutors, high-level military and government officials, as well as national security and foreign policy experts, bar leaders, and family members of 9/11 victims.  

To schedule an interview with a signatory to the Declaration, or with a policy expert from the Constitution Project, please contact Matthew Allee, Director of Communications and Outreach at the Constitution Project at (202) 580-6922 or  

To view Beyond Guantanamo and its list of over 135 signatories, go to:


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