For Immediate Release
Rights Groups File Lawsuit To Allow Challenge To Targeted Killing Without Due Process
CCR And ACLU Charge It's Unconstitutional For Government To Impede Legal Representation Benefitting Targets On Kill List
NEW YORK - The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will hold a
teleconference TODAY, August 3,
at 11:30 a.m. EDT to discuss the details of their lawsuit challenging
the legality of a scheme that requires attorneys to seek a license from
the government before providing legal counsel that benefits individuals
who have been designated as terrorists. This licensing scheme makes it a
crime for lawyers to provide representation benefitting individuals
designated by the Treasury Department as "specially designated global
terrorists," without first seeking a license from the Office of Foreign
Asset Control (OFAC). CCR and the ACLU have sought a license, but OFAC
has thus far not provided one despite urgent circumstances.
This licensing scheme is preventing
CCR and the ACLU from challenging the claimed authority of the executive
branch to impose a death penalty on people - including American
citizens - far from any battlefield, without due process. While there
are circumstances in which the government can legitimately use lethal
force against civilians, the authority claimed by senior Obama
administration officials is far broader than what the Constitution and
international law allow.
Teleconference to announce the
details of a joint ACLU and CCR lawsuit challenging the statute that
requires attorneys to receive a license before providing counsel
benefitting people designated as terrorists by the Treasury Department.
Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director
of the ACLU
Vince Warren, Executive Director of
Attorneys from CCR and the ACLU will
be on the call to take questions.
TODAY, August 3, 2010
11:30 a.m. EDT
(800) 288-9626 (United States)
(612) 332-0335 (International)
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