Constitution Project

The Constitution Project is a politically independent think tank established in 1997 to promote and defend constitutional safeguards. More information about the Constitution Project is available at http://constitutionproject.org/.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
As PATRIOT Act Turns Ten, TCP Calls for Ten Civil Liberties Reforms
To mark the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the USA PATRIOT Act, The Constitution Project today released a list of ten legal reforms it says are still urgently needed to safeguard the liberty and security of all Americans.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
War Powers Expert Disputes Obama Administration Justification for Libya Military Action
Today, Louis Fisher, a member of The Constitution Project's (TCP) bipartisan War Powers Committee testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the legal and constitutional justifications for U.S. military operations in Libya.
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Monday, June 20, 2011
Obama Unilateral Action and Disregard for Legal Counsel Opinion on Libya Draws Condemnation
The Constitution Project (TCP) is very concerned by recent press accounts that the President disregarded an opinion by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). OLC had correctly concluded that the military action in Libya qualifies as "hostilities" for purposes of time limits under the War Powers Resolution (WPR). TCP condemns President Obama's decision to continue military action in Libya without seeking and obtaining congressional authorization as wholly lacking any legal authority. The President's use of force in Libya violates both the U.S.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
War Powers Experts Say Lawsuit Filed Against the Obama Administration is Right on the Merits
Today, former Members of Congress and Co-Chairs of The Constitution Project (TCP) War Powers Committee David Skaggs (D-CO) and Mickey Edwards (R-OK), as well as TCP War Powers Committee member and renowned war powers scholar Louis Fisher, released a statement in response to the news that a bipartisan group of lawmakers had filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for violating the War Powers Resolution by undertaking military action in Libya without congressional approval. Their statement follows:
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Constitution Project Dismayed by House Action on National Defense Authorization Act
Today, the House of Representatives passed its version of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act ("NDAA"). The bill includes harmful provisions that continue the ban on the use of traditional federal courts to try the remaining Guantanamo detainees (Section 1039), and extends those restrictions to encompass all non-citizen terrorism suspects, thereby requiring military commission trial of all foreign terrorism suspects.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Constitution Project Urges Congress to Reform Patriot Act Now, Not to Simply Reauthorize Expiring Provisions
Three provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire by the end of this week. The Constitution Project (TCP) calls on Congress to take this opportunity to enact critical and urgently needed reforms to the Patriot Act as it considers legislation to reauthorize the Act. The Senate is scheduled to debate reauthorization of the expiring provisions today, and the House will take up the issue later this week.
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Monday, May 23, 2011
Supreme Court State Secrets Decision Distinguishes Government Contractors From Ordinary Victims of Government Misconduct
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the consolidated cases General Dynamics v. United States and Boeing v. United States - the first state secrets cases before the Court in over 50 years - in which defense contractors challenged the Government's assertion of the state secrets privilege to block their defense in a contracting dispute. In an opinion focusing narrowly on the government contracting context, the Court held that when state secrets prevent full litigation of a defense in a contract case, neither party to the contract can benefit.
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Monday, May 23, 2011
The Constitution Project Urges Congress to Fully Examine Whether New Legislation Authorizing Use of Force for Counterterrorism Should Be Enacted
Today The Constitution Project announced that members of its bipartisan War Powers Committee, including its co-chairs, former Members of Congress Mickey Edwards (R-OK) and David Skaggs (D-CO), as well as war powers expert Louis Fisher, have sent a letter to the leadership and key committees of the House of Representatives, to e
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
President Urged to Seek Congressional Approval for Military Action in Libya
Today, members of The Constitution Project's bipartisan War Powers Committee, including its co-chairs, former Members of Congress Mickey Edwards (R-OK) and David Skaggs (D-CO), as well as war powers expert Louis Fisher, urged President Obama to immediately seek congressional approval if he plans to continue America's military operations in Libya.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
US Urged to End Border Searches of Electronic Devices Without Reasonable Suspicion
Today, The Constitution Project (TCP) called upon the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discontinue its policy of searching electronic devices-including laptops and smart phones - at the border without reasonable suspicion. According to a just-released TCP report , between October 1, 2008 and June 2, 2010, over 6,500 people-almost
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