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/.

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Friday, February 26, 2010
Constitution Project Disappointed by Missed Opportunity to Reform Patriot Act, But Optimistic for Next Year's Reevaluation
Last night, the United States House of Representatives joined the Senate in approving a one-year extension for the three sunsetting sections of the Patriot Act: the business/library records, lone wolf, and roving wiretaps provisions. These provisions were originally set to expire at the end of the 2009 calendar year, but Congress passed a two-month extension late last year. The Senate adopted the one-year extension on Wednesday, and the House followed suit last night. The bill will now be sent to President Obama for his expected signature.
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Friday, February 19, 2010
Constitution Project Joins Coalition Letter Opposing Proposed Legislation Barring Prosecution of Some Suspected Terrorists in Federal Courts
Earlier today, the Constitution Project joined with 14 other advocacy organizations in sending a letter to the United States Senate, urging senators to oppose S. 2977, legislation recently introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that would prohibit the Department of Justice from using funds to prosecute the alleged planners or conspirators of the September 11 attacks in tradition federal courts.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Media Advisory: Constitution Project to Participate in DOJ Symposium on Indigent Defense
Constitution Project President Virginia Sloan and several members of the Project's National Right to Counsel Committee will participate in the Department of Justice's upcoming national symposium on indigent defense. Taking place this Thursday and Friday, and titled "Looking Back, Looking Forward, 2000-2010," the program is the first federal agency-sponsored examination of the indigent defense crisis facing our nation in a decade.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Constitution Project Rejects Governor McDonnell's Assessment of Intelligence Gathering through Traditional Federal Prosecution
In the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address tonight, Governor Bob McDonnell suggested that federal authorities erred in choosing to prosecute Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in traditional federal court. He implied that the government would have obtained additional intelligence had it kept him outside the jurisdiction of our traditional legal system.
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Friday, January 22, 2010
Constitution Project Decries Obama Administration Decision to Indefinitely Detain Some Detainees Without Charge
In news accounts this morning, it was reported that, on the anniversary marking President Obama's pledge to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility within one year, the administration will pursue a policy of indefinite detention without charge for approximately 50 detainees still held at Guantánamo. The administration had previously acknowledged that it will miss the deadline to close the facility, while continuing its pledge to see the detention facility closed.
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Monday, January 11, 2010
Constitution Project Marks Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility Anniversary
Today marks the eight-year anniversary of the establishment of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. During his presidential campaign, President Obama often pledged to close the facility and end the military commissions taking place. On his second full day in office, the president signed an executive order promising to close the detention facility within one year. It is now acknowledged within the administration that this deadline will not be met, but the president and his advisors continue to pledge their commitment to closing the facility.
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Thursday, January 07, 2010
Policy Experts Available to Discuss Prosecution of Christmas Day Bomber in Federal Court
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.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Constitution Project Welcomes Enhanced Transparency Recommendations from Obama Administration
Earlier today, the Obama administration released its recommendations for federal government agencies' handling of "controlled-unclassified information" (CUI), namely information that the government finds sensitive but does not meet the standards for designation as "classified." The report includes 40 specific recommendations to standardize the CUI system, facilitate information sharing within government, and, critically, promote government transparency. The Presidential Task Force report is the result of the 90-day review ordered by President Obama last May.
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Constitution Project Proposes Much-Needed Reforms to Limit Immigration Detention and Improve Access to Counsel
Today, the Constitution Project put forth bipartisan recommendations for much-needed reforms to limit the use of immigration detention and improve access to legal representation in immigration proceedings. Titled Recommendations for Reforming our Immigration Detention System and Promoting Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings , the report is a product of the Project's Liberty and Security Committee, made up of policy experts from across the political spectrum.
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Monday, November 30, 2009
Prominent Illinois Former Prosecutors and Judge Declare U.S. Prisons Fit to House Guantanamo Detainees
In an open letter sent to the Illinois congressional delegation and the state's public officials today, three prominent Illinoisans supported the use of federal and state prisons, including the one at Thomson, Illinois, to house Guantanamo detainees pre-trial and post-conviction. An effort coordinated by the Constitution Project, the letter is joined by Abner J. Mikva, former Illinois member of Congress and former federal judge, Thomas P. Sullivan, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Dan K.
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