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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Monday, November 23, 2009
Constitution Project Files Amicus Brief on First Amendment in U.S. Supreme Court
Today, the Constitution Project and The Rutherford Institute filed a friend of the court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project. The case involves federal laws prohibiting "material support" of terrorist groups and challenges the application of these laws to organizations and individuals who seek to provide human rights training to a designated group. The amicus brief argues that applying the material support statutes to punish pure speech that seeks to further lawful, non-violent ends is unconstitutionally overbroad.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Constitution Project Releases Report on Reforming Material Support Statutes
Today, a bipartisan coalition of former government officials, scholars, practitioners, and other experts serving on the Constitution Project's Liberty and Security Committee have proposed reforms to federal laws prohibiting material support for terrorism that are needed to ensure constitutional liberties. The recommendations come at an especially critical time, as yesterday the Humanitarian Law Project filed its opening brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Holder v.
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Family Members of 9/11 Victims Welcome the Federal Prosecution of Some Detainees While Criticizing Use of Military Commissions for Others
In light of the announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder designating several alleged 9/11 conspirators held at Guantanamo to be tried in civilian federal courts in New York, the organization September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows announced its support for the decision. The September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows represents family members of 9/11 victims and advocates for trying the detainees in U.S. federal courts, and not in military commissions.
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Constitution Project Welcomes Federal Prosecution of Some Detainees While Denouncing Use of Military Commissions for Others
Today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees will face prosecution in a federal court in New York for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Also announced were plans for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a suspect in the U.S.S. Cole bombing, along with four other detainees, to be tried using military commissions.
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Thursday, November 05, 2009
Media Availability: Prominent Legal, National Security Experts Say Graham Amendment Delays Justice for Victims of Terrorism
A group of prominent legal and national security experts is urging members of the Senate to defeat an effort to block Justice Department funding for the prosecution of suspected 9-11 terrorist within the U.S and is available for interview. Today, Senator Lindsey Graham is expected to propose such an amendment as the Senate considers the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. The measure could derail any Obama Administration plan to try some Guantanamo detainees - including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - in U.S. federal courts.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Constitution Project Joins Coalition in Support of the USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009
The Constitution Project joined a coalition of 20 advocacy organizations today in supporting the USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009, legislation introduced last week in the House of Representatives by Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and Subcommittee Chairmen Jerrold Nadler and Bobby Scott.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Constitution Project Welcomes Law Allowing Transfer of Detainees into U.S. For Prosecution
Earlier today, President Barack Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 (NDAA), a major funding bill that attracted a plethora of national security related amendments. Contained within the NDAA is a provision allowing for the transfer of suspected terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility into the United States to face prosecution. The Constitution Project welcomes the provision permitting transfers, which will facilitate the prosecution of terrorist suspects in federal court.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
USA PATRIOT Amendments Act Welcomed by the Constitution Project
The Constitution Project welcomed the introduction of legislation this afternoon that would amend the USA Patriot Act to strengthen the privacy protections for innocent Americans while providing the federal government with the surveillance authorities necessary to keep our nation safe. The legislation addresses the three provisions of the Patriot Act scheduled to sunset this year as well as the national security letter (NSL) provision.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Constitution Project Welcomes Supreme Court's Decision to Hear Uighur Detention Case
The Constitution Project welcomes the United States Supreme Court's decision today that it will hear the case involving the Chinese Muslims, known as Uighurs, being unlawfully detained at Guantanamo. The U.S. military and the courts have long recognized that the Uighur detainees do not pose a threat to the United States, therefore leaving no legal basis for their continued detention. Federal District Court Judge Urbina ordered they be released into the United States last October, but the U.S.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Advocacy Groups Urge Legislative Action on State Secrets
In a letter sent today to the leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, the Constitution Project joined with six other human rights and open government advocacy organizations in urging the members of Congress to enact legislation to protect the role of the courts in determining whether the state secrets privilege applies in given cases. The groups noted that legislative action is still needed despite yesterday's announcement by the Department of Justice of a new administration state secrets policy.
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