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, June 29, 2009
Constitution Project Decries Consideration of Preventive Detention by the Obama Administration
Recent news accounts indicate that the Obama administration is considering issuing an executive order that would establish a policy of indefinite detention without charge for some of the suspected terrorists being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, where m ore than 200 men are still being detained. In his speech on national security matters in May, President Obama spoke of the need to create a system of "prolonged detention" for a category of detainees who cannot be tried and are too dangerous to release.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Effectiveness of Criminal Justice System Diminished by Today's Supreme Court Decision
The United States Supreme Court issued a troubling ruling this morning in District Attorney's Office v. Osborne , denying an individual convicted of a crime access to DNA testing even though both the prosecution and defense agree the evidence would prove guilt or innocence. In its 5 to 4 opinion, the Court found that DNA evidence has "an unparalleled ability" to prove a defendant's innocence or guilt, but that "cannot mean that every criminal conviction, or even every criminal conviction involving biological evidence, is suddenly in doubt."
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Monday, June 15, 2009
Constitution Project Applauds Bermuda for Welcoming Uighurs
The Department of Justice announced late last week that four of the 17 Chinese Muslims--known as Uighurs--were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay and settled in the nation of Bermuda. The Constitution Project welcomes their release and applauds the government of Bermuda for its willingness to accept the four men and end their detention.
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Friday, June 12, 2009
Constitution Project Dismayed by Department of Justice Request for Review of State Secrets Case
The Obama administration filed a brief today seeking a full bench, or en banc, review of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's decision earlier this year in Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan. In April, the Court rejected the administration's claim that the "very subject matter" of a case alleging torture is a state secret. The Constitution Project praised the Court's decision and is troubled by the Obama administration's continued adoption of an overly-broad assertion of the state secrets privilege, as exhibited by today's filing.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Constitution Project Welcomes the End of Unlawful Detention of the Uighurs
News accounts this morning indicate the United States has reached an agreement with Palau, a Pacific archipelagic nation, to accept the 17 Chinese Muslims, known as Uighurs, currently being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The Uighurs have been held at Guantanamo for nearly seven years now, but have long been recognized by the U.S. government not to be "enemy combatants," nor hostile to the U.S., dating back to the Bush administration. The Constitution Project welcomes their long-overdue release from detention.
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Constitution Project Welcomes Transfer of Detainee Into Federal Judicial System to Face Charges
Today marks the first time the Obama administration has transferred a suspected terrorist being held at Guantanamo Bay into the United States to face criminal charges. Ahmed Ghailani, a native Tanzanian held at Guantanamo since September 2006, was moved to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan this morning and is expected to face federal charges later today for involvement in the 1998 East African embassy bombings.
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009
"Prolonged Detention" Would Continue Ruinous Policies of Guantanamo, Says Constitution Project
Today, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution is scheduled to hold a hearing titled "The Legal, Moral, and National Security Consequences of 'Prolonged Detention.'" President Obama raised the possibility of a "prolonged detention" policy in his address to the nation on national security issues last month. The Constitution Project calls on Congress to restore the rule of law and oppose indefinite detention without charge for suspected terrorists.
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Thursday, June 04, 2009
Constitution Project Committee Members Testify Before House Subcommittee in Support of Reform to the State Secrets Privilege
Two members of the Constitution Project's Liberty and Security Committee will testify today before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties at a hearing on H.R. 984, the State Secret Protection Act. Asa Hutchinson, former member of Congress (R-AR), director of the Drug Enforcement Agency, and undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security under President Bush, as well as Judge Patricia Wald, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, will testify in support of reform of the state secrets privilege.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
The Constitution Project Joins President Obama's Call to Depoliticize National Security
In his much-anticipated speech today at the National Archives, President Obama reaffirmed that adhering to America's constitutional principles strengthens our resolve, while keeping our nation safe. The bipartisan Constitution Project applauds his call that: "We will not be safe if we see national security as a wedge that divides America - it can and must be a cause that unites us as one people, as one nation." The Constitution Project has long recognized that neither our national security nor our constitutional rights are partisan issues.
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Friday, May 15, 2009
President Obama To Revive Flawed Military Commissions
News accounts indicate that President Obama will announce today his intent to restart the military commissions for some number of suspected terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay. The commission proceedings were an affront to our nation's ideals of justice and due process. A decision by President Obama to revive them, even with enhanced due process protections for the detainees, will surely be controversial in this nation and throughout the world.
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