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THE SUPREME COURT’S UNANIMOUS VERDICT IN AL-KIDD SAYS IT ALL: THE VICTIMS OF POST 9/11 SUSPICION STILL CAN’T GET THEIR DAY IN COURT

by Joe Pace, Featured Guest Blogger If you told a lay person, unburdened by a law degree, that government officials could—without fear of legal consequence—scoop a law-abiding citizen off the streets without an iota of suspicion that they committed a crime, toss them into a high-security cell for two weeks, and subject them to daily […]

Osama bin Laden captured: What’s next in the ‘War on Terror?’

In announcing that Osama bin Laden had been killed, President Obama told the American people that “we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values […]

GRASPING FOR STRAWS: WHY THE RIGHT’S CLAIM THAT “TORTURE GOT US BIN LADEN” IS DISINGENUOUS AND UNDERMINES OUR SECURITY

by Joe Pace There is something surreal about the way some conservatives have seized on the death of Osama bin Laden as evidence that “torture works.” The claim rests on the assumption (for which evidence is ambiguous, at best) that, sometime circa 2004, detainees were water-boarded – tortured — into giving up the nickname of […]

Dick Allen, Deborah Pearlstein address national security post-bin Laden

Nearly 200 guests attended the Center’s timely, provocative discussion on national security and civil liberties. Leading experts Richard V. Allen and Deborah Pearlstein examined U.S. policy surrounding Osama bin Laden’s demise, including the release of photographs. Read on for highlights of the conversation.