Feb 28

Constitution Check: Is the constitutionality of the “war on terrorism” a settled issue?

Posted 2 years, 1 month ago.


Ten years have passed since the U.S. government opened the military detention facility at the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, symbolizing an energetic effort to round up suspected terrorists. Perhaps a decade might have been long enough for the constitutional issues over war-on-terrorism policies to get settled. That hasn’t happened, though.

Jul 7

Lyle’s look back: Supreme Court term in review

Posted 2 years, 9 months ago.


Veteran Supreme Court correspondent Lyle Denniston—the Center’s new Advisor on Constitutional Literacy and blog contributor—presented a colorful insider’s perspective on the Supreme Court’s recently concluded term to a capacity crowd.

May 4

Let’s not talk about torture

Posted 2 years, 11 months ago.


Cross-posted at Opinio Juris and Balkinizationhttp://balkin.blogspot.com/ Editor’s Note: Guest blogger Deborah Pearlstein is a Visiting Faculty Fellow in national security and international human rights at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is participating in the program “What Is National Security” at the National Constiution Center on Monday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. For all… [Continue Reading]

Apr 7

What can the Constitution tell us about the 9/11 trials?

Posted 3 years, 0 months ago.


The Obama’s administration decision to try five accused 9/11 conspirators before a military commission, and not in a civilian court as once planned, might be confirmation that President Bush had it right all along