The House approved a wide-ranging terror surveillance overhaul Friday. Caroline Fredrickson of the ACLU and George Terwilliger, a former deputy attorney general for the first President Bush, examine the measure. Continue reading
The Pentagon Tuesday disclosed a 2003 memo, since rescinded, that outlined the justifications for using harsh interrogation techniques against terror suspects and said President Bush’s wartime authority trumps any ban on torture. Continue reading
President Bush threatened Thursday to veto the House version of the terrorist-surveillance reauthorization bill. A measure to protect telecommunications companies from prosecution is at the heart of the dispute. Legal experts examine the privacy debate. Continue reading
Military commission trials for the six Guantanamo Bay detainees charged for their involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks will be held in specially designed courtrooms known as Camp Justice. Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann outlines the legal processes for the trials. Continue reading
The Pentagon announced Monday it had charged six Guantanamo detainees with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks and will seek the death penalty against them, setting the stage for trials by military tribunal. Legal experts discuss the move. Continue reading
Questions stirred anew this week on the legality of waterboarding, a controversial interrogation tactic, after new Congressional hearings examining its use on terrorist suspects. After a recap of the hearings, analysts Mark Shields and David Brook weigh the debate. Continue reading
Top intelligence officers publicly confirmed for the first time that three suspected terrorists were waterboarded and warned that al-Qaida is establishing cells in other countries, particularly Pakistan, to plan attacks within the United States.
Fourteen “high-value” terrorism suspects held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks — may now request attorneys, the Pentagon said Friday. Continue reading