Skip to comments.The ACLU was pivotal in Obama's decision to bring Islamist terrorists to NYC for trial
Posted on 11/15/2009 7:35:43 AM PST by Rocco DiPippo
Through the John Adams Project, the ACLU and the NACDL assembled a team of trial counsel, mitigation specialists and investigators to work with the under-resourced military lawyers in their representation of Guantánamo detainees accused in connection with the 9/11 attacks and other cases. The John Adams Project attorneys brought years of experience in criminal defense law, including much needed expertise in capital cases, to the defense effort. The Projects lawyers, who were formally admitted by the presiding judge as part of the civilian legal team, appeared before the military commissions on their clients behalf numerous times and filed over 80 pretrial motions in the proceedings.
John Adams Project?
These a$$ clowns have about as much in common with John Adams as Pres__ent Zero does with capitalism and liberty!
If the Gitmo guys are tried in US courts the ACLU defense lawyers will be paid by the US taxpayers.
The real target here is the US security and intelligence apparatus.
Adams must have been a very good lawyer: his clients were found not guilty.
The real target here is the US security and intelligence apparatus.
an alternative hypothesis is they are after the bush administration.
World opinion will go against what happened to ksm and international courts will want to try bush and chaney.
In saner times the ACLU would have been shut down for sedition.....they are aiding and abetting terrorists....the ACLU is a Terrorist Organization
Dear Leaders numbers are tanking, his stimulus was a total failure. Unemployment is still going up with no sign of increasing employment.
In short for political purposes team obama needs to change the subject. They want a farce trial where the Bush administration on trial not KSM and the other enemy combatants.
The beautiful part from their sick POV is that when/if the killers are acquitted they will blame Bush, for ‘torturing’ the killers to get the confessions and reading them their Miranda rights.......
They don’t care about punishing KSM they want to punish Bush Cheney, the country be damned.
What about the military lawyers who served — and some still are — as defendents’ attorneys at Gitmo? Are they terrorists too? Or is the difference that they’re military and the military assigned them their cases?
In a civilian court with expanded rights available to citizens, they will have a good chance to be acquitted.
No Miranda warnings were issued since these guys were apprehended in foreign countries. Throw out the confessions. ACLU has great lawyers to bring up civil rights issues that can stymie this prosecution.
So we’ll have Jews defending Arabs who want to kill Jews being defended by Jews.
You are absolutely correct. Let’s hope zero’s plan backfires!
Gee, who founded and who runs the ACLU? Could it be the same type of scum that run Hollywood?
I vaguely remember reading something about that fact, but I’m curious... in Adams case, did the defendents already confess to the crime, plead guilty, and subsequently ask for their sentences to be carried out?
I doubt it. And the Redcoats couldn’t even claim that they were just following orders, since the captain, who I believe was tried first, was acquitted once it was proved that he had never issued an order to fire.
This is going to be another OJ Simpson trial circus. They should of been tried a long time ago. Hell, they should of been shot on the spot when caught.
ACLU needs to be crushed along side with Jihadists.
The ACLU and NACDL have consistently and vehemently condemned the grave flaws of the Military Commissions Act, so far to no avail. Now, we are confronted with an egregious situation, the upcoming prosecution of several detainees under the procedures established by the Military Commissions Act.
Joshua L. Dratel
Thomas Anthony Durkin
Edward B. MacMahon, Jr.
Gary D. Sowards
Anthony D. Romero
Retired Rear Admiral John D. Hutson
Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch
Robin S. Theurkauf
September 11th Advocates
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Former President of the United States
I applaud efforts of the ACLU and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to ensure that the principles of our country are not compromised and the Guantanamo detainees are afforded a fair trial with basic rights of due process.
“That four great nations, flushed with victory and stung with injury stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captive enemies to the judgment of the law is one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason.” The words articulated by Justice Robert Jackson in the opening statement before that International Military Tribunal in prosecution of Nazi war criminals in Nuremburg more than fifty years ago still hold true today as our country initiates the prosecution of the “high-value” detainees in Guantanamo.
In prosecuting these individuals, our own country’s commitment to the principles of justice are tested in the treatment that we afford to the worst of the offenders under the most extreme circumstances.
Former United States Attorney General
The ACLU and NACDL’s efforts to ensure that fundamental American legal protections and principles are preserved in these cases are certainly worthy of support. This is the time to demonstrate to the world that the United States need not abandon its principles, even as it seeks to ensure the safety of its citizens.
Retired Army Colonel and former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
I support the ACLU’s and NACDL’s efforts to ensure that detainees at Guantanamo Bay who are brought before the military commission are provided with competent legal representation. It is stunning that one has to make such a statement of support in America. Due process should be a given in the country that just a few short years ago the world viewed as the paragon of the rule of law. Perhaps if we can take this fundamental step toward restoring the rule of law, we may begin the long road back to respectability.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of the United States established the John Adams Project
On November 13, 2009, with the U.S. Justice Department’s announcement that the cases for five high value detainees will be transferred to federal court, the ACLU announced that the John Adams Project will be formally discontinued
CIA photos controversy
In August 2009 claims were made that three military lawyers associated with the project had shown pictures of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers to their clients, Guantanamo captives. The captives were among the “high value detainee” program who had spent years in secret CIA interrogation centers.
The Justice Department is currently investigating the activities to determine if any laws were violated.
The photos were taken of the CIA officers when they were in public.
Joshua Dratel, one of the officers of the Project, defended the actions of the attorneys
Those who disagree with Dratel argue that the issue isn’t the government classifying as secret something embarrassing, rather that the identity of CIA officers is already classified, and that taking photographs of CIA officers and showing them to the Guantanamo internees creates a security risk and is an act of treason.
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