From the American Constitution Society. . .
- The following links (accompanied by abstracts of the stories) were taken from the latest email newsletter from the American Constitution Society. (I should add that while I am a member of OCU’s chapter of ACS. I do not agree with all of the positions that are advocated by ACS but do agree with their general mission… of preserving a rule for liberal thought in the increasingly conservative American judiciary.)
Native American Nation Address Addresses Progress, Challenges:
In the first ever “State of the Indian Nations” address, Tex Hall, president of the National Congress of American Indians, outlined many of the major national issues of concern to Native Americans while offering a number of recommendations on key public policy questions.
ABA Demands Legal Rights for U.S. Citizens Held in Terror Probes:
On Monday, the ABA denounced the classification of U.S. citizens as “enemy combatants,” a policy that has allowed the government to hold some individuals indefinitely and block access to lawyers and courts. The ABA’s resolution urges Congress to set standards for the detentions that, among other things, would provide citizens who are detained with access to attorneys and the ability to challenge their imprisonment in court.http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1044059453636.
To read the task force report, visit
House Dems Ask Ashcroft to Explain New Terror Restrictions:
House Democrats have demanded that Attorney General John Ashcroft explain reports that the Justice Department plans to ask Congress to expand the scope of the USA PATRIOT Act to increase surveillance while restricting access to information and limiting judicial review. CNN reports:
To read details on the Justice Department’s plan, visit:
Georgetown Law Professor David Cole offers in-depth analysis of the proposal, accessible from the web site of the Center for Democracy and Technology: http://www.cdt.org/security/usapatriot/030210cole.pdf
Finally, a Washington Post editorial from Wednesday slams the move:
Detailed information on the USA PATRIOT Act can be found on the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s web site at http://www.epic.org/privacy/terrorism/usapatriot
(Another link on this issue is
PBS.org: In-Depth with Bill Moyers – Interview with Chuck Lewis, Executive Director of the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity discussing “Patriot Act II”
Bush Could Tap African-American Woman to Potential Supreme Court Vacancy:
If a vacancy opens on the Supreme Court, President Bush appears to be giving serious consideration to California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown, a conservative African American judge who has ruled against affirmative action and abortion rights, according to Newsweek: