Elaine Cassel, civil liberties attorney and author of The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft have Dismantled the Bill of Rights, discusses the 9th Circuit Courtâ€™s decision â€“ based on state secrets privilege â€“ that denies Binyam Mohamed due process for his rendition and torture by the CIA and proxy groups, the legal immunity enjoyed by judges and prosecutors from gross misconduct (other than taking bribes), why a court ruling against NSA warrantless wiretapping isnâ€™t enough to stop a determined Executive Branch and how the Republican Partyâ€™s spellbound descent into conspiratorial nonsense continues unabated.
Elaine Cassel, civil liberties attorney and author of The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft have Dismantled the Bill of Rights, returns to Antiwar Radio to discuss the case of civil liberties lawyer Lynn Stewart, whose prison sentence was recently increased to 10 years in prison (probably life for a 70-year-old woman) the guideline infractions and material support and charges against her, why mouthing off to the judge at her previous sentencing was probably a bad idea, the chilling effect against the principle of fair legal representation represented by the Stewart case and others, the penalty increase case against Abu Ali who was tortured into confessing to a plot to murder George W. Bush by the Saudi government from 10 years to life in prison, the bogus trial he received in the first place, the lamentable fact that everything really did change after September 11th.
Scott interviews Elaine Cassel of FindLaw, and the blog, Civil Liberties watch about her new book, The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft Have Dismantled the Bill of Rights. Audio Stream
Philip Dru interviews Elaine Cassel of Civil Liberties Watch and FindLaw about her skeptical view
of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions in the Padilla,
Hamdi, and Guantanamo cases. Her new book, The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft Have Dismantled the Bill of Rights will be out soon.