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Law and Disorder January 2, 2006

Council of Europe, Dick Marty Condemns Renditions

Dick Marty stressed that the aim of the Parliamentary Assembly, as the Council of Europe’s political/parliamentary organ, was to defend the values shared by the member states and combat terrorism resolutely and thoroughly, while however, complying with the fundamental principles of states founded on the rule of law and the observance of human rights.

Guest – John Sifton with Human Rights Watch

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Congressional officials want to investigate the disclosure that the NSA had gained access to main telephone arteries in parts of the U.S.

Guest – Lisa Graves, senior counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union says, “There’s no data-mining loophole in the Fourth Amendment.” Ms.Graves added, “We’re seeing an administration that’s engaging in a lot of legal hair-splitting to justify behavior that’s not authorized by the law.”

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Uigers – NW Chinese held at Guantanamo – They can’t be returned, yet the Pentagon has declared them “NLEC” meaning no longer enemy combatants. In fact it appears they never were enemy combatants to begin with — they were caught for the bounty. Now they are being held indefinitely and STILL being treated like prisoners strictly because the administration thinks that is the most convenient solution.

Guest – Sabin Willet – a partner with the law firm of Bingham McCutchen. He is the author of two previous novels, The Deal and The Betrayal.

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CAIR Files FOIA Request On Radiation Monitoring of Muslim Sites A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced the filing of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all government records relating to a secret government program that monitored the radiation levels at more than 100 Muslim homes, businesses and mosques in the capital region and in other areas nationwide.

Guest – Arsalan Iftikar, the National Legal Director of CAIR

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