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Michael Ratner is president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Jails and Prisons
February 19, 2016
It’s Been Two Weeks Since a UN Panel Declared That Julian Assange Should Be Freed. Why Is He Still Detained?
It's time to end Julian Assange’s arbitrary detention at the hands of Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Jails and Prisons
September 12, 2011
From Attica to Pelican Bay: How To Heed the Lessons of a Prison Uprising
Forty years after Attica, the US prison population is ten times larger.
November 25, 2008
Don’t Repackage Gitmo!
Shutting down Guantánamo is long overdue. We shouldn't recreate it by another name.
October 4, 2006
The Uphill Battle For Habeas Corpus in George W. Bush’s Washington, D.C.
As Republicans and Democrats voted to approve the Military Commission Act last week, those who love the law were mortified by its passage and angry at those who capitulated, but unwilling to give up.
July 2, 2006
For His Eyes Only: Bush’s Secret Crimes
By blindly accepting Bush's expansion of state secrets claims, the courts are allowing the executive branch to operate above the law, putting the core principles of our democracy at risk.
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May 4, 2006
The Case for Impeaching President George W. Bush
When an Administration with a track record of lies, torture and abuses of power cannot even float a palatable rationale for expanding unsupervised spying on American citizens, it feeds speculation that part of the program's purpose is sinister.