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Report of the Liberty and Security Initiative on First Amendment Issues
Liberty and Security Committee report examines First Amendment issues raised by immediate response to 9/11 including refusal to disclose names of individuals arrested in investigations, weakening FOIA, and FBI surveillance of religious and political gatherings. Committee recommends reforms to safeguard First Amendment rights.
State Wiretaps and Electronic Surveillance After September 11
Research article describing constitutional framework and current state laws on wiretapping done for TCP's Liberty and Security Committee.
Appendix A: State Wiretap Laws
Appendix A to article on state wiretap laws outlining each state's actual current laws.
Appendix B: State Wiretap Legislation
Appendix B to article on state wiretap laws outlining pending wiretap legislation in various states.
The Creation of the United States Northern Command: Potential Constitutional, Legal, and Policy Issues Raised By a Unified Command For The Domestic United States
Liberty and Security Committee report examines constitutional issues of executive power with establishing domestic military command, and military conducting intelligence operations.
Recommendations for the Use of Military Commissions
The report of the Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Initiative delineates the concerns raised by the proposed use of military tribunals to try terrorism suspects. The central recommendation of the Initiative’s blue-ribbon panel is that the jurisdiction of the military tribunals be limited to trials of combatants captured overseas on the battlefield.
Amicus Brief in al-Marri v. Pucciarelli (U.S. Supreme Court, Cert. Stage)
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit sitting en banc narrowly overturned a three-judge panel that held that Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a legal permanent resident in the U.S. accused of being an al-Qaeda sleeper agent, should either be freed or charged as a civilian. Amici The Constitution Project and the Rutherford Institute urge the U.S. Supreme Court to examine the Bush administration' s indefinite military detention without charge of a legal U.S. resident.
Amicus Brief in al-Marri v. Pucciarelli (U.S. Supreme Court, Cert. Stage)
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit sitting en banc narrowly overturned a three-judge panel that held that Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a legal permanent resident in the U.S. accused of being an al-Qaeda sleeper agent, should either be freed or charged as a civilian. Amici The Constitution Project and the Rutherford Institute urge the U.S. Supreme Court to examine the Bush administration' s indefinite military detention without charge of a legal U.S. resident.
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