Guantanamo, Habeas Corpus, Torture and Military Contractors: The Roadmap to Accountability in the First 100 Days- Austin, TX


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The Center for Constitutional Rights is hosting a panel at this year’s Netroots Nation 2008 Convention, held from July 17 to July 20, 2008 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

Netroots Nation 2008 will include panels led by national and international experts; identity, issue and regional caucuses; prominent political, issue and policy-oriented speakers; a progressive film screening series; and the most concentrated gathering of progressive bloggers to date.

Guantanamo, Habeas Corpus, Torture and Military Contractors: The Roadmap to Accountability in the First 100 Days

From illegal detention policies to outsourcing torture and mercenaries, the Bush administration has worked systematically over the last seven years to violate US and international law. Legal advocates and journalists have uncovered the facts and identified those responsible. So what will accountability look like? What must the courts and the next administration do in its first 100 days to make things right?

Jameel Jaffer is the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project. The Project litigates civil liberties and human rights cases relating to detention, torture, surveillance, censorship, and secrecy. Before joining the staff of the ACLU in 2002, Mr. Jaffer served as law clerk to Hon. Amalya L. Kearse, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then to Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada. He is a graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School.
Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor and legal correspondent for She is a weekly legal commentator for the NPR show, Day to Day and a biweekly columnist for Newsweek. A graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law School, she clerked for Procter R Hug, then-chief judge of the ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Lithwick’s work has appeared in Harpers, Commentary, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She was awarded the Online News Association's award for Supreme Court commentary in 2001, and again in 2005 for a torture series she coauthored for Slate.
Jeremy Scahill, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, published by Nation Books. He is an award-winning investigative journalist and correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now!.
Vincent Warren became executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in 2006. He spent seven years as national senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where he led national constitutional and impact litigation to advance civil rights and civil liberties. In that capacity, he litigated Gratz v. Bollinger, the companion to the landmark case upholding affirmative action in college admissions. Beyond the courtroom, he was a leading African American voice for affirmative action, collaborating with the African American Policy Forum to launch a national public education project about local policies to remedy systemic discrimination.

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