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Supreme Court Kills Birther Lawsuit

It also ignores pleas of Guantanamo detainees

(Newser) - The Supreme Court put the kibosh on a lawsuit questioning whether Barack Obama was born in the United States today, shooting down the appeal without comment. The suit was brought by Alan Keyes and Wiley Drake, third-party presidential contenders who argued Obama wasn't eligible to compete, the AP reports.... More »

Court Kills Terrorist's Suit Against Bush Lawyer

Jose Padilla can't sue John Yoo, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules

(Newser) - Convicted terrorist Jose Padilla can't sue the Bush administration lawyer who helped craft the legal justification for torturing him—nor can any American citizen in the same predicament, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. Padilla, an American citizen dubbed an "enemy combatant" in 2002, has been... More »

Court Declares Terrorist's 17-Year Sentence Too Short

Alleged 'dirty bomb' maker's sentence 'a clear error'

(Newser) - A federal appeals court voted 2-1 today to throw out the 17-year sentence handed to alleged “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla, saying that it was too low given his criminal history and the threat he poses. “Padilla’s sentence of 12 years below the low end of the Guidelines... More »

Why Are More Latinos Converting to Radical Islam?

Antonio Martinez is the latest troubling case

(Newser) - The FBI's arrest of alleged would-be terrorist Antonio Martinez highlights a growing concern among US officials: Why are more Latinos converting to radical Islam? The question is especially important because Latino converts are being radicalized in the US—and al-Qaeda appears to be specifically recruiting them, because they can move... More »

Gingrich Corrects Gaffe, Adds Flip-Flop

Rips Obama for stance on trying terrorists he praised Bush for in '05

(Newser) - Maybe Newt Gingrich just ought to hold his tongue on terrorists and US law. Earlier this week the former House Speaker said shoe-bomber Richard Reid was American, and therefore was properly read his Miranda rights by the Bush administration—but Reid is British, and now Gingrich says he meant would-be... More »

Terrorist Can Sue Over Torture Memos: Judge

Ruling on Padilla may open door against former Justice lawyer

(Newser) - A convicted terrorist can sue a former Bush administration lawyer for drafting the legal theories that led to his alleged torture, ruled a federal judge who said he was trying to balance a clash between war and the defense of personal freedoms. The order by judge Jeffrey White of San... More »

Obama Defends Bush 'Torture Memo' Author

Yoo case should be up to executive, Congress, Justice Dept argues

(Newser) - President Obama’s Justice Department is defending a Bush official being sued over his interrogation memos, ABC News reports. Lawyers for Jose Padilla, who was sentenced to 17 years in jail for conspiring to support Islamist extremists, are arguing in court that John Yoo’s memos were behind Padilla’s... More »

Torture a Dead End: Intelligence Experts

Intelligence often false and comes at great cost to US reputation

(Newser) - Governments have known for centuries that torture yields questionable intelligence, and none of the evidence accumulated during US grilling sessions contradicts that argument, David Rose writes in Vanity Fair. Rose carefully documents the inaccurate and even falsified information obtained from suspects Abu Zubaydah, Binyam Mohamed, Jose Padilla, and Khalid Sheikh... More »

Padilla Sentenced to 17 Years

Federal prosecutors will appeal for more prison time

(Newser) - A federal judge sentenced Jose Padilla to 17 years and 4 months today following his conviction for conspiring to commit murder and otherwise aid Islamic terrorists around the world, the Miami Herald reports. Although the court invoked “terrorism enhancement” to lengthen the sentences of Padilla and his two co-conspirators,... More »

Padilla Guilty of Aiding Terrorism

Dirty-bomb suspect faces life after 3-year detention

(Newser) - A US District Court convicted Jose Padilla, a US citizen once suspected in a dirty-bomb plot, of conspiring to commit terrorism abroad by providing aid to Islamic extremists. Padilla, a former Guantanamo detainee who became symbolic of the Bush administration's aggressive legal arguments for detaining suspected terrorists, was not charged... More »

Padilla Terror Trial Targets Islam: Lawyer

Defense charges prosecutors play on jurors' post-9-11 fears

(Newser) - A lawyer for one of Jose Padilla's co-defendants accused prosecutors of turning the terror suspects' trial into a "US versus Islam" crusade to conceal a lack of evidence. Padilla, a US citizen, and two other men face charges of conspiring to murder and injure people in Afghanistan and Eastern... More »

Padilla Jury Selection Begins

Judge rules that prosecutors can mention 9/11—but can't link Padilla directly

(Newser) - Jury selection began today in the trial against accused terrorist Jose Padilla, with  Judge Marcia Cooke ruling that prosecutors may make references to the 9/11 attacks, but not suggest that Padilla and his co-defendants were linked to them. "Any idea, through inference or otherwise, that these defendants are connected... More »

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