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Sun Nov 5, 2017, 10:07 AM Nov 2017

The Trump Administration Is Keeping a U.S. Citizen Secretly Locked Up Without Charges [View all]

From https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/detention/trump-administration-keeping-us-citizen-secretly-locked-without?redirect=blog/trump-administration-keeping-us-citizen-secretly-locked-without-charges :


The Trump Administration Is Keeping a U.S. Citizen Secretly Locked Up Without Charges
By Jonathan Hafetz, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Center for Democracy
NOVEMBER 3, 2017 | 4:45 PM

For nearly two months, the U.S. military has been detaining an American citizen at a secret jail in Iraq, denying him access to a lawyer and even refusing to release his name. The Trump administration is calling the citizen an “enemy combatant,” claiming he was fighting for ISIS in Syria, but it has not presented any evidence to back up its allegations.

We went to court asking a judge to protect the citizen’s constitutional rights, including the right not to be imprisoned without charge and the right to challenge his detention in court. The Trump administration has told the court that it doesn’t have to respect these essential due process rights.

The Pentagon and Justice Department ignored our initial request for access to the U.S. citizen so we could advise him of his rights and offer him the opportunity of legal representation. We then filed a habeas corpus petition on the citizen’s behalf in federal court in Washington, demanding that the government justify its detention of the unnamed American. All U.S. citizens have the right to habeas corpus no matter where the government holds them or what it accuses them of. And, as we know from the government’s practices in places like Guantánamo, when it tries to undercut this right it opens the door to abuses, including the arbitrary detention of innocent people.

We also asked the court to order the government to connect the citizen with ACLU attorneys because he is facing grave threats to his liberty and possibly his life. The government could continue imprisoning him without charge, force him to confess to crimes he may not have committed, or, as a Human Rights Watch expert warns, hand him over to Iraqi custody, in which he would likely be subjected him to torture, an unfair trial, and possible execution.


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k for visibility riversedge Nov 2017 #1
K & R...for visibility...this definitely needs more looking into... Wounded Bear Nov 2017 #2
Kicking... dhill926 Nov 2017 #3
sounding more and more like bluestarone Nov 2017 #4
Kick. Rec. visibility. n/t BlancheSplanchnik Nov 2017 #5
K&R NastyRiffraff Nov 2017 #6
Kicking. flying_wahini Nov 2017 #7
rolling back the Constitution? nah, that's small-time stuff 0rganism Nov 2017 #8
Preparing for.... SergeStorms Nov 2017 #9
I want to see Trump locked up in a secret prison. Initech Nov 2017 #10
Kick. n/t sl8 Nov 2017 #11
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