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Roger Fitch Esq Articles from 2006
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Roger Fitch Esq    December 3, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

Germany’s looming war crimes case against Rumsfeld & Co … Plenty of “terrorist” cases grinding through the federal courts … Don’t ask, don’t tell policy on torture ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    November 13, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

The new law of torture … Before the Bush regime, the normal rule was that if suspects were tortured they should not be put on trial. Now Bush wants his trials and convictions, regardless of the tainted evidence. Also, defence lawyers’ access to abused clients is to be curtailed ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    October 22, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

So what is torture? The difference between coercion and torture is wafer-thin, and torture evidence still will be admissible at the Guantanamo trials. In the meantime, despite their best endeavours, the CIA and the Bush lawyers may not have got themselves entirely off the war crimes hook ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    September 28, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

The Bush administration has just managed to get through Congress one of the most pernicious pieces of legislation ever contemplated in a democracy. It winds the clock back to pre-Magna Carta for “enemy combatants”, authorises torture and provides war crimes immunities for the president and his cronies. And everything is placed beyond judicial scritiny ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    September 12, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

Nicely timed for the run-up to the mid-terms the real Worst of the Worst have been removed from “black hole” CIA prisons and sent to Guantanamo … Bush confirms that the CIA will continue with Geneva banned torture … The administration’s election strategy is built around the new Military Commissions Bill, which many Republican senators find unpalatable ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    September 1, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

Government not doing all that smoothly in the eavesdropping cases as judges attack secrecy pleadings … Chinese Muslims lost in Guantanamo … When Ruddock complains about appeal delays in the Hicks case, remember it is the administration that is appealing ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    August 3, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

New US ambassador to Australia misled Senate about tobacco case … White House dreams up a freshly flawed plan for Guantanamo trials … Senate Judiciary Committee busy as Bush administration seeks to “shield” itself from war crimes … Latest news on Hicks’ habeas case ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    July 17, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

The Bush administration’s manoeuvring to thwart the intention of the US Supreme Court on Guantanamo detainees. A footnote in the Hamdan decision has been moved to centre stage. Roger Fitch lays out the breathtaking extent of the injustice in David Hicks’ case ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    July 4, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

Not only are the military commissions struck down by the US Supreme Court’s Hamdan decision, but the ruling extends to the whole suite of illegalities instituted by the Bush brigade – interrogation, torture, CIA black sites and rendition. The courts are open again for the 300 or so detainees with habeas petitions. A triumph for the rule of law ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    June 24, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

The US still hasn’t worked out the proper way to treat and try “terrorist detainees”. Legal opinions abound and in the meantime the reputation of Americans as good and fair people is badly damaged ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    June 8, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

When the Bush people are not illegally eavesdropping on citizens, they’re seeking to cover their misdeeds by pleading the “secret state” defence. “Jail to the Chief” is the current chant in Washington ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    May 23, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

News from Guantanamo Bay: Bush and Howard sending mixed messages about the prison’s future … Most of the charges faced by “terror suspects” are unknown in war law … It was Slick Willie who breathed fresh life into the Cuban detention misadventure … Administration’s spin on a model penal settlement … And US spying technology offered to the Chinese ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    May 8, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

With alarming frequency the Bush administration is claiming “secret state” status to close the courts in proceedings that are potentially embarrassing. Meanwhile, two cases challenging the president’s warrantless eavesdropping have been helped by some well-placed whistleblowing ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    April 26, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

War crime tom-toms get louder, advising Rummy to stay home … The Washington Post far too cuddly with the Bush Brigade … Sacked CIA leaker for Pulitzer prize winning story denies she is the source ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    April 26, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

Roger Fitch gives his recommendations for the best and brightest of the law news and blog sites in the US of A. There are endless amusements and distractions to be had and Fitch lights the pathway ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    April 12, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

As the Bush brigade blunders on, the courts are left with the task of trying to handle the administration’s assaults on the Constitution. In the process Nino gets more and more impish ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    March 29, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

From Afghanistan to Cuba: David Hicks’ long and winding road and not much of it very scenic. The story of how the Bushies, with Australian compliance, manipulated, distorted and suspended the laws of war ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    March 14, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

Roger Fitch continues his case-by-case exposure of how the Bush administration is protecting Americans by closing down the nation’s cherished liberties. Recent judicial decisions condone torture and the “secrecy” doctrine, which means W. and Vice can pretty well do whatever they like ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    March 2, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

The US Department of “Justice” has a disturbing tendency to inflate the charges against its enemies and then rather shamefacedly have to downscale them when the evidence can’t be found. Not only are people charged under the wrong laws, they are being indefinitely detained for the wrong reasons ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    February 17, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

A law school study shows that more than half the detainees at Guantanamo Bay are not accused of doing anything hostile against the US. Only eight percent of the inmates are regarded as terrorist fighters. So what’s going on there? ... Plus Attorney General Gonzales’ extraordinary Senate testimony on warrantless domestic surveillance ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    February 8, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

Various of Osama’s retainers and gofers have been charged under the presidential military commission procedure. Roger Fitch probes a variety of tradespeople who have run foul of the new order. The Justice Department has come up with all manner of wild accusations and a bit of forum shopping on the side ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    January 23, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

Cowboys and Indians with Jack Abramoff … “Warrantless surveillance” attracts major lawsuits … Supreme Court says Gonzales can’t meddle in state euthanasia laws … Alito expected to be Democrats “worst nightmare” ... Clinton gets his law licence back … Yoo-hoo – torture man put in the testicle crusher ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    January 10, 2006  
Our Man in Washington

President Bush claims that new legislation puts an end to all appeals in the US courts by Guantanamo detainees. That’s it. The Justice Department is moving to scuttle as many as 200 cases, including David Hicks’ appeal. Congress appears to have been snooked by the White House ... more