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Roger Fitch Esq Articles from 2007
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Roger Fitch Esq    December 17, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

US produces its first witness ever in an “enemy combatant” trial … Meanwhile, in other security cases the CIA tampers with the evidence and misleads the judge … At least Meryl Streep is convincing as a CIA operative in Rendition ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    December 7, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

“Legal” developments at Guantanamo Bay … The Supreme Court messes with the Military Commissions … Bush’s policy of “what you don’t know can’t hurt us” starts to unravel … The administration’s efforts at subverting the Geneva Conventions brings on a rambling legal mess ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    December 2, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

The Federalist Society helps recruit record numbers of loyal but idiotic lawyers to join the Bush Administration … Michael Mukasey oversees mopping-up operations at the DoJ since taking over as Attorney General ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    November 8, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

Prosecutions for funding terror flop … Prospective Attorney General soft on waterboarding, while the CIA thinks it’s terrific … Meanwhile, Rummy flees Paris after being served with torture charges … Bush joins the Jacobin Club – “No liberty for the enemies of liberty” ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    October 25, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

Blackwater fallout … Guantanamo “trials” – the Pentagon says “the dog ate my homework” ... Prosecutor Moe Davis turns whistleblower … Baby law clerks decide which cases the Supreme Court should hear ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    October 10, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

The right of habeas corpus for “enemy combatants” set to be heard this term by the Supreme Court … FoI and PATRIOT Act losses for Bush in District Courts … Day of reckoning looms for Blackwater and other mercenaries … Moe Davis quits in disgust as Guantanamo chief prosecutor … Magna Carta for sale ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    September 22, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

“Waterboarding” to be abandoned by the CIA as an “interrogation technique”, but the “case of the planted pants” shows abuse against pro bono Guantanamo lawyers continues uninterrupted … And there are reservations about Michael Mukasey, the nominee to replace Fredo ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    September 4, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

Gonzo goes, yet the possibility of another awful AG remains … Jose Padilla must have known he was in trouble when the jury showed up to his “terrorism” trial in colour-co-ordinated red, white and blue outfits … And the Bushwahs keep coming ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    August 15, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

The title alone suggests that the Protect America Act is pretty unsavoury … Another round in the NSA spying suits … Latest torture notes … More motions and whistleblowing from Guantanamo … A new job for the lovely Deputy US Ambassador for War Crimes ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    July 30, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

The White House confronts Congress over demands by the Judiciary Committee to speak to former Bush aides over the sacking of US attorneys … Meanwhile, the Administration toughens its stance on torture and those who criticise the Iraq war … Plus plenty of fresh ultra vires initiatives ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    July 5, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

An embarrassing affidavit from a military commission insider is likely to have persuaded the Supreme Court to examine habeas for Gauntanamo prisoners … A Washington Post series on Dick Cheney puts him at the heart of the Bush presidency vices … Meanwhile, Nino Scalia recommends torture as an effective tool ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    June 15, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

The idea of planting a fatal legal flaw in the Military Commissions Act may have been inspired by the Kathleen Turner-William Hurt film Body Heat. The upshot is that David Hicks pleaded guilty in a court that had no jurisdiction ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    June 4, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

Sabotaging the Iran-Contra investigation … The pursuit of Clinton over Whitewater … Ignoring Supreme Court rulings on habeas ... Gutting the RICO action against big tobacco … Deregulating car pollution. The common link in all these proceedings is DC appeals judge David Sentelle, a Republican stalwart and Bush law enforcer. In time the word Sentelle will enter the language as a transitive verb or a noun ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    May 2, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

The main story in Washington remains the political takeover of the Department of Justice by the Republican Party. Gonzo’s people dish out the punishment for District Attorneys who don’t follow the party line in the “culture wars” ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    April 2, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

David Hicks is the latest in a line that includes John Walker Lindh and Zacharias Moussaoui. The US extracted “terrorist” pleas from all of them after “uncomfortable” periods of detention and without trial. Now they’ve become precedents in the law of war ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    March 5, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

Court of Appeals upholds the administration line on habeas, now the Supreme Court is being asked for expedition … The origins of Military Commissions and the Geneva Conventions and their strangulation at the hands of the Bush people … Meanwhile, the administration is desperately keen for Hicks to plead guilty to something that’s not a war crime, and so establish the precedent that it is a war crime ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    February 16, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

Most of the law breaking in the capital happens on just one street … Alberto Gonzales is trying to get rid of prosecutors who are making life tough for Republican law breakers … The 25 most corrupt Bush officials unveiled … Latest Guantanamo charges mostly unknown to the law of war ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    January 31, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

The Third Reich lasted 12 years and so too did the Republican control of Congress … Military lawyer charged with leaking detainee names … Holes in the Miitary Commissions Manual … Purge of the public prosecutors … Gonzales insists the Constitution doesn’t guarantee habeas corpus ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    January 3, 2007  
Our Man in Washington

A round-up of rough legal customs in Baghdad, Washington and Guantanamo … Legislation stripping the courts of habeas jurisdiction is only a little bit unconstitutional … Government tells court that it shouldn’t believe Jose Padilla when he says he was tortured because he’s gone crazy from all the torture ... more