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Roger Fitch Esq Articles from 2008
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Roger Fitch Esq    December 14, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Final gasp of the Bush regime … Legal uncertainties at Guantánamo after 9/11 conspirators plead guilty in death penalty case … Last minute regulations and orders wreak environmental vandalism – but delight the NRA … Washington goes on “pardon watch” ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    November 30, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

A tendency for military judges to toss out coerced confessions doesn’t bode well for the government’s case against the 9/11 defendants, some of whom have been put on the rack … The Boumediene habeas case grinds on leaving in its wake some curious authority on the meaning of “enemy combatant” ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    November 9, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

The Bush administration smelled so bad it cured the country of voting Republican. Still, there is the better part of two months left for the incumbent to wreak more damage – and his lawyers are working overtime to achieve just that ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    October 27, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Bits continue to fall off the Guantánamo “legal” process … Bush lawyers now say illegally detained Chinese Muslims cannot be released into the US because they are “terrorists” ... Concept of “enemy combatant” to get a long-overdue judicial airing ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    October 8, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Not only is the economy unravelling at a rapid rate, but so too the well laid extraordinary legal regime of the Bush administration. All that remains are a few well worn Republican dirty tricks to rort the ballot ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    September 26, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Death throes of the Bush regime … Key case to test concept of “enemy combatants” ... Last minute election tricks in the Republican armoury … Cheney ordered not to destroy his papers … The 20 most corrupt members of Congress ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    August 28, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Bit by bit the courts are upsetting the torture apple cart. The English High Court is the latest, ordering that evidence of the torture of a British resident be handed to his lawyers. Perfidious English and their damn common law ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    August 8, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Civil War banditti and jayhawkers are the basis of today’s “material supporters of terrorism”. Be careful – Bush law says it’s a “war crime” to shoot at Americans ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    July 26, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

A non-war crimes “war crimes” case gets underway before legally dubious military commission … Plenty of Kafkaesque moments for 9/11 accused … US extracts “intelligence” with Chinese style “enhanced techniques” from Korean war era ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    July 4, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Roger Fitch in Washington celebrates Independence Day with the latest talk on torture as Addington and Yoo front the House Judiciary Committee … No surprises in Roberts’ and Scalia’s dissents in the most recent habeas decision … The Bush-Cheney team have only 200 days left in which to wreak havoc ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    June 15, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Supreme Court says habeas applies to Guantánamo prisoners and that the law that suspended it is unconstitutional … All eyes have been on the Pentagon remake of the long-running show 9/11 ... Same cast – different roles ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    June 2, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Guantánamo unravelling … Bush admin sacks judge mid-trial for being too fair and independent … Canadian Supreme Court finds Gitmo process illegal … Administration planning election year war crimes spectacular … CIA station chief in Milan still on the run ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    May 17, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Guantánamo trials in crisis – legal adviser sacked for wanting torture evidence to be admitted and prosecutors quit in disgust over government meddling. Law of terror correspondent Roger Fitch reports ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    April 25, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

A.J. Liebling was right – the press is asleep on the big stories affecting our freedoms … Bush lawyers looking for soft landings in the corporate sector – although Freddo still can’t find a job … Copyright violations by Pentagon in use of rap music to torture detainees ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    April 11, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Fresh torture memo by Bush lawyer unearthed … Advice on legally immunising detainee interrogators proves to be invalid … Torture trip driven from the top down … Exciting new harsh techniques devised at “brainstorming sessions” ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    March 23, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

As President Bush vetoes an anti-torture Bill the CIA pays liability insurance for its employees who face the prospect of lawsuits over their “harsh interrogation techniques” ... Further discredit for military commissions as the government is found to have doctored Guantánamo trial documents ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    March 4, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

If Gitmo closes what becomes of the inmates? Refoulement is the answer, i.e. even worse US prisons in Afghanistan … Lawyers who advised the administration on torture now under (soft) investigation … Bush lawyers at DoJ advising Iraqis on “justice and the rule of law” ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    February 21, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

“Guantanamo Six” military commission trial is the opening shot in Republican election year strategy … Yet there’s a problem – most of the alleged “war crimes” occurred before there was a war … Administration’s torture definition finds its roots in health benefit policy ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    February 8, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

The Attorney General says the US can torture if it likes … The proposed American Freedom Agenda Act says the US can kidnap if it likes … Over at Guantanamo smart new portable court rooms have been installed … Pentagon bunglers mistakenly hand over “secret” evidence to the visiting press ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    January 22, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Great law is being made. While the Padilla v Yoo torture case is attracting much commentary, the Republican stacked DC Court of Appeals has come to the aid of the administration with a finding that “mistreatment” of enemy prisoners is legally acceptable. The court went one better and said that an enemy alien is not “a person” ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    January 8, 2008  
Our Man in Washington

Bush’s legal regime continues to unravel as torture and black site prisons bring on more litigation … Meanwhile, the list of disaffected and departed Gitmo military lawyers continues to grow ... more