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Roger Fitch Esq Articles from 2009
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Roger Fitch Esq    November 30, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

Two-tiered trial system for Guantánamo detainees smacks of a clunky political compromise … Obama lawyers subvert Supreme Court ruling on habeas ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    November 13, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

Gitmo closure looms … FBI releases documents on extraordinary rendition … Rendition lawsuits bogged down in US courts … All’s well that ends well for Ali Al-Marri ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    October 28, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

A few big cases get a hearing despite US Supremes’ shrinking docket … Latest notes from the Guantánamo turnstile … Government dismayed at decision to extend habeas to US prisoners held in Afghanistan jails … Obama’s “terror” policy looks strikingly similar to George Bush’s ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    October 2, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

Roger Fitch traces the last gasp of the Guantánamo military commissions … Government continues to ignore court orders … Habeas appeals abound … And civil torture suits gather pace ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    September 14, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

Roger Fitch surveys the forthcoming Supreme Court term, with new justice Sonia Sotomayor in harness … She’s probably not as liberal as the conservatives are conservative … Major national security appeals on the docket ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    August 31, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

The report on CIA torture is the talk of the town … Despite heaps of redactions the dump of torture documents is a goldmine … A laundry list of US war crimes ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    August 5, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

David Hicks strung-up for something the Administration now says is not a “war crime” ... Habeas challenges stonewalled by Bush holdovers at DoJ … Case against child detainee collapses … Mohammed Jawad sent back to Afghanistan ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    July 1, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

“Terrorist Incapacitation” – the new gloss for indefinite detention … If tax lawyers can be indicted for fraudulent advice, why not John Yoo for torture advice? ... Suppressed report on “interrogation policy” due to see the light of day ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    June 9, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

President Obama says he wants to close Guantánamo Bay … This Konzentrationslager was flawed from the start … There was no law to support the “enemy combatant” regime … Roger Fitch tracks the fate of some of the better known detainees ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    April 23, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

Memos from Bush lawyers giving advice on torture read like an SS training manual, particularly the finer points of waterboarding. Their release was compelled by a federal court order … Department of Justice continues to obstruct … Good Guantánamo prisoners can now watch Al Jazeera ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    April 13, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

Old wine in new bottles as DoJ rejigs the definition of “enemy combatant” ... Red Cross interviews with “high value detainees” leaked … Bush lawyers in sights of Spanish prosecutors … Obama under pressure to bury legal memos on torture … Contempt proceedings begun against prosecutors in Sen. Stevens corruption case ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    March 13, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

Obama puts a stop to a parallel legal system for “enemies” selected at random by the commander-in-chief. Or has he? ... Nasty DoJ memos bubble to the surface … CIA destroys torture tapes … AG says “policy differences can’t be criminalised” ... But Dahlia Lithwick is not so sure ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    February 24, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

Prez Obama adopts Bush legal strategies … Boeing subsidiary sued for flying rendition planes … Bagram prison likely to replace Guantánamo as dumping ground for the indefinitely detained … Uighurs trapped in partisan appeals court ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    February 6, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

A flood of executive orders from Obama’s White House … Eric Holder puts the cleaners through the Department of Justice … Prominent law bloggers among the DoJ’s top ranks … Baddies at Guantánamo include a cook ... New Facebook page for Bush dead-enders ... more

Roger Fitch Esq    January 21, 2009  
Our Man in Washington

Departing Bush Gang leaves a trail of wreckage … Obama’s legal team pronounced “excellent” ... War crimes cases against torturers still a possibility … Once secret “legal” advice being flushed into the open … Roger Fitch, exhausted after a night of Inaugural Balls, reports ... more