new policy regarding assertions of the state secrets privilege

September 23, 2009

* Memorandum from Attorney General Holder, “Policies and Procedures Governing Invocation of the State Secrets Privilege” (Sep. 23, 2009)

The Justice Department today is announcing a new policy governing invocations of the state secrets privilege.  The four-page memorandum detailing the policy is attached, and the press release summarizing it more briefly appears below.  In brief, the policy entails both substantive and process changes, the general thrust of which are to deter unwarranted and overbroad invocations of the privilege while still preserving the availability of the privilege for use in appropriate cases. To wit: Read the rest of this entry »

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Bahlul sentenced to life; forthcoming scholarship

November 3, 2008

1.  al Bahlul sentenced to life

From DoD’s press release:

Detainee Sentenced To Life In Prison

A military commission sentenced today Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul of Yemen to confinement for life for conspiracy, solicitation and providing material support to terrorism in violation of the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Bahlul will immediately begin serving his sentence of confinement at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Read the rest of this entry »