Law in the Age of Terror

Everyone should have a look at the latest issue of the American Bar Association Journal – Law in the Age of Terror

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And the website contains a comprehensive set of links to the legal background involved. An impressive resource.

RISING FROM THE RUBBLE

A minute-by-minute chronology of the 9/11 attacks.

A multimedia presentation of the names and faces of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, and telephone calls from passengers and flight attendants of the hijacked planes.

A video simulation of the airplanes striking the World Trade Center, as seen from inside the buildings.

A video of the names and faces of the victims of the 9/11 attacks (46 minutes; Flash player required).

Moussaoui v. the United States

Transcripts of the hearing in which Zacarias Moussaoui attempted to plead guilty (PDF), the hearing (PDF) at which he did, and the trial session at which he testified.

Moussaoui’s confession, contained in the plea agreement’s statement of facts (PDF).

Frank Dunham’s April 2002 letter (PDF) to Moussaoui.

The 4th Circuit opinion (PDF) granting Moussaoui access to summaries of statements made by al-Qaida members in U.S. custody.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s testimony (PDF) about Moussaoui’s noninvolvement with 9/11.

The verdict form (PDF), listing how many jurors found aggravating and mitigating factors.

Video of Moussaoui being transported to prison after conviction.

31 WINS, 6 LOSSES & 1 TIE

The Justice Department’s 2006 counterterrorism white paper (PDF).

THE ARCHITECTS

John Yoo’s 2002 memo (PDF) concerning the Geneva Conventions.

Alberto Gonzales’ 2002 memo (PDF) on the Geneva Conventions.

Pentagon working group’s 2003 report (PDF) on interrogation methods.

THE 50-LAWYER POLL

You can answer the same questions we asked the defense lawyers. Take our interactive online poll.

Polls on Americans’ changing attitudes toward terrorism since 9/11.

THE GO-TO LAWYER OF ‘NORTHERN VIRGINIASTAN’

The Justice Department inspector general’s report (PDF) on treatment of aliens held on immigration charges immediately after 9/11.

BUT IS IT WAR?

More from the debate among conservatives over executive power during wartime.

‘IF I REPRESENTED BIN LADEN …’

The first (PDF) and
second (PDF) parts of the 238-count indictment issued in 1998 against Osama bin Laden for attacks on U.S. troops in Somalia and U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

SETTING PRECEDENT IN TWO WARS

All the U.S. Supreme Court opinions mentioned in this article.

Boumediene v. Bush (PDF), No. 06-1195 (2007)

Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (PDF), 126 S. Ct. 2749 (2006)

Rasul v. Bush (PDF), 542 U.S. 466 (2004)

Rumsfeld v. Padilla (PDF), 542 U.S. 426 (2004)

Johnson v. Eisentrager, 339 U.S. 763 (1950)

Braden v. 30th Judicial Circuit Court of Kentucky, 410 U.S. 484 (1973)

Ahrens v. Clark, 335 U.S. 188 (1948)

Marino v. Ragen, 332 U.S. 561(1947)

Hirabayashi v. U.S., 320 U.S. 81 (1943)

Korematsu v. U.S., 323 U.S. 214 (1944)

Application of Yamashita, 327 U.S. 1 (1946)

U.S. v. Alvarez-Machain, 504 U.S. 655 (1992)

Draft of Justice Wiley Rutledge’s dissent (PDF) in Ahrens v. Clark, written by John Paul Stevens when he was a law clerk.

A UNIFORM COMPLAINT

President Bush’s 2001 order creating military commissions.

The Congressional Research Service’s 2001 report, Terrorism and the Law of War (PDF).

The Defense Department’s 2005 legal services report (PDF).

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 (PDF).

Filings in the Military Commissions cases brought against enemy combatants.

Briefs filed in Boumediene v. Bush, which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall.

ACCOUNTING FOR LIVES

The final report of the special master of the 9/11 victim com­pensation fund.

Comments

  1. A truly great cover, and a very gutsy decision to devote an entire issue to terrorism and the law — especially considering it’s an association magazine, which carries with it a lot of political baggage. I’ve really liked what the Journal has been doing lately, especially on the Web. This is an edition of its magazine of which the ABA should be proud.