Tag Archive: President Ronald Reagan

Speaking Freely: Michael Ratner on the National Lawyers Guild 1960s-80s – Video

https://vimeo.com/76473031 In this video, Ratner describes how he became introduced to the Guild while attending Columbia Law school (where he would revive the NLG student chapter), and how the Guild inspired him to litigate politically, not just legally–describing himself as…
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Civil Liberties

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The Pinochet Principle: Bush Defends Torture in the Name of National Security – Democracy Now Transcript

We speak with the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights Michael Ratner about U.S. torture policy, ignoring national and international law and the Bush administration claim that the right to set aside law is “inherent in the president.” Attorney…
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Guantanamo / Illegal Detention, International War Crimes

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Dellums v. Meese – International Human Rights and Solidarity – CCR Docket 1987-1988

In July 1983 the CCR filed a federal com­ plaint demanding an investigation of Pres­ident Reagan’s violation of the Neutrality Act for sponsoring a war against Nicara­gua. The suit asked the United States Attorney General to conduct a preliminary investigation….
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International War Crimes

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In the Matter of 13 Seizures – Government Misconduct – CCR Docket 1987-1988

In April 1987 a delegation of people from the United States attended the Interna­tional Peace Gathering in Tripoli, Libya. The individuals traveled under the auspices of  the  International Indian Treaty Council, the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party, and other groups represent­ing third…
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Civil Liberties

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Burke v. Barnes – International Human Rights and Solidarity – CCR Docket 1987-1988

This lawsuit challenges President Reagan’s use of a “pocket veto” to kill a bill unanimously passed by both Houses of Congress. The bill would have required the president to condition aid to El Salvador on that country’s protection of human…
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International War Crimes

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Beacon Products Corporation v. Reagan – International Human Rights and Solidarity – CCR Docket 1987-1988

In May 1985 President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order announcing a trade embargo against Nicaragua and, at the same time, terminated a friendship treaty with that country. In his message to Congress, he claimed that Nicaragua con­stituted a threat…
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International War Crimes

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The New Conspiracy Trial: Patterns in Federal Prosecution – in Freedom at Risk: Secrecy, Censorship and Repression in the 1980s – with Eleanor Stein – PDF

1987 The New Conspiracy Trial: Patterns in Federal Prosecution The conspiracy trial, once a familiar feature in the American political land­scape, has returned. In the last five years, the Reagan administration, without attracting much attention, has prosecuted a series of…
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Civil Liberties

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Burke v. Barnes – Government Misconduct – CCR Docket 1986-1987

This lawsuit challenges President Ronald Reagan’s use of a “pocket veto” to kill a bill unanimously passed by both Houses of Congress. The bill would have required him to condition aid to El Salvador on improvement of its human rights…
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Civil Liberties, International War Crimes

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Beacon Products Corp. v. Reagan – International law – CCR Docket 1986-1987

In May 1985 President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order announcing a trade embargo against Nicaragua, and, at the same time, terminated a Friendship Treaty with that count ry. In his message to Congress, he claimed that Nicaragua con­stituted a…
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International War Crimes

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Dellums v. Meese – International Law – CCR Docket 1986-1987

In July 1983 the CCR filed a federal complaint demanding an investigation of President Reagan’s violation of the Neutrality Act for sponsoring the war against Nica­ragua. The suit asked the United States Attorney General to conduct a preliminary investigation. The…
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International War Crimes

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