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Senator Feinstein on Anti-Torture Reforms

On December 30, the outgoing Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Dianne Feinstein, sent a letter to the White House.

The document---which was released earlier today---overviews a number of proposed reforms to U.S. interrogation, detention and other practices, the idea being to give effect to recommendations made in the SSCI's torture report.

The Senator's letter says, in full:

December 30, 2014

Terrorism Trials: Military Commissions

DC Circuit Temporarily Stays United States' Appeal in Al-Nashiri, Pending Consideration of Mandamus Petition

The order grants a motion filed by Al-Nashiri, and was handed down today by Circuit Judges Cornelia Pillard and Judith Rogers, over the dissent of Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh. It's gist is temporarily to pause the government's appeal, to the Court of Military Commission Review ("CMCR"), of the dismissal of some (though not all) of the capital military commission charges against the Guantanamo detainee.

Detention: Law of: District Court Development

Judge Kessler’s Videotape Order and the Costs of Crying Wolf

The First Amendment question in Judge Kessler’s opinion in support of her Order directing the videotapes of Abu Wa'el Dhiab's forced feedings to be unsealed (see Jane’s summary) is whether the public’s presumptive right of access is outweighed by the government’s well-specified “compelling interest” in keeping the classified tapes sealed. 

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