People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF) today filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking an injunction requiring the National Security Agency (NSA) to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed late last year. The complaint asks the court to enforce a request for documents related to recently disclosed warrantless wiretapping undertaken by the Bush administration.
Following the vote to block the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act in the Senate today, People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas had the following statement:
People For the American Way Foundation and the Rutherford Institute filed a joint amicus brief in the case Padilla v. Hanft in support of a ruling by U.S. District Judge Henry Floyd, which found that the government could not indefinitely detain Jose Padilla, an American seized on American soil and detained without charge since 2002 – instead it must either charge him with a crime or release him. The joint brief, drafted with the Chicago office of Sidley & Austin, was filed in the U.S.
The U.S. Senate confirmed President Bush’s nomination of longtime confidant Alberto Gonzales to replace John Ashcroft as United States Attorney General, in spite of a public record that raises serious questions about his commitment to constitutional principles and the rule of law. The 60-36 vote reflected significant opposition for an executive branch nominee, and the second highest vote against an attorney general nominee since 1925.
Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales was narrowly approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which voted 10-8 along party lines to send his nomination to the floor. People For the American Way President Ralph G.