Stories by Marjorie Cohn

Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild. She testified before Congress in 2008 about Bush interrogation policy. Her book, The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse, was released this year in paperback. See subscribe to Marjorie Cohn's feed

Posted on: Apr 28, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It is not just the U.S. image that is suffering--drone strikes create more enemies of the U.S.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet

In addition to legal and political problems with Guantanamo, there are enormous human costs to consider.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2011, Source: War Is a Crime

We should refuse to be complicit in the killing of more civilians in a conflict in which we don’t belong.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2010, Source: AlterNet

California will be the first state to submit the required reports to the State Department for consideration by U.N. treaty committees.

Posted on: May 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet

President Barack Obama has chosen Elena Kagan to fill the vacancy left by Justice John Paul Stevens' retirement. Sadly, Kagan cannot fill Justice Stevens' mighty shoes.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2010, Source: Jurist Legal News and Research

According to one study, Arizona would lose $26.4 billion in economic activity and approximately 140,324 jobs if all undocumented people were removed from the state.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Some 30 percent of all U.S. deaths in Afghanistan have occurred during Obama's presidency. His escalation of that war is not what the Nobel committee envisioned.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2009, Source: PoliPoint Press

The authors of a new book share the success stories of war resisters and ways soldiers and citizens can use their rights to end the wars of today.

Posted on: May 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Obama's intent to immunize those who broke the law violates his constitutional duty to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed."

Posted on: Apr 10, 2009, Source: San Francisco Chronicle

They can use "universal jurisdiction," often used to prosecute foreign nationals for crimes that shock the conscience of the global community.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The memos' authors, John Yoo and Jay Bybee, should be investigated, prosecuted, and disbarred.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2009, Source: AlterNet

We need a special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute criminal lawyers like John Yoo who gave Bush et al legal cover.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2009, Source: Jurist Legal News and Research

The U.S. government should disclose the names, fate, and whereabouts of all persons rendered by the CIA since 2001.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2008, Source: AlterNet

America remains the only democracy that refuses to ratify the most significant treaty guaranteeing gender equality.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Cheney confessed because he thinks either Bush will pardon him or that Obama won't prosecute him -- but the law would forbid both approaches.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2008, Source: Jurist Legal News and Research

Judge: "Seven years of waiting for a legal system to give them an answer ... is more than enough."

Posted on: Jul 31, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan was every bit as illegal as the invasion of Iraq. Why, then, do so many Americans see it as justifiable?

Posted on: Jun 24, 2008, Source: AlterNet

"At least 30 of those prisoners hitherto released from Guantánamo have returned to the battlefield," the belligerent judge said. This is a lie.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2008, Source: Jurist Legal News and Research

The Supreme Court's <i>Boumediene</i> ruling shows how delicately the bench is balanced -- and the dark consequences that await if McCain is elected.

Posted on: May 24, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Hillary hasn't uttered a word of repentance for her suggestion that Barack Obama's death could inure to her benefit.

Posted on: May 12, 2008, Source: Jurist Legal News and Research

It's not just administration officials who should be targeted for sanctioning torture. The lawyers who advised them should be prosecuted too.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2008, Source: Jurist Legal News and Research

The federal government is working overtime to try and clean up the legal mess made by the use of illegal interrogation methods.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

With its vote on the FISA bill yesterday, Congress looks ready to sacrifice liberty for security. Again.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2008, Source: AlterNet

More than a third of the House Judiciary Committee's Democratic members want to see Cheney ousted.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2007, Source: AlterNet

No amount of intelligence is likely to get Bush to back off.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The upcoming Supreme Court case <i>Boumediene v. Bush</i> will decide whether Guantanamo detainees will still have a right to habeas corpus.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2007, Source: AlterNet

With Bush's November 26, 2007 announcement that the United States and Iraq were negotiating a permanent "security relationship," his lies have been exposed.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2007, Source: AlterNet

We've got to keep pressing hard against an attack on Iran: The security of the United States, as well as the Middle East, is hanging in the balance.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2007, Source: Jurist Legal News and Research

Bush's insistence that "we don't torture" rings hollow in light of recent Department of Justice memos supporting the harshest techniques the CIA has ever used.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Responding to fear-mongering by the Bush administration, the Democrat-led Congress put its stamp of approval on the unconstitutional wiretapping of Americans.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2007, Source: AlterNet

If Bush keeps ignoring the separation of powers, Congress has a few options, including imprisoning witnesses who refuse subpoenas in the Capitol basement.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The Military Commissions Act, which denies basic due process protections, including the right to habeas corpus, is a disgrace. But an even bigger disgrace is the concentration camp the United States maintains at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Posted on: May 31, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Bush has issued a directive that would place all governmental powers in his hands in the case of a catastrophic emergency. If a terrorist attack happens before the 2008 election, could Bush and Cheney use this to avoid relinquishing power to a successor administration?

Posted on: Apr 15, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The attorney scandal is a cover-up revolving around efforts by the Bush administration to disenfranchise African-American voters in communities where the vote is close.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2007, Source: AlterNet

In the Bush administration, justice has become politicized. Gonzales has used provisions in the Patriot Act to replace U.S. Attorneys with Bush loyalists.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Hyped claims of nuclear weapons with no evidence to back it up ... Why does that sound familiar?

Posted on: Feb 8, 2007, Source: AlterNet

An Army judge has declared mistrial in the court martial of Lt. Ehren Watada, who can't be retried for the same charges.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Bush will not likely ask permission to make war on Iran, and it's up to Congress to stop him

Posted on: Jan 15, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Guantanamo prisoners are entitled to protections under the Constitution, yet the government is trying to deny them due process.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Marvin Gaye's 1971 song spoke of the madness of the Vietnam War. His timely lyrics should prompt us to work to end today's senseless war in Iraq.