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March 15, 2009

Obama Justice Department defending Rumsfeld on torture

By Rachel Oswald

Exclusive: Attorney had hoped Obama admin would take 'stronger moral stance' on torture


In a brief filed Thursday evening, Obama Justice Department lawyers extended many of the same arguments made by Bush attorneys – that top government officials have qualified immunity from prosecution and that Guantanamo detainees do not have constitutional rights to due process.

The Department of Justice has asserted that a Supreme Court ruling reaffirming the rights of Guantanamo detainees to habeas corpus does not apply to plaintiffs in a case against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld because the plaintiffs were released from prison four years prior to the SCOTUS decision.

"It is fair to say that the current brief that is filed by the new administration supports a lot of the arguments that were made by the previous administration," said Kate Toomey, an attorney with Baach Robinson & Lewis who is representing the former detainees in an interview with RAW STORY. "They continue to assert that torture was in the scope of employment and could be reasonably expected. They continue to assert that these [top officials] be entitled to immunity. They also continue to argue that detainees at Guantanamo don't have constitutional rights."

Read the rest at RawStory.

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Democratic Activist and Strategist, doing most activist work thru a nationwide email listserv, referred to as "Pam's List".

Elected member of the Alabama State Democratic Executive Committee as well as a member of my county, (Madison) Democratic Committee.

Member of the Madison County Democratic Women.

Charter member of the Alabama Federation of Democratic Women.

Founder of the local chapter of Madison County Young Democrats as well as Rocket City Democrats.

Volunteered for most all Democratic campaigns since 1992 and in 2002 I ran for the Alabama House, District 25.

Volunteered as a Mediator in the District Court of Madison County, Certified with the State of Alabama Unified Judicial System

2008 recognized by the Alabama Federation of Democratic Women for "dedication and persistence in bring national attention to a travesty of justice in the Governor Don Siegelman case."


Co-owner The Computer Doctor Inc.
Recruiter of Engineering & Management for a prominent placement firm
Better Business Bureau of North Alabama.
Kindergarten Teacher, 10 years, Pisgah, Alabama
Teacher's Aide in the Hispanic Migrant Program - 3 summers


Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama 2009
Democratic National Conventions in Los Angeles 2000, Boston 2004 and Denver 2008
Young Democrats of America National Convention in San Francisco 2005
Alabama Democratic House Caucus Retreat, Gulf Shores, Al. 2002
Alabama Young Democratic Convention 2000

Right now my mission is a quest for justice for former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, who has sufferd at the hands of corrupt US Attorneys, Alice Martin and Leura Canary.

Will you please join me in this fight! Thanks!