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Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law

The Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law addresses legal issues relating to the struggle against terrorism, the pursuit of suspected terrorists, and the treatment of detainees.  In the years since the 9/11 attacks, the Association has been a prominent voice in the debates around how to balance a robust and effective national security policy with a full and faithful respect for the rule of law.  Our principal message has been that our system of justice – based on time-tested constitutional and international norms – is a source of strength, not vulnerability.

Recent Reports

Amicus Brief: ACLU v. Clapper (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, March 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Surveillance, Collection of Metadata

Letter to Senate supporting passage of sections 1031 and 1033 of S. 1197, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014 (December 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Detainees

Statement sent to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights regarding the closing of Guantanamo and the national security, fiscal and human rights implications (July 2013) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Guantanamo

For the full list of committee reports click here

Of Interest

Event Podcast: A Conversation with Defense Attorneys in the 9/11 Military Commission Proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (MP3) - November 14, 2013