Join Jim Dempsey and David Cole for a discussion of the war on terrorism and the future of civil liberties in conjunction with the publication of their newly revised and expanded "Terrorism and the Constitution:
Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security" (First Amendment Foundation, 2002).
WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2002, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Dempsey and Cole's book, originally published in 1999, discusses the dangers of granting unchecked powers to the federal government in the war on terrorism. This new edition is fully revised, including a new chapter on the government's domestic response to the events of September 11. It argues that much of the government's response is not only unconstitutional, but likely to be counterproductive in the war on terrorism.
David Cole is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, and a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Jim Dempsey was former assistant counsel to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights and is now deputy director of the Center for Democracy and Technology.
For more information about the book, contact Kit Gage at 202-529-4225.
A population equivalent to a small town is expected to trudge through the Fulton County courtroom during this week as lawyers begin picking jurors in the high-profile trial of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin.
A total of 1,500 people have been summoned for jury duty --- a number several lawyers said is the most they could remember being called for a criminal case in Fulton County.
"I've been doing this for well over 20 years, and I've never seen this number of jurors called before . . . Not in Georgia," said Michael Mears, director of the Multi-County Public Defender Office. Al-Amin is on trial
for his life on charges of murdering a deputy sheriff. He was once known as the 1960s militant H. Rap Brown --- who sparked legions of admirers and critics --- and now is a prominent Muslim cleric. The case against Al-Amin was scheduled for trial in September, but was postponed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because of fears of a backlash…
Enaas Sansour began wearing a black head scarf a year ago as part of her Muslim faith, so that no man outside her family would see her hair until she married.
Her hair remained hidden, the Falls Church teenager said yesterday, until a male airline security screener at Baltimore-Washington International Airport forced her to remove her scarf last month. In front of strangers.
In front of men. Even though the metal detector, she said, never sounded. "No guys are supposed to see my hair until my husband sees it when I get married," said Sansour, 17, a junior at the Islamic Saudi Academy in
Alexandria. "It was very humiliating with all those people staring at me like I did something wrong…It was against my religion."
On Monday, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a complaint on the teenager's behalf, seeking apologies from the screener's employer, Globe Aviation Services, and Northwest and Delta airlines. Sansour said the incident occurred when she, her father and two brothers passed through BWI's Pier C security checkpoint Dec. 18 before boarding a Northwest flight to San Francisco. Delta Airlines contracts with Globe to provide security for all airlines that use Pier C, including Northwest.
Hodan Hassan, the Islamic group's civil rights coordinator, said requiring Muslim women to remove their head scarves, or hijab, is tantamount to a public strip search because it violates Muslim teachings about modesty.
Hassan said Sansour's complaint is one of a dozen the group has received from Muslim women forced to remove head scarves in public at airports under heightened security since Sept. 11. The group has received about 160 other complaints of racial or religious profiling at airports, officials said.
Hassan said the group does not object to Muslim women being asked to remove their head scarves in a private area and in front of a female security screener, as long as they are not singled out for extra scrutiny …