Marjorie Cohn

Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Her latest book is, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues. Previous books include: Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law and co-author of Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent (with Kathleen Gilberd); and an anthology, The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse.

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 8:30am
Abu Zubaydah: Torture’s ‘Poster Child’
Last week, Abu Zubaydah, who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo for 14 years without being charged with a crime, appeared for the first time before the U.S. military Periodic Review Board, which determines whether Guantanamo detainees will continue to be held as “enemy combatants.” Zubaydah argued...
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A protest against the death penalty during World Day Against the Death Penalty in 2008. Views
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 9:00am
California May Abolish the Death Penalty
On Election Day, California voters will make a monumental moral and financial decision. Proposition 62 — the Justice That Works Act — is on the Nov. 8 ballot, and if the initiative passes, it will replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole. It will also require convicted murderers...
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Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 2:00pm
Killing with Robots Increases Militarization of Police
As in many cities around the country, Black Lives Matter held a demonstration in Dallas to protest the police shootings of two more black men, Alton Sterling of Louisiana and Philando Castile of Minnesota. During the demonstration, Micah Xavier Johnson, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan,...
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 9:45am
Numbers in Obama’s Drone Deaths Report Just Don’t Add Up
More than three years after President Barack Obama pledged to be transparent about the United States’ lethal drone program, his administration has finally come forward with an accounting of the numbers of civilian deaths that resulted from drone strikes between Jan. 20, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2015. But...
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 3:30pm
US Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal
In an internal “dissent channel cable,” 51 State Department officers called for “targeted military strikes” against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a proposal that President Barack Obama has thus far resisted. However, were he to accept the cable’s advice, he would risk a dangerous –...
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 10:00am
The Racial Divide Between Sanders and Trump
As I sat in the San Diego sunshine yesterday listening to Bernie Sanders outside of Qualcomm Stadium, I was struck by the stunning contrast between the senator and Donald Trump, particularly on the issue of race. Sanders emphasized racial justice, citing the courage of African Americans and their...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 8:30am
Michael Ratner's Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice
Legendary human rights lawyer Michael Ratner died last Wednesday . His pathbreaking legal and political work on behalf of the poor and oppressed around the world is unmatched. His death is an incalculable loss for the cause of freedom, peace and justice. The last time I saw Michael was shortly...
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Monday, April 18, 2016 - 12:45pm
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton: The Palestinian Defender vs. the Israel Apologist
An amazing thing happened at the prime-time Democratic debate in Brooklyn on Thursday. A few days ahead of Tuesday’s delegate-rich New York primary, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders dared to criticize Israel. Rival Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, stood firm as an uncritical apologist for...
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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 8:00am
Human Rights Hypocrisy: US Criticizes Cuba
In advance of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Cuba on March 20, there is speculation about whether he can pressure Cuba to improve its human rights. But a comparison of Cuba's human rights record with that of the United States shows that the US should be taking lessons from Cuba. The...
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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 8:45am
Occupy Hillary Clinton's Wall Street Speeches
Hillary Clinton refuses to make public the transcripts of her speeches to big banks, three of which were worth a total of $675,000 to Goldman Sachs. She says she would release the transcripts "if everybody does it, and that includes Republicans." After all, she complained, "Why is there one...
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