Alan Chartock Interviews Shayana Kadidal

Shayna Kadidal About Shayana Kadidal:
Shane is a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and has been at CCR since 2001. He works on the Center's major case on the illegal NSA domestic spying program, CCR v. Bush, as well as the Center's Patriot Act case, and testified before Congress this past spring on the material witness statute. He also works on Turkmen v. Ashcroft, representing people swept up on immigration charges after 9/11 and unlawfully detained and abused; with the Vulcan Society of Black Firefighters challenging discriminatory hiring policies of the New York City Fire Department; and with the Sikh Coalition against religious discrimination by New York's Transit Authority, among other cases.

He graduated from Yale Law School, worked for the High Court of Karnataka in Bangalore, India, and clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

He is co-author of a recent book, Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush.

About the book:
Experts at the Center for Constitutional Rights set out the legal arguments for impeachment. In four separate articles of impeachment detailing four separate charges –warrantless surveillance, misleading Congress on the reasons for the Iraq war, violating laws against torture, and subverting the Constitution’s separation of powers – it is, say the CCR attorneys, a case of black letter law, with abundant evidence.

Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush details that evidence, the relevant laws and the legal precedents. It also explains what the Constitution says about impeachment – an informative discussion further illuminated by supplemental material that includes a history of impeachment, explanation of its procedures, and the previous articles of impeachment brought against Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

About The Center for Constitutional Rights:
CCR is a New York based legal organization founded in 1966. Lawyers from CCR represented Guantanamo Bay detainees in the Supreme Court case Rasul v. Bush. The case challenged the Bush administration's power to indefinitely detain foreign nationals in Guantanamo without trial and argued that detainees should be allowed to contest their imprisonment in U.S. courts. The Supreme Court ruled in CCR's favor. For more information on the book or the Center for Constitutional Rights, visit

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