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Please Call for the Closure of Guantanamo By Signing the White House Petition

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 10:00 AM

It's three years since President Obama promised to close Guantánamo.

Remind President Obama of his promise. Sign the petition on the White House's "We the People" website urging him to honor his promise. 25,000 signatures are needed by February 6 to secure a response, so please sign...

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U.S. Mid-Term Elections: The Death of Hope and Change

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 8:42 AM

To be brutally honest, those of us concerned with "national security" issues (indefinite detention without charge or trial at Guantánamo and elsewhere, trials by Military Commission, and accountability for the Bush administration's torturers) and foreign policy (the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) could tell...

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Barbaric: 86-Year Sentence for Aafia Siddiqui

(35) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 8:29 AM

To be honest, I can hardly express sufficiently my shock at the news that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist who was rendered to the U.S. to face a trial after she reportedly tried -- and failed -- to shoot two U.S. soldiers in Ghazni, Afghanistan in July 2008, has...

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By One Vote, U.S. Court OKs Torture and "Extraordinary Rendition"

(53) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 9:59 AM

Sometimes a story is so troubling that it takes some time to digest, and the ruling delivered last Wednesday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (PDF), in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of five men subjected to "extraordinary rendition" and

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UK Sought Rendition of British Nationals to Guantanamo; Tony Blair Directly Involved

(47) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 9:59 AM

With what the UK Guardian described yesterday as the "almost unprecedented" release of "security service reports of interviews with detainees in Guantánamo Bay and other overseas detention centers," the new British coalition government failed in its attempt to persuade the High Court to bring a temporary halt to...

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More "Congressional Depravity" on Guantanamo

(14) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 9:58 AM

On Monday, in an article entitled, "House Kills Plan to Close Guantánamo," I described my despair at the House Armed Services Committee's unanimous refusal to provide $350 million (out of a war budget of $726 billion) so that President Obama can close Guantánamo by moving prisoners...

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House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

(12) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 12:17 PM

President Obama's hopes of closing Guantánamo, which were already gravely wounded by his inability to meet his self-imposed deadline of a year for the prison's closure, now appear to have been killed off by lawmakers in Congress.

Although the House Armed Services Committee was happy to...

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Judge Rules Yemeni's Detention at Guantanamo Based Solely on Torture

(12) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 8:09 AM

On February 24, as I reported in an article entitled, "The Black Hole of Guantánamo," Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. granted the habeas corpus petition of Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman, a Yemeni who was seized crossing the border from Afghanistan to Pakistan in December 2001. In the...

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Seven Years of War in Iraq: Still Based on Cheney's Torture and Lies

(24) Comments | Posted March 21, 2010 | 11:32 PM

Friday marked the seventh anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq, but by now, it seems, the American people have become used to living in a state of perpetual war, even though that war was based on torture and lies. Protestors rallied across the country on Saturday, but the anti-war...

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Who Are the Four Prisoners Released from Guantanamo to Albania and Spain?

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 12:22 PM

On Wednesday, four prisoners were released from Guantánamo: an Egyptian, a Libyan and a Tunisian arrived in Albania, and a Palestinian arrived in Spain. All four had been cleared by military review boards at Guantánamo under the Bush administration, and had then been cleared by President Obama's interagency Task Force,...

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Swiss Take Two Guantanamo Uighurs, Solve Obama's Problem

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 8:24 AM

Congratulations to the Swiss Canton of Jura, which recently accepted the asylum claims of two Uighur prisoners at Guantánamo, and to the Swiss federal government for agreeing to accept Jura's decision on Wednesday.

The two men in question -- Arkin Mahmud, 45, and his brother Bahtiyar Mahnut, 32 -- were...

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An Afghan Nobody Faces Trial by Military Commission

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2010 | 1:23 PM

Yesterday evening, the Associated Press reported that, in court filings, Justice Department lawyers stated that Attorney General Eric Holder has decided that a sixth Guantá namo prisoner -- an Afghan named Obaidullah -- will be put forward for trial by Military Commission. On November 13, when

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Who Are The Four Afghans Released From Guantanamo?

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 5:07 AM

Over the weekend, 12 prisoners were released from Guantánamo, as the Justice Department announced in a press release on December 20. I have previously reported the stories of the two Somalis who were released -- emphasizing how nothing about their cases demonstrated that they were "the...

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The Stories of the Two Somalis Freed From Guantanamo

(11) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 6:34 AM

Carol Rosenberg at the Miami Herald broke the news on Saturday that 12 prisoners have been released from Guantánamo. The news followed hints in the Washington Post on Friday that six Yemenis and four Afghans were set to leave, but Rosenberg -- and the East African...

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Judge Orders Release from Guantanamo of Unwilling Yemeni Recruit

(3) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 5:44 AM

On Monday, as I explained in a previous article, Judge Thomas Hogan refused the habeas corpus petition of Musa'ab al-Madhwani, a Yemeni who had been tortured in the CIA's "Dark Prison" near Kabul, and who was described by the judge as a "model prisoner" who was not dangerous....

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"Model Prisoner" at Guantanamo, Tortured in the "Dark Prison," Loses Habeas Corpus Petition

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 10:03 AM

On Monday, District Court Judge Thomas F. Hogan handed the government its ninth victory (against 31 losses to date) in the habeas corpus petitions of the prisoners held at Guantánamo, ruling that the government had established, by a preponderance of the evidence, that Musa'ab al-Madhwani, a 28-year old...

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Former Guantanamo Prosecutor Loses Job for Criticizing Military Commissions

(3) Comments | Posted December 8, 2009 | 9:18 AM

So much for the First Amendment. Morris Davis, the retired Air Force Colonel who served as the Chief Prosecutor of the Military Commissions at Guantánamo from September 2005 until his resignation in October 2007, has just lost his job at the Congressional Research Service (a branch of the Library of...

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Who Are the Six Uighurs Released From Guantanamo to Palau?

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2009 | 1:59 PM

At the weekend, six of the remaining 13 Uighurs in Guantánamo -- Muslims from China's Xinjiang province -- were released to resume new lives in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau (population: 20,000). I have written at length about the plight of Guantánamo's Uighurs, innocent men caught up in...

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Justice at Last? Guantanamo Uighurs Ask Supreme Court for Release Into U.S.

(8) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 7:30 PM

One year and two weeks ago, District Court Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered that 17 Uighur prisoners at Guantánamo be released into the United States. Muslims from China's Xinjiang province, the Uighurs were seized and sold to U.S. forces by Pakistani villagers in December 2001, after they had fled a...

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Lawyer Blasts "Congressional Depravity" on Guantanamo

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2009 | 9:35 AM

In a recent article, "On Guantánamo, Lawmakers Reveal They Are Still Dick Cheney's Pawns," I spelled out my despair and disgust at lawmakers from both parties (their names can be found here, here and here), who, since May, have voted for legislation severely curtailing President Obama's...

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