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Stalled 9/11 Case Is Another Reason to Close Guantanamo

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.13.2016 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The military commissions have once again cancelled two weeks' worth of hearings scheduled in the case of the five alleged plotters of the September 11 attacks. Although the attacks themselves took place nearly 14 years ago, the five men accused of masterminding the deadliest terror attack to ever take place on U.S. soil are still nowhere near trial.

Guantanamo Military Commissions Stall Again: Time to Move On

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 06.06.2015 | Home
Daphne Eviatar

It's time for the U.S. government to put an end to this fiasco. The legitimacy of such important terrorism cases as the September 11 attacks is not something to be disregarded, nor is the impact on the victims' families, who have yet to see justice done. All the military commission cases could be reliably tried in the seasoned and successful U.S. federal court system.

Al Qaeda Messenger Gets Life Behind Bars

Phil Hirschkorn | Posted 11.23.2014 | Crime
Phil Hirschkorn

Minutes before he would learn his prison sentence for aiding al Qaeda before, during, and after 9/11, Suleiman Abu Ghaith decided once again to threaten the United States.

9/11 Families Deserve a Real Trial, Too

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.09.2014 | Home
Daphne Eviatar

Accused terrorists are tried all the time in U.S. federal courts with little extra burden on security officers and without incident. Only in the case of the five alleged perpetrators of the September 11 attacks did the plan cause such an uproar that their case was moved to another country.

Guantanamo Prison Commander Previously Ran U.S. Detention in Somalia

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.17.2014 | Home
Daphne Eviatar

When Col. John Bogdan took the witness stand at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he'd been called to testify about the strict limits he's imposed on defense attorneys' visits with their death penalty clients. The attorneys representing the defendants accused of masterminding the 9/11 terrorist attacks claim his rules make their jobs unreasonably onerous.

Give Us Our Day in Federal Court

Donna Marsh O'Connor | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Donna Marsh O'Connor

As a 9/11 family member who paid dearly when my daughter went to work, I am hoping that this time, in my home city, the rule of law prevails. I hope this time, my fellow Americans give me and other 9/11 families our day in court.

U.S. Could Eavesdrop On 9/11 Plotters' Conversations

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.14.2013 | Home

The US government was capable of eavesdropping on whispered conversations between the suspected plotters of 9/11 and their lawyers in court at Guantan...

Testimony Confirms Microphones in 9/11 Courtroom Could Capture Confidential Conversations

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.14.2013 | Home
Daphne Eviatar

Testimony from the special 9/11 courtroom at Guantanamo Bay this morning confirmed what defense lawyers have been complaining about for weeks now: The microphones in the courtroom are sensitive enough to pick up lawyers' conversations with their clients.

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Judge Eliminates Secret Censor | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The military judge handling the trial of five detainees charged in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks ordered the gove...

Judge Maintains Shroud Of Secrecy On 9/11 Trials

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2013 | Home

By Jane Sutton MIAMI, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. military judge overseeing the Guantanamo prosecution of five alleged conspirators in...

Rats, Mold Won't Delay Beginning Of KSM 9/11 Hearing

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2012 | Home

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba, Oct 15 (Reuters) - U .S. attempts to move forward in the trial of five Guantanamo...

11 Years After 9/11, It's Time to End the War on Terror

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.11.2012 | Home
Daphne Eviatar

Today marks 11 years since terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. It was the worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil, and it changed completely the way the U.S. government responds to terrorist threats. In some ways, that's a good thing. After all, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies were so disjointed and poorly managed that they missed clear warnings that could have prevented the deaths of more than 3,000 people. It was important to fix that. But fixing the real problem isn't how things happen in politics. Much of that response to the 9/11 attacks wasn't only unnecessary, it was downright destructive. Spending trillions on secret wars, secret trials, offshore prisons and forever prisoners? There's no future in that.

"Reformed" Gitmo Military Commissions Don't Live Up to the Hype

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.23.2012 | Home
Daphne Eviatar

No matter how honorable each of those U.S. servicemembers are, the fact remains: the deck is, or at least appears to be, stacked high against the defendants. And that affects the legitimacy of not only the ultimate outcome of the case, but of every judicial ruling before and during the trial.

Justice on Trial

Andrea Prasow | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Andrea Prasow

The U.S. cannot un-torture Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. It cannot redo the detention of these men in a way that is humane and just. There is, however, the chance to ensure that the court in which they are judged is not a further perversion of the values Americans claim to hold dear.

Everyone Loses In a 9/11 Show Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

When even the former chief prosecutor opposes a trial in the military commissions he headed, there's something seriously wrong. Since their creation...

The Upcoming 9/11 Trial Isn't About Money But Elusive Justice

Perry Binder | Posted 10.11.2011 | New York
Perry Binder

While Judge Hellerstein has looked after the financial interest of the victims' families it's not always about the money. I believe he dreads sifting through these documents and being held accountable for his ruling.

Ghailani Verdict a Victory for American Justice

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

There's been a lot of debate about the recent verdict in the Ahmed Ghailani case, including criticism that federal courts are not capable of prosecuti...

Bloomberg: Make A Decision On 9/11 Trial Already!

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK (Associated Press) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he wishes the Obama administration would make a decision about where to hold...

Dems Urge Holder to Stay Strong on 9/11 Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee today urged AG Eric Holder to stick to his initial determination that the alleged 9/11 plotters should be tried in civilian court, and not bow to partisan politics on what should be a legal determination.

Guantanamo Military Commissions Stymied Again

Andrea Prasow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Prasow

Nearing the eighth anniversary of his detention, Noor sat silently and without protest as the military commission judge announced that his trial would not begin until early 2011.

Sam Stein

9/11 Mother Demands Obama Try Terrorist Plotters In Civilian Court (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A group of more than 200 family members of 9/11 victims has released an emotional new web video imploring the Obama administration to remain true to i...

Osama Bin Laden: Is He Out Of Touch? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Al Qaeda figurehead Osama bin Laden seeks to sway the US trial of former lieutenant Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a new tape threatening to kill any Ameri...

March Madness Strikes the Terror Debates

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Lindsey Graham's effort to get the administration to abandon legitimate federal court trials for suspected terrorists in exchange for the funding needed to close Guantanamo Bay is headed nowhere fast.

Lindsey Graham's Third Strike?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

A sharp rebuke from the Supreme Court has not stopped Lindsey Graham from now attempting a third time to broker yet another deal to deny detainees the right to civilian court review.

Caving on the 9/11 Trial Would Send All the Wrong Messages

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama's advisors are planning to recommend that the administration reverse its decision to try the September 11 suspects in federal court. That would be astonishingly bad politics.