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Ahmed Ghailani

9/11 Families Deserve a Real Trial, Too

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
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.

Washing Blood with Blood

C. Dixon Osburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
C. Dixon Osburn

America must end the Guantanamo boondoggle. That means bringing to justice now those charged with crimes, sending home those who have been cleared, and ensuring that there is no one held without charge or transfer.

Ghailani Trial Gets It Right

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Eaton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul Eaton

By trying Ghailani in civilian courts, he was treated as the criminal that he is, not as a soldier. His sentencing represents both a practical and moral victory for justice, fundamental rights and the rule of law.

Watch Cheney and Co. Respond to the Ghailani Sentence

Sharon Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sharon Kelly

A fair trial led to a stiff sentence, leaving the fear-mongers dumb. The folks in the Obama Administration should keep that in mind when they decide where to try KSM.

Gitmo Detainee Gets Life Sentence For Embassy Plot

AP | TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW YORK — The first, and possibly the last, Guantanamo detainee to have a U.S. civilian trial was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for his r...

Ghailani Life Sentence Shows Up Military Commission Fans

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

Raha Wala Georgetown Fellow, Law and Security Proponents of trying individuals in military commissions are all but declaring victory after the Obama ...

Judge Appears Skeptical of Former Gitmo Prisoner's Appeal

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Although Ahmed Ghailani's lawyer today made a valiant effort to argue that his client's conviction in November should be reversed, he will have an uphill battle convincing a very skeptical federal judge.

Ahmed Ghailani, Guantanamo Bay Detainee, Acquitted Of All But 1 Charge In New York

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW YORK — The first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial was acquitted Wednesday of all but one of the hundreds of charges he helped un...

Pundits Punch and Congress Cowers: Bill Bans All Gitmo Prisoner Transfers for Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

It would almost be funny that lawmakers give more credit to the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Liz Cheney and alarmist Fox News anchors than to their own retired senior military leaders -- but only if the consequences weren't so serious.

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...

Post Ghailani Verdict, Federal Trials Still Make Sense

Kenneth Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth Roth

Many critics have pounced on the recent verdict against Ahmed Ghailani as a blow to the Obama administration's plans to prosecute the 9/11 defendants in civilian court. They have it wrong. The facts show that the administration is on the right track.

Indefinite Detention Would Harm, Not Help, National Security

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Even if one believes that national security trumps all, the failure to provide a fair trial to suspected terrorists will ultimately do far more harm to U.S. national security than it will do good.

Guilty Until Proven Guilty: Threatening the Presumption of Innocence

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

The stunning acquittal of Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani on all but one of 284 counts was the first time a jury had not been cowed by the notion that to be accused of terrorism is tantamount to being guilty.

Ahmed Ghailani Verdict Makes the Case for Federal Courts

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The Ghailani case is significant because it's been viewed as a test of whether the civilian court system can handle the cases of another 35 Guantanamo Bay detainees slated for trial. I'd say that it just passed that test with flying colors.

Ghailani Summation Highlights Huge Contrasts with Gitmo Prosecutions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

I've been struck by the contrasts between two ongoing proceedings: The orderliness, professionalism and fairness of the federal court proceedings, and the confusion, uncertainty and inequity that cloud the military commissions.

Terrorist Trial on Trial

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

He didn't commit a crime. He committed an act of war against the United States of America. So why did the U.S. Justice Department decide to put him...

Criticism of Federal Courts for Terrorism Trials Once Again Falls Flat

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The military is simply not in a position to conduct the sort of complex criminal investigations that are the FBI's specialty. Soldiers are trained to fight battles in a war zone; the FBI is trained to collect, preserve and analyze evidence in a crime scene.

Former Gitmo Prisoner's Trial Continues, as Child Soldier's is Postponed

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

U.S. military prosecutors in Cuba are reportedly scrambling to get Omar Khadr, the alleged child soldier on trial for war crimes at Gitmo, to plead guilty to murder.

Guantanamo Detainee Trial Opens In N.Y. Court

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — A man accused of helping to build a truck bomb used in a 1998 terror attack on a U.S. embassy was a member of an al-Qaida cell that w...

Detention Without Charge or Trial: A "Solution" that Only Compounds the Problem

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

By Gabor Rona, International Legal Director In the last few days we've seen several knee jerk "I told you so" reactions to the recent decision of a f...

With Times Square Bomber Sentenced to Life, Ghailani Trial Gets Started

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Daphne Eviatar

The alleged torture of Ghailani in a secret CIA prison hangs heavy over this case -- as it will every other one where detainees were subjected to the so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani Trial: Judge Says Torture No Grounds To Dismiss Indictment

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A Guantanamo Bay detainee brought to the United States for trial on charges he helped the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa whi...

U.S. Agrees To Preserve Secret Jails Where Detainee Was Allegedly Tortured

nytimes.com | BENJAMIN WEISER and SCOTT SHANE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The government will agree to preserve the secret overseas sites where a defendant in a terror case was once held and, his lawyers say, subjected to ha...

Gitmo Terror Suspect Held In Manhattan

New York Daily News | James Gordon Meek and Larry Mcshane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Terrorist Ahmed Ghailani, who was transferred from Guantanamo Bay to a New York City lockup Tuesday, is being held in a restricted area for National S...

Ahmed Ghailani: First Gitmo Detainee Arrives In U.S.

AP | TOM HAYS and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — Under heavy guard, a Guantanamo Bay detainee walked into a civilian U.S. courtroom for the first time Tuesday, underscoring the Obama...