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Judge in 9/11 Case Denies Accused's Request to Fire His Lawyer

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

An Army judge at Guantanamo Bay on Thursday refused to allow one of the five defendants charged with orchestrating the 9/11 attacks to dismiss his lead lawyer, ruling the accused hadn't shown the necessary "good cause" to do so.

Confusing Commission Rules Continue to Hamper 9/11 Case

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The hearing ensued in confusion, as the attorneys and judge argued over what the law is, who's required to explain it to the defendant and how bin Attash can inform the judge why he wants a new lawyer. Underlying the entire discussion was a sense that no one in the room knows all the relevant facts.

Inchworm Week At Slowmo Guantanamo

Brian Dooley | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Brian Dooley

It's been an action packed week in Guantanamo's court, said a leading defense lawyer today without irony - even though there have only been a total of about five hours of public sessions this whole week in the case of the September 11 attacks, which took place 14 years ago.

Who Needs to Know at Guantanamo

Brian Dooley | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Brian Dooley

Today's holdups were about who needs to know what. The prosecution team represents the government and gets to decide what classified information related to the case it shares with the defense teams and even with the judge.

Guantanamo -- Washington's Expensive Mistake

Brian Dooley | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Brian Dooley

We've all spent money on things we shouldn't have. As a teen, I blew my Saturday job earnings on a stud earring I thought would make me irresistible. A few weeks ago my brother-in-law impulse-bought a kilt. But the richer you are, the more spectacular the mistake you can make.

Guantanamo September 11 Detainee Suggests Becoming His Own Lawyer

Brian Dooley | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Brian Dooley

Dominating the Guantanamo war court today was yesterday's suggestion by Walid Bin Attash that he represent himself. He's accused of organizing an Al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan where two of the September 11, 2001 hijackers trained, and is being charged with murder.

Smiles Jar in Guantanamo Court Drama

Brian Dooley | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

The judge swings gently on his high-backed black chair and orders a recess. We eventually reconvene over an hour later and the issue is about what sort of conditions Bin Attash can expect if he defends himself: Will he have access to a law library and other material? Will he be able to call lawyers for advice? This all seems unlikely given his current lack of access to his attorneys.

Conversation With Court Sketch Artist Janet Hamlin

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.01.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

I met Janet Hamlin while freelancing on a TV show earlier this year. We both work as scenic artists and when I learned she is also a court sketch arti...

Stalled 9/11 Case Is Another Reason to Close Guantanamo

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.14.2015 | 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 | World
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.

9/11 Defendants Claim Military Commission Translator Assisted CIA Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

It didn't take long for the Guantanamo military commission in the 9/11 case to stumble again -- this time when two of the accused co-conspirators said they recognized a translator in the courtroom from their time in a CIA black site.

The Real Dick Cheney "Meet the Press" Interview...

Andy Ostroy | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Below is the original version of the Meet the Press interview before Cheney's people threatened Todd with a very cold, wet death if he didn't destroy it and re-interview him. Thankfully, Kim Jong-un's hackers were able to locate the original and make it public.

Guantanamo Hearing For Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Canceled After Release Of Torture Report

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics

(Adds quotes, details, byline) By Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Monday canceled a pr...

After Torture Report, Rights of Victims and Accountability for Perpetrators Must Not Be Denied

David Tolbert | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
David Tolbert

How can it be that the US, which so prides itself on its traditions of respect for the rule of law and human rights, simply turn a blind eye on this deep stain on its record without the resonance of hypocrisy? How can it revive its moral credibility?

The Tortured Logic of Bush and Cheney

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

With torture we get the worst of both worlds: We gather no useful intelligence and we undermine our reputation as a democratic government of principles.

Kate Sheppard

The Inside Story Of How The CIA Actually Caught The 9/11 Mastermind, But Nearly Didn't | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Buried in the 500-page Senate report on the Bush administration's CIA torture program, made public for the first time on Tuesday, is a d...

Secret Order Cancels Guantanamo Hearing On FBI Spying -- Government 'Transparency' In Action

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

I really hope family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks weren't planning on attending the hearings scheduled at Guantanamo Bay this week. It would be completely demoralizing to someone who suffered personally from the heinous mass murders that took place 13 years ago to find that once again, all efforts to bring the five alleged perpetrators to justice had stalled, and once again, no one's allowed to know why.

Friday Talking Points -- Eric Holder's Record

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news that Attorney General Eric Holder would be stepping down sent a shockwave through Washington. On the whole, was his term worth praising or condemning? We have to say that "both" is the only real answer to that question.

FBI Infiltration Of 9/11 Defense Continues To Delay Guantanamo Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.14.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Four months after defense lawyers first told a Guantanamo military commission that they'd learned the FBI was spying on their colleagues, it remains unclear who or what the FBI was investigating. What is clear is that it will continue to delay progress in the case of the five men accused of masterminding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Judge Puts 9/11 Case Back Together Again

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.13.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

After unexpectedly deciding to split the 9/11 case into two trials last month, a military commission judge reversed himself and decided on Wednesday to put the severed case back together again. At least for now.

The FBI's Secret Investigation of the 9/11 Defense Teams: The Mystery Continues, and Could Compromise the Case

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

As James Harrington, lawyer for Ramzi bin al Shibh, told the court on Monday: "We now have to represent to our client that we had a spy within our team for a number of months. We don't know what activities that spy did." Will Harrington's client ever trust his defense team again? Should he? And if he can't, can he ever truly receive a fair defense?

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Not Investigating Publication Of 9/11 Mastermind's Letter | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The FBI is not investigating how The Huffington Post obtained a copy of a 36-page letter written by Sept. 11 terror mastermind Khalid Sh...

Ryan J. Reilly

Army Drives 9/11 Mastermind's Lawyer To Sacrifice His Military Career | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A military lawyer representing the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is resigning from the U.S. Army, which was trying to for...

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Infiltration Of Gitmo Defense Team Tosses 9/11 Trial Into Disarray | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics

FORT MEADE, Md. -- An FBI investigation into the legal team representing Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed further delayed the military trial...

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI's Probe Of Guantanamo Defense Team Stalls 9/11 Trial | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

FORT MEADE, Md. -- The FBI's alleged attempt to investigate members of the legal defense teams continued to derail the trial of five accused Sept. 11 ...