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Military Commissions

Does the Accused USS Cole Bomber Have a Right to Hear Evidence of his Own Torture?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Does an accused man have the right to hear classified evidence he already knows, when it's directly relevant to whether he'll be put to death? Not in a U.S. military commission, according to the government.

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Prosecution Plans Scaled Back By Obama Administration

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration probably will bring military commissions charges against about half of the 36 detainees it originally said coul...

Alleged Cole Bombing Mastermind Scheduled to Appear in Court -- 13 Years Later

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The alleged mastermind of that attack, a 48-year-old Saudi Arabian named Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, still has not been brought to justice. Yet the U.S. government has held him in custody for over a decade.

Terror Suspect Begs to Be Sent to Guantanamo to be Tried as "A Warrior"

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The case of "Spin Ghul" was perhaps the first time a criminal defendant in a U.S. court begged a federal judge to send him to Guantanamo. While unusual, it wasn't all that surprising.

Federal Courts Should be Venue of Choice to Prosecute Terrorists Captured in U.S.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Holding American citizens who have been arrested on U.S. soil in indefinite military detention is absolutely incompatible with our values. I believe military detention is not only unconstitutional, but has also proven ineffective at achieving justice and gaining intelligence.

Ryan J. Reilly

Military Finally Declassifies Motion On Gitmo Detainees' Thoughts

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military has finally declassified a year-old legal motion by lawyers for Guantanamo detainees that sought to declassify their c...

DOD: Prosecutors Didn't See Guantanamo Defense Emails

Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Ryan J. Reilly

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department is denying that military prosecutors saw privileged emails belonging to defense attorneys representing Guantanamo...

Guantanamo 'Spying' Threatens Military Commissions, New Report Claims

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military has made it impossible for lawyers and their clients at Guantanamo Bay to have confidence that their communications we...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Political Stalemate Is 'Untenable,' Red Cross Says After Obama Meeting

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday he believed President Barack Obama remained committed to shu...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama's Guantanamo Is Never Going To Close, So Everyone Might As Well Get Comfortable

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- In late January, shortly after President Barack Obama began his second term, Navy Cmdr. Walter Ruiz stood inside an...

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

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
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.

Lawyers Say Gitmo Audio Feed Can Capture Confidential Attorney-Client Communications

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators still isn't anywhere near getting off the ground as the lawyers and judge are repeatedly stymied by the novelties of a high-security courtroom built on the remote U.S. military base in Cuba especially for this case.

9/11 Military Commission: More Tragedy Than Farce

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It would almost be funny if it weren't so sad. Four days of military commission hearings at Guantanamo Bay this past week yielded little more than confusion about the law and heightened suspicion of the U.S. government.

Defense Seeks Suspension of 9/11 Hearings Due to Fears of Government Eavesdropping

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's lawyer on Thursday morning asked the military commission judge presiding over the trial of the five accused masterminds of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to halt all court proceedings until the court could determine who might be listening in on defense lawyers' conversations.

Defense Lawyers Want Access to Secret Gitmo Prison Camp

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Should defense lawyers in the September 11 terrorism case be allowed to visit the secret camp where their clients are imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay? And if so, how much access to the prison is enough?

Not Only Does 9/11 Trial Have a Censor, But No One Can Know Who It Is (UPDATED)

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

A military commission judge's attempt to explain this morning why the 9/11 pre-trial hearing being held at Guantanamo Bay was briefly blacked out from observers yesterday has only caused more confusion.

Secrecy Continues to Dominate 9/11 Hearings

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It was another chaotic day at the Guantanamo military commissions. When Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's lawyer started talking this afternoon about his request for information pertaining to his client's case, someone -- it's not clear who -- hit the censor button.

Military Commission Judge Rules Against Transparency in 9/11 Case

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.11.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Last week, Col. James Pohl, the military judge presiding over the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the five other men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, quietly issued a ruling ensuring the public won't learn any information about the men's torture at the hands of the U.S.

Does the US Constitution Apply to the 9/11 Trial? Maybe

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.18.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Today, lawyers for the five alleged co-conspirators in the September 11th terrorist attacks asked the judge to please let them know: Are we operating under a Constitutional framework here or not? Exactly what Constitutional rights do our clients have?

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Speaks

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

In an unexpected twist to the September 11 hearings at Guantanamo today, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the massive 2001 terrorist attacks, today spoke out to admonish the judge and lawyers in the military commissions.

Battles Over Government Secrecy Dominate 9/11 Hearings

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The definition and use of classified information, and the public's right to hear it, is proving to be one of the most important issues arising in pre-trial hearings in this historic September 11th terrorism prosecution.

Hamdan 2, USA 0

Gavin Magrath | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Gavin Magrath

The United States Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit released its decision Tuesday in the case of Hamdan v. United States, overturning Hamdan's conviction by the Guantanamo military commission. But what does the decision mean?

Defendants Can Wear Camouflage to Court, Just Not a US Military Uniform

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.16.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

As a long row of camouflage-clad U.S. soldiers lined the courtroom wall, lawyers for the five September 11 defendants argued this morning that their clients should also be allowed to wear camouflage or other military-style clothing in the courtroom if they wanted to.

Judge Bans the T-Word in 9/11 Hearing

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.15.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It didn't take long for the word "torture" to rear its ugly head in the September 11th terrorism case, as pre-trial hearings began today with a slew of procedural issues.

Transparency, Torture and Rats: The 9/11 Hearings Resume

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.14.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Starting Monday, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four alleged September 11 co-conspirators are scheduled to appear in a Guantanamo Bay courtroom for hearings on a slew of key questions related to their upcoming trial -- again.