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Terror on Trial: What 9/11 Families Learned in Court

Phil Hirschkorn | Posted 06.03.2014 | Crime
Phil Hirschkorn

During the trial of al Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith that ended last week, a special group spectators went largely unnoticed. "This man is evil from his head down to his toes," said Rosemary Cain, one of half a dozen 9/11 family members who attended part of the three-week trial.

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?

Michael McAuliff

Gitmo Military Commissions Shaky After Bin Laden Driver Is Cleared | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court decision to overturn the conviction of Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's driver, may vastly complicate trials for ...

Ten Years After 9/11: Congress Is Still Terrified and We Are No Safer

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

If you think Congress' handling of the debt ceiling crisis was a catastrophe, take a closer look at how lawmakers are responding to the terrorism threat.

Film Review: The Oath

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

Watching The Oath last night, I suddenly remembered a forgotten Marine companion from 42 years ago.

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.

Why We Need the Guantanamo Lawyers

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Larner

Without the rule of law, without fair trials even for the despised, there is nothing else that can be called civilization, nothing else that civilized people can live, fight, or die for.

9/11 Trial At Guantanamo Delayed Again: Can We Have Federal Court Trials Now, Please?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Scarcely in its history has the United States entertained such a shabby and shamelessly politicized travesty of justice as the Military Commissions.

No Escape From Guantanamo: The Latest Habeas Rulings

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Rulings made by District Court judges in the habeas corpus appeals of prisoners held at Guantánamo seemed to confirm that the courts were uniquely placed to deliver justice to the prisoners.

Predictable Chaos as Guantanamo Trials Resume

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

With no visible progress this was another dismal outing for the Commissions, and another warning for the Obama administration that any kind of revival of the wretched trial system will remain fraught with insoluble problems.

How Cooking For The Taliban Gets You Life In Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andy Worthington

Those of us who prefer justice to arbitrary and unaccountable detention without charge or trial were delighted when, last week, Barack Obama fulfilled...

Seven Years of Guantanamo, Seven Years of Torture and Lies

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andy Worthington

Seven years later, it should be abundantly clear that none of the defenders of Guantanamo who indulged in hysterical rhetoric had any idea what they were talking about.

The Dying Days of the Guantanamo Trials

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andy Worthington

The Military Commissions to try Guantanamo detainees have rarely grabbed the media attention that a novel, flagship program to try "terror suspects" should have attracted.

Alleged Bin Laden Driver Extradited From Guantanamo

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Convicted Guantanamo detainee Salim Hamdan will soon be extradited to his home country of Yemen to serve out the remainder of the five-month term impo...

Bin Laden's Driver To Be Released From Guantanamo; Government Defeated

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Salim Hamdan, who was convicted in a trial by Military Commission at Guantánamo during the summer for providing material support for terrorism, is to be flown out of Guantánamo on Monday.

How Guantanamo Can Be Closed: More Advice for Barack Obama

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Several prominent human rights and legal organizations launched a campaign in Berlin on November 10, aimed at persuading European countries to accept cleared prisoners from Guant�namo.

The Collapse of Omar Khadr's Guantanamo Trial

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The latest news to rock the Commissions is that the trial of Omar Khadr... has been delayed until after the administration leaves office.

The Dark Heart of Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Vandevelt's profound criticisms of a system that imprisons juveniles and suppresses evidence relevant to the defense, is just part of a much darker narrative that has been unfolding for the last 18 months.

Seized at 15, Omar Khadr turns 22 in Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andy Worthington

Today, Omar Khadr, the sole Canadian citizen in Guantánamo, marks his 22nd birthday in isolation. Seized in Afghanistan when he was just 15 years old...

Guantanamo trials: another insignificant Afghan charged

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The Military Commissions at Guantánamo -- the trial system for "War on Terror" prisoners that was established in the wake of the 9/11 attacks -- are ...

Controversy Still Plagues Guantanamo's Military Commissions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Lost in the coverage of Hamdan's trial, which dominated media reports about Guantanamo was the fact that a twenty-third prisoner had been put forward for trial by Military Commission on July 28.

Release Hamdan

Justin Florence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Justin Florence

Mr. Hamdan's sentence, in the Administration's view, will be not that selected by the military, but whatever the president wants. This position is unjust and unwise.

The Media's Response to the Hamdan Trial: Due Process or Dictatorial Sideshow?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andy Worthington

As the Olympics and the war in Georgia threaten to sweep all before them, the significance of the lenient sentence handed down by a military jury to G...

Salim Hamdan's Tribunal and the Strength of the Constitution

Jonathan Mahler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Mahler

Four-and-a-half years ago I profiled Hamdan's newly assigned defense lawyer, a JAG lawyer named Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift -- a gift from the magazine gods.

So They Nabbed The Driver, But Where is OBL?

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamal Dajani

The Bush administration, desperate to show it had made inroads into Bin Laden's terrorist network decided to take a gamble by trying Salim Hamdan. Hamdan, however, is nothing more than a chauffeur.