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Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani

America's Growing Intolerance: How 'Enemy Creep' Is Guantanamo-izing America

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

Just in case you thought political correctness had been thoroughly discredited in the culture wars of the 1990s, it's back -- and this time it's being treated as a stalking horse for terrorism and getting pummeled all over again.

Ghailani Trial and Sentence Affirms US Federal Court System

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

In addition to noting their own pain and anger, victims today praised a federal court judge and the United States justice system for bringing Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani to justice in a public courtroom following a fair trial.

Wrong, Wrong and Right on Federal Courts for Terrorism Cases

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

Gabor Rona International Legal Director There are two distinct camps criticizing the use of federal courts to try terrorism suspects after last week'...

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.

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...

Former Gitmo Prisoner's Case Comes Down to What He Knew and When He Knew It

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

What's most surprising about the Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani case is that, based on the government's opening arguments, it's not clear whether prosecutors have any direct evidence establishing that Ghailani intended to hurt anyone.

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...

Liz Cheney & Co. Have Little Faith in U.S. Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Liz Cheney may be right that excluding a witness derived by torture will make the government's case against Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani more difficult. But in the end, a fair trial will do far more to defeat al Qaeda than will foregoing justice altogether.

Judge: Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Can Be Tried In Civilian Court

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be prosecuted in a civilian court was cleared for trial Tuesday by a judge who said a lengthy in...

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, Guantanamo Detainee: I'll Skip Trial If Strip Searches Continue

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A former Guantanamo Bay detainee described by U.S. authorities as a bomb-making former aide to Osama bin Laden told a judge Thursday ...

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...

Dozens Of Gitmo Cases Sent To U.S. Prosecutors

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

(WASHINGTON - AP) Dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainee cases have been referred to federal prosecutors for possible criminal trials in the nation's capit...

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.

Will US Seek Death Penalty in First Trial of Former Gitmo Detainee?

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

Last month, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani became the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be brought to the United States for trial outside of the military commission system.

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...

Why Trial Date for African Embassy Bombing Suspect Is Good News

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The government will not use any statements made by the suspect in secret prisons, nor will the evidence "be very different" from that used when his alleged co-conspirators were tried by the federal court in 2001.

One Step Closer To Closing Gitmo

The Progress Report | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The Progress Report

David Rivkin warned that because of Obama's actions to close Guantanamo, there will soon be "hundreds of terrorists walking around this country."

Embassy Bombing Widow "Relieved" By Guantanamo Detainee Trial

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Susan Hirsch, a college professor from Donora, Penn., and her husband, a Kenyan citizen named Abdurrahman Abdullah, were running an errand at the U.S....

My Message To Obama: Great Speech, But No Military Commissions and No "Preventive Detention"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Look at the sentence, "Hold[ing] individuals to keep them from carrying out an act of war," replace "an act of war" with "any crime," and you will realize why the proposed policy is so terrifying.

Fact Sheet: The 16 Prisoners Charged in Guantanamo's Military Commissions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

In April, Ibrahim al-Qosi also boycotted his pre-trial hearing, telling the judge, "I do not recognize the justice or the lawfulness of this court,