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Give Us Our Day in Federal Court

Donna Marsh O'Connor | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Donna Marsh O'Connor

As a 9/11 family member who paid dearly when my daughter went to work, I am hoping that this time, in my home city, the rule of law prevails. I hope this time, my fellow Americans give me and other 9/11 families our day in court.

Hope Dies at Guantánamo

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.21.2012 | World
Marjorie Cohn

The tragic case of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif hit a dead end when the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order refusing to hear his case last week. Latif, a Y...

Guantanamo: Using Religion As A Tool For Torture

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 07.06.2012 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

Speaking to former Guantanamo detainee 727 was like talking to a prisoner of Azkaban, that terrible prison guarded by soul-sucking Dementors from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Thank You Republicans For Guantanamo

Dal LaMagna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dal LaMagna

After creating a tremendous stain on the reputation of our nation, the Republicans are criticizing Obama because he is not fixing their problem fast enough. This is another instance of the arsonists criticizing the fire department.

My Debate with Marc Thiessen

David Frakt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Frakt

The fundamental difference between people like Marc Thiessen and General Hayden and "terrorist sympathizers" like myself is that they seem to feel that detaining dozens of innocent people potentially for decades is acceptable.

Fox Host: Bush & Cheney 'Absolutely Should Have Been Indicted'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Fox News contributor and host of Fox Business' new libertarian show Judge Andrew Napolitano said over the weekend that President Bush and Vice Preside...

Judge Rules Yemeni's Detention at Guantanamo Based Solely on Torture

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

In granting Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman's habeas petition, Judge Kennedy called into question some of the government's evidence that the Yemeni man was detained legally.

More "Congressional Depravity" on Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

By refusing to demonstrate leadership on the issues, Obama has played into the hands of his opponents. The losers are not just the Dems, but the prisoners at GITMO, who now seem more abandoned than at any time since GITMO's first years.

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The House Armed Services Committee turned down the Obama's administration's request for some $350 million intended to close Guantánamo and buy a new prison in Illinois.

The Big Lie About Guantánamo Lawyers

Jonathan Hafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Hafetz

The recent attacks on lawyers who have worked on behalf of Guantánamo detainees have employed the tactic of the "Big Lie"—tha...

Swiss Take Two Guantanamo Uighurs, Solve Obama's Problem

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Obama is fortunate to have such kind allies, but he himself is the loser, the longer he refuses to tackle those who insist, in the face of overwhelming evidence, that everyone who was held at Guantánamo was a "terrorist."

75 Guantanamo Prisoners Cleared for Release; 31 Could Leave Today

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

If the rationale for not releasing the Yemenis from Guantánamo was extended to the U.S. prison system, no prisoner would ever be released at the end of their sentence, because prison "might have radicalized" them.

Justice at Last? Guantanamo Uighurs Ask Supreme Court for Release Into U.S.

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

In briefs, the battle lines have been drawn. On the one hand is the government, endorsing Bush-era policies. And for the Uighurs, there is a Boston-based attorney and his team.

Judge Orders Release from Guantanamo of Unwilling Yemeni Recruit

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The administration's reluctance to release Yemenis is based on the fear that detainees who were actually harmless in 2002 may have since actually been radicalized by their stay at Guantanamo.

Lawyer Blasts "Congressional Depravity" on Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Lt. Col. David Frakt said Congress is still behaving unconstitutionally with regard to the right of the Executive branch and the Judiciary to order the release of prisoners from Guantanamo.

"Model Prisoner" at Guantanamo, Tortured in the "Dark Prison," Loses Habeas Corpus Petition

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Al-Madhwani joins eight other prisoners in a legal netherworld, no longer regarded as "enemy combatants" by the administration, but still detained indefinitely as though they were.

A Truly Shocking Guantanamo Story: Judge Confirms That an Innocent Man Was Tortured to Make False Confessions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The U.S. government tortured an innocent man to extract false confessions and then threatened him until he obligingly repeated those lies as though they were the truth.

Judge Orders Release From Guantanamo of Kuwaiti Who Met Bin Laden

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Following Judge Kollar-Kotelly's ruling, the DOJ did not indicate whether it will appeal the decision, but I sincerely hope that the government follows the judge's advice and repatriates al-Rabia.

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.

A Plea to Barack Obama from the Guantanamo Uighurs

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Four months ago, 17 unjustly detained prisoners wrote a letter to Obama asking for their release. The government censors have only just cleared it and I have reprinted it here.

Guantanamo As Hotel California: You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Prisoners who do not face ill-treatment on return to their homelands are still held, no matter how many times their release is approved by various representatives of the U.S. government.

As Judge Orders Release of Tortured Guantanamo Prisoner, Government Refuses to Concede Defeat

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

I still have no firm idea why Obama and Holder have allowed the Justice Department to pursue unjustifiable and unwinnable habeas cases, resulting in humiliation after humiliation.

Despite Leeway, Government Faring Poorly In Gitmo Suits

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the Obama administration and Congress try to forge a legal framework for detaining suspected terrorists, they might want to take a close look at wh...

Detainees in Wonderland

Elizabeth Goitein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Goitein

If the government intends to incarcerate suspected criminals regardless of the verdict, then the trial is just a show. As the Queen of Hearts said in Alice in Wonderland: "Sentence first -- verdict afterwards."

Former Insider Shatters Credibility of Military Commissions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Lt. Col. Vandeveld said, "I simply could not in good conscience continue to work for an ad-hoc, hastily created apparatus whose evident resort to expediency and ethical compromise were so contrary to my own."