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Habeas Corpus

Guantanamo: A Prison Built On Lies

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

It is difficult to see how much of the "evidence" against the Gitmo prisoners can be anything other than a tissue of lies extracted through torture, coercion, bribery and exploitation.

Judge Gladys Kessler Releases Yemeni Detainee, Slams "Mosaic" Of Guantanamo Intelligence And Unreliable Witnesses

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

I am surprised that senior Obama officials seem to have been content to let a Bush-era approach to prosecution survive unchanged.

Obama's First 100 Days: A Start On Guantanamo, But Not Enough

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Just Binyam Mohamed and the Yemeni doctor, Ayman Batarfi have been cleared for release. At this rate, of course, it will take decades to close Guantánamo.

Torturing The Guilty vs. Abusing the Innocent

Steven Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steven Waldman

If there's going to be an investigation, it should be as much about figuring out how someone's innocence became "inconsequential."

Will Obama Prosecute the Captured Somali 'Pirate' in a US Court?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

What would a "pirate" defense actually look like? Remember, some Somalis -- and other international observers -- do not exactly see the "pirates" as being 100% unjustified in their actions.

Justice Extends To Bagram, Guantanamo's Dark Mirror

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Whereas Gitmo prisoners had, over the years, secured habeas corpus rights, none of these privileges had been extended to the prisoners in Bagram.

Bad News, Good News For The Guantanamo Uighurs

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

First, the good news. Adel Abdul Hakim, one of five Uighurs (Muslims from China's oppressed Xinjiang province), who was released from Guantánamo in M...

Shirt of Change

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael DeJong

Obama's brilliant photo of him in a crisp white shirt sans jacket will come to symbolize a new presidential power.

How Cooking For The Taliban Gets You Life In Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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...

Judge Orders Release of Guantanamo's Forgotten Child

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Just two weeks ago, in a habeas corpus case in a Washington D.C. court, Judge Richard Leon turned the clock back to January 11, 2002 (the day Guantán...

Where Has the Time Gone?

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Bush, You had more impact on the country than any other president in my lifetime. One may have to go back to FDR to find a commander in chief that had more influence on the republic.

Freed Bosnian Calls Guantanamo "The Worst Place In The World"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

It remains an appalling indictment of the Bush administration's detention policies that it took nearly seven years for the case of three Bosnian Algerian Guantanamo inmates to be reviewed.

Dick Cheney, Interior Decorator

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

It was, perhaps, a dark and rainy day. Through a clearing in the forest the King's horsemen came upon the menacing silhouette of a distant medieval f...

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.

What a Relief -- America Survives

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

We docked the ship on shore. We're back to normal now. We have re-established the fundamental building blocks of Western civilization -- we have our foundation underneath us.

Just What This Heartsick American Needed: A Republican Beacon for Civil Liberties

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

A Republican almost made me burst into tears. In a good way. Gov. Kean's specifics are a reminder of how much is at stake now and of how bad things have been since 9/11.

U.S. Justice Department drops "dirty bomb plot" allegation against Binyam Mohamed

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

As the Washington Post reported yesterday, the U.S. Justice Department has dropped the key allegation against British resident and Guantánamo prisone...

Game. Set. Match. Obama.

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

McCain's outright mockery of the health and life of the mother as being a legitimate reason for termination was deplorable. How dare he!?

From Guantanamo to the United States? Meet the Uighurs

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

On Tuesday, in an extraordinary and unprecedented ruling in a US District Court, Judge Ricardo Urbina ruled that 17 wrongly imprisoned Chinese Muslims...

Guantanamo: Government Says Six Years Is Not Long Enough To Prepare Evidence

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Imagine after six and a half years of this imprisonment -- in which, unlike convicted criminals on the US mainland, you have never been charged or tried, and have not been allowed a single visit from your loved ones.

Who is Barack Obama? Atticus Finch.

Erik Lundegaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Erik Lundegaard

So who does Barack remind me of? He's a civil rights lawyer who taught Constitutional law and is bringing up two girls the right way. When bullies gather, he stands up for what's right, he stands up for the rule of law, he stands up.

Obama Condemns "Shameless" McCain Campaign (Live from MI)

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Obama was clearly on a tear Monday night. He blasted McCain for outlining economic "polices that are identical to George Bush's" and ridiculed Palin for claiming she is a change agent.

Joe Biden's the Man on Guantanamo, Iraq and the "War on Terror"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Reassuringly, for those who care about the Bush administration's assault on fundamental human rights, Biden has been unstinting in his opposition to the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Verdict In Osama Bin Laden's Driver Trial Reached

AP | MIKE MELIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — The conviction of Osama bin Laden's driver by a U.S. military court after a 10-day trial provides an indicatio...

Guantanamo Prisoners Reportedly Not Told Of Rights

AP | MIKE MELIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — U.S. military prosecutors on Wednesday played an interrogation video that shows a driver for Osama bin Laden d...