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Top Prosecutor At Guantanamo Military Commissions To Retire

NPR | DINA TEMPLE-RASTON | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

NPR has learned that the top prosecutor at the Guantanamo Bay military commissions has asked to retire from the military after he finishes his assignm...

How Top Secret America Misfires

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Why has Congress not yet awoken to the fact that since 9-11 we have been sailing into a perfect storm? Here are just some of the turbulent winds blowing and pushing officials in the wrong direction.

Guantánamo Hearings: A Military Bureaucratic Conundrum

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Throughout yesterday's hearing, if there was one thing that the prosecution, defense and judge could agree on, it was that there simply is no law to guide many of the situations that come up.

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.

Guantanamo Death Lawsuit Thrown Out Of Court

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A judge has dealt a setback to the families of two Guantanamo Bay detainees in a lawsuit that alleges former Defense Secretary Dona...

If Military Commissions Are So Great, Why Only 3 in 8 Years?

Nancy Talanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nancy Talanian

To hear the clamor for prosecuting Abdulmutallab, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and his alleged 9/11 co-conspirators by military commission, you might think...

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.

There is No Need for Wretched Un-American Military Commissions

Martin Garbus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Garbus

The real reason Obama is giving in on military commissions because of resistance by local communities to house these defendants.

Who's Running Guantanamo?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

On January 20, the answer to that question seemed obvious. However, on January 29, the Commissions' recently appointed chief judge provided the first challenge to the president's plans.

Obama's Decisive Break with Bush's "War on Terror" Policies

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Obama's new Orders are a bold start, but more detail is required, dangerous loopholes must be shut off permanently, and other parts of the Bush administration's dark legacy need to be swiftly addressed.

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.

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.

A Bright New Day - But What Now, President Obama?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Millions of Americans have proved that they are hungry for change and have elected a president whose very identity bridges a divide in American society.

Life Sentence for Al-Qaeda Propagandist Fails to Justify Guantanamo Trials

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

In any credible court system, the eve-of-election conviction of an associate of Osama bin Laden for producing promotional material for al-Qaeda, which...

An Empty Trial at Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Yesterday, the second trial by Military Commission at Guantánamo -- the second US "war crimes" trial since WWII -- opened not with a bang, and not even with a whimper, but with complete silence.

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.

A Message to Barack Obama: Don't Forget Cheney and Addington

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Obama the presidential candidate has been almost silent on the crimes of the current administration.

Hamdan Case a Joke

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Let's be honest: this case was a joke in the annals of justice and a blotch on America's campaign to prevent future 9/11's.

Folly and Injustice: Salim Hamdan's Guantanamo Trial

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

As with justice, logic is in short supply in the executive's approach to terror suspects, who have been deprived of the protections of the Geneva Conventions to make false confessions.

The Supreme Court's Guantanamo Ruling: What Does It Mean?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Those who cherish historical adherence to the rule of law were delighted to hear that the Supreme Court ruled that prisoners at Guantánamo now have the right to challenge the basis of their detention.

The Loss of Democracy: The Deeper Meaning of McClellan's Revelations of Imperial Deceit & Media Submissiveness

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

The result of the White House spin, and the complicity of the press corp. in it, has been the deaths of more than 4,000 U.S. servicemen and women and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

Nadler Grills The Torture Team With An Eye To Prosecute

Lou Dubose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lou Dubose

The Bush Administration shielded itself from anti-torture laws, but prohibitions on torture aren't so easily circumvented-- they live on the books here and overseas and without statutes of limitation.