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Military Commissions

From Guantanamo to Accountability and Beyond

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

President-elect Obama made known his intention to close the Guantanamo detention facility. The projected closure raises a plethora of issues.

Marching Toward Justice on the 217th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

When our nation's founders ratified the Bill of Rights 217 years ago today, they knew that justice could not be served in secret, and that punishment doled out in the shadows inexorably leads to illegitimacy.

An Insider's View Of Gitmo This Week

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

I just stepped off an airplane from Gitmo last night and thought it would be a good time to offer an insider's take on what really happened down there this week.

What President-Elect Obama Must Do Once He Closes Gitmo

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

2008-12-09-greenwaldvid.jpgWatch the testimonies from those who have prosecuted and defended the Guantanamo prisoners, and see why we cannot continue to deprive them of their fundamental rights.

Is The 9/11 Trial Confession An Al-Qaeda Propaganda Coup?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

I can only wonder if Mohammed have decided that their best hope for advancing al-Qaeda's cause lies in trying to secure a conviction in the tainted Military Commissions before Obama can dismantle them.

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.

Obama: Close Gitmo On Day One -- You Can Do It. We've Got Your Back.

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

Our top issue -- closing down Gitmo and shutting down the military commissions -- can be done as soon as he lifts his left hand, picks up the new presidential pen and signs an executive order.

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 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.

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...

New Evidence of Systemic Bias in Guantanamo Trials

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files, continues his analysis of the corrupt command structure of the Military Commissions at Guantánamo,...

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.

Is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Running the 9/11 Trials?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

It could all have been so different. Between September 2002 and April 2003, the five defendants in the forthcoming 9/11 trial at Guantánamo -- Khalid...

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.

British Court Rules Against UK and US in Case of Guantanamo Torture Victim Binyam Mohamed

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

In the lawless world of Guantánamo -- and the United States' even murkier network of secret prisons run by or on behalf of the CIA -- it has taken si...

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...

The Hamdan Military Commission Trial: A Post-Mortem

Shayana Kadidal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shayana Kadidal

Hamdan's trial violated two of the most fundamental principles of the criminal justice systems of all civilized nations: the prohibition on the use of coerced evidence, and the prohibition on retroactive criminal laws.

Salim Hamdan's Sentence Signals the End of Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Until now, the administration has maintained it has the right to hold "enemy combatants" without charge until the end of hostilities. A sentence has now ended that open-ended policy.

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.

Can It Gitmo Bad Than This?

Gabor Rona | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabor Rona

In the surreal world of Guantanamo's military commissions, the government spares no expense and effort to control every movement in order to mimic, but avoid true operation of, the rule of law.