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If at First You Don’t Convict, Try, Try Again

A federal appeals court is looking into the legitimacy of “do-overs” for detainee tribunals at Guantanamo Bay. Critics say the practice is unfair because it effectively allows the government to retry cases until it gets the results it wants, but there may not be much the high court can do under current legislation.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


Cleared Detainees Stuck in Gitmo Limbo

Imagine enduring five years of imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay, finally winning your release and then learning you had no place to go. Eighty-two detainees have been cleared for release by the U.S., but remain at the facility, either because their home countries refuse to take them or they would face torture if repatriated. What’s worse, the U.S., Europe and other allies have all but washed their hands of the situation.

Posted on Apr 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Leave Your Morals at the Border

The Supreme Court may not be interested in applying American values to Guantanamo Bay, but at least one soldier has taken a principled stand against the prison’s tortured justice system.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Closing Time for Torture Island

Like a terminally ill animal, the Guantanamo prison is soon to be put to death. It will be an ugly execution, played out against the sophomoric non sequiturs that are the unofficial soundtrack of the war on terror.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Pentagon Releases 9/11 Mastermind’s Confession

The military has released a confession attributed to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the supposed mastermind of 9/11. According to the partially redacted transcript of his secret hearing, Mohammed claimed responsibility for 28 attacks, including 9/11, the Bali bombing, a number of operations that were never carried out and some that were not thought to be closely related to al-Qaida.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Fixing the Torture Around the Policy

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No Judicial Recourse for Detainees

A federal appeals court has upheld the Military Commissions Act, denying Guantanamo detainees access to the U.S. judicial system. Attorneys for the detainees said they would appeal the 2-1 decision, which fell along party lines, to the Supreme Court.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Germany Issues Warrants for CIA Agents

Germany has issued arrest warrants for 13 suspected CIA agents for their roles in the “extraordinary rendition” of Khaled al-Masri. Meanwhile, as public outrage in Europe over the abduction and torture of terror suspects grows more intense, court proceedings in Italy could lead to the indictment of 25 alleged CIA agents.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


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Report: EU Nations Knew of CIA Abductions

A damning report making its way through the European Union Parliament says a number of EU countries knew of CIA abductions and operations in Europe related to the practice of extraordinary rendition, including more than 1,000 covert flights over European airspace. The report also says the UK, Italy and Poland resisted the investigation.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Gitmo Anniversary Inspires Global Protests

Activists from Europe to Kuwait have joined with Cindy Sheehan and others to protest the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where nearly 400 prisoners await their fate.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: An Unhappy Anniversary for Guantanamo

When the first captives were flown from Afghanistan to Guantanamo five years ago, no one knew the military base would eventually be transformed into a symbol of American tyranny and shame.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


CIA Wants to Keep Interrogation Methods Secret

The CIA has argued that allowing detainees to publicly describe interrogation techniques used against them would endanger national security.

Posted on Nov 4, 2006 READ MORE


Bush’s Torture Bill: Worse Than You Think

The interrogation bill headed for Bush’s desk would allow him to detain anyone indefinitely and decide (privately) what constitutes torture; it eliminates habeas corpus and judicial review, and it permits coerced evidence. The N.Y. Times calls it “our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


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Did Scalia Prejudge Guantanamo Case?

Newsweek surfaces unpublicized comments by the Supreme Court justice in which he scoffs at the idea of extending full legal rights to Guantanamo detainees. Problem is: He has yet to judge that case.

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


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From Salon.com

Abu Ghraib Dog Handler Gets Six Months

The 25-year-old soldier terrified Iraqi detainees with his canine—allegedly for amusement. He will be discharged for bad conduct and get a reduction in pay.

Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


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Grim Details Emerge in New Detainee Abuse Scandal

The New York Times uncovers the story of a top-secret detention center in Baghdad where American jailers “used detainees for target practice in a game of jailer paintball.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2006 READ MORE


Amnesty Says Iraq Prison Abuses Continue

Even in the wake of Abu Ghraib, reports of torture in American-run Iraqi prisons continue to “pour out of Iraq,” according to Amnesty International.

Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


Annan Backs Guantanamo Closure

In the wake of a U.N. report condemning the U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the U.N. secretary-general says America must shut down the prison “as soon as possible.” U.S. officials react about as you might expect.
Earlier: Read about the former U.S. interrogator whose book blew the lid off inhumane practices at Gitmo.
Update: From the Jordan Times (via Watching America): “It is immensely sad that the U.S. should end up imitating the worst aspects of the very systems it says it wants to ‘democratize.’”

Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


European MP’s Will Probe CIA Jails Claim

A committee will investigate whether the CIA operated secret prisons in Eastern Europe. | story
Also, documents show that the U.S. Army may have ended some detainee abuse probes prematurely. | story

Posted on Jan 12, 2006 READ MORE


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