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Clandestine FBI Inquiry Rattles 9/11 Tribunals

A visit by FBI agents to a member of the team defending one of the men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks is a reminder that, “no matter how much the proceedings” at Guantanamo Bay “resemble a familiar American trial, the invisible hand of the United States government is at work there in ways unlike anything seen in typical courtrooms.”

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The Manifesto and New Morality of the 9/11 Mastermind

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the mastermind of 9/11, has released a new manifesto and allegedly come into a new way of thinking and believing.

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Obama Signs NDAA, Maintaining Indefinite Detention Provision

In an odd juxtaposition, Obama signed the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday while criticizing Congress for abridging the constitutional separation of powers, yet is unconcerned about the violation of individual constitutional rights contained in the law.

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AP/Kin Cheung

Shooting the Messenger

The misguided attempts to justify Edward Snowden’s leaks by casting aspersions on those of Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks and Hammond play into the hands of the security and surveillance state.

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AP/Patrick Semansky

Bradley Manning and the Gangster State

The soldier’s 35-year sentence means the end of the rule of law. It terminates the ability of the press and the public to hold power accountable. And it presages the rise of a government under which the just will become criminals.

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AP/Brennan Linsley

California Prison Hunger Strike Raises Issue of Force-Feeding on U.S. Soil

As lawmakers call for an end to the force-feeding of Guantanamo detainees, the California strike serves as a reminder: Inmates in this country can ultimately be given the same treatment.

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Our National Symbol

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Obama’s Guantanamo

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Drones and Gitmo

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AP/Brennan Linsley, File

It’s Time to Support Guantanamo Detainees

Last Friday marked the 100th day of the detainees’ hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. I am not a Guantanamo detainee, but I too began a water-only hunger fast.

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Hunger Strike in Guantanamo

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Obama and Guantanamo

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Guantanamo Dinnertime

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Gitmo Situation

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Abode of Chaos

Drone Killings Used as Alternative to Prison, Attorney Says

The lawyer who authored the White House policy on lethal drone strikes has accused the Obama administration of using them when it didn’t want to capture prisoners who would otherwise go to Guantanamo Bay.

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Yearning to Breathe Free

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AP/Ricardo Mazalan

Obama Says Guantanamo Prison ‘Hurts Us’

The president failed the first time he promised to close America’s island gulag, but heading into the fourth month of a hunger strike by prisoners there, Obama renewed his commitment Tuesday to shuttering the facility.

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Gitmo Hunger Strike

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AP/Brennan Linsley, File

‘Gitmo Is Killing Me’: Detainee Gives Chilling Account of Hunger Strike

“I’ve been detained at Guantanamo for 11 years and three months,” Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel says. “I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE



The Terror Courts

The details about the courts at Guantanamo Bay have remained sketchy. Until now, as a new book explains how a small group of Bush-era political appointees developed a parallel justice system designed to ensure a specific outcome.

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Shadow Lives

In the last decade, I didn’t travel to distant refugee camps in Pakistan or destroyed villages in Afghanistan to see my government’s war against Islam. I stayed in Great Britain, where by a series of chance events, I found myself inside it, spending time with families transformed into enemies.

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The Newest Phenomenon in Israeli Politics

Naftali Bennett, a “forty-year-old settlement leader, software entrepreneur, and ex-Army commando,” is the face of Israel’s new religious right, and he’s ready to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a run for his money; a woman stole a train in Sweden and crashed it into an apartment building; meanwhile, although Jodie Foster’s coming out speech certainly made a statement, some LGBT activists argue she should have done so sooner. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Controversial 2013 NDAA Now Law, Biden’s Awkward Swearing-In Jokes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the start of the 113th Congress, the GOP continues its war against women and two more states weigh legalizing gay marriage.

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New Trial in the Works for KSM

Remember the name Khalid Sheik Mohammed? KSM, as he became known in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is still accused of masterminding those attacks a decade later and is still being detained at Guantanamo Bay, but Wednesday brought news of movement in his case.

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AP / Rahmat Gul

Taliban Talks Come to a Halt in Afghanistan

Pointing to “the shaky, erratic and vague standpoint of the Americans” as one key reason for their decision, Taliban leaders in Afghanistan put the kibosh on plans to meet with U.S. envoys, releasing a statement on Thursday explaining the change of plans.

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Guantanamo at 10: The Prisoner and the Prosecutor

Ten years ago, Omar Deghayes and Morris Davis would have struck anyone as an odd pair. While they have never met, they now share a profound connection, cemented through their time at the notorious U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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AP / Brennan Linsley

A Decade of Guantanamo

The indefinite detention center that has undermined American justice since the first prisoners arrived from Afghanistan 10 years ago Wednesday is still open for business in Cuba. (more)

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The Gitmo Price Tag

The Obama administration puts the cost of holding each of Guantanamo’s 171 prisoners at about $800,000 per year, or a total of $136 million taken from taxpayers’ pockets annually. That’s more than 30 times what it costs to keep an individual captive on U.S. soil. (more)

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‘Democracy Now!’: Psychologist Accused of Torture in Guantanamo Interrogations

Amy Goodman reports on Dr. John Leso, a psychologist who allegedly participated in the torture (or “harsh interrogation,” his defenders might say) of Guantanamo detainees and now faces trial in New York.

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Obama Punts on Guantanamo

Military trials will resume at America’s notorious island gulag. The president failed during the last two years to shut down the detention facility, which he says helps America’s enemies recruit, and move trials to the civilian justice system. (more)

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AP / Geo TV

Life Sentence for Embassy Bomber

He is the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in America’s civilian courts, and on Tuesday a U.S. district judge sentenced 36-year-old Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani to life in prison without parole for plotting attacks on two U.S. embassies in Africa.

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AP / Sang Tan

Report: Assange Worried About Rendition

One of the reasons that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his legal team are fighting his extradition to Sweden, where he stands accused of sexual misconduct, is that he is concerned about winding up in the U.S., or at Guantanamo Bay ...

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‘Daily Show’: Now About That Whole Presidential Power Thing

Barack Obama talked big, back in his campaigning days, about doing things a little differently from Bush II were he to succeed W. in the White House. Many of these changes had to do with how he planned to wield executive power.

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Mohamed
AP / Sang Tan

Britain Reveals ‘Inhuman’ Treatment of U.S. Prisoner

Against the wishes of the U.S. government, British authorities released information Wednesday about the “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment of former Guantá namo Bay prisoner Binyam Mohamed. The abuse allegedly took place in 2002 in Pakistan, following Mohamed’s capture and prior to his internment at Gitmo.

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Guantanamo
AP / Brennan Linsley, pool

A Closer Look at the Guantánamo ‘Suicides’

On June 9, 2006, three inmates at the U.S. military’s prison camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba—37-year-old Yemeni Salah Ahmed Al-Salami and two Saudis, 30-year-old Mani Shaman Al-Utaybi and 22-year-old Yasser Talal Al-Zahrani—died, supposedly by hanging themselves in their cells. However, the official account has now been challenged. ... (continued)

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Guantanamo reunion
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Gitmo Guard Reunites With Ex-Inmates via Facebook

Six years after their release from the Guantánamo Bay prison, former inmates and British citizens Ruhal Ahmed and Shafiq Rasul met up in London with an American soldier, Brandon Neely, who had been one of their guards during their two-year detention at Gitmo.

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U.S. Halts Transfer of Gitmo Prisoners to Yemen

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S. government has decided that now is not the best time to transfer Yemeni detainees back to their homeland from Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba. More than 80 Yemeni prisoners—almost half of the entire group at Gitmo—will stay put for the time being, as the situation between the U.S. and Yemen remains tense.

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Yemen
Wikimedia Commons / CIA

At Least 30 Killed in American-Aided Strike in Yemen

A meeting of alleged al-Qaida leaders was the target of an airstrike carried out by Yemeni forces with American support in a mountainous zone to the southeast of Yemen on Thursday. The Yemeni American cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi was possibly among the 30 or more people killed in the attack, according to The Washington Post.

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AP / Brennan Linsley, pool

Guantánamo Bay Prisoner Transfer Delayed

President Barack Obama made waves just after taking office when he announced his administration’s intent to close the infamous Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba by Jan. 22, 2010, but it looks as if he’s going to miss that deadline. Obama and his sidekicks in the federal Bureau of Prisons had been looking to ... (continued)

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AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Will This Prison Become ‘Gitmo North’?

The Obama administration may have hit upon a potential answer, if not a solution, to the still-pressing problem of what to do with Guantanamo Bay detainees once the Cuban prison is shuttered. According to The Washington Post, the government has picked the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois as a destination for “dozens of terrorism suspects”—but it’s not clear whether they’ll be prosecuted prior to their move.

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AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Gitmo Prisoners’ New Digs?

A deal is being brokered that would probably make a state prison in rural Illinois the new home of detainees now held at the prison in Guantanamo Bay. Republicans have voiced outrage at the prospect of bringing the detainees Stateside, citing security threats.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


Eric Holder
theblacksentinel.wordpress.com

Holder Defends 9/11 Trial Plan

Attorney General Eric Holder’s idea to hold a criminal trial in New York City for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others implicated in the 9/11 terrorist attack plot has been sharply criticized, primarily from the right side of the aisle, but Holder defended his decision before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


Guantanamo
AP / Brennan Linsley, pool

This Day in Infamy: Gitmo’s Birthday

Feliz cumpleaños, Gitmo: Eight years ago Friday, then-President George W. Bush signed what we now refer to as Military Order No. 1, thus paving the way for the creation of the Guantanamo Bay prison and for the creative adaptations of international justice codes that supported it.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
thewashingtonnote.com

Coming to America (to Be Tried for Terrorism)

Upsetting many Republicans and some family members of victims, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 plotters will be tried in federal court in New York City, not far from Ground Zero, and that death penalties are likely to be sought.

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R.E.M.
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R.E.M. and Their Musical Friends Push to Shut Down Guantanamo Bay

The veteran alt-rockers of R.E.M. are joining forces with other musical acts such as Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and Roseanne Cash in a bid to close Guantanamo Bay. Their group effort, the National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, sprung in part from their joint outrage about their music reportedly being blared at high volumes to upset prisoners held at the detention center in Cuba.

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Jawad
AP / Rafiq Maqbool

Freed Afghan Says He Was Sent to Gitmo at 12

In December 2002, Mohammed Jawad was accused of throwing a grenade into a Jeep carrying U.S. troops and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay from Afghanistan. Jawad’s now home after seven years, and there’s a bit of a difference between his side of the story and the Pentagon’s—namely, he claims he was just 12 years old when he was arrested.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Release of One of Youngest at Gitmo Is Ordered

Here’s an update in the case of Mohammed Jawad: On Thursday the Afghan, one of the youngest detainees at Guantanamo Bay, was ordered released. He has been held there since 2002 and reportedly has been tortured.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Only Voluntary Gitmo Statements Valid, Justice Dept. Says

A Justice Department official told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday that only voluntary statements made by terrorism suspects detained in Guantanamo Bay should be used as evidence during their military trials. This means whatever they said under harsh interrogation should not be regarded as fact. The hearing concerned legislation about the use of statements obtained through harsh interrogation.

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Gitmo Prisoners Transferred Sans British Approval

An embarrassed London is reviewing the legal basis of its relations with Bermuda following the transfer of four Guantanamo prisoners—a group of Chinese Muslims known as Uighurs—to Britain’s paradisiacal overseas territory. The men have been sent there as foreign guest workers, but apparently British officials never got the memo.

Posted on Jun 12, 2009 READ MORE


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