While the military commission’s ruling has not been made public, defense attorney for Guantanamo prisoner Ammar al Baluchi announced that “several orders” had been issued in the 9/11 case which “lift the provision classifying the ‘observations and experiences’ of defendants formerly held by the CIA.” James Connell explained that CIA information remains classified, but “the [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 16, 2013 8:23 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 25, 2013 5:14 pm|
Military defense attorneys for suspects the United States government has put on trial for their alleged involvement in the September 11th attacks have written a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that his administration take the step of declassifying details of the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program. They have urged the administration to do [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday August 8, 2013 12:48 am|
When the government released a redacted copy of a declaration by the chief of Guantanamo detention security, they evidently forgot they had already released an earlier version. The result was a jumble of conflicting redactions, one of which highlighted claims about staffing problems at the DoD prison camp. Behind the claims, though, appeared to be both an attempt to cover up the death of a detainee last year, and a maneuver to keep attorney-client meetings in the same camp where a sophisticated surveillance program was discovered earlier this year: another example about how nothing we hear from the government about Guantanamo is straight-forward.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 30, 2013 4:42 pm|
There are steps President Barack Obama could take right now to expedite the closing of Guantanamo Bay prison camps, where prisoners currently engaged in a major hunger strike continue to be held in detention. Yet, Obama and his defenders insist Congress is solely responsible for why the prison continues to be open and why prisoners [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday April 16, 2013 1:29 am|
Considering the way the military has handled the situation at Guantanamo — forbidding reporters at the island, making nice to the ICRC only to conduct violent raids on detainees as soon as Red Cross officials leave, force-feeding hunger-striking detainees against all medical ethics and protocols — you’d think the Pentagon thought they had another Koje-Ko prison camp rebellion on their hands.
Apparently the White House was notified in advance of the nighttime raids on the debilitated hunger strikers, who according to military accounts (which one must take with maximum suspicion), fought back with mop and broom handles and plastic water bottles.
Whatever military police met in terms of opposition, what they certainly encountered were emaciated prisoners, worn down by years of interrogation, isolation, brutality, and now hunger, as they wield the only real weapons they know, their very bodies, choosing death over the hopelessness and torture that is indefinite detention.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 3, 2013 11:27 am|
President Barack Obama signed the intelligence authorization bill—the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Included in the bill were restrictions that would make it harder for his administration to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison and the Bagram prison in Afghanistan. Human rights groups, which had opposed the restrictions and urged the president to veto the [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 12, 2012 1:44 pm|
A military judge has ruled that statements made by defendants on trial for their involvement in the September 11th attacks could be censored if they make statements about how they were tortured or abused. Judge Col. James Pohl ruled the government had “submitted declarations…from representatives of the CIA, [Department of Defense], and FBI invoking the [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 1, 2012 6:03 pm|
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 terror suspects had a pre-trial hearing before the Guantanamo Bay commission just over two weeks ago. And, yesterday, The Nation published a dispatch on the proceedings that is well worth reading and I wrote about how the government maintains the Guantanamo defendants’ thoughts and memories of torture at the hands of CIA [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 31, 2012 5:53 pm|
Just over two weeks ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 terror suspects had a pre-trial hearing before the Guantanamo Bay commission. The judge presiding over the commission is Army Colonel James L. Pohl. Key issues argued were whether a forty-second daly between the press and courtroom was constitutional and whether the suspects could testify about [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday May 7, 2012 8:17 pm|
(update below) Five individuals accused of being involved in the September 11th attacks were arraigned and formally charged by a military commission at Guantanamo Bay over the weekend. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin ‘Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam Al-Hawsawi, as required by the Constitution and the Military [...]