Military Judge: ‘Open Question’ Whether Constitution Applies to 9/11 Terror Suspects

By: 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 [...]

Obama Administration Moves to Censor Torture Testimony from 9/11 Suspects

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 6:22 pm

Five individuals suspected of being involved in plotting the September 11th attacks are due for arraignment on May 5. They are to be formally charged with “terrorism-related crimes that could bring the death penalty if the defendants are convicted.” And, as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reports, the government under the Obama administration is [...]

US Pressures UK to Not Hear Rendition, Torture Victims’ Cases in Open Court

By: Monday April 9, 2012 2:52 pm

A new report published by the United Kingdom-based new organization The Guardian highlights the rendition and torture of a Libyan militant, who led the fight against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and his pregnant wife. Making use of documents uncovered in Tripoli after Gaddafi was defeated by coalition and rebel forces last year, the report pays particular [...]

Second-Class Justice System To Be Used to Prosecute Alleged 9/11 Plotters

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 7:39 pm

The military commissions system, a system that many civil liberties groups consider to be a second-class system of justice, will be used to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others, who are accused of being involved in the September 11th attacks. The Defense Department also may give Mohammed and the four others the death penalty [...]

Forget the Last Ten Years: What About the Next Ten Years of Guantanamo?

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 9:05 am

Wearing orange jumpsuits that have become a symbol of the cruel and inhumane punishment prisoners at Guantanamo have faced since it opened, hundreds of people formed a human chain in Washington, DC, to protest the reality that it still has yet to be closed. This was how concerned citizens and members of organizations uneasy about [...]

Using Evidence from Water Torture to Hold Detainees at Guantanamo

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 12:49 am

Mamdouh Habib’s water torture in Egypt reminds us that evidence produced by extreme torture at U.S. rendition sites was used to justify the incarceration of innocent men at Guantanamo. The only effective remedy to that, habeas proceedings in U.S. courts, is legally available, but in recent months, has been mainly gutted.

Aussie Prosecutors’ Vendetta Targets Ex-Guantanamo Detainee’s Book Proceeds

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 8:10 pm

Australian news sources have announced that the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) have initiated legal actions to seize the royalties former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks has earned from the publication of his autobiography, Guantanamo: My Journey. The book was published last year by Random House Australia, and has reportedly sold upwards of 30,000 copies. No U.S. publisher has bought rights to the book, and it remains unavailable through U.S. booksellers.

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