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‘The Monster’ Testifies at Gitmo Hearing

By | 05.05.10 | 3:05 pm

GUANTANAMO BAY — His nickname wasn’t “Monster,” he admonished the lawyer. It was “The Monster.” That was what the Bagram Collection Point’s interrogators, guards — and most especially detainees — called Army interrogator Damien Corsetti. And it was important to him that the court correctly record his story.

Back then More…

Most Dramatic Testimony of Post-9/11 Era Expected at Gitmo

By | 05.03.10 | 6:00 am

GUANTANAMO BAY — The pre-trial hearing for a 23-year old Canadian citizen tried before a military commission is likely to host some of the most dramatic testimony of the post-9/11 era this week. That is, if More…

Supreme Court Shuts Door on Gitmo Torture Case

By | 12.15.09 | 6:00 am

The Supreme Court dealt a harsh blow on Monday to victims of abuse by U.S. officials during the “war on terror.” The court announced it would not review a federal appeals court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit by four British citizens who claim they were wrongly arrested, detained More…

Government Won’t Appeal Gitmo Detainee’s Habeas Case — but Military Commission Charges Still Pending

By | 11.05.09 | 11:55 am

Fouad al Rabiah, a Kuwaiti Airways engineer accused of being an aide to Osama bin Laden who recently won his habeas corpus case in federal court, is a step closer to going home. McClatchy newspapers reports that the 50-year-old father of four was moved to the More…

More Torture Docs Could Be Released Friday

By | 10.29.09 | 10:01 pm

Nick Baumann at Mother Jones reminds us that the Obama administration promised earlier this month to do its best to review about 224 more documents that might be responsive to the American Civil Liberties Union’s Freedom of Information Act longstanding requests for documents relating to the torture, abuse More…

The New York Times Slams Obama’s Torture ‘Cover-Up’

By | 10.26.09 | 10:03 am

The New York Times’ lead editorial today is a powerful indictment of the Obama administration’s continuation of Bush-era efforts to conceal the facts of U.S.-sponsored torture.

Running through the list of situations that we’ve been reporting on in which the Obama administration continues to conceal evidence More…

Jawad Case Supports Argument for Broader Investigation

By | 09.09.09 | 9:27 am

A military judge’s ruling that U.S. officers used “cruel and inhuman” treatment and possibly “torture” on an Afghan teenager imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay provides strong support for the argument that the government should embark on a broader investigation of the treatment of “war on terror” detainees during the Bush administration. More…

DOJ Ethics Report Recommends Prosecution

By | 08.24.09 | 10:38 am

This isn’t the long-awaited ethics report from the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility that Spencer referred to this morning, but another ethics report from that office reportedly bolsters Attorney General Eric Holder’s conclusion that the Department of Justice should re-open nearly a dozen cases of More…

Did Gitmo Defense Lawyer Break Any Laws?

By | 08.21.09 | 11:16 am

That’s what I asked Joshua Dratel, Chair of the John Adams Project Advisory Committee and a prominent defense lawyer who has represented numerous terror suspects before. Speaking this morning after the news broke that the Department of Justice is investigating military defense lawyers representing terror suspects, More…

Unpopular Photography

By | 08.12.09 | 5:11 pm

Daphne Eviatar is guest-blogging for Glenn Greenwald today. The following is cross-posted at Salon.

If, as the latest reports indicate, Attorney General Eric Holder is serious about prosecuting the worst torture and abuse of “war on terror” prisoners that occurred during the Bush administration, then More…