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Key Figure in Bush’s Military Commissions Set for Obama Job

By | 02.09.10 | 6:00 am

A key behind-the-scenes architect of the Bush administration’s first version of the military commissions for terrorism suspects — which the Supreme Court found to unconstitutionally restrict the legal rights of detainees — will take a central Pentagon position dealing with detainee policy for the Obama administration.

William Lietzau, a Marine More…

Cue the Manufactured Outrage Over Terror Trials

By | 01.15.10 | 11:56 am

The terrorist Hambali, a former occupant of a CIA black-site cell, might be tried in Washington, D.C., which doesn’t know a thing about security.

An intense security review is under way as the Obama administration considers holding a trial in Washington for the Guantanamo Bay detainee suspected of planning


New Interrogation Unit Unlikely to Question Ft. Hood Suspect

By | 11.20.09 | 10:33 am

The new unit created by the Obama administration to interrogate the highest-value terrorism targets is unlikely to play a role in the case of the highest-profile new potential terrorist target in U.S. custody: Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged Fort Hood shooter.

The director of the new interrogation unit, More…

Military Commissions, Mark 3: The Hearing

By | 07.07.09 | 9:00 am

Remember in May, when President Obama spoke about five categories of terrorism-related detainees for which his administration was creating or updating the legal architecture to process? Category two — detainees who “violate the laws of war and are therefore best tried through military commissions” — will be debated in More…

Man Who Screwed Up Everything Gives Obama Impromptu Guantanamo Advice

By | 06.18.09 | 10:23 am

George W. Bush speaks, The Washington Times listens:

“I told you I’m not going to criticize my successor,” he said. “I’ll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don’t believe that — persuasion isn’t


Petraeus: We Don’t Read Detainees Their Miranda Rights

By | 06.11.09 | 10:53 am

If you didn’t wade through the details of counterinsurgency strategy in Spencer’s liveblog of Gen. David Petraeus’ keynote speech this morning at the Center for a New American Security conference, you may have missed this interesting nugget: Petraeus tore down a Weekly Standard report that the FBI was More…

Group Fighting Terrorism Trials in Virginia Tied to GOP Firm

By | 06.11.09 | 6:00 am

As a substantial portion of about 250 detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay’s prison facility prepare to face trial in the United States, the alarm that has defined the Washington debate over civilian trials for terrorism detainees has spilled across the Potomac River. A new organization has formed in Alexandria, More…

17 Uighurs and $200 Million? Not a Bad Deal

By | 06.10.09 | 10:15 am

Palau’s decision to accept the 17 Chinese Uighurs held at Guantanamo Bay, whom the United States and numerous other countries refused to take, may have been influenced by a generous foreign aid offer from the United States.

The Associated Press reports that “two U.S. officials, who spoke More…

Palau Agrees to Take the Uighurs, Who Never Thought They’d Be on a Boat

By | 06.10.09 | 9:02 am

And so ends a demagoguery-laced vignette from the Age of Terrorism, as Daphne and Weigel have been all over: the tiny Pacific archipelago of Palau has agreed to “resettl[e] and repatriat[e]” the 17 Uighur detainees housed at Guantanamo Bay whom the Bush administration no longer considered More…

Obama’s Detention Dilemma

By | 06.09.09 | 4:51 pm

The transfer of former “high-level” Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani to a federal prison in New York on Tuesday highlights the dilemma President Obama faces over what to do with the 240 detainees remaining at the Guantanamo Bay prison, as well as any others he claims More…