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‘Urban Myth’ Behind Graham’s Support for 9/11 Military Trials

By | 03.11.10 | 6:00 am

Lindsey Graham is on the verge of winning an argument. Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, has pledged for weeks to deliver the votes from his fellow Republicans to finally close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, a campaign pledge from President Obama, if and only if Obama agrees More…

U.S. Government Wins Gitmo Habeas Case; Score Is 31-9 in Favor of Detainees

By | 12.15.09 | 12:23 pm

In a rare win for the government in a Guantanamo Bay detainee case, a federal judge ruled Monday that it can continue to hold a 28-year-old Yemeni at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Musa’ab Al-Madhwani has been imprisoned at Guantanamo since October 2002. More…

Al-Qaeda Assistant Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

By | 10.30.09 | 11:26 am

Depending on who you ask, the sentencing yesterday of Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri to eight years in prison is either evidence that the civilian federal judicial system can successfully handle terror cases, or evidence that it’s a dismal failure.

Yesterday, Jonathan Hafetz, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer More…

Obama Legacy: A Parallel Justice System?

By | 10.29.09 | 6:00 am

In signing the Defense Authorization Act, which, among other things, amends the laws governing military commissions, President Obama confirmed Wednesday that he plans to keep the controversial military commissions alive. The effect is to deny at least some suspected terrorists — now called “unprivileged enemy More…

Pressure to Close GTMO Puts Some Prisoners at Risk

By | 10.01.09 | 1:11 pm

As the pressure grows on the Obama administration to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay by January, so too does the risk that some of the Guantanamo detainees cleared for release could be returned to countries where they’ll face persecution or torture, More…

[UPDATED] Commission Inquiry Into Rendition May Rankle Obama Administration

By | 08.27.09 | 3:29 pm

Today’s news that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hear the claims of kidnapping and torture filed against the United States by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Khaled El-Masri, an innocent German citizen and car salesman subjected to the Bush administration’s extraordinary rendition program in 2003, More…

What Is ‘Battlefield’ Detention, Anyway?

By | 07.02.09 | 11:30 am

Since my piece on the intensifying battle over “preventive detention” was published, Ken Gude from the Center for American Progress wrote to point out an important distinction that deserves more emphasis.

As I note in my story, Gude and Kate Martin, Director of the Center for National Security More…

Decision Allowing Yoo Lawsuit to Continue Carries Narrow Implications

By | 06.16.09 | 12:26 am

Since U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled late Friday in San Francisco that former “enemy combatant” Jose Padilla can proceed with his lawsuit against “torture memo” author John Yoo, the decision has been interpreted by many in the media as a broad vindication of detainees’ rights to sue former Bush 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…