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NYT: Classified Gitmo docs reveal ‘seat-of-the-pants intelligence gathering’

By | 04.25.11 | 12:22 pm

On Sunday, WikiLeaks released more than 700 classified military documents on Guantánamo Bay prisoners, part of a trove of classified information it received last year, a portion of which the anti-secrecy website previously leaked to The New York Times and The Guardian, among other publications.

WikiLeaks announced it will More…

As Crowley resigns over Manning comments, Rep. Kucinich reports unofficial denial of visit request

By | 03.14.11 | 4:13 pm

Over the weekend, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley announced his resignation from his position via a statement available on the State Department website. His resignation follows comments he made during a visit to MIT last week in which he called the Department of Defense’s treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning More…

Endless Punting on a Trial for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

By | 06.21.10 | 11:49 am

Josh Gerstein at Politico puts together something that’s been clear for months: As long as the Obama administration can delay announcing a final disposition for the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his fellow 9/11 conspirators — civilian courts or military commissions? held where? — that’s exactly what it’s going More…

Senate Panel Blocks Funding for Obama’s GTMO Closure Plan

By | 05.28.10 | 12:29 pm

The Senate Armed Services Committee just released its summary text of the defense authorization bill it marked up last night. And look what the bill does, just like its House counterpart:

Eliminates availability of funding for the construction of a military detention facility in Thomson, Illinois.


House Panel’s Language Blocking Obama’s GTMO Closure Plan

By | 05.24.10 | 4:24 pm

As reported here on Thursday, the House Armed Services Committee set the Obama administration’s plans for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay back significantly last week. Marking up the next fiscal year’s defense bill, the panel voted unanimously to prevent the Defense Department from spending any money to buy More…

Pentagon Reacts to House’s Gitmo-Closure Blockage

By | 05.20.10 | 5:42 pm

After a day of trying to get an official response here to the House Armed Services Committee’s ban on funding the Thomson Corrections Center to house Guantanamo detainees, here’s Lt. Col. Robert Ditchey with the reaction:

* We recognize Congress’ responsibilities and the Committee’s important oversight interests.

* We


Tomorrow: Big Guantanamo Day in Congress

By | 05.18.10 | 2:55 pm

Title XIV of H.R. 5136, the House bill authorizing next year’s Defense Department money, doesn’t look like it carries a major legacy item for President Obama. It’s the banal-appearing 15-part section of the bill that authorizes “ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011,” a bureaucratic euphemism More…

Rush Holt Finally Wins on Videotaping Military Interrogations

By | 05.18.10 | 1:12 pm

The New Jersey Democratic legislator and intelligence oversight maven has finally won on a fight he’s waged to record military interrogations. As The Wall Street Journal reports, a May 10 memo from Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn instructs interrogators gathering high-value intelligence off the battlefield — that is, Bagram More…