While President Obama’s national security speech yesterday was full of positive rhetorical flourishes, it remains one of the strangest presidential speeches I have ever heard. For large sections it seemed like the speech was delivered by a critic of the Obama administration instead of the individual responsible for its policy decision.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday May 31, 2011 2:15 pm|
How many times have we faced this stage already? How many times over could we have prosecuted KSM already if we had just used existing, rather than Kangaroo, courts? How many more years will it take to determine whether KSM can plead guilty so as to martyr himself?
|By: emptywheel Monday April 25, 2011 6:09 am|
In short, the report on Abu Zubaydah reads partly like an attempt to glue together a lot of contradictory information–without assessing the credibility of any one piece of that information–and an either willful or unconscious effort to tell a narrative that justifies what those in charge of Gitmo were doing.
|By: emptywheel Friday March 11, 2011 10:45 am|
Not only won’t Obama close Gitmo, but he’s willing to rubber stamp the standards introduced there for use on American soil.
|By: emptywheel Thursday March 10, 2011 2:15 pm|
According to Bradley Manning’s Article 138 complaint, written in his own voice, Commander James Averhart put Manning on suicide watch on January 18 to demonstrate that he was, for all practical purposes, God.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday March 8, 2011 4:15 pm|
I want to raise one question, both for the supporters of this policy and for those using this Gitmo 2.0 roll-out to discuss whether Obama, or Congress, deserves the blame for the fact that we haven’t closed Gitmo.
Why doesn’t this policy apply to detainees in Bagram and elsewhere?
|By: emptywheel Friday February 25, 2011 1:20 pm|
The High Court in Spain has decided that it can proceed with its investigation of the torture that Lahcen Ikassrien alleges he suffered at Gitmo.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday October 26, 2010 9:49 am|
The government is just writing its own novel about Gitmo detainees and the war on terror now.
|By: emptywheel Monday October 25, 2010 7:02 am|
As you may have heard on Twitter, Omar Khadr has plead guilty to all charges against him. Omar Khadr, the only Canadian, only child soldier and only Guantanamo Bay detainee charged with battlefield homicide in the killing a U.S. soldier, pleaded guilty to all terrorism and murder charges on Monday. “Yes” said Mr. Khadr, when [...]
|By: emptywheel Tuesday October 12, 2010 7:50 am|
When Ibrahim al-Qosi agreed to a plea deal with the government, the original deal was that he’d spend a secret two year sentence (rather than the 14 year sentence announced to the public) in communal quarters. Well, guess what? After 60 days since then of living communally, the military has moved him to isolation, having not found a way to accommodate the Convening Authority’s recommendations.