The FBI may have turned a defense security officer assigned to the team representing Ramzi bin al Shibh into a “confidential informant”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 14, 2014 1:14 pm|
|By: Barry Eisler Wednesday April 9, 2014 12:05 pm|
Look at what we know the government is doing, imagine what it’s probably doing, and you’ll have the workings for a good thriller. And if you want that thriller to be as realistic as possible, then whatever you imagine, imagine it’s even worse. The government will rarely disappoint you.
|By: DSWright Wednesday March 12, 2014 9:41 am|
According to a new report from Vice officials at the Guantanamo Bay “enhanced interrogation” camp have relabeled hunger strikes as “long term non-religious fasts.” They have even, according to documents released under a FOIA lawsuit, couched the hunger strikes in the benign language of managing weight loss.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday January 11, 2014 11:00 am|
The United States transferred the first prisoners to a US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, twelve years ago today.
|By: JP Sottile Thursday November 7, 2013 3:30 pm|
The memory hole is deep at Guantánamo Bay.
Its gaping maw has swallowed international law, the lives of hundreds of detainees and the moral consequences of torture.
And now it has quite literally swallowed the memories of five men currently engaged in a prolonged pre-trial process at the infamous prison. They are the defendants charged with the criminal conspiracy leading to the attacks of 9/11, including the alleged “mastermind” behind the attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 4, 2013 10:10 am|
Following the September 11th attacks, physicians and other medical professionals, “particularly psychologists,” were involved in the “design and administration” of harsh treatment and torture. This conduct was “in clear conflict with established international and national professional principles and laws,” a new report from a task force convened by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations finds.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 16, 2013 4:02 pm|
A federal judge ruled last week that the United States government did not have to release images or videos of interrogations of a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, who a convening authority for military commissions previously conceded had been tortured.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 17, 2013 4:35 pm|
A federal court has restored Guantanamo Bay prison guards’ authority to conduct genital searches on Guantanamo Bay prisoners, according to the Miami Herald.
The Justice Department asked a federal court to stay an order that restricted prison guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison from conducting genital searches of prisoners before they met with their counsel or had phone calls with their counsel.
|By: Shahid Buttar Friday May 24, 2013 5:00 pm|
President Obama’s speech yesterday, presenting his vision of a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy, included welcome rhetoric about the importance of constitutional principles, including Due Process and rights to dissent. It may represent the high watermark for civil liberties since his inauguration five years ago.
It is disappointing, given his thoughtful words, that he ignored so many inconvenient truths. From extrajudicial assassination to free speech and freedom of the press, from the need to address root causes of terrorism to partnership with American Muslims, the president promoted important principles but papered over reality.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 30, 2013 3:56 pm|
There are steps President Barack Obama could take right now to expedite the closing of Guantanamo Bay prison camps, where prisoners currently engaged in a major hunger strike continue to be held in detention. Yet, Obama and his defenders insist Congress is solely responsible for why the prison continues to be open and why prisoners cleared for release have not been freed.