WikiLeaks Releases US Military Policies for Detention & Avoiding Accountability for Torture

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 3:40 pm

On the first day of the release, five policies have been posted. The most significant of the postings is the 2002 manual for Camp Delta at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said of the manual, “This document is of significant historical importance. Guantanamo Bay has become the symbol for systematized human rights abuse in the West with good reason.”


CCR Condemns Ninth Shameful and Tragic Death at Guantánamo

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 6:30 am

Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released the following statement in response to the news that a ninth man has died in detention at Guantánamo.

Hunger Striking, Protest from US Citizens Only Hope Guantanamo Prisoners Have for Release

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 7:10 pm

Prisoners at Guantanamo are marking the tenth anniversary of the opening of the prison with a hunger strike and peaceful protests. A counsel to a number of detainees at Guantanamo, Ramzi Kassem, told Democracy Now! and UK-based journalist Andy Worthington that for a three-day period they will engage in “sit-ins” in “communal areas” of the prison.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jonathan Hafetz, Habeas Corpus after 9/11: Confronting America’s New Global Detention System

By: Sunday July 10, 2011 1:59 pm

Just a few years ago, the national debate over the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, indefinite detention, secret renditions and other legal elements of the Bush Administration’s “War on Terror” happened openly in American courtrooms and in the daily newspapers. Increasingly, those debates have receded into the rearview mirror as we content ourselves with the illusion that these issues are no longer urgent, or no longer affect us. In his thoughtful new book, Habeas Corpus After 9/11, Professor Jonathan Hafetz of Seton Hall University School of Law, reminds us that these and other legal innovations in the War on Terror are neither resolved, nor isolated, nor benign. We are still living in the legal universe that was constructed on the fly after 9/11. We just don’t want to admit it.

Sen. McConnell Is Afraid, He Wants KY Terror Suspects Transferred to Guantanamo Bay

By: Wednesday June 15, 2011 7:30 am

Living in fear is a terrible thing. Sen. Mitch “Box-Turtle” McConnell might not being living in fear but he sure wants his constituents to do so. He is drumming up fear of a couple of terrors suspects from Kentucky and demanding that they be sent to Guantanamo Bay.

You Can’t Get Fooled Again

By: Friday June 3, 2011 6:01 pm

Obama’s very good at making promises that will appeal to progressives, and terrible at keeping them. Or even trying to.

A real confidence builder

By: Monday April 25, 2011 1:30 am

Leaked documents bring the banality of GITMO and much of the so-called War on Terror back to light.

Goldsmith: Give Up on GTMO Closure and Military Commissions

By: Friday September 10, 2010 6:07 am

Befitting this blighted world, Goldsmith endeavors to find some pragmatic ways out of the terrorism detentions stalemate. Among his basic tradeoffs: keep Guantanamo open and lose the military commissions.

Carol Rosenberg, Adjectives, and the Media at Gitmo

By: Saturday July 31, 2010 9:00 am

Nouns give an essay substance, and verbs give it motion. Adjectives transform it from black and white into color.

Consider Carol Rosenberg’s comments on the rules at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Like Ansel Adams, she works with black and white, giving us a picture of the administration of justice, such as it is, at Gitmo. Even if she doesn’t use adjectives, they come through on their own. Words like “silly” and “vengeful” and “clueless.”

Holder and Gates give the US a black eye with the way Gitmo represents our system of justice to the world. Rosenberg, on the other hand, does the constitution proud.

The Hazards of Tweeting from Guantanamo Bay

By: Thursday April 29, 2010 6:59 am

As the courtroom cleared following the adjournment of Omar Khadr’s first day of pre-trial hearings, a Marine captain asked me if I could address “an internet rumor.” Uh, sure, I replied. She wanted to know: did I somehow find a way to tweet from inside the extremely-secure courtroom?

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