Guantanamo Prisoners on Hunger Strike Against New Guard Force for Confiscating Personal Items

By: Monday March 4, 2013 3:06 pm

Most of the men imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay prison’s Camp 6 have been on hunger strike for nearly three weeks, according to their attorneys. In response to reports, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and habeas counsel have sent a letter to military officials take measures immediately to improve the situation.

The letter notes, “Since approximately February 6, 2013, camp authorities have been confiscating detainees’ personal items, including blankets, sheets, towels, mats, razors, toothbrushes, books, family photos, religious CDs, and letters, including legal mail; and restricting their exercise, seemingly without provocation or cause.” Additionally, “Arabic interpreters employed by the prison have been searching the men’s Qur’ans in ways that constitute desecration according to their religious beliefs, and that guards have been disrespectful during prayer times.”

 

The Continued Subversion of Attorney-Client Privilege at Guantanamo Bay

By: Friday February 15, 2013 10:20 am

With each hearing before the Guantanamo military commission, it becomes more evident that privileged legal communications defense attorneys are supposed to be able to have with their clients are being violated.

Macedonia Held Accountable for Role in US Rendition Program

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 2:02 pm

A landmark ruling was issued by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) holding the European Union responsible for its role in the CIA’s detention and rendition of German national Khaled El-Masri. The ECHR unanimously found Macedonia had been responsible for his “unlawful detention, enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment, and for his transfer out of Macedonia to locations where he suffered further serious violations of his human rights,” according to Amnesty International. And the court also found the country had failed to conduct a proper investigation.

Judge Rules Torture Testimony at Guantanamo Military Commission Can Be Censored

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 3:42 pm

A military judge has ruled that statements made by defendants on trial for their involvement in the September 11th attacks could be censored if they make statements about how they were tortured or abused.

Judge Col. James Pohl ruled the government had “submitted declarations…from representatives of the CIA, [Department of Defense], and FBI invoking the classified information privilege and explaining how disclosure of the classified information at issue would be detrimental to national security in that the information relates to the sources, methods, and activities by which the United States defends against international terrorism and terrorist organizations.” These explanations included how the government believed disclosure of methods of interrogation or torture would be harmful.

Guantanamo Military Commissions: ‘Piece of a Larger Disturbing Trend Toward Centralized Presidential Power’

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 4:00 pm

Just over two weeks ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 terror suspects had a pre-trial hearing before the Guantanamo Bay commission. The judge presiding over the commission is Army Colonel James L. Pohl. Key issues argued were whether a forty-second daly between the press and courtroom was constitutional and whether the suspects could testify about being tortured by CIA interrogators or not.

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.

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