Guantanamo prisoners engaged in a hunger strike that has been ongoing for over a month are losing considerable weight, according to attorneys for the prisoners. The Pentagon also continues to report a number of hunger strikers that does not match reports from attorneys, who have said there are many more prisoners on strike.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 22, 2013 4:30 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.”
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday February 26, 2013 5:53 am|
The non-coverage of Wikileaks’ “Detainee Policies” on interrogation documents after their initial release is in itself astounding, but even more surprising is the fact that when examined some of the documents don’t appear to be what they are claimed to be. What follows is analysis, with response by both Wikileaks and DoD.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday February 5, 2013 4:40 pm|
A major report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program was released today by the Open Society Justice Initiative. It is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the program to date.
From “credible public sources and information provided by reputable human rights organizations,” the organization was able to figure out that “as many as 54 foreign governments reportedly” hosted CIA prisons on their territories; detained, interrogated, tortured and abused individuals; assisted in the capture and transport of detainees; permitted the use of domestic airspace and airports for secret flights transporting detainees; provided intelligence leading to the secret detention and extraordinary rendition of individuals and interrogated individuals who were secretly being held in the custody of other governments.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday January 30, 2013 12:45 pm|
The military commissions has posted the two to three minutes from the afternoon proceedings on January 28 that an individual outside of the Guantanamo war court chose to censor. When the censorship occurred, the judge was frustrated as he said he did not know there was anyone outside of the court that could censor the proceedings.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday January 28, 2013 1:10 pm|
One of the key issues that will be deliberated is whether the defense for five men on trial for their alleged involvement in the September 11th attacks can have access to documents and information on the White House or Justice Department’s authority for the CIA’s Rendition, Detention & Interrogation (RDI) program.
|By: Center for Constitutional Rights Friday January 25, 2013 1:45 pm|
Adnan Latif and Mohammed al-Hamiri arrived at Guantánamo through strikingly similar twists of fate. Adnan Latif is the most recent of nine men – four since President Obama took office – to die in U.S. custody at Guantánamo.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday January 12, 2013 12:00 pm|
Eleven years ago, the United States began to imprison detainees in the Guantanamo Bay prison camps. One hundred and sixty-six prisoners remain imprisoned. One hundred and fifty-seven have not been charged with any crime. Eighty-six of the prisoners have been cleared for release. Yet, all three branches of the United States government, the vast majority of the US media, and most Americans do not seem to find the ongoing injustice at Guantanamo to be all that significant or troubling.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 6, 2013 8:50 am|
Kiriakou pled guilty to the charge of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) by revealing the name of an undercover officer on October 23 in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. He faced the potential of going to jail for more than a decade and did not want to be separated from his wife and five children for that long.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 4, 2013 9:23 am|
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow had former Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson on her show Thursday night. The previous night she hyped up the exclusive interview, as he had not been on television since leaving his position at the Pentagon.
Yet, during the twenty or so minutes that Johnson was on her program, she did not ask a single specific question where he would have been forced to address President Barack Obama’s continued use of drones.