Guantánamo Dispatch

Updates and analysis from ACLU attorneys in Cuba observing the proceedings of the Guantánamo Bay military commissions.

Guantánamo Dispatch: The Public’s Right to Know

Guantánamo Dispatch: The Public’s Right to Know

This past week, I traveled to Guantánamo Bay to observe military commission hearings, continuing the ACLU’s long-standing commitment to be present at each and every hearing of these deeply flawed tribunals.

Reporting from Guantánamo: Leaving the Constitution on the Mainland

Reporting from Guantánamo: Leaving the Constitution on the Mainland

By Anna Arceneaux, Staff Attorney, ACLU Capital Punishment Project at 4:15pm

This week I am in Guantánamo Bay observing a hearing in the case of Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al-Nashiri (pronounced al-NAH-shiri), the first death penalty case to be tried by military commission. Mr. al-Nashiri faces charges for his…

Sentencing an Al-Qaeda Lackey

By Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 1:19pm

Yesterday opened with the selection of jurors (the process called "voir dire") who will sentence Noor Uthman Muhammed, the Sudanese detainee who accepted a guilty plea Tuesday morning. Noor pleaded guilty to providing material support to…

Reasonable Doubt

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 3:21pm

Opening statements began in the first trial under Obama's military commisions yesterday, and the prosecution called their first two witnesses against Canadian Omar Khadr. The youngest of Guantanamo's remaining 176 detainees, Khadr was captured in Afghanistan…

Making It Up As We Go Along

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 6:25pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

At least 30 journalists and human rights observers descended on Guantánamo this week to witness the pretrial hearings in the case of Canadian Omar Khadr. Now 23, Khadr was 15 when he was captured by…

Efforts to Close Guantánamo Must Be Accompanied By an End to Force-Feeding

Efforts to Close Guantánamo Must Be Accompanied By an End to Force-Feeding

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 11:17am

In nominating Clifford Sloan earlier this week to head the Office of Guantánamo Closure, President Obama took a welcome step toward closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay. However, as the hunger strike at the prison continues, more can and must be…

The Shame of Guantánamo: A Close-Up View of Injustice

The Shame of Guantánamo: A Close-Up View of Injustice

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 4:21pm

As I watched the arraignment Saturday of five accused conspirators in the 9/11 attacks, I was reminded of Yogi Berra. Sadly, it was a case of déjà vu all over again.

Still Prosecuting the Little Fish at Gitmo

By Sarah Mehta, Fellow, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 9:01pm

At 5 p.m. on Friday, a jury of military officers sentenced Sudanese detainee Noor Uthman Muhammed to 14 years in prison. Shortly afterward, a military judge announced that under Muhammed's plea bargain agreement, he will serve almost three more years…

Escape from Guantánamo by Plea Deal

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 11:22am

Yesterday, Canadian detainee Omar Khadr pled guilty to all five charges against him, in an 11th-hour plea deal that averted the scheduled resumption of his military commission trial. Imprisoned since his capture in Afghanistan at age 15, Khadr has…

Khadr Accepts Plea Deal, Trial Averted

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 3:44pm

Earlier today, Omar Khadr pled guilty to all charges against him, averting a full-blown military commissions trial that was slated to restart today. A sentencing hearing will commence tomorrow. (But like Ibrahim al-Qosi before him, his actual sentence…

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