Guantánamo Dispatch

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

Making History

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 11:02am
Yesterday, I witnessed history being made here in Guantánamo, as jury selection began today in the first war crimes prosecution of a child soldier since World War II, and the first ever in U.S. history.

What We Stand For

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 11:43am

Yesterday was a stark reminder that instead of closing the book on the Bush-era military commissions, President Obama is adding another sad chapter to that history. Although President Obama promised transparency and sharp limits on the use of tortured…

A System Designed to Produce Convictions, Not Justice

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 4:40pm

On Monday pretrial hearings resumed in the case of Canadian Omar Khadr, captured at age 15 by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Accused of throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier and participating in a terrorist conspiracy beginning when he was…

Trial Under Guantánamo's Rules

By Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California at 3:38pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

I spent the morning of my second full day at Guantánamo observing the military commission hearing of Sudanese national Noor Uthman Muhammed. Muhammed was charged in December 2008 with murder in violation…

A Nightmare for Justice in the Middle of the Caribbean

By Ahilan Arulanantham, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California at 1:50pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

I've come to Guantánamo as an ACLU representative to observe a Military Commission hearing for a detainee named Noor Uthman Muhammed. I'm one of four "NGO monitors" who has come down for them…

Pentagon Should Reverse Gitmo Reporter Ban

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 3:04pm

In a group letter sent today, the ACLU, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the National Institute for Military Justice called for the Department of Defense to reverse its decision banning four reporters from covering…

Interrogator One

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 12:08am

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Bombshell Testimony from Bagram Interrogator Convicted of Abuse, Reporters Banned from Gitmo for Reporting his Name

On Thursday, pretrial hearings continued in the case of Canadian Omar…

The Monster of Bagram

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 1:40pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

On Wednesday pretrial hearings continued in the case of Canadian Omar Khadr. Captured at age 15 in Afghanistan and now held for fully a third of his life in U.S. detention, Khadr is currently scheduled for…

Taxi to the Dark Side

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 12:40pm

Hearings continued Monday and Tuesday in the case of Canadian Omar Khadr, the last Western national still being held at Guantánamo. Now 23, Khadr was 15 when he was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan for allegedly throwing a grenade…

Enough is Enough

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 1:17pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Hearings continued Friday and Saturday in the case of Canadian Omar Khadr, who again was absent from the proceedings. Accused of throwing a grenade that killed an American medic and participating in a terrorist…

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