Guantánamo Dispatch

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

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Guantánamo Dispatch: A Hard-Earned Trust in Peril

Guantánamo Dispatch: A Hard-Earned Trust in Peril

By Brett Max Kaufman, Legal Fellow, ACLU National Security Project at 2:25pm
GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — What would it take for you to trust a stranger with your life?
Guantánamo Dispatch: When a Guilty Plea is the Way Out

Guantánamo Dispatch: When a Guilty Plea is the Way Out

By Marcellene Hearn, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 9:53am

I watched a man yesterday plead guilty to war crimes in a military commission, and it troubled me. It troubled me because just the day before, I watched the defense counsel in another commission proceeding taking place at Guantánamo this week make…

Guantánamo Dispatch: The Gremlins in the Commissions

Guantánamo Dispatch: The Gremlins in the Commissions

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 11:59am

FORT MEADE, Md. - Ninety miles off the coast of Florida, a government experiment continues to go horribly, and predictably, wrong.

Watching last week's pretrial hearings in the Guantánamo military commissions prosecution of the men accused…

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…

Guántanamo Dispatch: Improvising Basic Trial Rights

Guántanamo Dispatch: Improvising Basic Trial Rights

By Ian Kysel, Aryeh Neier Fellow, ACLU Human Rights Program at 10:11am

Last week's military commissions proceedings in the trial of Abd al Rahim Al-Nashiri in Guantánamo Bay demonstrates the grave threat to justice posed by an ad hoc approach to a defendant's rights. Life and death decisions—Al-Nashiri could face the…

Guántanamo Dispatch: New Revelations of Attorney–Client Surveillance

Guántanamo Dispatch: New Revelations of Attorney–Client Surveillance

By Ian Kysel, Aryeh Neier Fellow, ACLU Human Rights Program at 4:37pm

As debate rages about the National Security Agency vacuuming up Americans' phone and Internet data, a different form of government surveillance is on the docket here in Guántanamo. This week, at the military commission pre-trial hearings of Abd al…

Time to End the Despair at Guantánamo

Time to End the Despair at Guantánamo

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 5:29pm

The hunger strike in Guantánamo continues to grow, even by the U.S. military's questionable count. The military states that 100 of the 166 prisoners there are on strike, 21 are being force-fed, and five have been hospitalized. Lawyers for the prisoners…

Guantánamo: A Betrayal of Our Values, a Human Rights Crisis, and Expensive as Hell

Guantánamo: A Betrayal of Our Values, a Human Rights Crisis, and Expensive as Hell

By Amshula Jayaram, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:52pm

The House Armed Services Committee just voted to approve HR 1960, otherwise known as the National Defense Authorization Act...

ACLU Joins Human Rights Coalition Opposing Force-Feeding at Guantánamo

ACLU Joins Human Rights Coalition Opposing Force-Feeding at Guantánamo

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 9:30am

The hunger strike in Guantánamo is now in its fourth month. At the military’s latest count, 100 of the 166 prisoners are on strike, motivated in large part by their indefinite imprisonment without charge or trial. Twenty-nine of those men are being…

Force-Feeding at Guantánamo Must End, As Should the Injustice Driving the Hunger Strike

Force-Feeding at Guantánamo Must End, As Should the Injustice Driving the Hunger Strike

By Zachary Katznelson, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:14pm

As we have been writing in the past few weeks, the hunger strike in Guantánamo has expanded rapidly...

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