Guantánamo

"Guantánamo North" – NDAA Indefinite Detention Coming Soon to a Town Near You?

"Guantánamo North" – NDAA Indefinite Detention Coming Soon to a Town Near You?

By Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:00am
Top senators thought you wouldn't notice. Behind closed doors, they wrote up new indefinite detention and Guantánamo provisions in the annual defense policy bill, and then waited 11 days to quietly file the bill.
The CIA Can't Control the Truth at Guantánamo Forever

The CIA Can't Control the Truth at Guantánamo Forever

By Marcellene Hearn, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 11:33am

The government is continuing to fight on various fronts to keep its torture program secret. It's not going to win.

Last week I watched the televised feed in the latest round of pre-trial hearings in the death penalty case against Abd al-Rahim…

NDAA: Fight to End Indefinite Detention Goes to Senate

NDAA: Fight to End Indefinite Detention Goes to Senate

By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:13pm

It was a scrappy week in Washington last week, as members of the House of Representatives took up votes on key military programs. Like last year, Guantánamo and the targeted killing program featured prominently.

Though the National Defense…

Why Are We Throwing MORE Money at Guantánamo?

Why Are We Throwing MORE Money at Guantánamo?

By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:48pm

At a price tag of more than $4.8 billion since opening, the prison facility at Guantánamo Bay has long been both a moral and financial catastrophe. But the National Defense Authorization Act – headed to the floor of the House of Representatives…

In Guantánamo Death Penalty Case, Torture Matters

In Guantánamo Death Penalty Case, Torture Matters

By Marcellene Hearn, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project at 12:39pm

I spent much of last week at the Post Theater in Fort Meade, watching the closed-circuit feed of the pre-trial military commissions hearings in the case of Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammed al-Nashiri, who faces the death penalty for his alleged role in…

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?

For most of us, this question is merely rhetorical, but for criminal defendants facing the death penalty, it could not be more concrete. To be effective…

The FBI Derails the 9/11 Hearings at Guantánamo

The FBI Derails the 9/11 Hearings at Guantánamo

By Brett Max Kaufman, Legal Fellow, ACLU National Security Project at 5:20pm

The oft-delayed, secrecy-plagued 9/11 military commission hearings came to an abrupt halt today before the scheduled arguments surrounding the competency of defendant Ramzi bin al Shibh even began. Just minutes after Army Col. James Pohl called the…

What's the Difference Between Force Feeding and Waterboarding?

What's the Difference Between Force Feeding and Waterboarding?

By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:02am

The Department of Defense this month publicly released its newest rationalization for the abusive force-feeding program at Guantánamo Bay. In this latest memo on hunger strike policies, the abusive force-feeding program is referred to as "medical…

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…

Guantanamo Review Board: This is Not What Transparency Looks Like

Guantanamo Review Board: This is Not What Transparency Looks Like

By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:59pm

At 9:15 a.m. yesterday morning, the flat-screen monitor in Arlington, Virginia, came to life, revealing a small room inside what appeared to be a temporary structure.

Filling the screen were five men huddled around a small conference table:…

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