Guantánamo

The Legacy of 9/11: Endless War Without Oversight

The Legacy of 9/11: Endless War Without Oversight

By Hina Shamsi, Director, ACLU National Security Project at 4:33pm
Almost ten years after 9/11, in May of this year, a majority of the US House of Representatives voted to give President Obama — and all future presidents — more war authority than Congress gave to President Bush two days after the 9/11 attacks: a president would no longer have to show a connection to 9/11, or even any specific threat to America, before using military force anywhere in the world that a terrorism suspect may be found, including within the United States.
DOJ to Investigate Deaths of Two Detainees in CIA Custody

DOJ to Investigate Deaths of Two Detainees in CIA Custody

By Ateqah Khaki at 5:42pm

Earlier today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department is launching a "full criminal investigation" into the deaths of two detainees in CIA custody during the Bush administration.

In August 2009, Holder…

ACLU Lens: Guantánamo Documents Reveal Dubious Claims to Hold Detainees

ACLU Lens: Guantánamo Documents Reveal Dubious Claims to Hold Detainees

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 1:38pm

Last night, a handful of news organizations released hundreds of pages of documents profiling past and present detainees held at Guantánamo. Among other things, the documents reveal:

Evidence the government held detainees not because…

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…

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…

Broadcast Premiere of The Oath Tomorrow Night

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:50pm

Tomorrow night is the broadcast premiere of The Oath on PBS at 10 p.m. EDT (check here for local listings). Directed by documentarian Laura Poitras, The Oath tells the story of Nasser al-Bahri (a.k.a. "Abu Jandal"), Osama bin Laden's…

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…

"They Were Buying Arabs From Pakistan"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:20pm

On April 30, the University of California, Davis, celebrated the fifth year of its Guantánamo Testimonials Project, an effort to gather first-hand testimony of the abuse of detainees held there in U.S. custody, and to make their stories…

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…

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