Guantánamo

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 that killed a U.S. medic. Unless a plea bargain is reached, Khadr will be the first person prosecuted in a military commission under President Obama.

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…

"Eyes and Ears"

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 9:30pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Yesterday was day two of pretrial hearings in the case of Toronto-born Omar Khadr, who has been in U.S. detention for a third of his life, since his capture at age 15 in Afghanistan.  The hearing was sidetracked…

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…

Letter Urges Holder and Gates to Drop Case Against Omar Khadr

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:23pm

Today, the ACLU, Human Rights Watch and the Juvenile Law Center sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Defense Secretary Robert Gates calling on them to drop the military commissions case against Omar Khadr and either send him home to…

Binyam Mohamed: Omar Khadr is a Scapegoat for a Failed "War on Terror"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:49pm

Earlier this week, British journalist Andy Worthington reposted an article written by former Guantánamo detainee and ACLU rendition client Binyam Mohamed about Omar Khadr, one of the child soldiers detained at Gitmo since he was 15. Mohamed…

Canadian Court Finds Khadr's Rights Were Violated

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:34pm

Today the Canadian Supreme Court found that Guantánamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr's rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights were violated by the Canadian officials who interrogated him during his detention in U.S. custody. The court stopped…

ACLU's Anthony Romero on Obama's First Year

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:05pm

ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero spoke with Glenn Greenwald for Salon Radio about the release of our report evaluating President Obama's first year in office. Speaking specifically about the president's failure to meet his own deadline to…

End It. Close It.

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:06pm

Today, the Obama administration missed its own deadline to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay. As you might recall, a year ago on his second full day in office, President Obama signed an executive order to close the prison within a year. Not…

Closing Guantánamo: A Deadline Missed

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 1:09pm

Today an important deadline was missed. One of the most shameful chapters of American history was to have been brought to a close with the shuttering of the prison at Guantánamo Bay. President Obama's executive order to close the prison within…

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