Guantánamo

Justice Denied: Voices from Guantánamo

By Joel Engardio, ACLU at 10:31am
Most Americans have only seen Guantánamo detainees as one-dimensional caricatures. But a new ACLU video features original footage in which the men talk about their lives — before, after and during their detention by the U.S.

Life after Gitmo

By Ateqah Khaki at 2:49pm

Today, the Los Angeles Times reports on the struggle of former Guantánamo detainee Mohammed Jawad to readjust to freedom after spending roughly a third of his life in detention. In August, as a result of the ACLU's habeas corpus petition on…

Tortured Tunes

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:29pm

Today, a group of musicians, including REM, Pearl Jam and The Roots filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to find out whether their music was played at the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay.  The request for information stems…

No Justice Can Come From Guantánamo Military Commissions

(Also posted on Huffington Post)

According to news reports, the Obama administration will decide by November 16 whether or not to move the cases of the 9/11 defendants from the Guantánamo military commissions system to U.S. federal courts.…

The End of the Beginning? Or the Beginning of the End?

By Ben Wizner, Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 4:04pm

Nearly four years have passed since I first traveled to Guantánamo to observe proceedings in the military commission prosecution of Canadian Omar Khadr, who was 15 years old when seized in Afghanistan and has now spent fully a third of his life…

Closing Guantánamo: Not Just When, But How

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:51am

Since last Thursday's ProPublica and Washington Post article about the unlikelihood of the Obama administration meeting its own goal (PDF) of shuttering Guantánamo by January 22, 2010, Gitmo has constantly been in the news.

With…

Just the Beginning

By Nahal Zamani, Human Rights Program at 5:12pm

President Obama spoke eloquently this morning, delivering a historic speech before the United Nations General Assembly. In his speech, Obama outlined his administration's steps towards what he called a "new era of engagement," noting that…

Gitmo Military Commissions on Hold Again

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:46pm

Yesterday, the ACLU's Denny LeBoeuf was in Guantánamo to observe the restart of the military commission hearings. But the hearings were brought to another halt almost as soon as they began: the military judge granted the government's motion…

Government Asks For Delay in Guantánamo Military Commission Cases of 9/11 Defendants

By Rachel Myers, ACLU at 5:28pm

The government indicated today it would ask for a further delay in the Guantánamo military commissions cases of the defendants charged in the 9/11 attacks. The proceedings are currently scheduled to resume on Monday, September 21, and…

Indefinite Detention Sacrifices Human Dignity

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:39pm

Last weekend , NOW on PBS explored indefinite detention in its latest episode, "After Guantánamo." In it, host David Brancaccio interviewed Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Couch, who was tasked with prosecuting Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a…

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