Coincidence? John Yoo on The Daily Show on Gitmo Anniversary

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 3:39pm
Monday marks the eighth anniversary of the day the first detainees arrived at Guantánamo, a place that now stands as a symbol of this country's disregard for human rights and the rule of law.

Gitmo Education

By Ateqah Khaki at 4:20pm

In light of new developments about the future of Guantánamo Bay and the fate of the men who remain imprisoned there, several recently released books will be vital to the impending national debate about the prison camp. Written by those…

Gitmo, Illinois

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:55pm

Today, President Obama ordered the federal government to purchase the Thomson Correctional Center, a maximum security prison in northwestern Illinois, and the new home for a "limited number" of detainees currently held at Guantánamo…

One Step Forward; Two Steps Back

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 4:25pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

An unavoidable consequence of creating a new and ad hoc justice system on the fly is that issues that would be simple and routine in an ordinary criminal trial end up raising questions that are novel and highly…

Changing the Charges. Changing the Game.

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 3:32pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Yesterday, I observed proceedings in the case of Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi, a Sudanese man who has been detained at Guantánamo for nearly eight years, and one of the detainees Attorney General Holder…

From Gitmo to Bagram: From Bad to Worse?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 11:57am

Thanksgiving weekend's big national security story was the continuing operation of a "black jail" at Bagram, where detainees are held for weeks in completely secret detention. Not even the Red Cross is notified about or given access to…

Maintaining the Status Quo

By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU at 2:15pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

It seemed to be business as usual Wednesday, as we filed into the courtroom at Guantánamo Bay for Afghan Mohammed Kamin's pre-trial hearing before the military commission here. Attorney General Eric…

Tuesday Brings Good (Yes, Good) Guantánamo News in Congress

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:28pm

Earlier this afternoon, the Senate voted to table (a fancy word for defeating) an amendment that was proposed by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) to the military construction appropriations bill. The Inhofe Amendment would have prohibited the Department…

From Gitmo to Illinois?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:37pm

Over the weekend, an unnamed White House official leaked word that the under-used Thomson Maximum Security Correction Center in Carroll County, Illinois, 150-miles west of Chicago, could be the new home of some of the remaining 200-plus…

What About Khadr?

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 4:40pm

With today's announcement that the Justice Department will move five of the men accused of 9/11 crimes to federal court in New York, the question still remains about one of the other high-profile detainees: Omar Khadr.

The world knows Khadr…

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