Military Commissions

Beyond Bradley Manning: The Government Has Made Its Point (UPDATED)

Beyond Bradley Manning: The Government Has Made Its Point (UPDATED)

By Ben Wizner, Director, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 10:44am
UPDATE (8/21/13): Bradley Manning was sentenced by a military judge today to 35 years in prison. In response, the ACLU’s Ben Wizner said:
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…

Guantánamo Dispatch: The Gremlins in the Commissions

Guantánamo Dispatch: The Gremlins in the Commissions

By Matthew Harwood, Media Strategist, ACLU at 11:59am

FORT MEADE, Md. - Ninety miles off the coast of Florida, a government experiment continues to go horribly, and predictably, wrong.

Watching last week's pretrial hearings in the Guantánamo military commissions prosecution of the men accused…

Counting the Days at Guantánamo

Counting the Days at Guantánamo

By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:15am

The U.S. government took its first prisoners to Guantánamo Bay 12 years ago today.

In the 4,380 days since, we have seen indefinite detention without formal charge or trial, the use of torture and other abusive treatment, and unlawful and…

Guantánamo Dispatch: Why Military Commissions?

Guantánamo Dispatch: Why Military Commissions?

By Ashley Gorski, Nadine Strossen Fellow, National Security Project, ACLU at 4:15pm

I’m writing from Guantánamo Bay, where I’ve been observing pre-trial proceedings in the military commissions prosecution of the 9/11 defendants. Earlier this week, other NGO observers and I had the opportunity to meet for a general discussion…

In Guantánamo 9/11 Pretrial Hearings, Defense Attorneys Protest Obstacles to Effective Counsel

In Guantánamo 9/11 Pretrial Hearings, Defense Attorneys Protest Obstacles to Effective Counsel

By Emma Cox, ACLU at 1:59pm

You cannot have a meaningful, effective relationship with a client when people who are not within the [attorney–client] privilege stand between you and the client. — David Nevin, defense counsel for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

With those words,…

Guántanamo Dispatch: Improvising Basic Trial Rights

Guántanamo Dispatch: Improvising Basic Trial Rights

By Ian Kysel, Aryeh Neier Fellow, ACLU Human Rights Program at 10:11am

Last week's military commissions proceedings in the trial of Abd al Rahim Al-Nashiri in Guantánamo Bay demonstrates the grave threat to justice posed by an ad hoc approach to a defendant's rights. Life and death decisions—Al-Nashiri could face the…

Guántanamo Dispatch: New Revelations of Attorney–Client Surveillance

Guántanamo Dispatch: New Revelations of Attorney–Client Surveillance

By Ian Kysel, Aryeh Neier Fellow, ACLU Human Rights Program at 4:37pm

As debate rages about the National Security Agency vacuuming up Americans' phone and Internet data, a different form of government surveillance is on the docket here in Guántanamo. This week, at the military commission pre-trial hearings of Abd al…

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…

$600 Million and Counting: GTMO's Military Commissions

$600 Million and Counting: GTMO's Military Commissions

By Zak Newman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:42pm

The military commission attorneys and judge are in Guantanamo Bay this week for the continuation of the 9/11 pretrial hearings – along with the ACLU's Chandra Bhatnagar, who is monitoring the proceedings.

In addition to the ongoing legal…

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