Guantánamo 2002 - 2009
Since January 11, 2002 (pdf), approximately 775 people ranging in age from 13 to 98 have been detained at the military prison complex at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. As of early 2009, approximately 250 remain there. In that time, two trials have been completed in the flawed military commissions system, both ending in convictions that are tainted with illegitimacy.
In addition to attending nearly every military commissions proceeding at Guantánamo since they began in 2004, the ACLU founded the John Adams Project, a partnership with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to sponsor expert civilian counsel to assist the under-resourced military defense counsel of some Guantánamo detainees.
After three Supreme Court decisions rejecting the administration's detention policies at Gitmo, the legal status of the detainees there remains unresolved and the fight continues to end unlawful detention and the denial of due process. The ACLU is calling on President Barack Obama to close Guantánamo by executive order on Day 1 of his presidency and end the military commissions.
GITMO AND THE SUPREME COURT
Rasul v. Bush
Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. United States
Leading Human Rights Groups Request Full Access To Guantánamo Prison (1/30/2009)
President Obama To Order Guantánamo Closed (1/21/2009)
9/11 Detainees Postpone Guilty Pleas At Guantánamo (12/08/2008)
ACLU At Guantánamo This Week For 9/11 Hearings (12/08/2008)
ACLU Says No Room For Compromise On Banning Torture (12/03/2008)
ACLU Praises Obama's Plan To Close Guantánamo (11/17/2008)
Video: ACLU Partners With Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Foundation For A Series Of Short Videos About Gitmo
Audio: Oral Arguments in Boumediene v. Bush (12/5/2007)
Close Guantanamo Campaign