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Posts Tagged ‘Guantanamo Bay’

USS Cole Conspiracy Trial at Gitmo Postponed Due to Apparent Security Breach

The Miami Herald reports that Gitmo chief judge Army Col. James L. Pohl ordered a two-month delay in pre-trial proceedings in the USS Cole conspiracy case “in the interest of justice” following reports that portions of the Pentagon computer system housing defense and prosecution court documents is not secure. After certain defense documents disappeared from […]

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Government Study Shows Viability of Closing Guantánamo

The Associated Press reports that a Government Accountability Office study supports closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay. Senator Diane Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman who released the reports, states that it “demonstrates that if the political will exists, we could finally close Guantánamo without imperiling our national security.” Specifically, the study illustrates that 373 […]

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Guantanamo Prisoner Alleges Guard Mistreatment

The Miami Herald reports that Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, the alleged USS Cole bomber, is threatening refusal to appear in court because he is being mistreated by Guantanamo guards. Specifically, the article states Nashiri complains that military transport has been so uncomfortable that it causes him to throw up, an alleged result of a […]

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Judge Considers U.S. Constitution’s Application at Guantanamo

A recent Reuters article calls into question the authority of the U.S. Constitution as applied to matters at Guantanamo Bay, noting that the forum was chosen as a military prison primarily because it would put detainees outside the reach of U.S. law. The article further reminds readers of the 2008 Supreme Court decision (Boumediene v. […]

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Oct 23rd, 2012 Military tribunals

Court Prohibits Policies Limiting Guantánamo Prisoners’ Access to Counsel

Earlier this month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the Obama Administration regarding policies that limited access to counsel for those Guantánamo Bay prisoners who are not challenging their detention. In his opinion, Judge Royce Lamberth wrote, “It is clear that the government had no legal authority to unilaterally […]

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Oct 1st, 2012 Uncategorized

List of Guantanamo Bay Military Detainees Released

The Washington Post reported that last Friday the Department of Justice released the names of Guantanamo Bay prisoners for the first time. A list was filed with the United States District Court in Washington, D.C.. The Post quoted Zachary Katznelson, senior staff attorney for the ACLU’s National Security Project, as saying: “Today’s release is a partial […]

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Sep 24th, 2012 Current Affairs, defenses

USS Cole lawyer wants trial televised –

According to the UPI on June 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM, “Defense lawyers have asked that the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, trial of the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing in 2000 be televised in the United States.” This strikes me as a stunningly irresponsible request which makes the lawyers appear to be tools of […]

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Next step in 9/11 terrorism trial set for May 5 – CNN

On April 10, 2012 CNN's national security blog reported that the military tribunals for alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammad and four other defendants will commence on May 5th of this year.  According to the article, Army Colonel James Pohl, the chief judge for the Guantanamo military commission will preside over all five trials.  According […]

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Report: More former GITMO detainees back on the battlefield – CNN

On March 6, 2012, CNN's national security blog reported that according to a recent report released by the Director of National Intelligence, "167 out of 599 detainees who were transferred to other countries as of December 2011 are either confirmed or suspected of returning to the battlefield." With 60 Guantanamo Bay detainees cleared to be […]

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Guantanamo detainee Majid Khan pleads guilty, promises cooperation – Washington Post

According to a February 29, 2012 article in the Washington Post, Guantanamo Bay detainee Majid Khan has accepted a plea bargain with the U.S. government.  The agreement, which is the first for a high-value detainee, caps the maximum sentence at 19 years of incarceration, in exchange for providing testimony in future military tribunals. According to […]

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