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Posts Tagged ‘military detention’

Judge Denies Detainees’ Requests for Hearing

The New York Times reports that a judge has denied requests for hearings by three men who have been imprisoned by the U.S. military in Afghanistan for nearly ten years but have not yet been afforded trials. The article also explains that, although a court ruled in favor of allowing the hearings in 2009, that […]

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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

Guantanamo Defense Attorney for the New Republic

Joseph Margulies, a Guantanamo defense attorney, writes at the New Republic that as competing narratives about the meaning and proper response to the 9/11 attacks continue to take shape, “the iconic images of the post-September 11 world — Guantanamo, waterboarding, military commissions, rendition, and countless others — are converted from policies that are either good […]

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Classified Guantanamo Documents: Interactive Links

The New York Times has published several documents that it reports are the Government’s Guide to Assessing Detainees, including a ‘threat matrix’ – including advice on code words, cover stories, locations, etc – intended to help interrogators and analysts determine whether the detainee was a high- or low-level threat to the United States. (This document […]

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Classified Files Offer New Insights Into Detainees

The New York Times reports tonight that classified assessments of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison obtained by newspaper give the fullest public picture to date of the prisoners held there. According to the Times, Obama administration officials have condemned the publication of the classified documents, which were obtained by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks last year but provided […]

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Update on Chinese Uighurs at Guantanamo

The Los Angeles Times editorial board weighs in on the case of five Chinese Uighurs being held at Guantanamo despite being cleared for release; their appeal was declined by the Supreme Court this week. The editorial argues that “[t]he United States has a moral obligation to accommodate the Uighurs, whom the government acknowledges are victims […]

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Khadr’s Lawyers Challenge Pentagon Witness in Plea for Clemency

In October of 2010, Omar Khadr pleaded guilty to five war crimes at a military commission in Guantanamo and received an eight-year sentence. Now, defense lawyers for Khadr are challenging the qualifications of a key Pentagon witness and seeking to have Khadr’s sentence cut in half to four years. According to a letter sent to the […]

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal from Chinese Uighurs

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from five Chinese Uighurs who have been detained at Guantanamo for nearly nine years. The detainees, who are not considered a threat to the United States and have been cleared for release, do not want to be returned to China for fear of imprisonment. The […]

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Congressional Hearing on Guantanamo Detainee Transfer Policy and Recidivism

On Wednesday, April 13,  the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Guantanamo Detainee Transfer Policy and Recidivism. The link to the hearing Web site, which has links to the prepared witness testimony, is here.  The Committee also posted the full video of the hearing on YouTube, found here.  

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AP: Terror Suspects in Afghanistan Can Be Held for Weeks in Secret

In a report issued this Friday, April 8, 2011, the AP reports that suspected terrorists in Afghanistan continue to be held in covert U.S. military-run detention facilities where they can be interrogated for up to nine weeks before being charged. The report cites U.S. officials who revealed details of what the AP calls “the top-secret […]

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