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I’m Suing DOJ For Copy of Senate Committee’s CIA Torture Report

I’m Suing DOJ For Copy of Senate Committee’s CIA Torture Report

Late Monday evening, I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice to obtain a copy of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA torture program. The panel spent four years “reviewing” the CIA torture program, which cost taxpayers more than $40 million. The substance of the […]

Here’s What The White House’s “Secret” Plan To Close Guantanamo Looks Like

Here’s What The White House’s “Secret” Plan To Close Guantanamo Looks Like

Last month, hours before a Senate subcommittee held a hearing on shuttering the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the White House circulated a two-page document to Congress that contained the administration’s plans for closing the prison. One reason the White House drafted the document, sources tell me, was to beat back criticism from some members of […]

Justice Department: FBI Has Started To Process Michael Hastings Documents

Justice Department: FBI Has Started To Process Michael Hastings Documents

Crossposted from Freedom of Press Foundation The Department of Justice (DOJ) has indicated that the FBI has likely located responsive records pertaining to investigative journalist Michael Hastings, who died in a tragic car accident in Los Angeles in June, and the agency expects to finish processing the records in about three weeks. DOJ revealed the […]

We’re Suing The FBI For Records On Journalist Michael Hastings

We’re Suing The FBI For Records On Journalist Michael Hastings

Does the FBI have any records on the late investigative journalist Michael Hastings? I don’t know. But fellow FOIA terrorist Ryan Shapiro and I just filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the agency to find out. Hastings died in a tragic car accident in Los Angeles June 18 at the age of 33. Immediately after […]

Revealed: The 95 Media Worthy FOIA Requests Flagged For Pentagon Approval

Revealed: The 95 Media Worthy FOIA Requests Flagged For Pentagon Approval

A few weeks ago, the nonpartisan organization Cause of Action posted a story on its website about a secret Pentagon policy that calls for certain Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that may generate media attention to first be approved by the Pentagon. Naturally, I was eager to find out what FOIA requests analysts believed would be […]

EXCLUSIVE: Guantanamo’s Indefinite Prisoners To Have Cases Reviewed

EXCLUSIVE: Guantanamo’s Indefinite Prisoners To Have Cases Reviewed

Attorneys representing Guantanamo prisoners were notified by a government official late Friday night that the men who the Obama administration has determined can neither be prosecuted nor released will finally have their cases reviewed to determine whether they should still be indefinitely detained. In an email I obtained, retired Navy Rear Admiral Norton C. Joerg, […]

Government: Halting Guantanamo Prisoner Genital Searches Will Cause “Irreparable Harm”

Government: Halting Guantanamo Prisoner Genital Searches Will Cause “Irreparable Harm”

The Justice Department has asked a federal court judge to put an order he issued last week on hold that barred Guantanamo guards from conducting the “abhorrent” and “humiliating” procedure of searching prisoners’ genitals when they leave their cells to meet with attorneys and return to the prison camp. In court documents filed late Tuesday […]

Jason Leopold’s Investigative Reporting On The Life And Death of Guantanamo Prisoner Adnan Latif

Jason Leopold’s Investigative Reporting On The Life And Death of Guantanamo Prisoner Adnan Latif

Last September, Yemeni Guantanamo prisoner Adnan Latif was found dead in his cell in a punishment wing at Camp 5 of the prison. His death was all the more tragic because Latif had been cleared for release no less than three times by the Bush and Obama administrations. However, Latif continued to languish at Guantanamo, […]

Guantanamo Prisoners Ask Judge To Stop Force-Feeding So They Can Observe Ramadan

Guantanamo Prisoners Ask Judge To Stop Force-Feeding So They Can Observe Ramadan

Lawyers for four hunger-striking Guantanamo prisoners filed a motion Sunday in federal court in Washington, DC, asking a judge to intervene and stop prison officials from force-feeding the men and administering medications associated with the procedure without their consent. The prisoners, Shaker Aamer, the last British resident detained at Guantanamo, Ahmed Belbacha and Nabil Hadjarab, Algerians and […]

A Tour Inside The Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility

A Tour Inside The Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility

Crossposted from Freedom of the Press Foundation. Thanks to the generous financial support of the Freedom of Press Foundation, I traveled to Guantanamo during the height of a mass hunger strike to tour the detention facility, along with four other members of the media. We were shown the two main detention camps—5 and 6—as well […]

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