Archive for ‘September, 2010’

By One Vote, US Court OKs Torture And ‘Extraordinary Rendition’

By One Vote, US Court OKs Torture And ‘Extraordinary Rendition’

Sometimes a story is so troubling that it takes some time to digest, and the ruling delivered last Wednesday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (PDF), in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of five men subjected to “extraordinary rendition” and torture, is one such story. The men — Binyam Mohamed, Ahmed […]

Who Are The Remaining Prisoners In Guantanamo? Part One: The ‘Dirty Thirty’

Who Are The Remaining Prisoners In Guantanamo? Part One: The ‘Dirty Thirty’

This is the first part of an eight-part series telling the stories of all the prisoners currently held in Guantánamo (176 at the time of writing). See the introduction here. The 20 prisoners listed below were the first group of prisoners seized crossing from Afghanistan to Pakistan in December 2001. They have been identified as […]

Introducing The Definitive List Of The Remaining Prisoners In Guantanamo

Introducing The Definitive List Of The Remaining Prisoners In Guantanamo

Over the next month, in an attempt to focus attention more closely on Guantánamo, and on the remaining prisoners who are held there, I’ll be publishing an eight-part series of articles (in conjunction with Cageprisoners, for whom I work as a Senior Researcher), telling, for the first time, the stories of the 176 men who […]

Interview With BP Gulf Disaster Commissioner Fran Ulmer

Interview With BP Gulf Disaster Commissioner Fran Ulmer

Zach Roberts interviews BP Gulf disaster commissioner Fran Ulmer at the University of Alaska at Anchorage. Tweet

Obama’s Hollow Guantanamo Apology

Obama’s Hollow Guantanamo Apology

Last Friday, in his first press conference since May, President Obama was concerned primarily with the economy, but also found time to answer a couple of questions about Guantánamo that were put to him by Ann Compton of ABC News Radio. For the most part, the media overlooked this section of the press conference, focusing […]

Washington Post Rehabilitates Abu Zubaydah Torturer

Washington Post Rehabilitates Abu Zubaydah Torturer

I haven’t been blogging much of late, as I’m working on a few big investigative pieces. The first, due out later this week at Truthout, will take up the issue of the involuntary drugging of detainees, previously the subject of a big Washington Post exposé in April 2008. Another article, on the build-up to the […]

Judge Denies Habeas Petition Of Afghan Shopkeeper At Guantanamo

Judge Denies Habeas Petition Of Afghan Shopkeeper At Guantanamo

On Friday September 3, in the District Court in Washington D.C., Judge John D. Bates handed another victory to the government in its ongoing effort to continue holding insignificant prisoners at Guantánamo, when he denied the habeas corpus petition of Shawali Khan, an Afghan prisoner. Khan was accused of providing assistance to members of Hezb-e-Islami […]

Hurricane of Inhumanity: Five Years After Katrina

Hurricane of Inhumanity: Five Years After Katrina

Five years after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans – a natural disaster with unnatural responses – led to the death of an estimated 1,800 people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of others, the lesson has not yet been learned. While US President Barack Obama acknowledged that the disaster was “a man-made catastrophe – […]

No Surprise At President Obama’s Guantanamo Trial Chaos

No Surprise At President Obama’s Guantanamo Trial Chaos

Surprise is the last thing that anyone ought to feel on hearing the news that the Obama administration “has shelved the planned prosecution,” in a trial by Military Commission, “of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged coordinator of the Oct. 2000 suicide attack on the USS Cole in Yemen,” as the Washington Post reported on Thursday, or that senior officials are “alarmed” by negative responses to the trial by Military Commission of Omar Khadr, as the New York Times reported last Friday.

CIA Training Intelligence Agents For ‘State Sponsor Of Terrorism’ Sudan

CIA Training Intelligence Agents For ‘State Sponsor Of Terrorism’ Sudan

The government of Sudan has been miffed that it cannot get off of the U.S. list of states that sponsor terrorism. It could be because of the history of arbitrary arrests, killings and torture by the administration of Sudan President Omar Al Bashir, as documented in a recent report by Amnesty International. Or it could […]

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