Archive for ‘January, 2013’

Guantanamo Military Commissions: Only The Judge Is In Control, Except When He Isn’t

Guantanamo Military Commissions: Only The Judge Is In Control, Except When He Isn’t

The Guantanamo Bay Military Commission Hearing, United States v. Mohammed, et al., resumed on Tuesday after adjourning on Monday. As expected, all of the accused waived their right to appear at their own hearings, with co-defendant Walid bin Attash’s criticism of the trial’s process still echoing from the day before. Bin Attash had described the […]

The Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Hearings Resume: But Who Is The Man Behind The Curtain? And “Who is Controlling These Proceedings?”

The Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Hearings Resume: But Who Is The Man Behind The Curtain? And “Who is Controlling These Proceedings?”

The KSM Guantanamo Bay Military Commission Hearing, United States v. Mohammed, et al., reconvened on Monday for the second session of pre-trial motion hearings. The first session of these hearings, held in October, 2012, devolved into what many referred to as “a circus.” The opening session of this week’s hearings produced several tense moments, including […]

Is the US Government Preparing to Charge Accused Terrorist Abu Zubaydah With War Crimes?

Is the US Government Preparing to Charge Accused Terrorist Abu Zubaydah With War Crimes?

This report was originally published on Truthout. The Department of Defense (DoD) won’t release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) six volumes of diaries written by Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, better known as accused terrorist Abu Zubaydah, nor will DoD release six pages of the Guantanamo prisoner’s sketches that depict the torture he was […]

Aaron Swartz’s FOIA Requests Shed Light on His Struggle

Aaron Swartz’s FOIA Requests Shed Light on His Struggle

Although a majority of his FOIA requests were self-serving and appear to be connected to law enforcement investigations into his activities, it is also clear that the information he sought, particularly in areas of government surveillance, would have greatly benefited the public. However, his efforts to pry loose materials from a highly secretive administration were mostly unsuccessful.

Does Torture Work? Does It Matter?

Does Torture Work? Does It Matter?

In 2005, I wrote an essay, published in the journal Logos, entitled “Torture in our Time.” In it I laid out the historical evidence for the conclusion that torture rarely works. This position goes back at least to the Enlightenment when Cesare Beccaria wrote a famous pamphlet, “ On Crimes and Punishments” (1764) in which he […]

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