Archive for ‘June, 2013’

A Week Of Secret Information And Technical Difficulties At Guantanamo Military Commissions Concludes

A Week Of Secret Information And Technical Difficulties At Guantanamo Military Commissions Concludes

This week’s pre-trial proceedings in United States v. Mohammed, et al. resumed on Thursday for the fourth day of hearings and the third day with all of the accused present. Ordinarily, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the four co-defendants, accused of planning the 9/11 attacks, only make cursory appearances on Mondays as required by Presiding Judge […]

Monitoring Of Attorney-Client Communications At Issue In Nashiri Hearing

Monitoring Of Attorney-Client Communications At Issue In Nashiri Hearing

At 0845, the accused was escorted into chamber and to his seat.  He chatted with lead defense counsel Rick Kammen and a translator. Aside, not previously mentioned: In the gallery, a section to the right is reserved for family members.  A curtain may be drawn to separate them from the rest of the gallery, presumably […]

At Guantanamo, The Pursuit Of Justice Must Stand By Because Of Technical Difficulties

At Guantanamo, The Pursuit Of Justice Must Stand By Because Of Technical Difficulties

United States v. Mohammed, et al. resumed on Wednesday for the third day of this week’s pre-trial hearings. Each day of this week’s hearings have been impeded by technical problems that demonstrate that holding the trial at the Military Commission in Guantanamo Bay is several problematic. Continuing to hold the trials at the remote courtroom […]

Guantanamo Military Commissions: The Inexperience Of The Convening Authority

Guantanamo Military Commissions: The Inexperience Of The Convening Authority

The hearings for United States v. Mohammed, et al. resumed on Tuesday with the second day of examination of the defenses’ witness, Vice Admiral Bruce MacDonald, the former Convening Authority of the Guantanamo Military Commissions. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo Bay detainees are charged with the planning and coordination of the 9/11 attacks. […]

KSM Military Commissions Hearing Still Marred By Procedural Legal Issues

KSM Military Commissions Hearing Still Marred By Procedural Legal Issues

At 0900, United States v. Mohammed, et al., reconvened on Monday for another week of hearings in the pretrial phase in the Guantanamo-based prosecution of five men charged with coordinating the 9/11 attacks. Monday’s hearing centered on the testimony of retired Vice Admiral Bruce McDonald, the Convening Authority of the Guantanamo Military Commissions from March […]

At Guantanamo War Court, A Question About Classified Information

At Guantanamo War Court, A Question About Classified Information

Pre-Trial hearing for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, Day 2 At 0845, two guards, each with a hand on one of Nashiri’s shoulders, escorted the prisoner to his seat.  At 0904, Judge James P. Pohl took the bench. Classified information and Al Nashiri Major Allison Daniels, a thirty-ish woman,  argued this motion on Nashiri’s behalf, which dealt […]

Dispatch From Guantanamo: Can Spiral Notebooks Be Used As A Weapon?

Dispatch From Guantanamo: Can Spiral Notebooks Be Used As A Weapon?

The large courtroom has six, four-seat defense tables in a column, to the left of the courtroom, facing the front. The seat on the farthest left has a ring bolt beneath it, with a chain (concealed from the panel), for use if necessary. A column of five, three-seat desks sits on the right, with a box for the panel (“jury” not being the correct term) to its right. The bench, of course, is located at the front. Seats line the walls, looking outward from the walls. Say 24 on the left, and maybe 8 on the right to the front of the panel box. Military men sit in those chairs, all or most having earpieces, to provide security. They wear no visible sidearms, but our tour guide from the day before would not say whether they are armed. They rotate out every 15 minutes or so, to stay alert.

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 […]

A Rare Look At Morning Prayers At Guantanamo’s Maximum Security Camp 5

A Rare Look At Morning Prayers At Guantanamo’s Maximum Security Camp 5

On May 15, military officials at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility escorted me and other visiting media to maximum security Camp 5, where non compliant prisoners are held, for a rare opportunity to observe the prisoners’ morning prayer. The visit took place amid a mass hunger strike that is now entering its fourth month and […]

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