Archive for the Category ‘Law’

How The Senate’s CIA Torture Report Could Derail Guantanamo’s Military Commissions

How The Senate’s CIA Torture Report Could Derail Guantanamo’s Military Commissions

Al Jazeera America reports that the possible release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program could throw the military commissions at Guantanamo into chaos: The possible declassification and release of a Senate report into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program — begun in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — […]

California to Review Government Access to Consumer Data

California to Review Government Access to Consumer Data

Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 54, authored by state Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) passed the California Legislature Wednesday. The resolution directs the California Law Revision Commission to review state laws that govern “access by state and local government agencies to customer information from communications service providers…”

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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