Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘detainees’

Habeas Hell: How The Great Writ Was Gutted At Guantanamo

Habeas Hell: How The Great Writ Was Gutted At Guantanamo

For the US attorneys who represent prisoners in Guantánamo, and who have spent many years seeking justice for their clients, it has been a long, and generally disappointing road. After triumph in June 2004, when, in Rasul v. Bush, the Supreme Court granted the prisoners habeas corpus rights, allowing them to meet their clients for […]

Is There No End To Republicans’ Abuse of Guantanamo Prisoners?

Is There No End To Republicans’ Abuse of Guantanamo Prisoners?

Every now and then I’m forcefully reminded of the extent to which Guantánamo is still used by unscrupulous lawmakers as a political plaything, even though it is a place where, by any objective measure, a small number of terrorist suspects are held alongside insignificant Taliban foot soldiers and others unfortunate enough to be in the […]

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

President Obama’s hopes of closing Guantánamo, which were already gravely wounded by his inability to meet his self-imposed deadline of a year for the prison’s closure, now appear to have been killed off by lawmakers in Congress. Although the House Armed Services Committee was happy to authorize, by 59 votes to 0, a budget of over $700 billion for war ($567 billion for “defense spending” and $159 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq) for the fiscal year beginning in October, lawmakers unanimously saw through — and turned down — a fraction of this budget for what the administration had labeled a “transfer fund” — money intended to close Guantánamo and buy a new prison in Illinois for prisoners designated for trials or for indefinite detention without charge or trial.

Three Guantanamo Detainees Released to Georgia

Three Guantanamo Detainees Released to Georgia

The Department of Justice today announced that three detainees have been transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the custody and control of Georgia. As directed by the President’s January 22, 2009 Executive Order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of these cases. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, the detainees were approved for transfer by unanimous consent among all the agencies involved in the Task Force. In accordance with Congressionally-mandated reporting requirements, the Administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer these detainees at least 15 days before their transfer.

Four Prisoners Freed From Guantanamo

Four Prisoners Freed From Guantanamo

On Wednesday, four prisoners were released from Guantánamo: an Egyptian, a Libyan and a Tunisian arrived in Albania, and a Palestinian arrived in Spain. All four had been cleared by military review boards at Guantánamo under the Bush administration, and had then been cleared by President Obama’s interagency Task Force, but, like dozens of prisoners in Guantánamo, they could not be repatriated because of fears that they would be tortured if returned to their home countries or subjected to other ill-treatment, or because they were effectively stateless.

Gitmo Judge Urged to Recuse Himself After ProPublica Interview

Gitmo Judge Urged to Recuse Himself After ProPublica Interview

A federal judge who spoke at length with ProPublica about his experience working through about a dozen constitutional challenges mounted by Guantanamo prisoners is being asked by a detainee’s lawyer to remove himself from a pending case based on quoted portions of his interviews.

Judges Urge Congress to Act on Indefinite Terrorism Detentions

Judges Urge Congress to Act on Indefinite Terrorism Detentions

Three judges on the federal trial court hearing challenges brought by Guantanamo prisoners are calling on Congress and the Obama administration to enact a law to address one of the nation’s most perplexing moral and legal dilemmas: When can the United States indefinitely detain terrorism suspects?

Obama’s Countdown to Failure on Guantanamo

Obama’s Countdown to Failure on Guantanamo

Barring some frankly unattainable miracle, this will be the week that President Obama’s international credibility, regarding his promises to undo the Bush administration’s “War on Terror” detention policies, takes a nosedive. The President began well, freezing the much-criticized Military Commissions trial system on his first day in office, and, on his second day, issuing executive orders requiring Guantánamo to be closed within a year, and upholding the absolute ban on torture that had been so cynically manipulated by the Bush administration.

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee, Never Charged With A Crime, Appeals To Obama On Prison’s 8th Anniversary

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee, Never Charged With A Crime, Appeals To Obama On Prison’s 8th Anniversary

From the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR): Mohammed Sulaymon Barre was released from Guantanamo on December 20, 2009, and returned to his family in Somaliland. Mr. Barre had fled Somalia during the civil war in theearly 1990s. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees granted Mr. Barre refugee status in Pakistan where he lived and […]

Repatriation of Gitmo Yemenis: US Concerned Over Rehab Arrangements

Repatriation of Gitmo Yemenis: US Concerned Over Rehab Arrangements

Al Jazeera reports: Yemen is struggling with the possible release of the largest group of detainees at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The release of more than 90 Yemenis still being held at the facility may be delayed due to US fears that Yemen does not have the capacity to ensure the […]

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