Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘Eric Holder’

Ex-Gitmo Detainee, Tortured by Al-Qaeda, US, Launches Futile Attempt To Hold US Accountable

Ex-Gitmo Detainee, Tortured by Al-Qaeda, US, Launches Futile Attempt To Hold US Accountable

Last June, in the District Court in Washington D.C., a ruling was delivered on the habeas corpus petition of a Syrian prisoner in Guantánamo, Abdul Rahim al-Janko (also identified as Abdul Rahim al-Ginco), which exemplified all that was wrong with the Bush administration’s detention policies in the “War on Terror,” and which also dealt a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Attorney General Eric Holder: Death To Miranda Warnings

Attorney General Eric Holder: Death To Miranda Warnings

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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.

Holder: Location For 9/11 Trial Expected ‘Relatively Soon,’ NYC Still An Option

Holder: Location For 9/11 Trial Expected ‘Relatively Soon,’ NYC Still An Option

With attempted terrorist Najibullah Zazi pleading guilty to three criminal charges before a federal judge in New York, Attorney General Eric Holder says that Zazi’s case proves that the US Justice Department can effectively prosecute terrorists. And he noted during a news conference Monday following the guilty plea that the trial of self-professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators could still be held in New York City, despite widespread opposition from Republicans and Democrats.

No Justice Forever: America’s New Foreign Policy of Indefinite Detention

No Justice Forever: America’s New Foreign Policy of Indefinite Detention

As evidenced by the recent outpouring of generous support for the people of Haiti, America remains a caring and compassionate nation. But when it comes to human rights and the rule of law, the United States falls woefully short, trailing behind the rest of the civilized world. Case in point, the U.S. government is seriously considering indefinite detentions for some Guantanamo detainees.

Afghan ‘Nobody’ Faces Trial by Military Commission

Afghan ‘Nobody’ Faces Trial by Military Commission

On Wednesday evening, the Associated Press reported that, in court filings, Justice Department lawyers stated that Attorney General Eric Holder has decided that a sixth Guantánamo prisoner — an Afghan named Obaidullah — will be put forward for trial by Military Commission.

KSM and MSM

KSM and MSM

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and the corporate “mainstream” media make quite a pair. We’re hearing a very “balanced” debate over whether KSM should be tried in New York City, and whether the most insane objections to that proposal are really insane or not. But what are we not hearing?

Finding New Homes For 44 Cleared Guantanamo Prisoners

Finding New Homes For 44 Cleared Guantanamo Prisoners

In a recent article, I examined the implications of an announcement that 75 of the remaining 223 prisoners in Guantánamo have been cleared for release. This came by way of a list posted in the prison, identifying the prisoners by nationality, and a statement by a military spokesman, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brook DeWalt, who explained, “It was an opportunity to just provide better communication. There’s a lot of information out there and you get a lot of things from a lot of different angles. It helps put it in a more succinct context for them [the prisoners].”

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