Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘habeas corpus’

Terror, Intelligence And You: Partners At The Fear Ballet

Terror, Intelligence And You: Partners At The Fear Ballet

Have we become a nation that values intelligence and secrecy over individual rights and government transparency? Can we as a nation be secure without having to dominate those abroad in never-ending wars, while single-handedly garrisoning the world?    At the onset, I acknowledge that intelligence is important and that certain information must be kept secret.  Nonetheless, […]

White House Drafts Executive Order For Indefinite Detention

White House Drafts Executive Order For Indefinite Detention

The White House is preparing an Executive Order on indefinite detention that will provide periodic reviews of evidence against dozens of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, according to several administration officials.

Captured In Guantanamo: The Remaining Guantanamo Prisoners (Part 7)

Captured In Guantanamo: The Remaining Guantanamo Prisoners (Part 7)

This is the seventh installment of a nine-part series telling the stories of all the prisoners currently held in Guantánamo (174 at the time of writing). See the introduction here, and Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five and Part Six. This seventh article tells the stories of 13 prisoners seized in […]

Identities Of Two Guantanamo Prisoners Freed in Germany Revealed

Identities Of Two Guantanamo Prisoners Freed in Germany Revealed

On Thursday, two Guantánamo prisoners were released, to start new lives in Germany, bringing the prison’s population to 174. Announcing their arrival, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière stated that, by taking them in, Germany had “made its humanitarian contribution to closing the detention center.” He also noted that the two men had asked for their […]

Introducing The Definitive List Of The Remaining Prisoners In Guantanamo

Introducing The Definitive List Of The Remaining Prisoners In Guantanamo

Over the next month, in an attempt to focus attention more closely on Guantánamo, and on the remaining prisoners who are held there, I’ll be publishing an eight-part series of articles (in conjunction with Cageprisoners, for whom I work as a Senior Researcher), telling, for the first time, the stories of the 176 men who […]

Guantanamo: The Definitive Prisoner List (Updated For Summer 2010)

Guantanamo: The Definitive Prisoner List (Updated For Summer 2010)

Please support Andy Worthington’s groundbreaking work! In March 2009, I published a four-part list identifying all 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo since the prison opened on January 11, 2002, which I updated in January this year. To keep up with developments over the last six months, I have now updated it again, and the four […]

Defiance In Isolation: The Last Stand Of Omar Khadr

Defiance In Isolation: The Last Stand Of Omar Khadr

In the last week, Omar Khadr, the only Western citizen still held in Guantánamo, has sacked his US lawyers and stated that he will boycott his forthcoming trial by Military Commission, scheduled to begin on August 10. He has also refused to have anything to do with a plea deal that was being negotiated between […]

Guantanamo and Habeas Corpus: 2 Years, 50 Cases, 36 Victories for the Prisoners

Guantanamo and Habeas Corpus: 2 Years, 50 Cases, 36 Victories for the Prisoners

For the first two and a half years that the “War on Terror” prison at Guantánamo was open, the men held there had no recourse to justice if, as many of them claimed, they had been seized by mistake, as part of a largely indiscriminate dragnet involving substantial bounty payments to the Bush administration’s allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Even More ‘Congressional Depravity’ On Guantanamo

Even More ‘Congressional Depravity’ On Guantanamo

On Monday, in an article entitled, “House Kills Plan to Close Guantánamo,” I described my despair at the House Armed Services Committee’s unanimous refusal to provide $350 million (out of a war budget of $726 billion) so that President Obama can close Guantánamo by moving prisoners to a facility in Illinois. As I explained in the article, I was not upset that the administration’s plan to replicate Guantánamo in Illinois was being turned down, because I have nothing but contempt for President Obama’s assertion that 48 of the remaining 181 prisoners can continue to be held indefinitely without charge or trial, and simply moving them from Guantánamo to the US mainland would only make matters worse. However, what distresses me about the Committee’s refusal to back the President’s plan is that its only purpose is to keep Guantánamo open forever.

The Black Hole of Bagram

The Black Hole of Bagram

Last Friday, the Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. delivered a genuinely disturbing ruling (PDF) regarding prisoners in the US prison at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, which has turned the clock back to the darkest days of the Bush administration, before prisoners seized in the “War on Terror” had any recourse to justice if they claimed they had been seized by mistake.

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