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Abandoned in Guantánamo: Mohammed Taha Mattan, an Innocent Palestinian As we approach the 12th anniversary of the opening of the Bush administration’s “war on terror” prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (on January 11, 2014), it remains profoundly unacceptable that, of the remaining 164 prisoners, 84 were cleared for release nearly four years ago, in January 2010, by a high-level, inter-agency task force appointed by President Obama shortly after he took office in 2009. These men are still held because of legislative obstacles raised by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act, which are designed to prevent prisoners from being released, and because President Obama has been unwilling to spend political capital challenging Congress or bypassing lawmakers using a waiver in the NDAA.
Wasted Opportunities: The Cost of Detention Operations at Guantánamo Bay [Infographic] The ACLU has repeatedly stated that the prison at Guantánamo Bay is an affront to American values and the rule of law. But only recently have we learned – thanks to a report by Defense Secretary Hagel – that detention at Guantánamo breaks the budget as much as it is wrong. In fact, maintaining the prison at Guantánamo has cost the American taxpayer $4.8 billion since it opened in 2002, and an average of $493 million every year for the last five years. This unnecessary and wasteful spending comes at a time when budgets are shrinking and even the most vital programs for veterans, service members, and their families are subject to painful cuts.
Medical, Military, and Ethics Experts Say Health Professionals Designed and Participated in Cruel, Inhumane, and Degrading Treatment and Torture of Detainees; Seek Policies To Assure Conformance With Ethical Principles New York, NY — An independent panel of military, ethics, medical, public health, and legal experts today charged that U.S. military and intelligence agencies directed doctors and psychologists working in U.S. military detention centers to violate standard ethical principles and medical standards to avoid infliction of harm. The Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers (see attached) concludes that since September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense (DoD) and CIA improperly demanded that U.S. military and intelligence agency health professionals collaborate in intelligence gathering and security practices in a way that inflicted severe harm on detainees in U.S. custody. Interrogation|Torture and Dual Loyalty | imapny.org
Here Are The Secret Details Gitmo Warden Claimed Could Be Used By Al-Qaeda to Attack Prison Score one for transparency. A federal court judge on Thursday—in response to a motion I filed in July—unsealed Guantanamo warden Col. John Bogdan’s six-page sworn declaration pertaining to a genital search policy he implemented at the height of a hunger strike in April. Bogdan and Justice Department lawyers had argued that portions of his declaration should remain secret because it contained “operational security” and “force protection” details that could be used by Al Qaeda to attack Guantanamo and free the prisoners detained there. But U.S.
Guantanamo's attorney-client mail controversy - Human Rights Guantanamo officials don't know who the rightful owners are of thousands of pages of legal documents and other materials seized from prisoners during a raid at the communal camp in April, according to a government document obtained by Al Jazeera. The Justice Department said in a draft seven-page court filing dated July 2 that Joint Task Force-Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) is "currently in possession of one hundred five (105) bins and three (3) bags of documents and materials for which ownership cannot be determined without further review." The Justice Department plan calls for tasking a Defense Department "privilege review team," a panel made up of Defense Department attorneys, intelligence officials, interpreters and translators, with scrutinizing the materials - some of which may be confidential - to figure out whom it belongs to.
Military attorneys risk careers to criticize practices at Guantanamo Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld had seen colleagues die in combat, commit suicide and suffer excruciating injuries. When he was assigned to prosecute a Guantanamo detainee accused of wounding two U.S. soldiers and their interpreter in Afghanistan with a grenade, the U.S. Army Reserve judge advocate was more than ready.
The US Army has told a reservist who has spent half his life in the military that he is barred from re-enlisting, asserting he "leaked" classified information to this reporter during an interview in which he spoke candidly about his experiences working as a guard at Guantanamo Bay eight years ago. "In accordance with your security clearance agreement during 2003-2004, you are not authorized to freely talk to the press about your duties at GITMO or what you might think have occurred there to the press," states an April 2 "developmental counseling form" presented to Pfc. Albert Melise that was signed by Alphonso Holt, a lieutenant colonel in the US Army reserves and the battalion commander of Melise's reserve unit. "I have reported your actions to the security manager and I am initiating a bar to re-enlist." Army Reservist Told He's Barred From Re-Enlistment for Speaking to Truthout About Guantanamo | Truthout
Analysis For years, the federal government — in two administrations — has taken the view that the detainees being held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay have very few legal rights, if any. Even after the detainees gained a constitutional right, from the Supreme Court, to challenge their captivity, the government continued to treat that as a narrow legal opportunity. Are “Boumediene rights” expiring?
Every now and then, mainstream media magazines pick up on a story from Guantánamo and run with it, reaching a wide audience and providing detailed coverage of the Bush administration’s shameful prison, which Barack Obama has found himself unable to close, and which, for the 171 men still held, appears now to be a prison without end. Guantánamo has become largely forgotten by those who should be alarmed at what its continued existence reveals about America’s humanity and sense of justice, but who, in all too many cases, are misled by their media and by the senior Bush administration officials who are still allowed to continue defending their dreadful policies and criminal activities in public, even though they should be held accountable for their part in implementing torture. Tyler Cabot’s Important Profile of Guantánamo Prisoner Noor Uthman Muhammed for Esquire
August 18, 2011, 8:00 AM After a decade, it's hard to tell who the captives are — us or them. Here, we follow Prisoner 707 to find out how the unlucky men got to the island prison, and whether it'll ever be possible for us all to leave. By Tyler Cabot More from this author Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images Guantanamo Prisoner - Noor Uthman Muhammed Guantanamo Story
Guantanamo Bay Detainee Defense - What Happened at Guantanamo? Brennan Linsley/Pool via Getty Images He is basically talking to himself. The words come out, the translator translates them into Arabic. But then they just seem to linger, reverberating off the cell walls and ceiling, unacknowledged.
He enters the room virtually alone. A half dozen large men in desert camo at his side. His wrists are not cuffed, but held firmly by the guards. Noor Uthman Muhammed Guantanamo Trial - Inside New Guantanamo Trial
This greeting card, made into an IED detonator, was recovered from the Faisalabad safehouse where Noor, Abu Zubaydah, and others were captured in March 2002 — and re-appeared in court this week. He is a blank canvas, his slight body barely present in a room full of military officers wearing medals and lawyers in gray suits arguing over his fate. Noor Uthman Muhammed, Guantanamo inmate No. 707, plead guilty on Tuesday to two charges, providing material support for terrorism and conspiring to provide material support. Noor Uthman Muhammed Sentencing - Inside a Guantanamo Sentence hearing
Hiding Horrific Tales of Torture: Why The US Government Reached A Plea Deal with Guantánamo Prisoner Noor Uthman Muhammed At Guantánamo on Tuesday, following hints last week, Noor Uthman Muhammed, a Sudanese prisoner in his 40s, and formerly a trainer at the Khaldan training camp in Afghanistan, accepted a plea deal in his trial by Military Commission. He is only the sixth prisoner convicted since the Commissions were dragged from the grave by Dick Cheney in November 2001, and the fourth to accept a plea deal. Noticeably, of the three prisoners convicted under President Obama, all have accepted plea deals, demonstrating, I believe, that the administration knows that the system itself is weak.
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