The Strange Case of the Forgotten Gitmo Detainee - Raymond Bonner. Since being seized in a raid in Pakistan in 2002, Abu Zubaydah has had his life controlled by American officials, first at secret sites where he was tortured, and since 2006 in a small cell in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
And, thanks to one of the strangest—and perhaps most troubling—legal cases to grow out of the War on Terror, it appears he’s not going to be leaving anytime soon, which was exactly what the CIA always intended. Today, not even his lawyers understand what’s transpired behind closed doors in a Washington, D.C., courtroom. In June 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that detainees at Guantanamo had the right to challenge their imprisonment in federal court and that their cases should be handled “promptly” by the judicial system.
The next month, lawyers for Abu Zubaydah, a detainee whose torture and waterboarding in secret prisons was among the most notorious of the Bush years, filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging his detention. Senior officials gave the assurances. Guantanamo's Detainee Library Won't Carry a Guantanamo Detainee’s Acclaimed New Book. A Guantanamo detainee who just published a critically acclaimed book about his life in captivity won't get the opportunity to see his own book.
Nor will 121 of the detainee's fellow inmates. Guantanamo spokesman Captain Tom Gresback told VICE News that "at this time" the detainee library has no intention of purchasing Mohamedou Ould Slahi's memoir Guantanamo Diary, which cracked Amazon's top 100. "The detention center library at Guantanamo has more than 19,000 titles," Gresback said. "Books are provided as a means of intellectual stimulation.
All titles available are culturally sensitive, non-extremist in nature and generally non-controversial. " Slahi's lawyer, Nancy Hollander, told VICE News that her client "has not seen Guantanamo Diary and I don't know if he will. " The Flawed Arguments Behind Not Releasing Guantanamo Footage. Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a 43-year old Syrian national, was among the six Guantanamo Bay prisoners freed last week and transferred to Uruguay after spending 13 years in U.S. detention.
He had been cleared for release since 2009, yet the husband and father of three found himself imprisoned several years longer in circumstances characterized by indefinite detention, humiliation and inhumane treatment. In response to what they saw as their increasingly desperate conditions, Dhiab and many other Guantanamo detainees repeatedly sought to employ the only means of resistance left available to them: refusing food. “We have given up the very things which are important: food and drink,” Dhiab stated last year, describing his motivations and those of his other hunger-striking prisoners. “And we have done so to get answers to our questions: What is our guilt and what is our crime?” U.S. Release of Six Detainees After Twelve Years Highlights the Historic Evil of Guantánamo. The U.S. military overnight transferred six Guantánamo detainees to Uruguay.
All of them had been imprisoned since 2002 – more than 12 years. None has ever been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of any wrongdoing. They had all been cleared for release years ago by the Pentagon itself, but nonetheless remained in cages until today. First Yemeni Detainee Released from Gitmo in Years. Press@ccrjustice.org November 20, New York – In response to the transfer of five men from Guantanamo, including our Yemeni client Abd Al Hakim Ghalib Ahmad Alhag, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement: “We are grateful to the Republic of Georgia for offering our client a new home where he can begin to rebuild his life after more than a decade in Guantánamo without charge or trial.”
This is the first transfer of a Yemeni man to any country since 2010. Frank C. Razzano and John C. Snodgrass, who have represented Mr. Mr. Of the 143 men who remain at Guantánamo, 84 are from Yemen. Said CCR Senior AttorneyWells Dixon, “As we welcome Mr. Said CCR Yemen expert Ibraham Qatabi, “We appreciate the efforts of Ambassador Adel Ali Al-Sanini and the Yemen Embassy in Washington, and we are grateful for their assistance in this case. For the Arabic version of the press release, click here.
Navy Nurse Who Refused Order to Force-Feed Hunger Striking Guantanamo Prisoners May Face Discipline. Abi Wa’el Dhiab, who an unidentified Navy medical officer refused to force-feed The first and only officer on the medical staff at Guantanamo Bay to conscientiously object to force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike has reportedly had his assignment ended.
He has been sent back to Naval Health Clinic New England, his “parent command,” while an investigation is completed, which may result in discipline or a court-martial. Gitmo Spent $300,000 on Liquid Supplements While Denying a 'Mass Hunger Strike' Hunger-striking Guantanamo detainees apparently prefer to be force-fed vanilla Ensure.
At least that's what documents obtained exclusively by VICE News from the US military suggest. Guantanamo officials spent nearly $300,000 on 161,352 cans of liquid nutritional supplements, which detainees at the detention facility are forced to drink if they engage in hunger strikes. Nearly half the money — $142,345 — was spent on 3,875 cases of vanilla Ensure.
Navy nurse refuses to force-feed Guantánamo captive - Guantánamo. In the first known rebellion against Guantánamo’s force-feeding policy, a Navy medical officer recently refused to continue managing tube-feedings of prison hunger strikers and was reassigned to “alternative duties.”
A prison camp spokesman, Navy Capt. Tom Gresback, would not provide precise details but said Monday night that the episode had “no impact to medical support operations at the base.” “There was a recent instance of a medical provider not willing to carry out the enteral feeding of a detainee,” he said in an email. “The matter is in the hands of the individual’s leadership.” Word of the refusal reached the outside world last week in a call from prisoner Abu Wael Dhiab to attorney Cori Crider of the London-based legal defense group Reprieve.
Uncovering the Cover Ups: Death Camp in Delta by Mark Denbeaux, Charles Church, Ryan K Gallagher, Adam Kirchner, Joshua Wirtshafter. This report details the failure of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to address the dramatic deficiencies in the findings issued by the Navy Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) in the wake of the deaths on June 9, 2006 of three detainees held at the detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
The NCIS report, issued two years after the deaths of the detainees, essentially rubber-stamped statements made by camp officials about the manner and cause of the deaths of the three detainees before any investigation was conducted, and before any such conclusions could be known. It concealed repeated evidence of tampering with the crime scene, the fact that two of the men had been dead for hours before they were “discovered,” and the fact that the third lived for several hours afterwards, dying while ostensibly under medical care.
The NCIS report relies on evidence disputed by documents that the Center for Policy & Research Fellows easily obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. 1. 2. New Report: NCIS Hid Medical Evidence About Guantanamo Suicides. The Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at Guantanamo who attended at least two of three high-profile “suicides” at Guantanamo nearly eight years ago concluded at the time that, contrary to the conclusions of a later government investigation, the detainees did not die by hanging but by “likely asphyxiation” from “obstruction” of the airway.
Moreover this SMO found a prisoner he examined and pronounced dead had “cotton clothing material in [his] mouth and upper pharynx.” Deconstructing the Campaign to Malign Award-Winning Article on Guantanamo "Suicides" While not the first article attacking Scott Horton's controversial Harpers' article, "The Guantanamo Suicides," Alex Koppelman's critique in Adweek on May 23 capped a long campaign by some media figures to impugn the veracity of Horton's investigation, if not the integrity of both Horton and Harper's Magazine.
Horton's article in January 2010 strongly criticized the Department of Defense (DoD) investigations into the June 10, 2006, deaths of three Guantanamo detainees, bringing forth new eyewitness testimony as to what occurred that terrible evening at the camp, calling into question the official narrative. For their part, Guantanamo authorities immediately labeled these deaths suicides. Rear Adm. Harry Harris, the commander at Guantanamo, called the deaths a day after they occurred "an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us. " Koppelman's article appears to be a reaction to the recent presentation of the prestigious National Magazine Award to Horton's article. Do you like this? The Guantánamo “Suicides” Please enjoy Scott Horton’s feature from the March 2010 issue of Harper’s Magazine, winner of the 2010 National Magazine Award for Reporting. 1.
“Asymmetrical Warfare” When President Barack Obama took office last year, he promised to “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great.” Citing Truthout Report, UN Special Rapporteur "Looking Into" Guantanamo "Suicides" The detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in a photo taken on Oct. 4, 2007. (Photo: Todd Heisler / The New York Times) Earlier this month, Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, responded to an inquiry by this reporter regarding new information on the deaths of two Guantanamo prisoners, Abdul Rahman Al Amri and Mohammad Salih Al Hanashi.
According to the Department of Defense (DoD), both prisoners died of suicide in 2007 and 2009, respectively. But new details surrounding their deaths, first reported by Truthout March 1, challenged government accounts concerning what happened. Death in Guantanamo: Suicide or Dryboarding? On June 10, 2006, three Guantánamo prisoners were found dead in their cells. Two days later, a Department of Defense (DoD) news release described these deaths as suicides. The news release quoted Camp Commander Harry Harris, who described these suicides as acts of asymmetric warfare meant to advance al-Qaeda's cause in the war on terror. The news release was categorical with regards to the self-inflicted nature of the deaths.
And the camp commander was equally certain of their hostile intent. Releasing the Guantanamo Five? 1: Biographies of the Prisoners (amended) Releasing Taleban from Guantanamo Bay is on the agenda – in the context of finding a negotiated end to the conflict. Four senior and one junior Taleban official may be freed, or exchanged for the captured US soldier, Bowe Bergdahl. The idea has caused consternation among some in the US Congress, as well as consternation among some Afghans, in particular over allegations of war crimes. In the first of two blogs, AAN senior analyst, Kate Clark, argues that the first step is to know who you might be freeing; she presents biographies of the ‘Guantanamo Five’ – Khairullah Khairkhwa, Fazl Mazlum, Nurullah Nuri, Abdul Haq Wasiq and Abdul Nabi Omari. A second blog will look at the Kafkaesque quality of the judicial process in Guantanamo Bay and how it has thrown up allegations which are peculiar, opaquely sourced and peppered with factual errors.
(Amended to reflect more detail on what happened to Mullahs Fazl and Nuri following their surrender in November 2001.) Former Guantanamo Chief Prosecutor: David Hicks' War Crimes Charge Was a "Favor" for Australia. Lawyers argue Guantánamo captive so sick he should go home - Guantánamo. Guantánamo hunger strikers accuse US of manipulating force-feeding data. Recent letters written by Guantánamo Bay detainees on hunger strike accuse the US military of manipulating data about the strike and using force-feeding techniques as a method of punishment. Letters from a Yemeni detainee, Emad Hassan, and a Saudi former resident of the UK, Shaker Aamer, describe a core of “around 17” hunger strikers, down from a peak of 106 last spring. But the letters allege that the number is kept artificially low by a “new strategy” of only force-feeding detainees when their weight reaches dangerous levels, which the US military denied.
Abandoned in Guantánamo: Mohammed Taha Mattan, an Innocent Palestinian. 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. Torture and Dual Loyalty. 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. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth rejected the government's arguments. Guantanamo's attorney-client mail controversy - Human Rights. Military attorneys risk careers to criticize practices at Guantanamo. Army Reservist Told He's Barred From Re-Enlistment for Speaking to Truthout About Guantanamo. Are “Boumediene rights” expiring? Analysis. Tyler Cabot’s Important Profile of Guantánamo Prisoner Noor Uthman Muhammed for Esquire.
Guantanamo Prisoner - Noor Uthman Muhammed Guantanamo Story. Guantanamo Bay Detainee Defense - What Happened at Guantanamo? Noor Uthman Muhammed Guantanamo Trial - Inside New Guantanamo Trial. 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. Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Memoirs: An interview with Colonel Morris Davis, Gitmo’s former chief prosecutor. Guantanamo camp burns through $900,000 a year per inmate. Inmates Rising: Worsening Gitmo Mass Hunger Strike in Their Own Words. Tracking the hunger strike in Guantanamo. Guantanamo detainees’ hunger strikes will no longer be disclosed by U.S. military.
Physician dismisses force-feeding concerns - Human Rights. Q&A: Defending Guantanamo prisoners - Features. Amid Gitmo strike, ex-detainee tells of force-feed. Ahmed Zuhair, Long-Term Former Hunger Striker at Guantánamo, Speaks. Guantánamo’s Long-Term Hunger Striker Should Be Sent Home. Meet the Guantánamo Prisoner Who Wants to be Prosecuted Rather than Rot in Legal Limbo. From Guantánamo, Younus Chekhouri Speaks About the Prison Clampdown: “Everyone is Traumatized by What Happened”
From Guantánamo, Hunger Striker Abdelhadi Faraj Describes the Agony of Force-Feeding. Guantanamo Bay detainees and military clash; hunger strike continues. Guantánamo Bay hunger strike worsens in spite of Obama's promises. Detainees News. Guantanamo by the Numbers. 'In Gitmo I got 30 days in darkness for feeding iguanas' - ex-detainee My Guantánamo Nightmare. On Guantánamo’s 10th Anniversary, British Ex-Prisoners Talk About Their Lives, and Call for the Release of Shaker Aamer.
Guantanamo guard reunited with ex-inmates. Guantanamo Detainees Stage Hunger Strike to Protest Confinement Conditions. Waste wars: Captives weaponize bodily fluids - Guantánamo. Judge Orders Release Of Algerian From Guantánamo (But He’s Not Going Anywhere) Congress OK'ed Naji Deportation, Ex-Gitmo Prisoner Charges Drugging, Torture, Coercion to Spy. Obama "Stealth Transfer" of Gitmo Prisoner, Algerian Forcibly Repatriated.
Center for Constitutional Rights - ccrjustice.org. Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: Path to a Landmark Ruling : NPR - Cable Viewer. Guantanamo Abuses Amount to War Crimes. Center for Constitutional Rights. Information Clearing House: Inside Guantanamo. Plight of Guantanamo Detainees Brought to New York Stage. Mohammed el Gorani and Jérôme Tubiana · Diary: Guantánamo · LRB 15 December 2011. Yemeni Prisoner Muhammad Salih Dies At Guantánamo. CCR and Mr. Awal Gul's Attorneys Respond to his Death at Guantanamo Bay. The UK businessmen trapped in Guantanamo. Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantanamo Memoirs: A timeline of a detainee’s life in captivity. Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantanamo Memoirs: Part 1, the endless interrogations of a Gitmo detainee, in his own words.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantanamo Memoirs: Part 2, a Gitmo detainee disappears, and the torture gets worse. Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantanamo Memoirs: Part 3, a detainee describes his life at Gitmo after the torture stops. Guantanamo prisoner’s tragic letter. Latif Autopsy Report Ready: Public Resolution to Gitmo Mystery Endures. Guantanamo Prison's True Secret: Jason Leopold in Conversation With Andy Worthington. Guantanamo Detainees Who Cooperate With Government Could Be Removed From Indefinite Detention List.
Doctors and Interrogators at Guantanamo Bay. Neglect of Medical Evidence of Torture in Guantánamo Bay: A Case Series. Interrogators Cite Doctors' Aid at Guantánamo Prison Camp. EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees Akin to "Pharmacologic Waterboarding" Guantanamo Bay: A Medical Ethics–free Zone? The Detention Dilemma. Baseness: On Guantánamo. Outrage Over Pentagon's Guantanamo "Propaganda" Video. US Military Commissions.