The legal framework of terrorism has been ... complex. Under the Bush Administration, terrorists were deemd to be "unlawful enemy combatants
," and not afforded the protections of the III Geneva Convention
. The policy, thought not the name
, has continued under the Obama Adminstration, and this indeterminate legal status has significantly complicated
efforts to try or release
However, there is an older legal model
that may suffice: piracy
. (previously [more inside]
Gitmo is killing me.
An op-ed written by a prisoner on hunger strike in his 11th year at Guantanamo Bay.
The Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg has reported from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay since the first detainee arrived in 2002
. Last month, President Obama scuttled the office responsible for closing the center, which means Gitmo’s “media tent city” will be a permanent press encampment for the foreseeable future. Petra Bartosiewicz spoke with the veteran correspondent by phone from Gitmo’s Camp Justice, where Rosenberg has been covering pretrial hearings this month of the alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
My Guantánamo Nightmare.
Lakhdar Boumediene was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for seven years without explanation or charge until his case made it to the Supreme Court, leading to a decision
which bears his name and his release ordered by a federal judge. The NYTimes has his and another account from another former detainee: Notes From a Guantánamo Survivor
The Obama administration has repeatedly threatened to conceal future information of terrorist threats from the British government, unless the British government disobeys the High Court ruling requiring them to release information about the US government's acknowledged torture program. This may be a breach of the Convention Against Torture. Glenn Greenwald
has new evidence. Previously.
Canada is a desired location
for Guantanamo Bay detainees. The Canadian Council for Refugees
has profiles (pdf)
up for some of the people they are helping.
Guantanamo Bay, or Gitmo as it has often been called, has a long and sordid history
of human rights abuses
and those that have spent some time there have more than their fair share of stories to tell
. But it looks as thought it's all coming to a close as in a major interview with 60 Minutes
, Obama has vowed to shut down Guantanamo Bay
and rebuild "America's moral stature in the world." [more inside]
The Casio F91W
is a cheap, common digital watch which, as described by Casio themselves, has a "tried and true style great for casual wear". It has a fairly unremarkable set of features: water resistance, a light, an alarm and a calendar. There is, however, one undocumented feature that makes this particular watch special – it can be used as evidence that you're a terrorist
. More info at Wikipedia
Judge backs Guantanamo challenge
A US judge has ruled that special military tribunals being used to try hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are illegal.
Is this really the best idea the military can think of?
Today's NY Times provides details on some methods used to extract the truth from Iraqi prisoners, including (I'm not making this up) audio tapes played loudly with "songs by Lil' Kim and Rage Against the Machine and rap performances by Eminem played loudly,"
and "a mix of babies crying and the television commercial for Meow Mix in which the jingle consists of repetition of the word 'meow'."
Wouldn't sodium pentathol or some other chemical persuasion be more effective, while providing less fodder for Leno and Letterman?
They just wont let it lie.
What posses these people to keep fighting against overwhelming odds.I can see what they are against but for the life of me I cannot see what they are for.Couple of points near the bottom of the piece are interesting.IHave I been asleep or has the killing of innocents on 23 January been underreported.Does the fact that small raids have led to arrest interrogation and subsequent release
answer my own question?
I am perplexed,are there any good guys?