Does Obama Really Know or Care About Who Is at Guantanamo?

Andy Worthington, Truthout: "The recently released Final Report of President Obama's Guantanamo Review Task Force was supposed to provide a cogent and definitive analysis of the status of the remaining 181 prisoners, given that it took 11 months to complete.... Sadly, however, the end result - although valid in many ways - also revealed institutional caution, credulity regarding the contributions of the intelligence services, an inability to address fundamental problems with the legislation that authorized President Bush's detention policies in the first place and a willingness to bend to the demands of political expediency."

Pentagon Ban on Guantanamo Reporters is Illegal, Group Says

Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers: "A coalition of major news organizations is challenging as unconstitutional Pentagon rules that were used in May to ban four reporters from covering military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In a letter to Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson, the organizations argue that the Pentagon's interpretation of the rules is 'plainly illegal' because it bars publication of information considered 'protected' even if the information is already widely known and publicly available."

Guantanamo Won't Close, but Illinois Supermax Will Open

Jean Casella and James Ridgeway, Solitary Watch: "Obama's oath to close the military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay within a year of his election was more than a campaign promise or a post-inauguration executive order; for many people, it signified a return to some semblance of the rule of law after eight years of a rogue administration. But the 44th president had barely taken office when the opposition - and the backpedaling - began. In January 2010, the White House announced that it would miss its original deadline for closing Guantanamo."

Omar Khadr and the Still-Black Hole of Guantanamo

Lisa Hajjar, Truthout: "At 23, Omar Khadr is the youngest of the 176 people still imprisoned at the US military's detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has been there for eight years, one third of his life. A Canadian, he is the only citizen of a Western country remaining in detention, although one British resident, Shaker Aamer, is also still locked up there. Of the 779 people brought to Guantanamo since 2002, only 36 have been charged or designated for prosecution. "

Khadr Trial Will Be a Window Into America's War on Terror

Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers: "Across his eight years in US custody, Americans have seen Canadian Omar Khadr grow from a child found near dead in a war zone in Afghanistan to a brooding, weeping teenager and more recently a defiant young man spurning a guilty plea deal at Guantanamo. Prosecutors say Khadr, now 23, was an 'unprivileged enemy belligerent' when he joined elders on a night mission in Afghanistan, planting mines. They call it a war crime. Defense lawyers see a 'child soldier' whose father introduced him to al Qaida at age 11 and deserved the protections of an innocent offered up to war. While his coming trial must tackle those competing tales, the first full war crimes prosecution of the Obama administration may reveal much more."


Murders at Guantánamo: The Cover-Up Continues

By Andy Worthington

Sometimes the truth is so sickening that no one in a position of authority - senior government officials, lawmakers, the mainstream media - wants to go anywhere near it.

Federal judge calls Guantanamo inmate's detention 'unlawful'

The ruling issued secretly last month but published Thursday sets the 26-year-old Odaini up for potential release, though when and where he'll go remains unclear. The ruling also represents the latest defeat for U.S. officials in their efforts to keep Guantanamo detainees behind bars.

CIA whisked detainees from Gitmo

Four of the nation's most highly valued terrorist prisoners were secretly moved to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2003, years earlier than has been disclosed, then were whisked back into overseas prisons before the Supreme Court could give them access to lawyers.

'Torture' Confessions Allowed

By Al Jazeera

The confessions of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen charged with terrorism, can be used as evidence in his trial, even though they may have been obtained through torture, a US military judge has ruled.

From Information Clearing House


'This Is Worse Than Guantanamo'


Urge President Obama to drop military commission proceedings against Omar Khadr and ensure a fair trial or release

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