Wednesday, August 24, 2016


I am talking about the military (but I could just as well be talking about the Court as the judge in Abu Zubaydah's case has refused to give the man his habeas hearing). This week Mr. Abu Zubaydah was seen in public for the first time since he was "arrested" in 2002. In the intervening (almost 15 years) he was tortured repeatedly and kept in isolation. His torture resulted in his losing an eye and of course he was water boarded almost 100 times, beaten, confined in a coffin like box and a multitude of other torture techniques. Why? Because someone thought he was a bad guy--- but they were wrong. However the military does not say "I'm sorry." The military digs in....

So. Getting back to Mr. Abu Zubaydah. He has been held all of these years without charges. Why? Because there is nothing they can charge him with. Unfortunately his judge has been a coward and has refused to allow his Habeas case to be heard and so now Mr. Abu Zubaydah has been allowed to seek relief in a hearing that allows the release of men no longer consider a "threat." So what does the military say about the long tortured Mr. Abu Zubaydah? He should not be released because even though he has shown a "high level of cooperation" while being held at Guantanamo. Part of the military's statement read as follows:

Abu Zubaydah “possibly” had some advanced knowledge of the bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 and the USS Cole bombing in 2000, the profile continued. He was also “generally aware” of the impending 9/11 attacks and “possibly coordinated” the training at Khaldan camp of two of the hijackers.

And so this is how it goes---  we made a mistake. A mistake that has caused damage to this man that can never be repaird. So will my country try to hold him forever? Well apparently that is the game plan for now.

You can read more here.
and here.


Monday, August 15, 2016

15 Detainees transferred to UAE

12 Yemens and 3 afghans.
Prison population is now 61.
I will update as I get more info.
Read more here.
More information here- including the names.

Torturing with Impunity....

Once again the courts have thrown out a lawsuit by one of the men that we tortured.

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday threw out [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit by former Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad claiming he was tortured. The appeals court affirmed the district court in refusing to hear the merits of the case because of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) [text, PDF], which removes the court's jurisdiction over cases arising from the detention of someone who was given enemy combatant status. Similar cases to Jawad's have also been thrown out based on the MCA.
Read the rest of the article here.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A look at the detainees slated to go and already transferred....from the military perspective

Note that the details regarding these men comes from the military and from detainees who were tortured into making stuff up about the men-- in other words not from credible sources.

Read a summary here.
Read the so called "transparency" report here. (Giving new definition to the word transparency.)

h/o to Michigan Don for sending to me......

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Seems the psychologists want to get back to torture.....

At the annual convention of the American (sorry canada and mexico!) Psychological Association last week a vote was up to end the ban on the psychologists colluding with the military. The ban was put in place last year after years of complaints about the role of psychologists in the torture of detainees. The vote was tabled until february- maybe they are hoping no one will notice and they can quietly get back to the business of torture.
Read more here.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Talking Dog Interviews Naomi Paik

Naomi Paik is the author of "Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in US Prison Camps since World War II" which looks at the internment of Japanese citizens and non citizens in the US during WWII, Haitians trying to flea political violence in Haiti and the Muslim men being held at Guantanamo.

You can read the interview here.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Talking Dog Interviews Pardiss Kebriaei

Pardiss is a senior attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Read her interview here.

Monday, July 25, 2016

From Roger Fitch and our Friends Down Under at Justinian

As the Guantánamo prison approaches its 16th year, there's renewed media interest in miscarriages of justice, and individual Dreyfuses held at America's Devil's Island.  
The Boston Review has an article on the long-suffering Mohammedou Slahi, author of a bestselling Gitmo narrative, and Politico has a piece on the CIA-tortured Abu Zubaydah, a man who's been waiting seven years for his habeas hearing. Pleadings recently unsealed in the DC habeas include Zubaydah's own accounts of his torture.  
CIA torture has been further illuminated by the disclosure of shocking advice by the agency's nameless medical staff, here and here, and the release of the agency's chilling "applied research" contracts with the "enhanced interrogation" psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen.
It's damning evidence against health professionals who would fit neatly in a Nuremberg dock - alongside the Bush Gang's torture lawyers.
The Pentagon's drumhead Court of Military Commission Review has allowed the Limberg MV charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri to go forward in Nashiri's military commission trial. The offence, which resulted in the death of a Bulgarian crewman on a Malaysian-chartered, French-flagged tanker in international waters, had no connection with any war, or indeed, with the United States.
Abu Zubaydah and al-Nashiri meanwhile have cases pending in the European Court of Human Rights against Lithuania and Romania for hosting their CIA torture camps, more here

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fair Trials Not Needed..... UPDATED

The continuing saga of the circus at the military commission at Guantanamo has this accusation from the defense- the government in Khalid Shaikh Mohammad's case conspired with the chief judge to destroy crucial evidence of the torture that Mohammad was subjected to. They have asked the judge to recuse himself from ruling on the motion- since he is the one accused of conspiring with the military but the judge has refused. Read more here...


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Slahi- author of the "Guantanamo Diary" has been cleared for release

I have written about Mr. Slahi on several occasion and his heavily redacted "diary" was a best seller. I am now happy to report that Mr. Slahi has been cleared for release.
This press release from his attorneys explains more about the efforts made by his attorneys and others to obtain his release.
Let us hope he will actually be released soon.

The prison population remains at 76: 31 are cleared, 35 are awaiting clearance, and 10 are in the military commission system (of those, 7 are in “active” “trial” proceedings while 3 have been “convicted”).

Of the 31 cleared, 22 (70.97%) are Yemenis and 9 are non-Yemenis. 

Of the 35 awaiting clearance, 15 are Yemenis and 20 are non-Yemenis.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The connection between Saudi Arabia and 9-11-UPDATED

Finally the 28 pages that have been withheld for years has been released- showing the connection between the Saudi government and the 9-11 attacks. It is hard to know who my government was trying to protect.....
read about those 28 pages here.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

3 detainnees released....

One to Italy. More here.

Two to Serbia. More here.

76 detainees remain.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Happy 5th of July.....

Thursday, June 30, 2016

My Country Paid Millions to Countries Willing To Torture

The European Court of Human Rights is hearing testimony right now against the country of Romania for its roll in allowing the CIA to set up shop and torture with the Romanian governments knowledge and consent. Read more here and here.