Tuesday, September 16, 2014

More on the Gitmo nurse who refused to force feed detainees....

Jeff Kaye has an update on the nurse who refused to violate the oath he took as a medical provider---seems the military has decided not to court martial him but they are doing an "administrative review"-- so his worries are not over and he could still be discharged and lose all benefits. Read more about his plight here

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lest we forget....

September 12, 1977.

9-11

(SORRY ERASED THIS BY MISTAKE).  As usual I turn to the talking dog for the 9-11 message as he was a block from the twin towers at the time (as opposed to Mr. Obama and the other hysteria mongers).  Here is what the talking dog has to say.

Monday, September 8, 2014

More news on torture

While we wait for the redacted torture report to finally be released there is this news about some of the torture we might read about in that report. It is unclear if the leak was made to start getting us ready for what we may be allowed to know from the heavily redacted report--or if perhaps some of the report is getting into the hands of people who might actually let us read the whole thing-- unredacted.
I for one am hoping for the latter.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Limbo and Cruelty at Guantanamo

Many of us Gitmo attorneys are concerned about a deafening silence and the complete halt to the review committee. Is there a deal underway to move the men to the US? I shudder at the thought--not of course because I think these men are dangerous-- quite the opposite. I fear moving these men to maximum secure prisons here in the US--where the legal battles will begin anew.
Meanwhile the NYT has more on the never ending plight of these men.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

So is this why it is finally ok to call waterboarding torture?

Seems that ISIS is following our lead and waterboarding its hostages....so now waterboarding is torture.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AND SPEAKING OF HERO'S

More on the nurse who refused to force feed detainees at Guantanamo here?  Will they dare to court martial him for refusing to abandon the oath he took as a medical professional? Stay tuned....

ANOTHER HERO PUSHED OUT THE DOOR

The military lawyer representing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is forced off the case and out of the army. Read his story here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

And so we wait....... UPDATED

As I am sure you have noticed I have not discussed my remaining client at Guantanamo for quite a while. That is because his case had been pending in the D.C. Court of Appeals until this spring and then I filed a Cert Petition in the U.S. Supreme Court over the summer. Last week I filed the final brief in this matter- the reply to my cert petition. The likelihood that the Supreme Court will hear my client's case is small- the Court only takes a tiny fraction of the cases that are filed but as Studs Terkel was fond of saying "hope dies last..." and so I wait and... hope. It has been ten years since I last (and first!) argued in the Supreme Court so perhaps it is my time again.
Marty Lederman has more on my clients Cert Petition here with links to the Petition, Opposition and Reply.
The Court will (most likely) make its decision on September 29th.

HAHAHA-- it was just pointed out to me that I spelled Barack Obama "Barrack Obama.".... kind of a fun typo if you ask me....while my client sits in the barracks at gitmo for going on 13 years.

Friday, August 15, 2014

More on my Country's right to kill me and other U.S. citizens without due process.....

I have discussed several times on this blog my governments assassination of american citizens. The memo justifying those murders has been released- although heavily redacted- because we don't have the right to know the full "analysis." Firedoglake has the memo and some discussion here. Emptywheel has more here and here. the bottom line? Well I leave that for all of you...but if you are a U.S. citizen you should be worried. If you are not a U.S. citizen you were probably already worried.

Judge demands answers regarding force feeding...

We of course don't know what she will do with the answers but at least she is asking the questions......and letting us (the public) know what the questions are!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What are we going to do about it?

That is the question Edward Snowden has put to all of us? Read this important story and then ask yourself that same question.

Monday, August 11, 2014

oh, and perhaps even more importantly -- Free James Risen

Today, fourteen Pulitzer Prize winners have issued statements in support of journalist James Risen and in protest of the Justice Department's attempt to force Risen to testify against his sources. Risen has vowed to go to jail rather than give up his source, but the Justice Department has steadfastly refused to drop its pursuit. On Thursday, many of the major US press freedom organizations will hold a press conference in Washington DC and deliver a petition with over 100,000 signatures to the Justice Department, calling on them to do the same.
what a cluster F*** our president has turned out to be...
Sigh.....
MORE HERE

Sunday, August 10, 2014

FREE THE TORTURE REPORT

There are quite a few people that access my blog from government agencies. I assume not all of them are watching the blog for business reasons! So, for those of you out there working for the government with access to the torture report- why don't you do our country a favor and leak it to the press----No, not to me---but to someone out there that will make sure we all get to see the full report. This government secrecy has got to stop.

Friday, August 8, 2014

August 8, 1974

Nixon resigned in disgrace. I was so very proud of my country.... but we (or at least I) did not know the half of it. he was not just a crook he was engaged in treason.