Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pre-Inaugural Blues...



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Obama finally concedes what we already knew...

Obama has finally conceded that he cannot close Guantanamo. I guess the only question remaining is, can Obama at least get the remaining men who have been cleared out of the place before the lunatic takes over? It won't effect my client but it would be nice for those men.

Read more here.

More on the dismal attempts by Obama to close the place here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Now if we could get Snowden pardoned!

just sayin....

Not Directly Related....

Thank you to all of you who took action urging President Obama to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence. It has just been announced that he has commuted her sentence and on May 17, 2017, she will walk free.

Read more here.

Monday, January 16, 2017

10 to Oman? UPDATED YET AGAIN....WITH NAMES

Unconfirmed reports that 10 detainees went to Oman today.

Read more here.

The New York Times has more here.

Because of the Martin Luther King holiday the military did not release the names of the men released yesterday.,.
they are:
Ghaleb Nassar Al Bihani, Mustafa Abd al-Qawi Abd al-Aziz Al-Shamiri, Karim Bostam, Abdul Sahir, Musab Omar Ali Al-Mudwani, Hail Aziz Ahmed Al-Maythali, Salman Yahya Hassan Mohammad Rabei'i, Mohammed Al-Ansi, Muhammad Ahmad Said Haider, and Walid Said bin Said Zaid.

I recognize a few of those names- men who were in the same guest house in Pakistan as my remaining client- It is a travesty that they were held so long but at least they are on their way (unlike my client).

You can read the defense department's announcement here.



Sunday, January 15, 2017

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR THE CLEARED MEN....

If Obama is going to make good on at least the cleared men his days are numbered. It seems unlikely that 15 men will head home before friday.... but if not now, when?

As for my client, and the 22 other men who are not cleared, we can only hope for the status quo- in other words- we can only hope that things do not get worse.

Dark times ahead for all of us here in the U.S. of A but especially for the men at Gitmo

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It was 15 years ago that the first men were brought to Guantanamo

55 remain.

19 are cleared.

23 remain.- uncharged.

23 NEVER charged with a fuckin crime.

Happy Anniversary.

And the many others who mourn this anniversary

And so... for the mothers of the men "detained" at Guantanamo

On this anniversary

There is so much I want to say....

so instead I will post these songs...

Thursday, January 5, 2017

4 on their way to Saudi Arabia

Well it is a start....

read more here.

55 detainees remain at Gitmo. 19 are cleared and  26 are awaiting clearance (including my client!).

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

No Sooner Had I Asked....

It seems that the delay in transfering the cleared men could be that countries that were willing to take the remaining men that are cleared are now having second thoughts.... maybe they are afraid of pissing off the incoming lunatic?

Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald has reason to think that is the problem. The interview is also an important read on the forever prisoners like my client.

Read more here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Obama- what is taking so long??

There are 23 cleared detainees at Guantanamo. None of these men have been charged with a crime and many have been cleared for release for years. There is no excuse for this delay and if they are not released before January 20th it seems pretty certain they will not be released under Trump.

Unfortunately my client is not on the cleared list- he has never been charged with anything- and I am guessing that he will remain for another 4 years unless something unforeseen happens.

Darker times ahead for the remaining men at Guantanamo.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year??

Well, not to put a damper on things, but things aren't looking too good here in the U.S. of A. We elected a maniac as president and despite the fact that he doesn't take office for another couple of weeks he just does not seem to be able to wait his turn to fuck things up.
things are not looking too good in much of the rest of the world either. So, instead of starting off the year with something hopeful, I will be more realistic this time around.