Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Over the weekend, four Afghan detainees, Abdul Hafiz, Sharifullah, Mohamed Rahim and Mohammed Hashim, were transferred to the Government of Afghanistan. In addition, two Somali detainees, Mohammed Soliman Barre and Ismael Arale, were transferred to regional authorities in Somaliland. Finally, six Yemeni detainees, Jamal Muhammad Alawi Mari, Farouq Ali Ahmed, Ayman Saeed Abdullah Batarfi, Muhammaed Yasir Ahmed Taher, Fayad Yahya Ahmed al Rami and Riyad Atiq Ali Abdu al Haf, were transferred to the Government of Yemen.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Citizen Gorman here….(only kidding Judge…and DOJ)
I just have one clarification….I never argued (even implicitly) that the DOJ should not be allowed to seek court approval to designated matters “protected”…. I only argued that they should be required to follow the guidelines that they established…instead of just make it up as they go along.
Anyway it is a good thing I have a sense of humor.
Click here to read the order.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
December 11, 2009
Kiyemba v. Obama, No. 08-1234
AMICUS BRIEF OF CHARLES B. GITTINGS JR. IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONERS
All the merits briefs for Petitioners and Amici are here:
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
The three detainees were each reported to have been found hanging in his separate cell shortly after midnight on June 10, 2006. According to the government’s own autopsies, each detainee had been hanging unobserved for a minimum of two hours. The deaths went unnoticed despite the constant supervision of five guards who were responsible for only 28 inmates in a lit cell block monitored by video cameras. According to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), each detainee should have been observed a minimum of once every 10 minutes by the guards. Despite clear violations of the SOP, no guards were ever disciplined.
CAMP IN DISARRAY
Buried in the investigation are details of a camp in total disarray. According to Professor Mark Denbeaux, Director of the Center for Policy & Research, the investigation shows “guards not on duty, detainees hanging dead in their cells for hours and guards leaving their posts to eat the detainees’ leftover food.” During initial investigation interviews immediately following the deaths, those guards on duty were warned that they were suspected of giving false statements and were even read their Miranda rights. These guards were also ordered to not write out sworn statements, even though SOPs demanded they should.
Professor Denbeaux commented, “An investigation was promised. The promised investigation was a cover up. Worse still, given the gross inadequacy of the investigation the more compelling questions are: Who knew of the cover up? Who approved of the cover up, and why? The government’s investigation is slipshod, and its conclusion leaves the most important questions about this tragedy unanswered.”
Taking the military investigation’s findings as truthful and complete, in order to have committed suicide by hanging, the detainees had to:
- Braid a noose by tearing up their sheets and/or clothing
- Make mannequins of themselves so it would appear to the guards they were asleep in their cells
- Hang sheets to block the view into the cells, in violation of SOPs
- Stuff rags down their own throats
- Tie their own feet together
- Tie their own hands together
- Hang the noose from the metal mesh of the cell wall and/or ceiling
- Climb up on to the sink, put the noose around their necks and release their weight, resulting in death by strangulation
- Hang dead for at least two hours completely unnoticed by guards
Seton Hall Law student, co-author of Death in Camp Delta, and former Sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division, Paul W. Taylor added: “We have three dead bodies and no explanation. How is it possible that all three detainees had shoved rags so far down their own throats that medical personnel could not remove them? One of the dead detainees was scheduled for release from Guantanamo Bay in 19 days. Instead he died in custody.”
The American public and the families of the dead deserve to know the truth.”
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) - In a potentially embarrassing situation for the Obama White House, a turkey pardoned by President Obama earlier this week went on a three-state killing spree on Thanksgiving Day, killing nine.
While authorities were still piecing together the motivation behind the recidivist fowl's homicidal rampage, a chorus of Republican critics complained that pardoning the feathered killer was symptomatic of the Obama administration's misguided policies.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Roger Fitch Esq • November 13, 2009
Our Man in Washington
Gitmo closure looms … FBI releases documents on extraordinary rendition … Rendition lawsuits bogged down in US courts … All’s well that ends well for Ali Al-Marri
The Congressional Research Service has a report out on the legal issues involved in closing Guantánamo.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
On Democracy Now! Andy Worthington Discusses the Forthcoming 9/11 Trials and “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (Video)
I was delighted to be invited to discuss Guantánamo on Democracy Now! this morning, just an hour after the story first broke that the Obama administration is preparing to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other prisoners to the US mainland to face trials in federal court for their alleged involvement in the 9/11 attacks.
As I explained to Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, this is good news to the extent that the whole of the “War on Terror” – with its egregious human rights violations – was supposedly justified as being necessary for the pursuit and capture of those responsible for the 9/11 attacks, and although I believe that the government will be able to avoid having to dwell on the fact that Mohammed and his co-defendants were all tortured in secret CIA prisons if the Justice Department is able to produce any evidence whatsoever of their involvement in the attacks, I explained to Amy and Juan that I was deeply disappointed to hear that it is expected that other prisoners – including Abdul Rahim al-Nashiri, another CIA prisoner, who, like Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, was subjected to waterboarding, a form of controlled drowning – will not face a federal court trial, but will, instead, be put forward for trial by Military Commission.
As I have explained at length over the last two and a half years (and as the Commissions’ former prosecutor, Morris Davis, explained in a op-ed for the Wall Street Journal this week), the revival of the discredited Commissions, which struggled in vain to establish their legitimacy over the course of seven years, demonstrates only that the administration lacks the courage to trust the federal courts, and, as a result, is prepared to endorse the existence of a second-tier judicial system to be used in cases where it fears that the evidence will not be strong enough to secure a conviction.
I count myself fortunate to have had this interview scheduled on the day that such an important story broke, but was also glad that there was time to discuss – and show clips from – my new documentary film “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash), which I have been showing in New York, Washington D.C. and the Bay Area over the last week, and which was the initial spur for my appearance on the show.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
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The Public Record, by contrast, has a handy list of 50 people suitable for war crimes prosecutions, including a number of torture abettors.
Torture is in the courts, too. Important rulings were issued on both sides of the Atlantic on the same October day.
In Washington, Judge Royce Lamberth (snap) accepted the CIA’s claims that no torture was being concealed in FOI documents sought by the ACLU.
Lamberth refused to even look at the documents in question.
CLICK ON THE TITLE FOR TH FULL FITCH REPORT.....
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
AGAIN FROM FIREDOGLAKE:
"On Tuesday, I reported a new campaign to close Gitmo (the campaign website is now live). Today, a bunch of musicians are the joining the National Campaign against Torture to FOIA information on how music was used in the government’s torture program."
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Roger Fitch Esq • October 2, 2009
Our Man in Washington
Roger Fitch traces the last gasp of the Guantánamo military commissions … Government continues to ignore court orders … Habeas appeals abound … And civil torture suits gather pace
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed, a Yemen native, was returned to his homeland. A federal court in May ruled that Ahmed could no longer be detained at the military detention in Cuba facility and ordered him released.
The two other detainees, whose names were not disclosed for security reasons, have been sent to Ireland. In July, the Irish government agreed to accept the two Uzbek prisoners, one of at least four European nations that have said they would take detainees.
Andy Worthington has more....click on the title.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Writ granted – 30 (20 are still at Guantanamo)
17 Uighurs - Urbina (4 released to Bermuda)
5 Bosnian-Algerians - Leon - (4 released - 3 to Bosnia and 1 (Lakhdar Boumediene) to France)
Mohammed el Gharani (Chadian) - Leon (released to Chad)
Yasim Muhammed Basardah - Huvelle (Yemeni)
Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed - Kessler (Yemeni)
Abd al Rahim Abdul Rassak Janko – Leon (Syrian)
Khalid Abdullah Mishal Thamer Al Mutairi - Kollar-Kotelly (Kuwaiti)
Mohammed Jawad - Huvelle (Afghan; released to Afghanistan)
Mohammed Al-Adahi-- Kessler (Yemeni)
Fouad Al Rabiah – Kollar-Kotelly (Kuwaiti).
Writ Denied - 7
Belkacem Bensayah (Bosnian) - Leon
Hisham Sliti (Tunisian) - Leon
Muaz Al Alawi (Yemeni) - Leon
Ghaleb Nassar Al Bihani (Yemeni) - Leon
Hammamy (Tunisian) – Leon
Waqas Mohammed Ali Awad (Yemeni) - Robertson
Fawzi Al Odah (Kuwaiti) - Kollar-Kotelly
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Roger Fitch Esq • August 31, 2009
Our Man in Washington
The report on CIA torture is the talk of the town … Despite heaps of redactions the dump of torture documents is a goldmine … A laundry list of US war crimes
These days, nearly everyone agrees that Barack Obama isdancing with George Bush.
Like Bush, Mr Obama pointlessly appeals uncongenial court decisions and invents presidential powers.
Obama cynically exploits miscarriages of justice begun by the Bush Gang in the alleged name of fighting terrorism.
Indeed, the Bush policy of calculated cruelty is in danger of being permanently institutionalised for people – including US citizens –with Muslim names.
CLICK ON THE TITLE TO CONTINUE.....
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Sorry I was traveling back from Guantanamo and did not learn the time of the interview until it had passed. I understand you can click on the link below and hear it. I will be trying later today and if it is more complicated than it seems I will update with further instructions.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Click on the title and click here for a report from ScotUS.
Well, whether the Government is coming to it's senses or not...the good judge never lost her senses! Click here to read more . The bottom line: the judge has ordered the release of the young Jawad....his life will forever be shattered but we all wish him the best.......... Read more about today's court hearing here.
Congratulations to Al Mutairi's counsel David Cynamon and Matthew Maclean.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Here is the link to the transcriptMany thanks to RM for providing the link.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I will see both of my clients again in August.
CLICK ON THE TITLE TO FINISH....
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Thanks again to PEGC for taking the pdf and providing a link to the article.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Charly is also someone who has been a great help to me and to this blog (small example... I can't post PDFs on blogspot so when I have a PDF that I want to bring to your attention Charly posts it on his blog and then gives me the link). Like many of the friends that I have made through my Guantanamo work I have not met Charly and only know those things about him that have come up in our emails.
So read the interview yourself and I am sure you will agree that Charly is one amazing man. Thank you Talking Dog for another great interview and thank you Charly for your dedication not only in your attempts to bring our country in line with the geneva conventions but in continuing to expose the illegal actions of our Government and "the war on terror"....
Roger Fitch Esq • July 1, 2009
Our Man in Washington
“Terrorist Incapacitation” – the new gloss for indefinite detention … If tax lawyers can be indicted for fraudulent advice, why not John Yoo for torture advice? ... Suppressed report on “interrogation policy” due to see the light of dayMichael Jackson’s death provided the perfect cover for a Friday afternoon “bad news dump”, e.g. the strategically leaked report that the Obama administration is drafting a Bush-like executive order to allow indefinite detention of terrorist suspects.
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If you have more time below are some interesting links that came my way while I was taking a little time off....
Saturday, July 4, 2009
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I guess I should not have to mention this but this request goes beyond the Uighers. If Brown gets a no confidence vote for doing the right thing...how many countries do you think will be willing to help us close Guantanamo by taking the innocent men that have long been held?