Saturday, October 31, 2009

Supreme Court's friday conference meeting

Yesterdays conference was full of interesting Guantanamo questions. You can read more about another issue that was brought before the court this week here. We will have to wait for the release of orders on monday morning to see what, if anything, the court is going to do with all of this.

Monday, October 26, 2009

NPR's Worldview

Hey I will be back on NPR's Worldview today at noon central time. you can listen here or listen to the podcast afterward....

Saturday, October 24, 2009

More Supreme Court Activity

On the heels of the Supreme Court's granting of Cert in Kiyemba comes the next issue "Kiyemba II." In Kiyemba the Supreme Court will decide if the Courts in granting habeas cases can order the men released in the US. In Kiyemba II the Court will be asked to decide if the Courts can bar the transfer of men to countries where the men fear torture or abuse. Both of these cases are important for men like my client Al-Ghizzawi because he cannot go back to his home country of Libya without fear of prosecution, imprisonment and torture and if no third country will take him the US might become his only option.
Click on the title to read more from scotus.

Friday, October 23, 2009



Thursday, October 22, 2009



"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

Amherst steps up to the plate!

It is nice when communities can see past the fear mongering and try to do the right thing.
Click on the title for more.

Generals New Close Gitmo Now Campaign

There is a new campaign underway to get Congress behind the closing of Gitmo...not just by allowing men to be tried here but to stop the fearmongering and allow some men that have been held wrongly all of these years and who are innocent of any wrongdoing to come these united states. We cannot ask the rest of the world to help with the closing of Gitmo when we refuse to do the right thing and take some of these innocent men into our own country. So click on the title and send a letter off today and pass the word.
Hats off to emptywheel for the link.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Our hero's....

The Supreme court has once again stepped into the mess made by our courts (mostly, but not entirely, by the DC Circuit Court) and has agreed to take on yet another Guantanamo Cert Petition. Read what ScotUS has to say and once you finish that look to see what our friend the talking dog has to say. Last but certainly not least read this latest blog from Andy Worthington. I am just back from another road trip so I have not really had the chance to think about and digest this latest twist and turn but perhaps I will have more to say on this tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Same old...same old

Click on the title for a look at the Obama administrations claim that it wasn't known in 2006 that torturing Gitmo prisoners was illegal....

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gitmo Attorney asks Court to Hold Gates in Contempt

Habeas counsel David Cynamon has asked the District Court in DC to hold Secretary of Defense Gates in contempt of court for not obeying a court order to release his client.

Two Released Last Week

One to Kuwait, pursuant to court order and one to Belgium...the identity of the detainee sent to Belgium has not been released.
Click on the title for more.

Books banned at Gitmo

Although not mentioned in this article Arabic/English dictionaries have long been banned too. I am not sure if that ban is still in effect.
Click on the title for more.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


A few weeks ago I wrote about the Government's blatant refusal to follow an Order by Judge Hogan that impacted every habeas case. The judge in one of my cases entered a rule to show cause against the Government but that was only in my case. I contacted attorneys for the various media because they had an interest in this issue as well....they had intervened in the issue that was before Judge Hogan and had also fought for unclassified Returns to be filed on the public docket.
Click on the title for the link and thank you to Charly Gittings at PEGC for providing the link.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


As Andy Worthington notes in this article it has become harder and harder to main a sense of humor.... and of late it has only been my sense of humor (and of the absurd?) that has kept me focused....
Click here for Andy's look at the US congress... and click on the title for some background music.

Monday, October 5, 2009

More hidden torture tapes

The order by this Judge is particularly disturbing given the allegations that the judge concedes in the opinion... I guess we are supposed to be happy for the crumbs.
As the prisoner involved in this decision actually made accusations regarding one of my two clients I am grateful for the tiny crack that allows some of the light in...but disgusted by a judiciary that continues to fear opening the window to the known and widespread abuse. Exactly what is it they are afraid of?
Click on the title for more.

From Roger Fitch and our friends down under at Justinian

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

McClatchy News has more on Kiyemba I, while Andy Worthington reports the significance of the DC Circuit’s Kiyemba II mandate.

The first of only eight habeas cases lost on the merits by Guantánamo detainees is now on appeal to the DC circuit, while the government is appealing a few of the 30 it has lost.


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Did you say X-Ray?

I don't even know where to start with this one.... so many of are clients are accused of saying damaging things to interrogators in the early years at Guantanamo and our attempts to get actual tapes of the conversations to review the translations are often denied by the judges as "fishing expeditions"....
click on the title to read about one of the five arabic translators at the base in 2002-2003.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

big sigh....