Reporting from Guantanamo, Spencer Ackerman captures a chaotic scene at what was supposed to be a pre-trial hearing for Omar Khadr:
Read the full account here: http://washingtonindependent.com/83509/confusion-reigns-at-gitmo-after-khadr-is-a-courtroom-no-show
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Seems that Secretary Gates finally got around to signing the new military commission handbook (with little things like the rules and procedures) just a few hours before the first pretrial proceedings were starting this week....and of course no one down there even had a copy until late yesterday...
It is now available on line and you can click on this now if you want to see what the attorneys were faced with heading into court just as the rules were being unveiled.....
click on the title for more from Spencer Akcerman.
More on todays hearing here
and more on the new commission handbook here.......
Posted by H. Candace Gorman at 10:16 AM
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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It was as early as the summer of 2002 when the first studies of who was being held at Guantanamo were being conducted by the military....and the findings were rather startling as the military determined that they were not holding the "worst of the worst" but instead had a bunch of guys who were wrongly picked up...those reports were not leaked out until 2004 long after the American public was convinced that the inmates at Guantanamo could and would gnaw threw electric power lines or some BS like that....anyway, adding to the evidence that the Bush administration knew from the early days that most of the guys it was holding were innocent is this affidavit from Col. Lawrence Wilkerson who was Colin Powell's chief of staff from 2002-2005.
Perhaps the best summary of the Bush administrations "philosophy" in regards to the men at Guantanamo is this quote from Wilkerson's affidavit: "If hundreds of innocent individuals had to suffer in order to detain a handful of hardcore terrorists, so be it."
Right in line with the 1 percent doctrine....
Posted by H. Candace Gorman at 10:34 AM
Friday, April 2, 2010
I am just back from the beautiful country of Georgia where Al-Ghizzawi, after 8 years of wrongful imprisonment at Guantanamo, is now a free man. On behalf of Mr. Al-Ghizzawi I want to thank the people of Georgia for their kindness and compassion in allowing him to settle in their country. The talking dog has more here and Andy Worthington has this to say.
Posted by H. Candace Gorman at 7:35 AM