Thursday, April 29, 2010


Reporting from Guantanamo, Spencer Ackerman captures a chaotic scene at what was supposed to be a pre-trial hearing for Omar Khadr:

Omar Khadr’s pre-trial hearing this morning experienced an unexplained hour-long delay. Court officers filtered in at 10 a.m., without a certain important individual: Omar Khadr.

Prosecution promptly called a marine corps captain, Laura Bruzzese, to testify that she informed Khadr at 5:15 a.m. that there was a hearing scheduled for this morning. Khadr had a blanket over his head and complained of pain in his left eye, which has been sightless after an injury sustained during his 2002 capture in Afghanistan. She had him escorted to the infirmary, where he received an eyedrop for the pain, and in Camp Delta security officers attempted to load Khadr into a van to transport him to court. Part of that transfer involved putting what Bruzzese called “Eyes and Ears” on Khadr: blackout ski goggles and earmuffs to block out his senses while in transit.

Only Khadr refused. When Brezzese asked him why he wouldn’t wear the Eyes and Ears — standard operating procedure for transiting a detainee, she testified — Khadr responded, “The only purpose is to humiliate me.” [...]

Defense counsel Barry Coburn and his partner, Kobie Flowers, are now racing to Camp Echo, where detainees meet with their lawyers, to talk to Khadr. Neither would tell me in the confusion of the courtroom which option they’d choose. But they brought along Steve Xemakis, a mental health expert, to evaluate Khadr — most likely so that if Khadr declines to attend, they could proffer an expert statement about how voluntary he considers his absence.

“How quick can we get on the road, guys?” was the last thing I heard Coburn say before his team raced out the door.

Read the full account here:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

This would be funny if it wasn't so serious

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.......

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Military Commissions Resume....

How ironic that they start up the latest version of the illegal commissions with the Canadian child Khadr.
Click on the title for commentary and pictures from Spencer Ackerman at the Washington Independent.

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Story...on NPR

Once again Dick Gordon has followed the story of my client Mr. Al-Ghizzawi. Click on the title and hear the latest....

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


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....

Friday, April 2, 2010

Al-Ghizzawi is a free man....

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.