Archive for the 'Guantanamo Bay' Category

It’s Official. We Torture.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bush, Guantanamo Bay, History, Torture

They finally admit it… The top Bush administration official in charge of deciding whether to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to trial has concluded that the U.S. military tortured a Saudi national who allegedly planned to participate in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, interrogating him with techniques that included sustained isolation, sleep deprivation, nudity and prolonged […]

January 14th, 2009 | Permalink| 11 Comments »

Guantanamo’s Legal System Described As Chaotic By Former Prosecutor

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Guantanamo Bay, Law

I’m not exactly sure what legal solution Obama will be applying to the enemy combatants currently being detained, but it seems that anything is better than the nothingburger they have in place currently. From Wash Post: A former military prosecutor said in a declaration filed in federal court yesterday that the system of handling evidence […]

January 14th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Guantanamo Won’t Close In Obama’s 1st 100 Days

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Foreign Policy, Guantanamo Bay, History, Law

But it will happen. Obama said as much on This Week today: “I think it’s going to take some time and our legal teams are working in consultation with our national security apparatus as we speak to help design exactly what we need to do,” Obama said in an exclusive “This Week” interview with George […]

January 11th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

The Sad Case Of Muhammad Saad Iqbal

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Guantanamo Bay, History, Law, The War On Terrorism, The World, Torture

I’ve written at length about my opinions of extraordinary rendition, Guantanamo Bay, etc., but the idea that people will vigorously defend policies that put a completely innocent man through 6 years of hell still leaves me completely baffled. Seriously. This is one of those issues for me where there’s absolutely zero common ground because I […]

January 6th, 2009 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

(Video) James Risen Talks Exec. Power of Bush/Obama

By American News Project | Related entries in Barack, Bush, Cheney, Civil Liberties, FISA, Guantanamo Bay, The Politics Of Film, The War On Terrorism, Torture, Transparency, Washington

This is Lagan from ANP, We sat down with James Risen, the New York Times national security corespondent who broke the domestic wiretapping stories, to talk about the dilemmas Obama faces with the unparalleled executive power he will inherit. Dick Cheney recently said that Obama would appreciate all of the power they are handing over, […]

December 16th, 2008 | Permalink| No Comments »

Judge Orders 5 Detainees To Be Released

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Guantanamo Bay, Law, The War On Terrorism

I still can’t believe we justified holding people indefinitely without access to council or hope for trial. And the following case shows just how egregious that practice was since 4 out of the 5 men ordered released weren’t even “enemy combatants.” From Wash Post: For the first time, a federal judge ordered the release yesterday […]

November 21st, 2008 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Obama To Close Gitmo, Hold Different Tribunals

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Guantanamo Bay, Law

One of the biggest symbols of post 9/11 American hubris is set to vanish. Good: WASHINGTON – President-elect Obama’s advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials, a plan that would make good on his promise to close the […]

November 10th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

The CIA tortured this cartoon

By donar | Related entries in Cartoons, Guantanamo Bay, Political Graffiti, Torture

Usually it’s the cartoonist that is tortured, but the CIA got a hold of my cartoon and it disappeared for awhile.  Thank god it survived and I was able to recover it.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t like to talk much and tends to curl up in the corner of my studio. Wash Post article Tweet

June 18th, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Guantanamo Decision Not “Worst in History”

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Constitution, Guantanamo Bay, Law, McCain, Supreme Court, Terrorism, The War On Terrorism, War

George Will takes issue with John McCain’s statement that the recent Supreme Court decision on Guantanamo detainees was one of the “worst decisions in history.” Will’s complaint is as much about McCain’s hyperbole as it is about McCain’s opposition to the ruling. As Will notes, this is not a clear-cut matter and people of good […]

June 17th, 2008 | Permalink| No Comments »

McCain: SCOTUS Detainee Decision One Of The Worst In History

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Constitution, Guantanamo Bay, Law, McCain, The War On Terrorism, War

Can you tell it’s an election year? From Swampland comes this transcript of McCain’s statements during a town hall… The United States Supreme Court yesterday rendered a decision which I think is one of the worst decisions in the history of this country. Sen. Graham and Sen. Lieberman and I had worked very hard to […]

June 13th, 2008 | Permalink| 11 Comments »