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Congress Receives Misleading Report about Guantanamo "Recidivism"

By: 
Nancy Talanian
Date: 
12/09/2010

Read this blog on Huffington Post.

Why We Exist: Closing Guantánamo the Right Way

By: 
Nancy Talanian
Date: 
11/15/2010

When Guantánamo Bay prison will actually close is anyone’s guess, but the closing alone will not matter unless our country changes along with it and our government, going forward, affirms its commitment to human rights and the rule of law. As we near the ninth anniversary of Guantánamo Bay prison, we are constantly bombarded with signs that such a day is still far off. Here are a few culled from recent news:

Mothers of Iran's detainees fare better than parents of US detainees

By: 
Nancy Talanian
Date: 
05/20/2010

Read this blog on Huffington Post.

Pre-trial Hearing of 1st Obama Military Commission Tries Child Soldier

By: 
Nancy Talanian
Date: 
05/07/2010

The pre-trial hearing for the first Military Tribunal in Obama’s presidency began last week, following the delayed release of the new manual for Military Commissions.  The government’s justification for trying Omar Khadr by Military Commission is that, in its view, his alleged murder of a US soldier via a hand grenade was a violation of the law of war. According to Lt. Col. David Frakt, under the Military Commission rules, “A detainee may be convicted of murder in violation of the law of war even if they did not actually violate the law of war.”

An introduction to “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo”

By: 
Andy Worthington
Date: 
03/19/2010

Greetings from London. I wish I could be here with you this evening, simply to say thank you for caring about some of the victims of the criminally misguided policies launched by the Bush administration in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The resolution passed in Amherst last November – adopting two prisoners from Guantánamo, and asking Congress to overturn its ban on bringing cleared prisoners from Guantánamo to live on the US mainland – was enormously significant, as it showed that ordinary Americans were prepared to take a stand.

Let's Honor the Guantánamo Lawyers

By: 
Nancy Talanian
Date: 
03/05/2010
This month, NMG recognizes the hundreds of attorneys who have donated their time to make sure that prisoners at Guantánamo Bay have had legal representation. In the course of their work, they have also spent roughly $50,000 or more per prisoner out-of-pocket on translators, travel, research, legal filings, and the like. NMG hopes that Bagram prisoners may soon be awarded the right to challenge their detentions through the Great Writ. If that happens, several lawyers are ready to help Bagram prisoners challenge the legality of their detentions.

If Military Commissions Are So Great, Why Only 3 in 8 Years?

By: 
Nancy Talanian
Date: 
02/12/2010

Read this blog on Huffington Post and Common Dreams.

To hear the clamor for prosecuting Abdulmutallab, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and his alleged 9/11 co-conspirators by military commission, you might think commissions are better, cheaper, faster, and more appropriate than federal court trials and a sure-fire way to get stiff convictions.

Guantánamo Closure: Evolution or Revolution?

By: 
Nancy Talanian
Date: 
01/27/2010

This blog originally appeared in the Huffington Post.

Blame Won't Close Guantánamo

By: 
Nancy Talanian
Date: 
01/22/2010

Previously appeared in the Huffington Post.

It’s January 22, the anniversary of President Obama’s executive order to close Guantánamo Bay prison within a year, and Guantánamo is still open for business. Whom can we blame? Hmm…. Let’s see….