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Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press) and serves as policy advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation. Visit his website at: www.andyworthington.co.uk.

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Torture and the Ghailani Case

Terror ruling threatens civilian prosecutions,” screamed the Los Angeles Times last Thursday. “Ruling in ’98 East Africa embassy bombings is setback for US,” wailed the Washington Post. The headline writers were referring to the federal court ...

First Guantánamo Habeas Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

Last week, two years and three months after the U.S. Supreme Court in Boumediene v. Bush recognized constitutionally guaranteed habeas corpus rights for the prisoners held at Guantánamo, Fawzi al-Odah, a Kuwaiti prisoner held for nearly nine ...

The Betrayal of Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Back in March, when Judge James Robertson of the District Court in Washington, D.C., granted the habeas corpus petition of Guantánamo prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi, there was uproar in Congress. For many years, Slahi, a Mauritanian national ...

Two Freed Prisoners in Germany

On Thursday, two Guantánamo prisoners were released, to start new lives in Germany, bringing the prison’s population to 174. Announcing their arrival, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière stated that, by taking them in, Germany had “made its humanitarian contribution ...

Obama’s Hollow Guantánamo Apology

On Friday, in his first press conference since May, President Obama was concerned primarily with the economy, but also found time to answer a couple of questions about Guantánamo that were put to him by Ann Compton ...

Restricting Presidential Wartime Powers

Under President George W. Bush, a small group of advisors tied closely to Vice President Dick Cheney argued that neither Congress nor the judiciary should attempt to prevent the president from doing whatever he felt was appropriate as the ...

No Surprise at Obama’s Guantánamo Trial Chaos

Surprise is the last thing that anyone ought to feel on hearing the news that the Obama administration “has shelved the planned prosecution,” in a trial by military commission, “of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged coordinator of ...

Guantánamo: A Mentally Ill Yemeni and a Minor Taliban Recruit

As of today, the results of the Guantánamo prisoners’ habeas corpus petitions stand at 38 victories for the prisoners against 15 victories for the government, after two recent rulings. On July 21, Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. ...

Guantánamo and Habeas Corpus: Wins and Losses, Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 Last week, in the first part of this two-part series, I began looking at how the conservative-dominated D.C. Circuit Court has responded to the rulings in the District Court regarding the habeas petitions ...
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