Journalism in the Public Interest


Dafna Linzer

Dafna Linzer was a senior reporter at ProPublica. She is the author of the ongoing series "Shades of Mercy" on racial bias in presidential pardons. The series was a finalist for Harvard University's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and honored by Investigative Reporters and Editors. Her work on Guantanamo and detention in the Obama presidency won the 2010 Overseas Press Club award for General Excellence and received honorable mention for the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel award.

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Say What? White House Errs on Guantanamo Facts

Gibbs said more detainees have been transferred in the last eight months than in the previous eight years. But he's wrong.

Happy Birthday, Gitmo

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the creation of the legal foundation for the prison and the second-tier justice system established to try terrorism suspects there.

With Few Strong Cases, Government Rushes Toward Plea Deals for Guantanamo Detainees

While the Pentagon and the Justice Department wrangle over control of the cases, prosecutors move ahead to negotiate with prisoners.

U.N. Can’t Account for Millions Sent to Afghan Election Board

Two audits raise questions about the commission carrying out Afghanistan's elections, and about the United Nations' oversight of money sent to ensure a fair vote.

White House Regroups on Guantanamo

White House Counsel Greg Craig has been replaced as the point man on the Guantanamo issue as the deadline for closing the prison looms.

Alhurra Targeted for Review by State Dept. Inspector General

A television station designed to provide people in the Middle East with an American perspective on foreign affairs has drawn concerns about content and financial management.

Obama Administration Appears Poised for Talks With Iran

Iran’s five-page offer for talks with the Obama administration, first published here, appears to have been accepted by the White House.

Farsi Version of Iran’s New Proposal for Nuclear Talks

Along with the English version, we are posting a Farsi translation of Tehran's offer to the U.S. and its allies.

Exclusive: Read Iran’s New Proposal for Nuclear Talks

The Obama administration weighs the merits of Tehran's call for "all-encompassing" negotiations.

Obama Seems to Rule Out Executive Order on Indefinite Detentions

The president, wrestling with the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, says he will seek congressional approval for a policy on holding terrorism suspects.

White House Is Drafting Executive Order to Allow Indefinite Detention; Move Would Bypass Congress

The administration wants to move quickly to establish a new detention system so that it can close the Guantanamo prison by January.

Review of Gitmo Detainees Has Been Slow and Complex

The work of a task force evaluating the prisoners has been complicated by legal constraints, turf battles and a mountain of documents.

Alhurra Bleeding Viewers, Poll Finds, But Spending is Up

Dozens of Prisoners Held by CIA Still Missing, Fates Unknown

More than two years after President Bush acknowledged the program of secret overseas prisons, many who were jailed remain unaccounted for.

List of Likely CIA Prisoners Who Are Still Missing

Most of those captured and held in secret prisons have not been identified by the government, but human rights groups have tried to track them.

Judge’s Order May Force Gov’t to Outright Dismiss Case

The Obama administration has suspended war crimes trials at Guantanamo, but a military judge in one case rejects a delay.

Does Obama Snub of Alhurra Signal a Shift?

Brooklyn Minister, Target of Racist Comments by Former Pardon Attorney, Waits For a Second Hearing

Where Things Stand: Alhurra

Report Calls Alhurra a Failure