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The Detention Dilemma

In Gitmo Opinion, Two Versions of Reality


Update April 25, 2011: On Sunday night, a number of news outlets and WikiLeaks published a trove of classified documents on detainees at Guantanamo Bay. ProPublica has been reporting on Gitmo and the issues surrounding indefinite detention for more than two years. In October 2010, Dafna Linzer revealed how the Obama administration censored one federal judge's Gitmo decision that had questioned the government's evidence against a detainee.

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U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of David Hicks, Guantanamo Detainee, Should Not Stand

Prosecutors acknowledge they accepted a guilty plea from an Australian man under a law that was passed after his alleged criminal conduct.

Blacked Out: Reading Between the Lines as Gitmo Lawyers Talk Torture

A secret motion in the military commission trial of Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, alleged mastermind of the U.S.S. Cole bombing, offers a glimpse of how talk about CIA torture is handled by the Gitmo court.

Now on Trial at Guantanamo Bay: Spiral Notebooks

The Guantanamo Bay trials of alleged terrorists, restarted by President Obama in 2011, have been marked by secrecy, snafus, and endless delays. ProPublica’s Cora Currier at Gitmo this week for one such case.

Gitmo Diary: Visiting the U.S.’s Most Infamous Courtroom

Cora Currier is down at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, where Abd al Rahim al Nashiri is facing capital charges for the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. Nearly 13 years later, these are still pre-trial motions.

Six Claims on Detainee Torture, Skewered

Here’s a breakdown of last week’s scathing report on the U.S.’s “indisputable” use of torture after 9/11.

Hunger Strikes and Indefinite Detention: A Rundown on What’s Going on at Gitmo

More than 50 detainees are on hunger strike, underlining the uncertainty that surrounds the future of military detention at Gitmo. We break down what’s known about the prison.

Gitmo Defense Lawyers Say Somebody Has Been Accessing Their Emails

Defense attorneys for men accused of terrorism before military commissions at Guantanamo Bay say their email communications have been searched and files have gone missing from servers.

Cutting through the Controversy about Indefinite Detention and the NDAA

As Congress prepares to send it to President Obama, a guide to the controversial defense spending bill’s provisions about detention and the laws of war.

Still Classified: Terror Suspects’ Own Accounts of Their Abuse

Revising its stance on presumptive classification, the government doubles down on its position that detainees’ observations and experiences of their time in U.S. custody are classified.

Gitmo Detainee’s Body Being Held in Secure, Undisclosed Location

The body of Adnan Latif, the Guantanamo detainee who died last month, has not yet been sent back to his home country, Yemen. And it’s not clear when it will be or where it is now.

The Bush Administration’s Oft-Repeated (and Now Challenged) Waterboarding Claims

A new report contradicts the official claim that only three detainees were waterboarded by the CIA. We lay out the Bush administration officials who have repeated the claim over the years.

Newly Released Memo Inadvertently Reveals CIA Held (and Abused) Missing Prisoner

According to various reports, a U.S.-held detainee named Hassan Ghul provided key intelligence on the courier who ultimately led authorities to Osama bin Laden. In 2009 we reported that, despite the U.S.’s silence on his case, Ghul had been captured in Iraq and held in a secret CIA prison.

VIDEO: Dafna Linzer Discusses Guantanamo on CNN

Gitmo and the Federal Judiciary: Our Coverage of the Habeas Lawsuits

The WikiLeaks documents released on Sunday night have raised again the legal and moral dilemma surrounding the indefinite detention of the Guantanamo prisoners, an issue that former ProPublica reporter Chisun Lee covered for more than two years.

Appeals Court Makes It Easier for Gov’t to Hold Gitmo Detainees

The case could make it more difficult for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to win release.

Obama Counterterrorism Adviser Slams Congressional Efforts to Block Guantanamo’s Closure

President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, delivered the administration’s most forceful public call to date for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and the use of federal courts to try some detainees held there.

Obama Makes Indefinite Detention and Military Commissions His Own

Prisoners held in indefinite detention at the Guantanamo Bay camp will periodically be reviewed by a board and have a “personal representative” to advocate for them. But the system, similar to what was in effect under the Bush administration, does not bring President Obama closer to shutting Gitmo.

Obama Expresses Displeasure With Guantanamo Restrictions But Signs Them Into Law

The president says he will seek the repeal of new provisions tucked into defense-spending legislation, but averts a confrontation with the new Congress by not raising constitutional objections.

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