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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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Disclosure of Possible Gitmo Signing Statement Spurs Debate Inside and Outside Administration

Revelation that the Obama administration is weighing whether to issue a presidential statement rejecting Congressional limits on Guantanamo prompts vigorous debate.

Administration Prepares to Defy Efforts to Limit Obama’s Options for Guantanamo

President Obama would sign the military spending bill but also reject several provisions that restrict his handling of Guantanamo prisoners.

White House Drafts Executive Order for Indefinite Detention

The White House is moving ahead with an executive order that will provide for periodic assessments of prisoners detained without charges at Guantanamo.

DOJ’s Troubled Case Against Uthman

Evidence of terrorism ties hinged to witnesses who have been tortured, deemed incompetent weaken the government's case against Uthman.

Exclusion of Coercion-Tainted Evidence Echoes Other Gitmo Cases

A federal judge's decision today is latest in series of government losses in Gitmo-related cases that relied on evidence gained during coercive interrogations.

Justice Dept: No Charges Coming Soon Against Prisoner Who Was Waterboarded

Prosecutors have hit a wall in their case against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of masterminding the Cole bombing.

Rare Interrogator Testimony Defeats Gitmo Torture Claim in Civilian Court

A newly declassified opinion in a Guantanamo prisoner lawsuit gives the most detailed picture yet of how U.S. authorities might overcome allegations that torture taints key evidence.

Judges Reject Interrogation Evidence in Gitmo Cases

The government has lost eight of 15 cases in which Guantánamo inmates have said they or witnesses against them were forcibly interrogated, according to a ProPublica review.

Gitmo Challenges Could Endanger Half of Convictions

Two legal challenges to the Guantanamo military commissions system could undo half the convictions won so far.

Gitmo Judge Recuses Self After Complaint Based on ProPublica Interview

A federal judge has recused himself from a case challenging the detention of a Gitmo prisoner after the detainee’s lawyer complained that views he expressed in a ProPublica interview meant he couldn’t be fair.

As Gitmo Detainees’ Legal Victories Mount, Obama Administration Resists Orders to Release

Despite court rulings that many Guantanamo prisoners are being held unlawfully, the government says it is not obligated to free them.

Gitmo Judge Urged to Recuse Himself After ProPublica Interview

An attorney for one Guantanamo prisoner asks for the recusal of a federal judge who spoke of the problems presented by the cases.

Dafna Linzer on KUOW

Why Obama’s Plans for N.Y. Terror Trials Unraveled

For anyone wondering how one of President Obama’s signature pledges seemed to unravel between Monday and Friday, here’s a look at the week that was.

Judges Urge Congress to Act on Indefinite Terrorism Detentions

In an unusual move, three federal judges hearing Gitmo challenges say lawmakers need to provide them with guidelines on how long terrorism suspects can be detained without charges.

The Clock Ticks Slowest at Gitmo: Why It’s Taking so Long to Close the Prison

Nearly a year after taking office, the Obama administration isn’t as close to closing the prison at Guantanamo as it had hoped it would be by now.

Judge Who Ordered Release of Uighurs Rules for Another Gitmo Detainee

Saeed Hatim, a Yemeni citizen held at Guantanamo for seven years, should be freed, Judge Ricardo Urbina rules.

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.

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