On September 22, in the District Court in Washington D.C., Judge Reggie B. Walton denied the habeas corpus petition of Tawfiq al-Bihani, consigning him to indefinite detention in Guantánamo, on an apparently legal basis, despite the fact that there is no evidence that he ever took up arms against anyone, or had any contact with anyone involved in preparing, facilitating or supporting acts of international terrorism. Judge Walton also ignored that despite being, at most, a lowly foot soldier, al-Bihani was held in a variety of secret CIA prisons in Afghanistan before his transfer to Guantánamo, where he was subjected to torture.
|By: Jeff Kaye Friday October 22, 2010 8:39 am|
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Friday October 15, 2010 8:39 am|
As the trial of a former Guantanamo detainee proceeded peacefully in a New York courtroom today, U.S. military prosecutors in Cuba were reportedly scrambling to get Omar Khadr, the alleged child soldier on trial for war crimes at Gitmo, to plead guilty to murder. Plea negotiations are reportedly ongoing and his trial, set to resume Monday, has been postponed for a week.
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday October 14, 2010 8:43 am|
A new article at Truthout describes how Paul Wolfowitz issued a military directive in March 2002 that loosened rules against human experimentation and protections for subjects of such research that had been in place since the early 1970s. According to sources within the Department of Defense, the Wolfowitz Directive, “Protection of Human Subjects and Adherence to Ethical Standards in DoD-Supported Research”, was used to support a top-secret Special Access Program at Guantanamo funded through the Defense Department’s black budget involving “deception detection”, interrogation, and other research upon detainees.
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Wednesday October 13, 2010 3:08 pm|
Lawyers made opening statements Tuesday as the trial began in earnest for the first former Guantanamo detainee transferred to U.S. soil. While the government portrayed the slight, baby-faced 36-year-old as a vicious al Qaeda murderer who helped plan two US embassy bombings that killed 224 people, the defense told a very different story. Although not contesting much of the evidence the government plans to present — about the bombings themselves, its destructiveness and their innocent victims — defense lawyers argue that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was a hapless young Tanzanian duped into helping his powerful childhood friends who, unbeknownst to him, were al Qaeda killers.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 1, 2010 6:44 pm|
An article written by Susan M. Reverby, a professor of women’s studies at Wellesley College, has uncovered details on a study conducted between 1946 and 1948 in Guatemala, which involved experiments on Guatemalans. Essentially, the Public Health Service (PHS) inoculated people with syphilis.
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Monday September 27, 2010 6:38 am|
|By: Lt. Col. Barry Wingard Wednesday September 22, 2010 2:31 pm|
My op-ed, “Classified: Perverting Democracy by Preventing Disclosure,” was recently published on Truthout. I provided the full text of the op-ed below and look forward to your comments.
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday August 26, 2010 5:55 pm|
On August 15, I reported that the New York Office of Professional Discipline (NYOP) had rejected a complaint against BSCT psychologist Major John Leso for his participation in the planning and implementation of torture at Guantanamo. The rejection used specious arguments to deny that NYOP had any jurisdiction over the Leso case. Today, the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) issued a press release in answer to the NYOP decision, and has also asked the American Psychological Association “to expel Dr. Leso from its association and to recommend revocation of his license.”
|By: Jim White Tuesday August 24, 2010 11:18 am|
In May of 2009, Spencer Ackerman pointed out that the Steven Bradbury May 10, 2005 memo allowed reducing prisoners’ daily caloric intake to about half the recommended level for adult men in order to make them “more receptive” to interrogation. Today, there is a tidbit in Carol Rosenberg’s article about Guantanamo that suggests prisoners now are given between two and three times the recommended daily caloric intake. Why can’t Guantanamo count calories?