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: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Wednesday October 13, 2010 3:08 pm|
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Wednesday June 16, 2010 10:51 am|
Last week, U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. released a forceful 36-page opinion in the case of a Guantanamo detainee that would ordinarily be shocking. Sadly, such opinions are now so common that, except for one news story and a few particularly alert bloggers, they get barely a mention in the news.
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Tuesday June 1, 2010 12:19 pm|
It was an odd sequence of events.
First, on Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed a bill to stop the Obama administration from purchasing a new prison that could house detainees now at the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay under lock and key here in the United States.
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Friday April 30, 2010 4:40 pm|
A child is being prosecuted for following orders by a powerful father and his al Qaeda associates to do bad things.
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Wednesday April 28, 2010 5:24 pm|
The second update today from Daphne Eviatar’s observations of the Guantanamo military commissions.
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Monday April 26, 2010 11:24 am|
Why did the Obama administration decide to make the case of Omar Khadr its first trial in a military commission?
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Friday February 26, 2010 9:51 am|
Human Rights First will be blogging on the OPR Report hearing today.
|By: DavidDanzig Thursday November 19, 2009 12:04 pm|
David Danzig is currently visiting Guantanamo to oversee legal proceedings.
|By: sharonkelly Friday November 6, 2009 3:22 pm|
As we await the announcement of President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo, we can be hopeful that the tide of fear-mongering that has muddied this debate is being to ebb.