Sunday, November 23, 2014

By the numbers

One of my fellow gitmo colleagues is kind enough to keep track of the numbers for the rest of us. Here is the latest:
73 cleared for release--all but 19 are from Yemen.
59 forever detainees who have never been charged with anything (Including my client Razak ali)
7 facing charges in the made up military commission.
3 convicted in the made up military commission.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

One more released.....

The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Muhammed Murdi Issa Al-Zahrani from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Saudi Arabia.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FIVE RELEASED TODAY.....

The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Hashim Bin Ali Bin Amor Sliti and Husayn Salim Muhammad Al-Mutari Yafai from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Slovakia.

The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Salah Mohammed Salih Al-Dhabi, Abdel Ghaib Ahmad Hakim, and Abdul Khaled Al-Baydani from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Georgia.

Best of luck to these five men.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

RELEASE THE TORTURE REPORT NOW.

Release the Torture Report Now!

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Sign the petition to Sen. Mark Udall: If you enter the torture report into the Congressional Record, we'll have your back.

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

IN THE COMPANY OF COWARDS

Bush, Howard and injustice at Guantanamo

A BOOK REVIEW

So part of the problem I had when searching for this book is that I know the author as "Dan Mori" not Michael Mori. Ah well--- as a fellow middle name user I won't say anything more about that but I am going to refer to the author as Dan in this review.

The book was sent to me by a friend in Australia and Dan wrote a nice inscription to me (thank you Dan). When I started reading the book it quickly became one of those books that was difficult to put down. I finished the book over three evening reads. Dan managed to put into words the frustration, anger and heartache of representing someone at Guantanamo without sounding angry or maudlin.
Dan represented David Hicks-- an australian man who was turned over to US forces in Afghanistan for a bounty and who was one of the first to arrive at Guantanamo. Dan's account is not just about the fight to get Hicks out of Guantanamo and the constant shifting of the rules in the military commission -- but also the other side of the fight- the political fight in Australia and Dan's brilliant use of the media to inform the Australian people of the plight of his client and the complicity of the Australian government in Hicks's long detention at Guantanamo.
Dan doesn't spend much time on the personal toll- he was a military lawyer in the marines and was assigned the Hicks case. But there was a personal toll-- like all of the military defense lawyers who represented Guantanamo detainees Dan was denied his next promotion and faced cowadly complaints about his activism in representing his client. So it was not just that walls went up at every corner and resources for the defense side were lacking-- but the military made it personal because Dan was fighting hard for his client.
Read the book- Dan describes the feel of the base during this time period (2005-8) better than any other account I have read and he also describes quite eloquently what it is like for a lawyer committed to the rule of law to watch his country's legal system disintegrate before his eyes.
Dan now lives in Australia. I mention this because it underscores the toll on the attorneys in representing Guantanamo detainees. Dan is not the first Guantanamo attorney to leave this country and I do not think he will be the last.
It seems the only place in the US to get this book is on-line via australia. Click here.




THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW

Please join me in urging Senator Udall to read the torture report into the congressional record before he leaves the senate. You can contact the senator here. I couldn't quite figure out which of the pull down topics to use so I settled on "defense" and for the subtopic I put "torture report."

Friday, November 14, 2014

U.N. Committee on Torture is NOT a Rubber Stamp

Yes, it seems that the U.N. Committee is asking the right questions and demanding answers. Marcy at emptywheel discusses the questions here and Jim White at Emptywheel has more here.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Former Gitmo guard speaks out on the torture of Force feeding....

Former Guard: 

Guantanamo's 'Safe, Humane, Legal, 

Transparent' Motto 

Is Simply Not True


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Detainee released to Kuwait--Updated

 Read more here.

“Administration officials said that an end-of-year flurry might be coming: The Pentagon has notified Congress that nine other detainees, including six bound for Uruguay, may soon be transferred.”



Friday, October 31, 2014

REPORT TO U.N. CALLS BULLSHIT ON OBAMA’S ‘LOOK FORWARD, NOT BACKWARDS’ APPROACH TO TORTURE...

Months after President Obama frankly admitted that the United States had “tortured some folks” as part of the War on Terror, a new report submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture has been released that excoriates his administration for shielding the officials responsible from prosecution.
READ THE REST OF THIS INTERCEPT ARTICLE HERE

Talking Dog interviews Todd Pierce



Major Todd Pierce (U.S. Army, Retired) is an attorney who served as a Judge 
Advocate General (J.A.G.) officer in the United States Army. In that capacity, 
he has served on the defense teams for two Guantanamo military commissions 
defendants. On October 13, 2014 The Talking Dog had the privilege of interviewing Maj. Pierce 
by telephone. 

Read the interview here.



Monday, October 27, 2014

REUNITED AT LAST....

After a 13 year separation my client Mr. Al-Ghizzawi has finally been reunited with his wife and daughter. When he had last seen his daughter she was only a few months old. The talking dog shares in the good wishes to Mr. Al-Ghizzawi and his family.

PEACE PRIZE WINNERS SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE TORTURE REPORT AND GUANTANAMO

Twelve nobel peace prize winners have signed an open letter to Obama urging him to release the torture report and finalize plans for closing guantanamo. Read the letter and sign onto their petition here.