Guantanamo Bay Costs U.S. Taxpayers $1.2 Million Per Day

By: Tuesday July 30, 2013 5:58 am

Remember that illegal prison camp President Obama campaigned on closing, twice? Well not only is it an embarrassment and insult to the rule of law but it’s costing American taxpayers over a million dollars a day. Democratic lawmakers pushing to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay said on Wednesday its cost has skyrocketed to [...]

Senate Passes Indefinite Detention Limitations Amid Various Interpretations of the Statute Language

By: Friday November 30, 2012 12:17 pm

Depending on who you believe, the Senate either voted today to limit indefinite detention practices or voted to allow those limits to be determined by the executive branch. You may need a degree in linguistics to figure this one out. First, here’s the basics of what happened: The Senate voted late on Thursday to prohibit [...]

DC Circuit Overturns Hamdan Conviction, Says Military Commissions Unusable for Material Support Charges

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 2:02 pm

In a significant ruling today, a federal appeals court overturned a conviction of Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s driver, obtained through a military commission. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a George W. Bush appointee seen as a possible conservative Supreme Court justice, wrote in a ruling for a three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court that Hamdan [...]

Administration Acknowledges “Direct Action” in Somalia and Yemen

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 8:28 am

In a report required by the War Powers Resolution, President Obama for the first time acknowledged that the US has taken “direct action” in Somalia and Yemen to attack remnants of Al Qaeda, spreading the battlefield authorized by the AUMF passed shortly after the September 11 attacks in 2001. In the letter, the President updates [...]

Bipartisan Consensus: Democrats Agree with Obama Counter-Terrorism Policies

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 11:36 am

A new poll shows that the lack of forceful opposition to Administration counter-terrorism policies, especially from Congressional Democrats, has led to them becoming broadly popular. This is true even for controversial policies like the continued presence of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, or drone strikes abroad. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Obama, [...]

US Resolves to Deal with Non-Afghan Nationals at Bagram Prison

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 8:55 am

The focus on Guantanamo over the past couple years has been misplaced. In fact, the number of detainees there has been dissipating somewhat. The number of detainees at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, by contrast, has exploded, with detainees captured throughout the world moved over to Bagram – and shielded from any habeas proceedings [...]

Report: US Agrees in Principle to Transfer Taliban Prisoners to Afghanistan

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 2:19 pm

Let’s follow up on today’s item about the Taliban opening an office in Qatar, to begin work on a peace and reconciliation deal in Afghanistan. The counterpart to this action was supposed to be the transfer of several Taliban detainees at Guantanamo into Afghan custody. Because of the constraints placed by Congress on the movement [...]

Taliban Strikes Deal to Open Office in Qatar, to Negotiate Peace in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 8:15 am

The Taliban has agreed to open an office in Qatar, seen as a precursor to peace talks in Afghanistan. In a statement, Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said that along with agreeing to set up the office in Qatar, the group was asking that Taliban detainees held at the American prison in Guantánamo [...]

New Year’s Eve News Dump: Obama Signs Defense Authorization Bill

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 12:58 pm

The President signed the defense authorization bill today, appending a signing statement expressing concerns with the detainee measures in the bill. The White House had earlier stated they would not veto the bill, so this was no surprise. “I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, [...]

US May Release Taliban Prisoners From Guantanmo in Goodwill Gesture

By: Friday December 30, 2011 6:33 am

The future of peace talks with the Taliban to end the Afghanistan war may hinge on thetransfer of a prisoner from Guantanamo Bay. This sign of goodwill could pave the way for broader talks aimed at reconciliation for the Taliban and integration into the Afghan government. But the US is not convinced that they should [...]

More Details on Omnibus Spending Bill Passing Congress Today

By: Friday December 16, 2011 11:38 am

Now that we know the state of play on the one year-end bill left outstanding, let’s redirect to the one that’s moving through the system currently. The House just passed the omnibus appropriations bill, funding all government agencies through the rest of the fiscal year, until September 30, 2012. It’s on to the Senate, where [...]

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