McCain’s Rejection of Torture Puts Brakes on Neocon Assault

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 11:10 am

We heard from Marcy that John McCain had a decent op-ed today in the Washington Post, denouncing torture and laying out the facts on the role of torture. He affirmed that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed lied under torture about key facts related to the courier which harbored bin Laden, and he also provided more information on [...]

Official Bin Laden Story Changes in Various Places

By: Tuesday May 3, 2011 6:10 am

The story of the frantic raid on the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad has evolved over the past 24 hours. What was a very crisp narrative full of interesting details has not held up. Here are a few examples: • Initially, the story went that a woman was used as a human shield and was [...]

The Bin Laden Intel/Torture Debate

By: Monday May 2, 2011 11:27 am

As soon as we started talking about torture on the level of efficacy, i.e. whether torture “worked,” it was inevitable that we’d have a day like this. The AP reports that intelligence from secret CIA prisons first uncovered the name of the courier which eventually led to the bin Laden compound. The information came from [...]

KSM to be Tried at Guantanamo

By: Monday April 4, 2011 12:19 pm

As Marcy reported earlier, the Obama Administration retreated from their initial position and decided to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four of his co-conspirators at a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This includes Walid bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed al Hawsawi. Holder in a press conference said that [...]

Paul, Lee Criticize “Problematic” Indefinite Detention Order

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 7:50 am

There’s no surprise in the ACLU criticizing a policy on Guantanamo and indefinite detention like what President Obama ordered into law yesterday. ACLU President Anthony Romero told supporters in a statement that “The detention of Guantánamo detainees for nine years without charge or trial is a stain on America’s reputation that should be ended immediately, [...]

Faisal Shahzad Sentenced to Life in Prison

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 11:52 am

In a terrorism trial held in a federal District Court in Manhattan, Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to set off a bomb in Times Square, was sentenced to life in prison for the crime. He did not get “a platform to express his hideous ideology,” nor was his trial either a target for global terrorism or [...]

Former President Casually Admits Violation of Federal, International Law

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 10:54 am

Marcy already hit this, but I feel compelled to highlight it as well, because there’s a key point here: Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that he has no regrets about waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, saying that, if presented with the same opportunity, he’d “do it again.” Bush made the comments in reference to [...]

Lindsey Graham’s Empty Back Pocket

By: Wednesday March 10, 2010 11:40 am

In addition to working with Democrats on a climate bill, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) thinks he can broker a deal on closing the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, in exchange for moving the Khalid Skeikh Mohammed trial into a military commission. But in order to “broker a deal” you have to bring something tangible to the [...]

Feingold: Don’t Try KSM In A Military Commission

By: Friday March 5, 2010 1:11 pm

Via Greg Sargent, the Senate’s most committed civil libertarian, Russ Feingold, calls on the President not to give in to Republican fearmongering and to hold the KSM trial as scheduled, in an Article III court: “We have a great track record of successfully trying and convicting terrorists in civilian courts. The military commission system is [...]

Advisers To Recommend Trying KSM In Military Commissions

By: Friday March 5, 2010 6:39 am

The Washington Post seems pretty convinced that President Obama will accept the recommendation of top national security advisers and back down on a civilian trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The president’s advisers feel increasingly hemmed in by bipartisan opposition to a federal trial in New York and demands, mainly from Republicans, that Mohammed and his [...]

Backtracking On Civilian Court Trial For KSM, Alleged 9/11 Plotters?

By: Friday February 12, 2010 8:48 am

In an interview today with the Washington Post, Attorney General Eric Holder seemed to hedge on the question of whether the government would hold the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other alleged 9/11 co-conspirators in a civilian court or a military commission. Administration officials acknowledge that Holder and Obama advisers were unable to [...]

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