Thursday, September 26, 2013
When hearings began for Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr in 2006, no cameras were allowed inside the courtroom. Instead the Associated Press sent sketch artist Janet Hamlin to illustrate court proceedings. In the seven years since, Hamlin's sketches have provided the only form of visual documentation of the hearings. Janet Hamlin, the Gitmo traibunals sketch artist, joins The Takeaway to discuss her work and her path to being assigned at the Tribunal.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Many of the 166 Guantanamo Bay detainees are now on a hunger strike and have been since early February. Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University, discusses the strike and talks about a new report that found that the U.S. did engage in torture after 9/11.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A new report by the non-partisan Constitution Project concludes that, without a doubt, the United States engaged in “the practice of torture” in the years after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Currently at Gitmo, 43 of the prisoners are on hunger strikes, in protest of what they see as the unethical treatment of prisoners and their indefinite detention without trial.
Monday, May 07, 2012
September 11 self-proclaimed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is on trial before a Guantanamo Bay military tribunal. By day one the trial was already hitting some snags. All of the 9/11 suspects refused to enter pleas on the charges of orchestrating the September 11 terrorist attacks. Many refused to wear the headsets to hear the translation of the trial. But the defendants aren’t the only ones being judged during this trial. Regardless of outcome, the trial will also have great consequences for how people around the world view American justice. Col. Morris Davis was chief prosecutor for the military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from 2005 to 2007. Carol Rosenberg is a reporter for the Miami Herald who attended the hearings at Guantanamo Bay.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The fate of the five remaining Chinese Muslims being held in Guantanamo Bay became murkier this week. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on behalf of the Uighurs — who have been cleared of any implications of terrorism. The appeal may have allowed them to stay here in the U.S. after they are released from Cuba. Sabin Willet represents the five remaining detainees. He says that the Uighurs have refused an invitation to resettle in Palau because they see it as an island exile.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
After a two year ban, military trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees will resume, the Obama administration said on Monday. The administration said it remains committed to closing the controversial prison; this is the same pledge we've heard from the president dating back to his campaign over two years ago. However, his efforts to close the prison have been thwarted by Congressional opposition to bringing detainees on U.S. soil for trials. What are the implications for such an order for Obama and for the detainees?