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Profiles of the terror suspects to be tried with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

The New York Times has instructive profiles on the four other persons that have been designated for trial in Federal District Court in the Southern District of New York. Reporter Liz Robbins writes:

Walid Muhammad Salih bin Attash
Walid Muhammad Salih bin Attash, known as Khallad, has told investigators that he played many roles in Al Qaeda, from acting as a bodyguard …

Former AG Mukasey critical of decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in NY

The blog Main Justice reports:
Former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey on Friday criticized the Obama administration’s decision to prosecute a group of terrorism suspects accused in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in federal court, warning of safety risks to Americans and the possibility that national security information could be aired in civilian proceedings.
His speech to the conservative Federalist Society — …

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other detainees to be tried in Federal District Court

Here is the Press Release:
Departments of Defense and Justice Announce Forum Decisions for Ten Guantanamo Bay Detainees
The Departments of Defense and Justice today announced forum decisions for ten detainees at Guantanamo Bay whose cases were previously charged in military commissions, including five detainees accused of conspiring to commit the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and a detainee accused of orchestrating …

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly critical of detainee “confession”

With a Hat Tip to Neal Sonnett– Lyle Denniston over at SCOTUSblog brings to our attention a recently-declassified opinion by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in a detainee habeas case, Al Rabiah v. U.S. During the course of the opinion Judge Kollar-Kotelly makes it clear that the evidence supporting that the argument that Al Rabiah should be detained indefinitely was simply insufficient. …

Obama Administration Brief in Bagram detainee cases

The previous post noted the brief filed by the Obama Administration appealing the ruling of Judge John D. Bates in the Bagram detainee cases. With many thanks to SCOTUSblog, the brief can be found here. As Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog explains:
The Obama Administration argued strenuously on Monday that the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision providing a right for imprisoned terrorism suspects …

Investigating the intelligence community: What does history teach us?

In today’s Washington Post, Professor Loch Johnson, former special assistant to the late Senator Frank Church, reminds us previous efforts to investigate allegations of wrong-doing in the intelligence community. Dr. Johnson writes:
During the first half of the Cold War, the CIA was largely free of serious congressional supervision. And despite controversies such as the U2 shoot-down over the Soviet Union, …

Former Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad plans civil suit

Numerous previous posts have discussed the possibility of civil suits against individuals involved in the detention and treatment of detainees. The BBC is reporting about a suit planned by Mohammed Jawad:
Mohammed Jawad was released and arrived in his native Afghanistan earlier this week. His family says he was 12 at the time of his detention in 2002.
He was in custody …

CIA Inspector General’s Report: Will criminal and civil action follow?

Much is being written about the soon-to-be released Inspector General’s report on the Central Intelligence Agency. Slated to be released on Monday, the report will allegedly disclose further abuses of detainees. For example, the New York Times reports:
C.I.A. jailers at different times held the handgun and the drill close to the detainee, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, threatening to harm him if …

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.