Posts Tagged: Guantanamo Bay

Pistachio Tie Error Corrected

"An article on Friday about Ahmed Muhammed Haza al-Darbi, a Saudi detainee at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, using information from a military spokesman, misidentified the source of the pistachio-colored tie that Mr. Darbi wore at the court hearing in which he pleaded guilty to terrorism-related offenses involving a 2002 attack by Al Qaeda on a French-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Yemen. It was given to him by his civilian lawyer, Ramzi Kassem; Mr. Darbi did not select it from a bag of ties made available to detainees for such hearings."


Guantanamo's Twelfth Ramadan

It's day three of Ramadan, which means it's the third day of "culturally appropriate" force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay, during which detainees are force-fed before sunrise and after sunset. Yesterday Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Durbin wrote a very detailed letter to the Secretary of Defense and the President, asking for a halt to the force-feedings. On Monday, a court rejected a petition by hunger strikers, declaring that only the White House could intervene. All four inmates suing were cleared for release or transfer from Guantanamo more than a year ago.

In case you missed it, this week Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos [...]


JTF-GTMO: Exclusionary Rules

I was in line at the jerk chicken joint with a few reporters and the gaggle of human rights attorneys that had come down for the hearings. The night was hot but soft. There weren't that many bugs considering the humidity. We were having a casual conversation, about what exactly I don't remember, when one of the attorney's eyes widened.

I turned to see her embrace a slender Asian woman, early 30-something, who was accompanied by a pair of lanky, benign-looking fellows. The interaction seemed harmless enough but, secretly, it was terribly awkward. I should have expected as much. What kind of person do you happen to run [...]