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What’s Going on at Gitmo?


Big news out of Guantánamo today: Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker, the chief defense counsel for the Military Commissions, was found guilty of contempt and sentenced to 21 days confinement and to pay a $1,000 fine.

This is the latest dramatic development in the the Military Commission’s efforts to try Abd al Rahim al Nashiri for the U.S.S.  continue »

Can Defense Counsel Ever Be Lawfully Surveilled by the Government?


David Luban’s essay (“Indefensible: Why Guantánamo defense lawyers can’t ethically participate any longer”) presents an excellent rendition of most of the ethics rules applicable to the publically known facts about the decision by Brig. Gen. John G. Baker, the chief defense counsel for the Military Commissions, to disband the defense’s trial team in the military commission case of United States v.  continue »

The Guantánamo Ethics Mess


The latest episode in the Military Commission’s efforts to try Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri for the U.S.S. Cole bombing is a dramatic dispute between Air Force Col. Vance Spath, the military judge in al-Nashiri’s case, and civilian defense counsel who are attempting to withdraw from the case for ethical reasons.…   continue »

The CMCR’s Latest (Non-)Decision in al-Nashiri [UPDATED with links to supplemental briefs]

After a very long delay, and a couple of new presidential appointments of military judges to the court (resolving one of the two serious structural problems Steve has described elsewhere), the Court of Military Commission Review has finally issued its decision in the government’s interlocutory appeal on the MV Limburg aspect of the case against Abd al-Rahim Hussain al-Nashiri.…   continue »

When Did the War With al-Qaeda Start?

On Wednesday, the DC Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments on a request to halt the military commission prosecution of Guantánamo detainee Abd al-Rahim Hussein al-Nashiri. The 51-year-old Saudi national is accused of, among other things, plotting the bombing of a US Navy ship docked in the port of Yemen in 2000 that killed 17 American sailors.…   continue »

The important and difficult issues in the al-Nashiri case: When did the war begin? And was the COLE bombing a war crime?

The tragic bombing of the USS COLE by al Qaeda operatives in October 2000 was a heinous crime.  Even if it occurred as part of an armed conflict between the United States and al Qaeda (about which more below), the suicide bombers were not privileged belligerents, and therefore they would not enjoy any “combatant immunity” from being charged with crimes under U.S.…   continue »