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Caging Human Rights: Guantánamo and Beyond

By Marjorie Cohn and Adam Hudson, Truthout | Special Feature
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Caging Human Rights

Much has happened since the human rights train wreck that was the creation of Guantánamo - a detention center deliberately designed to be outside the rule of any law. The majority of the so-called "worst of the worst" have been revealed to be innocents in the wrong place at the wrong time – many sold to US forces for bounty. The majority of detainees now held at Guantánamo have been cleared for release. Many have been held there for more than 10 years without charges. Reports of torture, abuse and interference with right to counsel that trickled out in the beginning have been confirmed and continue. Prisoners trapped in this 21st century "No Exit" are gripped with desperation - leading to hunger strikes. Our government has responded with force-feeding that amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and even torture.

Since the creation of this Kafkaesque penal colony, Truthout has been in the forefront documenting its abuses – and the implications for all of us when the US government asserts extra-legal powers over anyone. Now long-time Truthout contributor and professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers Marjorie Cohn will be analyzing the legal and human rights implications of the military tribunals at Guantánamo, while Truthout special human rights reporter Adam Hudson will be reporting direct from those tribunals at Guantánamo in a new series. Their work is supported by the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Marjorie CohnMarjorie Cohn, a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers is Truthout's Guantanamo/human rights reporter and analyst. Her most recent book is The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse. She is working on a book about drones and targeted killing.

Adam HudsonAdam Hudson is a journalist, writer, and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A graduate of Stanford University and a former intern at The Nation magazine, Hudson covers war and peace issues, drone warfare and technology, international relations, Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) affairs, human rights, and institutional racism. He is Truthout's special human rights reporter.

 

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Marjorie Cohn

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Caging Human Rights: Guantánamo and Beyond

By Marjorie Cohn and Adam Hudson, Truthout | Special Feature
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Caging Human Rights

Much has happened since the human rights train wreck that was the creation of Guantánamo - a detention center deliberately designed to be outside the rule of any law. The majority of the so-called "worst of the worst" have been revealed to be innocents in the wrong place at the wrong time – many sold to US forces for bounty. The majority of detainees now held at Guantánamo have been cleared for release. Many have been held there for more than 10 years without charges. Reports of torture, abuse and interference with right to counsel that trickled out in the beginning have been confirmed and continue. Prisoners trapped in this 21st century "No Exit" are gripped with desperation - leading to hunger strikes. Our government has responded with force-feeding that amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and even torture.

Since the creation of this Kafkaesque penal colony, Truthout has been in the forefront documenting its abuses – and the implications for all of us when the US government asserts extra-legal powers over anyone. Now long-time Truthout contributor and professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers Marjorie Cohn will be analyzing the legal and human rights implications of the military tribunals at Guantánamo, while Truthout special human rights reporter Adam Hudson will be reporting direct from those tribunals at Guantánamo in a new series. Their work is supported by the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Marjorie CohnMarjorie Cohn, a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers is Truthout's Guantanamo/human rights reporter and analyst. Her most recent book is The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse. She is working on a book about drones and targeted killing.

Adam HudsonAdam Hudson is a journalist, writer, and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A graduate of Stanford University and a former intern at The Nation magazine, Hudson covers war and peace issues, drone warfare and technology, international relations, Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) affairs, human rights, and institutional racism. He is Truthout's special human rights reporter.

 

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Inside Gitmo Military Commissions
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Tuesday, 09 July 2013

Five "High-Value" Guantanamo Detainees Improperly Presumed Guilty
By Marjorie Cohn, Truthout | News Analysis
Wednesday, 03 July 2013

Guantanamo and Permanent War: The View From Camp X-Ray
By Adam Hudson, Truthout | News Analysis
Wednesday, 03 July 2013

Military Commission Pre-Trial Hearings for Alleged 9/11 "Plotters" Focus on Gitmo Conditions
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Friday, 28 June 2013

Pretrial Hearings of 5 Suspects in 9/11 Face Challenge of Torture-Obtained Evidence
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Friday, 21 June 2013

Guantanamo Prisoner Al-Nashiri's Case Demonstrates Unfairness of Military Commissions
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Contention and Confusion in Guantanamo Pre-Trial Hearings for Al-Nashiri Military Commissions
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US Cold War Ally in the Docks at Guantanamo for USS Cole Bombing
Monday 17 June 2013 10:13
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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:00
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 Monday, 10 June 2013 10:00
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Adam Hudson

Adam Hudson is a journalist, writer, and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a graduate of Stanford University and a former intern at The Nation magazine. He is currently the content review intern at Truthout.

Marjorie Cohn

Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild. A veteran of the Stanford anti-Vietnam War movement, she is co-author (with Kathleen Gilberd) of Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent. Her latest book, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral and Geopolitical Issues, will be published in October. She is also co-coordinator of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign.


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