Blog Round-Up 11/25

November 25, 2009  |  Posted by Danielle Belton

Have a happy Thanksgiving Holiday weekend!

The ACLU Blog takes a look at recently released information about the CIA's descrution of videotapes that contained evidence of torture and abuse of detainees overseas. (ACLU BLog)

Andy Worthington examines the case of an Algerian man being held in Guantanamo whose release was recently ordered by a judge, but due to the slow, slow wheels of justice at Gitmo, who knows when he'll actually leave. (Andy Worthington)

Both EmptyWheel and Glenn Greenwald take a closer look at what's behind the recent resignation of Phil Carter. Carter left his post this week as the Deputy Assistant Secy. for Detainee Affairs citing "family reasons," but some aren't buying it. (EmptyWheel, Glenn Greenwald)

In another post, Greenwald rips through the right wing argument that federal trials would reveal sensitive information:

Even during the Bush years, numerous defendants accused of terrorist acts were tried and convicted in federal courts -- John Walker Lindh, Richard Reid, Zacarias Moussaoui, Ali al-Marri, Jose Padilla.  Those spewing the latest right-wing scare tactic (Osama bin Laden will learn everything if we have trials!) cannot point to a single piece of classified information that was disclosed as a result of any of these trials.  If that were a legitimate fear, wouldn't they be able to?  Like most American institutions, our federal court system is empowered to shield from public disclosure anything the government claims is secret. Just look at the extreme measures invoked in the Ghailani case to see how true that is. (Glenn Greenwald)

At Human Rights First, a group of 9/11 widows, national security experts and federal prosecutors all called for an end to fearmongering on Gitmo. (Human Rights First)

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