January 19, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that a lower court was correct in dismissing the claim for damages brought by Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak Al Janko, a former Guantanamo detainee, on jurisdictional grounds. The court based its decision on an interpretation of ...[read more]
October 16, 2012
by Daniel Mullen
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday vacated the conviction of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama bin Laden's former driver. Hamdan was convicted of conspiracy and material support for terrorism under the Military Commissions Act of 2006. At issue in the case was whether... ...[read more]
September 29, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On September 29, 2011, two rights organizations filed an indictment against former US president George W. Bush with the Canadian Department of Justice for allegations that he commissioned a torture program during his time in office. The indictment was the second of the year; the first was filed in ...[read more]
May 31, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On May 31, 2011, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced that military prosecutors had brought charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 conspirators. The individuals were charged under the Military Commissions Act of 2009 (MCA) and accused of conspiracy, attacking ...[read more]
October 8, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On October 8, 2009, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that amended the Military Commissions Act of 2006 to provide suspected terrorists with greater due process rights. The Military Commissions Act of 2009 was approved by a vote of 281-146 as part of the National Defense Authorization ...[read more]
June 12, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On June 12, 2008, the US Supreme Court held in the consolidated cases of Boumediene v. Bush and Al-Odah v. United States that federal courts have jurisdiction to review habeas corpus petitions filed by Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been classified as "enemy combatants." The ruling overturned ...[read more]
March 1, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On March 1, 2007, the US military formally referred the charges against Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks to a military commission. Under the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and the Manual for Military Commissions, Hicks was charged with one count of providing material support to ...[read more]
February 14, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 14, 2007, President George W. Bush issued an executive order establishing military commissions for enemy combatants held by the US. The order was issued under the Military Commissions Act of 2006, allowing authorities to proceed with trials for terror suspects detained at the US ...[read more]
November 16, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On November 16, 2006, US Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced legislation that would have amended the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) to restore habeas corpus rights to military detainees. A key provision in the MCA stripped US courts of jurisdiction to consider writs of habeas corpus filed ...[read more]
November 5, 2010
by Devin Montgomery
JURIST Special Guest Columnist Andrea Prasow, senior counter-terrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch, says that despite purported safeguards, evidence from Omar Khadr's guilty plea and sentencing hearing shows that detainees can still be harmed by statements they have made involuntarily... The ...[read more]

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