Military Justice: Secrecy Shrouds Guantanamo Hearings

Military Justice: Secrecy Shrouds Guantanamo Hearings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2013

The biggest terrorism trial in American history has yet to begin, but many are already questioning whether it can approach fairness. Aggressive surveillance tactics, an ongoing detainee hunger strike and questions about the future of the camp are overshadowing ongoing pre-trial hearings. By Mathieu von Rohr in Guantanamo more... Comment ]

A Plea for Transparency: It's Time for the Truth about US Torture Methods

A Plea for Transparency: It's Time for the Truth about US Torture Methods

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 19, 2012

With the film "Zero Dark Thirty" opening in select US theaters on Wednesday, a former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo worries that the country will get a distorted view on the efficacy of torture. He says it is time to make Guantanamo testimony public and to declassify the new Congressional report on Bush-era interrogation methods. By Morris Davis more... Comment ]

Detox Man versus KSM: The 9/11 Prosecutor's Quest for Transparency

Detox Man versus KSM: The 9/11 Prosecutor's Quest for Transparency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2012

Pre-trial hearings in the prosecution of 9/11 mastermand Khalid Sheikh Mohammed began last week at the US base at Guantanamo. Chief Prosecutor Mark Martins hopes to create as fair a trial as possible, despite the death penalty being almost a foregone conclusion. But the challenges are daunting and the American government is making his task difficult. By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

From Guantánamo to Palau: Exchanging One Prison for Another

From Guantánamo to Palau: Exchanging One Prison for Another

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 19, 2012

Ahmad Tourson spent eight years in Guantánamo as an innocent man. Then, in 2009, he was shipped off to the tiny island nation of Palau. His new situation, though, is untenable -- but the US government seems unwilling to do anything about it. A Contribution by Seema Saifee more...

Interview with Terrorism Expert Bruce Riedel: 'The Battle for the Soul of Pakistan Has Begun'

Interview with Terrorism Expert Bruce Riedel: 'The Battle for the Soul of Pakistan Has Begun'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2011

Many thought Osama bin Laden was hiding in the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. But he was just a two hour drive from Islamabad. US terrorism expert Bruce Riedel spoke with SPIEGEL about how bin Laden's death will affect al-Qaida and how the US should respond to Pakistan's "double game." more...

Kafkaesque Machinery of Suspicion: A Casual Relationship with the Truth at Guantanamo

Kafkaesque Machinery of Suspicion: A Casual Relationship with the Truth at Guantanamo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2011

The US prison at Guantanamo houses the worst of the worst of international jihad. But as the detainee assessments recently made public by WikiLeaks show, it is a description that can be applied to US evidence gathering as well. By John Goetz, Mathieu von Rohr, Marcel Rosenbach and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

Obtained Under Torture: Slahi's Guantanamo File Full of Dubious Information

Obtained Under Torture: Slahi's Guantanamo File Full of Dubious Information

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2011

The secret file on detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who lived in Germany for years, exemplifies the failure of the Guantanamo system. His confession to being a member of al-Qaida was obtained under torture, and other evidence in the file is also worthless. By Marcel Rosenbach more... Comment ]

Guantanamo's Child Soldiers: Files Reveal Many Inmates Were Minors

Guantanamo's Child Soldiers: Files Reveal Many Inmates Were Minors

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 28, 2011

The Guantanamo files reveal many of the inmates in the controversial detention camp were under 18 at the time of their capture and that the charges against them were often based on hearsay. Even detainees who US interrogators admitted were innocent had to wait a long time before being freed. By Gregor Peter Schmitz more...

An Innocent in the Terror Prison: The Guantanamo File on Germany's Murat Kurnaz

An Innocent in the Terror Prison: The Guantanamo File on Germany's Murat Kurnaz

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2011

The Americans built Guantanamo to hold the most dangerous terrorists, but secret files show that their information on the inmates was often based just on rumors and suspicions. The file on Bremen-born prisoner Murat Kurnaz chronicles the absurd tale of an innocent man held for almost five years. By John Goetz and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

Saudi Proposal: King Suggested Chips Could Be Implanted in Gitmo Inmates

Saudi Proposal: King Suggested Chips Could Be Implanted in Gitmo Inmates

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2011

WikiLeaks documents on Guantanamo and earlier diplomatic cables reveal the arbitrary treatment of prisoners at the infamous camp. They also underscore America's fears of not being able to properly monitor prisoners after their release. One cable obtained by SPIEGEL describes a suggestion by the Saudi king to implant electronic chips to monitor released inmates. more...

Terror Plot: How Al-Qaida Planned to Bomb Heathrow

Terror Plot: How Al-Qaida Planned to Bomb Heathrow

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2011

Minutes of the secret interrogations of Ramzi Binalshibh and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged masterminds of the Sept. 11 attacks, show the men continued to energetically forge new attack plans even after they struck New York and Washington. Guantanamo documents obtained through WikiLeaks outline a plot to strike London's Heathrow Airport. By Britta Sandberg and Holger Stark more... Comment ]