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January 14, 2009
11:33 AM

CONTACT: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

James Freedland, (212) 519-7829 or 549-2666;

ACLU at Guantánamo Monitoring Unconstitutional Military Commissions This Week

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - January 14 - Just six days before a new president who pledged to shut down Guantánamo is sworn into office, the Bush administration is beginning proceedings in a military commission case against Sudanese prisoner Noor Uthman Muhammed. The American Civil Liberties Union is at Guantánamo today to monitor Muhammed's arraignment. 

Muhammed is accused of conspiring with al-Qaeda and providing support for terrorism. Staff attorney Ben Wizner of the ACLU National Security Project will be observing this week's proceedings.

More information about the ACLU's call for President-elect Obama to shut down Guantánamo and the military commissions is available online at:

Additional information about the ACLU's involvement surrounding the detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay can be found online at:



The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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