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ACLU at Guantánamo This Week Monitoring Unconstitutional Military Commissions
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - September 21 -
Despite a pledge from President Obama to close Guantánamo and
controversy over the legitimacy and continuation of the military
commission system, proceedings resumed there today. Anthony D. Romero,
Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Jamil Dakwar,
Director of the ACLU Human Rights Program, and Denny LeBoeuf, Director
of the ACLU John Adams Project, will be in Guantánamo to observe the
Hearings scheduled for this afternoon will most likely focus on the Obama administration's request for an additional two-month delay in the military commissions proceedings of the defendants charged in the 9/11 attacks. On Wednesday, a hearing is scheduled in the case of Ahmed al-Darbi, who is charged with conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism based on alleged connections to al-Qaeda.
Through its John Adams Project, the ACLU, in partnership with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, provides lawyers to assist the under-resourced military defense counsel in the Guantánamo military proceedings. On Thursday, an attorney with the John Adams Project asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to intervene in the military commissions proceedings of 9/11 defendant Mustafa al Hawsawi and to halt the commissions and declare them unconstitutional.
More information about the John Adams Project is online at: www.aclu.org/johnadams