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September 21, 2009
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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 proceedings.

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:


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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