ACLU at Guantánamo Monitoring Unconstitutional Military Commissions This Week
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The
American Civil Liberties Union is at Guantánamo this week to monitor
the military commission hearings of Sudanese national Ibrahim al-Qosi
and Afghan national Mohammed Hashim. The ACLU has been present as an
independent observer at nearly every military commission hearing since
2004 and continues to see no indication that the proceedings are fair,
impartial or in accordance with constitutional principles.
ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Chris Anders will be observing this week's proceedings.
Charges against al-Qosi, 48, include
conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism based on
alleged connections to al-Qaeda. Hashim, 32, is accused of spying and
providing material support to terrorism.
More information about the ACLU's
call for President-elect Obama to shut down Guantánamo and the military
commissions is available online at: www.closegitmo.com
Additional information about the
ACLU's involvement surrounding the detention of prisoners at Guantánamo
Bay can be found online at: www.aclu.org/gitmo
THE LAST FIREWALL AGAINST THE LIES
Independent media has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies. Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook. Never before has independent media been more endangered. If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support our critical Winter campaign now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing.