Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The New York Times reports that U.S. President-elect Barack Obama wants to issue an executive order on his first day to shut down the U.S. military prisions and military commissions in Guantanamo. Among those quoted in the article are Catherine Powell, an associate professor of law at Fordham, who said that the Obama transition officials appeared most interested at a meeting last month in being able to show the world that the United States was returning to traditional American legal values. Also quoted in the article is Mark P. Denbeaux, a law professor at Seton Hall and a lawyer for Guantánamo detainees, who told the New York Times that senior officials seemed to have decided to suspend the military commissions immediately, because those commissions are "a complete and utter failure.” Click here to read more. Another news story on the reported decision to close Guantanamo can be found by clicking here.
The New York Times also created an "interactive Guantanamo database" that pieces together who was being held at Guantanamo, where detainees were transferred to, and who died while in U.S. custody. Click here to see that interactive database. It includes names, countries of origins, and countries to which detainees were transferred. It is not a complete list, but it is the most comprehensive list I've seen.