Guantanamo Bay

Military commission denies requests for TV coverage of Guantanamo Bay 9/11 court proceedings

Nicole Lozare | Secret Courts | News | January 3, 2013
January 3, 2013

The military commission at Guantanamo Bay today denied defense requests for television coverage of the upcoming 9/11-related trials, further hampering the media's efforts to cover the high-profile court proceedings.

United States v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et. al.

August 20, 2012

While recognizing that certain interests may justify a judicial decision to refuse to release certain information prior to and during a trial, the Reporters Committee amicus brief argued that an order that prohibits disclosure of such information indefinitely and presumably well beyond a trial has ended and these interests are no longer an issue is unconstitutionally overbroad.

Judge delays ruling on press access to Guantanamo trials

Rachel Bunn | Newsgathering | News | April 13, 2012
April 13, 2012

A military judge avoided ruling on whether members of the news media and the public will have access to the testimony about the prison treatment of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing in 2000 which killed 17 Americans. Instead, at Wednesday's pretrial hearing in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the judge ordered the prison camp to unshackle al-Nashiri when he met with his lawyers, making the accused terrorist's testimony unnecessary.

Former CIA officer charged with leaking info to journalists

Andrea Papagianis | Reporter's Privilege | Feature | January 23, 2012
January 23, 2012

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, right, is accused of leaking classified documents to the news media.

Pentagon releases new Guantanamo court regulation

Kirsten Berg | Secret Courts | Feature | November 22, 2011
November 22, 2011

In an effort to address calls for transparency as the trials of accused terrorists again start to move forward at Guantanamo Bay, the Department of Defense has released an updated version of its military commission regulation with new commitments to speed up and open up the way court filings are made available to the public.

Pentagon launches new Guantanamo commission website

Kirsten Berg | Newsgathering | Feature | September 30, 2011
September 30, 2011

In an effort to address calls for transparency in the trials of accused terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, the Department of Defense launched a new website that aims to provide the public up-to-date information concerning the military proceedings.

Court rules detainee docs protected from FOIA disclosure

Rachel Costello | Freedom of Information | Feature | January 20, 2011
January 20, 2011

The Department of Defense and the CIA do not have to disclose information pertaining to 14 "high value" detainees held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base under federal Freedom of Information Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., ruled Tuesday in ACLU v. Department of Defense.

Pentagon relaxes reporter guidelines at Guantanamo Bay

Rosemary Lane | Newsgathering | Feature | September 14, 2010
September 14, 2010

The Department of Defense last week released expanded reporters’ ground rules for military trials at Guantanamo Bay. The changes came after members of the media complained about the trials’ lack of transparency.

Military judge seals Guantanamo Bay plea agreement

Mara Zimmerman | Secret Courts | Feature | August 10, 2010
August 10, 2010

A United States military judge has sealed the plea agreement in the first conviction at Guantanamo Bay under the Obama administration.

Judge and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Nancy J. Paul sealed the plea agreement at the request of the government and with the consent of the defense attorneys in the case of Ibrahim al-Qosi, a native Sudanese and former cook for al-Qaida. Last month, al-Qosi pled guilty to conspiracy and material support for terrorism. He has been detained at Guantanamo for over eight years.

Court seals transcript of Guantanamo hearing open to public

Mara Zimmerman | Secret Courts | Quicklink | May 13, 2010
May 13, 2010

The Department of Justice has asked the D.C. federal appeals court to redact a transcript of an oral argument in a Guantanamo Bay case that occurred in a public courtroom, the Blog of LegalTimes reports.