Posts Tagged ‘Cuba’

We need to see the Gitmo proceedings

Given all the questions about the detentions of accused terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, allowing the greatest transparency for 9/11 military tribunals would be in the nation’s interest.

Guantanamo judge: no TV broadcast of USS Cole trial

Rules governing war-crimes tribunal forbid broadcasting the proceedings, Army Col. James Pohl says, but journalists and public may attend.

DOJ plans no journalist subpoenas in leak case

Politico reports government won’t seek testimony from two reporters alleged to have received classified info from former CIA officer about Guantanamo interrogations.

No excuse to keep 50-year-old report hidden

If we’re to assess effectively how well our public servants are doing their jobs, we need access to information — including a draft report on the botched 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

Judge rejects effort to open CIA volume on Cuba

Internal history of failed Bay of Pigs invasion was a draft containing deficiencies, agency argues successfully in opposing release.

Tricky call: deciding when news should be held

Two instances involving the Associated Press offer good lessons on when and why journalists might need to withhold news.

Pentagon bans 4 Gitmo reporters for naming witness

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Pentagon has barred four journalists from covering military commissions at Guantanamo Bay because they published the name of a witness after being told not to.
The U.S. military wanted the witness identified only as “Interrogator No. 1″ and forbade reporting his name during coverage of last week's Guantanamo hearings for [...]

Michael Moore asks U.S. to call off investigation

LOS ANGELES — Filmmaker Michael Moore has asked the Bush administration to call off an investigation of his trip to Cuba to get treatment for ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers for a segment in his upcoming health-care expose, “Sicko.”
Moore, who made the hit documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11″ assailing President Bush's handling of Sept. 11, said in [...]

Treasury Dept. investigates Michael Moore’s Cuba trip

LOS ANGELES — Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in his upcoming health-care film, “Sicko,” the Associated Press has learned.
The investigation provides another contentious lead-in for a provocative movie by Moore, a fierce critic of President [...]

Pentagon discloses list of Guantanamo detainees

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — After years of secrecy, the Pentagon has disclosed the names, ages and home countries of everyone held at the isolated Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in southeastern Cuba as a suspect in the U.S.-led war on terror.
None of the most notorious terrorist suspects was included in the list, raising questions about [...]

AP seeks identities of all past, current Guantanamo detainees

NEW YORK — The Associated Press sued the Defense Department yesterday for the release of records identifying all past and current detainees at a U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“Given the significant public interest in understanding the actions taken by the U.S. government with respect to the individuals held at Guantanamo Bay,” the information [...]

Pentagon releases names of Guantanamo inmates

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — After four years of secrecy, the Pentagon
handed over documents on March 3 that contain the names of detainees held at the
U.S. military prison at Guantanamo. The release resulted from a victory by the
Associated Press in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
The Bush administration had hidden the identities, home countries [...]

U.S. drops subpoenas in Cuban militant case

MIAMI — The federal government has dropped subpoenas that sought notes from The New York Times and the writer of a series of 1998 articles about a former CIA operative and Cuban militant.
The attorney for the newspaper and writer Ann Bardach said yesterday that U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta had notified him that Homeland Security [...]

AP sues government for Guantanamo detainee documents

NEW YORK — Government documents related to military hearings for Guantanamo
Bay detainees are of “urgent concern” to the public and should be released,
according to a lawsuit filed by the Associated Press against the Defense
The lawsuit, filed yesterday in federal court, stated that AP had been able
to report only anecdotally on 558 tribunals conducted since August [...]

Air Force defense lawyer urges public trials in terrorism cases

WASHINGTON — Military trials of terrorism suspects should be public to ensure that the world sees the proceedings as fair, said the Air Force officer appointed as chief defense lawyer for the tribunals.
Col. Will Gunn said on May 22 that he would push for any such trials to be as open as possible.
“I see that [...]