On Sunday April 24, 2011 WikiLeaks began publishing 779 secret files from the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The details for every detainee will be released daily over the coming month.
WASHINGTON – If the U.S. captures top al-Qaida leaders Osama Bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri, they would likely be sent to the Guantanamo Bay military prison, CIA Director Leon Panetta told senators Wednesday. This suggests that, given the choice, President Barack Obama would not try the men in the U.S. court system, opting instead for the Bush administration’s policy that the president has long criticized.
Said Abdulhadi has spent nearly nine years in the jail on the US naval base in Cuba. “We hope that guards, military officials and visiting delegations of Red Cross representatives, congressional members and journalists hear our cry for freedom,” Abdulhadi reportedly told Kassem. Kassem added the prisoners have made signs and posters in English, now plastered on their cell blocks, asking “Where are the Courts?”, “What About our Rights?”, and “Where is Democracy?”
White House Has Given Up on Shutting Down Guantanamo Bay
President Barack Obama will have the final word on whether Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be given a trial or whether the man dubbed the “mastermind” of the 9/11 attacks will remain imprisoned without trial indefinitely, the Washington Post reports. Peter Finn and Anne Kornblut write that conservative opposition to a civilian trial in Manhattan and liberal opposition to a military tribunal are prompting the administration to consider simply not trying Mohammed at all.