Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses the UN report on widespread torture in Afghan-run detention facilities; the difficulty of assessing US torture-prevention programs that are kept secret; discarding established conventions for prisoners of war, as the US makes up new rules and prisoner classifications on the fly; and how, ten years after 9/11, indefinite detention in military custody has become the new normal.
Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses her recent report about the shoddy and lawless process for dealing with detainees at Bagram prison in Afghanistan, the secret JSOC prison nearby, the huge numbers of people swept up in night raids and the many at Bagram arrested on accusations from informers who use US to settle tribal/personal vendettas.
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Guests: The other Scott Horton, Daphne Eviatar, Adam Morrow
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Scott Horton will be on to discuss the Bradley Manning case. In particular, Horton will talk about how over 250 prominent American scholars have signed a letter in protest of the detention and treatment of Manning.
Bio: Scott Horton is a Contributing Editor of Harper’s Magazine and writer of the No Comment blog. He is an attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict. Mr. Horton also lectures at the Columbia University. See his blog here.
Daphne Eviatar will be on to discuss the latest revelations of US secret prisons in Afghanistan. See here for background here.
Bio: Daphne Eviatar is a Senior Associate in Human Rights Firstâ€™s Law and Security Program who investigates and reports on U.S. national security policies and practices and their human rights implications.
Daphne is a lawyer and award-winning journalist who has written widely about law, human rights and economic development. A former legal correspondent for The Washington Independent, her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek International, Harperâ€™s and many others.
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Adam Morrow will be on to talk about the military clashes in Egypt over the weekend. Read his latest piece here.
For background read the following:
- Egypt protesters defy call to leave Cairo Square
- Egyptian military to replace some governors
- Egypt army soldiers attack protesters, killing 2
Bio: Adam Morrow is a reporter with IPS News working out of Cairo, Egypt
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Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses the relatively fair federal trial that ended in Ahmed Ghailaniâ€˜s conviction of a conspiracy charge related to the 1998 (US) Africa embassy bombings, another example of a civilian terrorism trial with a guilty verdict and no security threats (despite the fear-mongering of Liz Cheneyâ€™s Keep America Safe group), the far harsher sentences given in federal terrorism trials than in Guantanamoâ€™s military commissions and why the prosecution of child-soldier Omar Khadr for war crimes is itself a war crime.
Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses the circumstances surrounding Omar Khadrâ€™s capture and incarceration in Afghanistan at the age of 15 in 2002, the Military Commissions judgeâ€™s decision to allow the admissibility of a confession extracted under threat of death, the irony of the U.S. prosecuting Khadr for war crimes while sponsoring amnesty and rehabilitation for child soldiers in Africa, the purging of jurors who had any negative opinion on Guantanamo prison or U.S. foreign policy and the question of just who committed war crimes (Khadr â€“ unarmed â€“ was shot twice in the back).
Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses the trial of Guantanamo prisoner Omar Khadr, the unconstitutional retroactive application of the Military Commissions Act, the US governmentâ€™s apparent loss of faith in the civilian criminal court system, why the most radical of legal proposals come from supposed political â€œmoderatesâ€ like Joe Lieberman, the sparse US mainstream media presence at Khadrâ€™s hearings and the individual frustrations of those beholden to an unaccountable government.
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Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses the inefficient and bizarre proceedings of Guantanamoâ€™s military commissions, the steady erosion of Constitutional protections for foreigners and US citizens alike, the few indications that Obama has improved on Bush administration torture practices and the revelation from Lawrence Wilkerson (former chief of staffÂ to Secretary of State Colin Powell) that Bush knew many Gitmo inmates were innocent.
Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses the preemptive legal defenses trotted out by John Yoo and Dick Cheney, information missing or withheld from the DOJâ€™s Office of Professional Responsibilityâ€™s torture memo investigation, the incompatibility of Yooâ€™s extralegal commander-in-chief theory with any semblance of Constitutional rule of law and why a post-apartheid South Africa-style truth commission may be the best resolution of Bush administration crimes we can hope for.
Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses the Brookings Institution study that recommends codifying indefinite detention without trial, the governmentâ€™s refusal to release some Guantanamo detainees who won their habeas corpus hearings and how the never ending â€œwar on terrorâ€ complicates the traditional practice of holding prisoners â€œfor the duration.â€
Lawyer and freelance journalist Daphne Eviatar discusses the upcoming release of the DOJ misconduct investigation OCR report, the possible impeachment of federal judge (and former White House OLC lawyer) Jay Bybee, the numerous excuses Obama and Eric Holder invent to avoid prosecuting Bush administration officials, the Republican fear of public trials for terrorism suspects and how Holderâ€™s guarantee of terrorist convictions suggests that the justice system is rigged.
Lawyer and freelance journalist Daphne Eviatar discusses newly discovered interrogation video of Guantanamo detainee Mohammed al Qahtani, how Obamaâ€™s â€œmove forwardâ€ rhetoric undermines Eric Holderâ€™s torture investigation, the broad application and abuse of increased law enforcement powers meant to specifically combat terrorism, John Durhamâ€™s glacial-paced investigation of missing CIA tapes and the minimal protests in Congress against renewing the Patriot Act.
Lawyer and freelance journalist Daphne Eviatar discusses Guantanamo detainee Mohamed Jawadâ€™s legal limbo, the DOJ/U.S. military payment to prosecution witnesses in Afghanistan, the political peril in releasing the â€œworst of the worstâ€ from custody and how even a limited torture investigation could potentially climb up the chain of command.
Daphne Eviatar, writer for The Washington Independent, discusses the torture evidence against Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad that Obamaâ€™s DOJ wonâ€™t drop, routine torture at Bagram, Eric Holderâ€™s use of verbal gymnastics to avoid explicitly calling the Bush wiretapping policy a crime and the disappearance of the â€œenemy combatantâ€ designation but not the policy of indefinite detention.
Lawyer and freelance journalist Daphne Eviatar discusses Obamaâ€™s plan to keep Bushâ€™s Military Commissions Act powers over the American people and bring the Guantanamo legal system to the U.S. and the recent Supreme Court ruling