Guantánamo: Obama Turns the Clock Back to the Days of Bush’s Kangaroo Courts and Worthless Tribunals


Those of us who have been studying Guantánamo closely were not surprised when, on March 7, President Obama announced that he was lifting a ban on trials by Military Commission at Guantánamo, which he imposed on his first day in office in January 2009, and also issued an executive order establishing a periodic review of the cases of prisoners recommended for continued indefinite detention without charge or trial by the Guantánamo Review Task Force, a group of 60 officials and lawyers, from government department and the intelligence agencies, who reviewed all the Guantánamo cases in 2009.

Neither was surprising, because the President announced in May 2009, during a major speech on national security at the National Archives, that the Military Commissions were back on the table, joining federal court trials as an option for trying those held at Guantánamo, and in that same speech he also announced that some prisoners would continue to be held indefinitely without charge or trial.

The return of the Military Commissions

Since then, Military Commissions already established under President Bush have proceeded to trial — or, in fact, to plea deals instead of a trial — in the cases of three prisoners: Ibrahim al-Qosi in July last year, Omar Khadr in October, and Noor Uthman Muhammed last month, and it seems probable that the trials of three other men recommended for trial by Military Commission in November 2009 and January 2010 by Attorney General Eric Holder will now proceed swiftly.

These men are: Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi, and the alleged mastermind of the al-Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in 2000; Ahmed al-Darbi, a Saudi seized in Azerbaijan and accused of involvement in an unrealized plot to attack a ship in the Strait of Hormuz; and Obaidullah, an Afghan accused of playing a peripheral role in the insurgency against US forces in Afghanistan. All the cases have problems — al-Darbi’s, because of his detailed allegations that he was subjected to torture; Obaidullah’s, because he was a nobody involved in an insurgency, and did nothing that could remotely be described as a war crime; and al-Nashiri’s, in particular, because, after his capture in the UAE in the fall of 2002, he was rendered to secret CIA prisons in Thailand and Poland, where he was subjected to the torture technique known as waterboarding, a form of controlled drowning.

In the case of al-Darbi and Obaidullah, it seems probable that the administration will avoid, in one case, a torture-laced legal minefield, and in the other, a demonstration of how, embarrassingly, to equate the pursuit of terrorists with a legitimate insurgency, by reaching plea deals. However, it seems unlikely that anyone in a position of authority would want to strike plea deal with al-Nashiri, given the severity of his alleged crimes and his alleged role in al-Qaeda, and if this is the case then the authorities will not only be obliged to sidestep any mention of his torture, which may be difficult as it was covered in the CIA Inspector General’s report on torture in 2004, and al-Nashiri has also been granted “victim” status in an ongoing investigation of the CIA’s torture prison in Poland.

Just as significant is the fact that an actual trial — rather than a plea deal — runs the very real risk of exposing that the supposed war crimes included in the Military Commissions — conspiracy and providing material support to terrorism, for example — are not legitimate war crimes at all, but were, instead, invented by Congress in 2006 and maintained, despite high-level criticism by Obama administration officials, when a revived version of the Commissions was approved by Congress in the Military Commissions Act of 2009.

Beyond these difficulties, where Obama’s announcement breaks new ground is in opening up the probability that many of the other 30 prisoners still held who were recommended for trials by the Task Force will also be tried by Military Commission – – perhaps even Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks. These men were put forward for federal court trials in November 2009, but the plans were shelved in the wake of a backlash by Republicans and members of Obama’s own party.

Personally, I think that the Military Commissions remain illegitimate, but given Congress’s refusal to allow any Guantánamo prisoners to be brought to the US mainland to face trials (which was included in a major military defense spending bill last December, and was a nakedly political move, as well as being blatantly unconstitutional), Military Commissions are, at present, the only option for trials available to the prisoners. Pragmatically, if these continue to involve plea deals in exchange for short sentences — and the administration honors those plea deals — then, despite being fundamentally flawed, they provide what may be the only way in which prisoners can ever leave Guantánamo.

To understand why this is the case, it is necessary to reflect on the fact that 89 of the remaining 172 prisoners were cleared for release by the Task Force, but are going nowhere either because they are Yemenis, and Obama issued a moratorium on the release of any of the 58 cleared Yemenis last January, after it was discovered that the failed Christmas Day plane bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, had been recruited in Yemen, or because they cannot be repatriated because they face the risk of torture of other ill-treatment in their home countries. These 31 men cannot be resettled in the US, because of opposition by the President, by the D.C. Circuit Court, and by Congress, and it is uncertain if third countries will be prepared to offer them new homes. As a result, all 89 prisoners appear to have less chance of leaving Guantánamo than their fellow prisoners who reach plea deals in their trials by Military Commission, and can, as I have been explaining all year, legitimately be described as political prisoners.

The executive order establishing a periodic review of the cases of 47 men designated for indefinite detention without charge or trial

Also less fortunate than those facing trials by Military Commission are the 47 men designated for indefinite detention without charge or trial. The executive order formalizing their detention and providing for periodic reviews of their status, which was issued on March 7, was flagged up before Christmas, but was clearly on the cards from January 2010, when the Task Force submitted its report to the President, recommending that 48 of the remaining prisoners — one of the 48 died in Guantánamo last month — should continue to be held indefinitely without charge or trial, because “prosecution is not feasible in either federal court or a military commission.”

There are several problems with this proposal, of course — beyond their distressing reinforcement of the very basis on which George W. Bush established Guantánamo in the first place — not the least of which concerns the Task Force’s belief that these men can be regarded as dangerous without evidence that can be used to prove their case. As I explained in December:

The Task Force attempted to explain that “the principal obstacles to prosecution in the cases deemed infeasible by the Task Force typically did not stem from concerns over protecting sensitive sources or methods from disclosure, or concerns that the evidence against the detainees was tainted,” but its explanations were unconvincing. Behind claims that “the intelligence about them may be accurate and reliable,” even though it was gathered in dubious circumstances, and that, in many cases, “there are no witnesses who are available to testify in any proceedings against them,” lies a blunter truth, as I explained [in an analysis of the Task Force’s report in June 2010]: “that the intelligence, and whatever witness availability there might be, are both tainted by the circumstances under which ‘the gathering of intelligence’ took place — the coercive interrogations, and in some cases the torture, of the prisoners themselves, or of their fellow prisoners.”

To demonstrate this, I referred to the 59 habeas petitions examined by judges in the District Court in Washington D.C., of which 38 have been won by the prisoners, noting:

[T]hese problems have been highlighted again and again by judges, with an objectivity that eluded the Task Force — as, for example, in the cases of Fouad al-Rabiah, a Kuwaiti put forward by President Bush for a trial by military commission, who was freed after a judge ruled that the entire case against him rested on a false narrative that he had come up with after torture and threats, and, to cite just two more examples, Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed, a Yemeni seized in a student guest house in Pakistan, and Mohammed El-Gharani, a Chadian national, who was just 14 when he was seized in a raid on a mosque in Pakistan. In both cases, they were freed after judges ruled that the government’s witnesses — the men’s fellow prisoners — were irredeemably unreliable, and were, if not subjected to violence, then bribed to produce false statements.

It is, therefore, rather disingenuous of the Task Force to claim that “the principal obstacle to prosecution” for these [47] men “typically did not come from … concerns that the evidence against the detainee[s] was tainted,” when, to be frank, the record is replete with examples proving the opposite.

Another problem is that the executive order establishes a review process for the 47 men, consisting of Periodic Review Boards (PRBs), which are remarkably similar to the review process established by the Bush administration — the Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRTs) — that the Supreme Court found inadequate when it granted the prisoners constitutionally guaranteed habeas corpus rights in June 2008.

As with the CSRTs, the men will be presented with an unclassified summary of the allegations against them, will be represented by a “personal representative” (not a lawyer), will be allowed to refute the charges against them (although without the means to do so), will be able to “call witnesses who are reasonably available,” and will also run up against classified evidence that they will not be allowed to see — although there is a provision for them to “receive a sufficient substitute or summary, rather than the underlying information,” if the government plans to rely on classified evidence (as it undoubtedly will, or trials would be going ahead in these cases).

Although I am reassured that, as the administration describes it, the executive order “is intended solely to establish, as a discretionary matter, a process to review on a periodic basis the executive branch’s continued, discretionary exercise of existing detention authority in individual cases,” and also that it “does not create any additional or separate source of detention authority,” and “does not affect the scope of detention authority under existing law,” it is disingenuous of the administration to follow up by stating, “Detainees at Guantánamo have the constitutional privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, and nothing in this order is intended to affect the jurisdiction of Federal courts to determine the legality of their detention.”

This is because, despite its reassurances, the administration has always behaved as though the habeas legislation is a distraction, and that it has only ever believed in the Task Force’s findings — hence its decision to pre-judge 48 men whose habeas petitions might have delivered different outcomes, obviating the need for executive review.

In addition, the executive order demonstrates another fundamental problem with the administration’s approach to Guantánamo — and one that has also eluded the District Court dealing with the men’s habeas petitions. This relates to the legislation that underpins the Guantánamo detentions in the  first place — the Authorization for Use of Military Force, passed by Congress the week after the 9/11 attacks, which authorized the President “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001,” or harbored them, but failed to distinguish between al-Qaeda (a terrorist group) and the Taliban (a government, however reviled).

As the habeas legislation has showed, the majority of the men who have lost their petitions are nothing more than foot soldiers for the Taliban, who had no knowledge of al-Qaeda’s international terrorist operations, and who should, as a result, have been held as prisoners of war protected by the Geneva Conventions.

Included in the 47 men designated for indefinite detention, these soldiers remain tainted by the administration’s claims that they are “too dangerous to release,” when the truth is that the AUMF remains the flawed foundation document of the “War on Terror,” and those held at Guantánamo should either be released (without delay), charged in connection with terrorist offenses (which are crimes and not “acts of war”), or redesignated as prisoners of war, who can be held until the end of hostilities.

This, however, would involve recognizing them as soldiers, and not as the kind of shadowy, ill-defined terrorist threats that were invoked so successfully by the Bush administration, and that Obama has done nothing to dispel. This refusal to tackle the foundational problems of Guantánamo not only continues to fuel hysteria in the United States about the soldiers held in Guantánamo, but has also led to a shameful indifference towards putting on trial the handful of people genuinely accused of involvement in acts of international terrorism (including the 9/11 attacks), even though bringing these men to justice ought to have been the purpose of the “War on Terror” all along.

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed (and I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in July 2010, details about the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, on tour in the UK throughout 2011, and available on DVD here), my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.

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  1. Andy Worthington says...

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  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Amir Khan wrote:

    Same (in)justice system as the one their buddy Israel has which gave less then a child daycare time out as punishment for the IDF soldier who emptied the entire magazine of his made in the USA automatic weapon into a defenseless 10 year old girl. This Mr. Bush Obama is worst than the worst dictators for at least the people knew what to expect from the tyrants. This Mr. Bush Obama is just a liar who conned the world with a catchy slogan “Yes We Can” when it should have been “No We Won’t”.

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Albert Martinez S wrote:

    Guantánamo: Obama Turns the Clock Back to the Days of Bush’s Kangaroo Courts and Worthless Tribunals
    Yes, I agree Andy..

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Ciudadano Kane Kane wrote:

    Thank you very much, Andy

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    Cheryl L. Daytec wrote:

    Within American jurisdiction, The Great Writ of Habeas Corpus as a palladium against an arbitrary and tyrannical government is now virtually nothing. The USA is retrogressing. As you say, Obama is turning back the clock.

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, everyone. Very good to hear from you all.

  8. Andy Worthington says...

    Harold Saive wrote:

    Obama is taking orders, not making decisions.

  9. Andy Worthington says...

    Cheryl L. Daytec wrote:

    From the arms dealers? From Corporate America?

  10. Andy Worthington says...

    Bill Squires wrote:


  11. Andy Worthington says...

    Pistong Melliza wrote:

    what can you expect? the real rulers of USA is the military-inudstrial complex. the patricians of rome, not the pope, ruled the holy roman empire.

  12. Andy Worthington says...

    Jonathan De La Vega wrote:

    Chyt, thats what the libs can’t get. Obama and Bush are controlled by the same elite. It should be obvious by now. In the first place, the Obama acolytes should been alerted that their beloved president chose Robert Gates as Defense Secretary. The very same Robert Gates who served George Bush and the Neo Cons and is now continuing the same war like policies under Mr. Wonderful. It would have been understandable if Mr. Obama is a self proclaimed Neo Con. But no, he held out himself as an exemplar anti-imperialist, with campaign promises of immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan. He might still be espousing certain well known leftist positions as far as gays, global warming or big government is concerned. But in the big ticket items concerning imperialism and restricting civil liberties, he’s in it with the powers that be. Furthermore, he has yet to show inclination to go after the big Wall Street bankers who instituted the huge derivative scams affecting the financial system of the whole planet. I hope the Obamazoids would wake up and see that he is not the man they thought he was.

  13. Andy Worthington says...

    Cheryl L. Daytec wrote:

    Jon, I agree with you. As I commented on another’s friends wall on a similar discussion regarding Obama, “You cannot change the White House but the White House can change you.”

    My professor was Obama’s colleague in Columbia University. This professor was in charge of educating students on the theoretical aspects of Human Rights while Obama took charge of the HR Legal Clinic. When we expressed skepticism over Obama’s having been given the Nobel, he said while swearing by your Mr Wonderful’s sincerity, “He deserves that. I think they gave it to him for what he is expected to do in the future for peace.” Now this is the future and this is the future for which Mr. Obama got the Nobel.

  14. Andy Worthington says...

    Jonathan De La Vega wrote:

    Indeed, Chyt. He did what was expected of him. This guy is under their control. As so many other American Presidents after JFK’s death. The ideology seemingly vary but all of them continually pursue a policy of intervention, hegemony and massive expansion of the state. And it doesn’t stop there. The sovereignty of individual nation states are constantly being eroded in favor of a supranational authority.

  15. Andy Worthington says...

    Cheryl L. Daytec wrote:

    I think Obama will not be reelected even if like Mr George Bush, he cheats.

  16. Andy Worthington says...

    Jonathan De La Vega wrote:

    Thats a definite possibility, Chyt. They’ll probably set up a Republican next, who’ll continue the same old thing under a seemingly different ideological mantle.

  17. Andy Worthington says...

    Cheryl L. Daytec wrote:

    And this supranational authority is just a tool of the real authority- the global financial oligarchy. This oligarchy calls the shots.

    Sorry, Andy, for flooding your wall. 🙂

  18. Andy Worthington says...

    Jonathan De La Vega wrote:

    Yes, Yes, Yes. Chyt. I really hope humanity will awaken. As of now, ideologies and beliefs will have to be set aside for awhile. Of course the people of the world will always have their differences, because we are real people. But there is a great menace to humanity, and I pray (at this point, it wouldn’t hurt for freedom loving atheists to pray too) that humanity of all stripes will unite and see the very real danger.

  19. Andy Worthington says...

    Hey, Cheryl. Flood away. That’s what walls are for. I’m pretty much with you and Jon, except on Jon’s point about Afghanistan. Obama always promised to escalate in Afghanistan. It’s just that many people didn’t notice. I guess that was the script from somewhere in the Pentagon …

  20. Andy Worthington says...

    Len Clark wrote:

    Doesn’t surprise me.

  21. Andy Worthington says...

    Lance Ciepiela wrote:

    With the ’12 presidential election looming looks like Obama needs all the Republican votes/support he can get and his likely Republican presidential candidates (Jeb Bush/John McCain/Mitt Romney/Newt Gingrich/Republican House Members/Republican Senate Members) are all on record they favor the tribunal trials and keeping Guantanamo open so he’s taking that issue “off the table”.

  22. Andy Worthington says...

    That’s exactly how it is, Lance, yes. Thanks.

  23. Andy Worthington says...

    Len Clark wrote:

    Sometimes a stand must be taken and the people are going to ask themselves why that stand is not being taken to differentiate from the post modern fascism now arising in the Republican party.

  24. Andy Worthington says...

    Michael John Linnard wrote:

    Andy, I share your disappointment but all I can say is that it was a poisonous chalice that Bush handed Obama. All these prisoners were, for the most part abducted from various countries, some not even on the battlefield. Many have been tortured and can never really be tried in a court of law within the US.

    The only solution is to continue the trials and either keep them or release them. The numbers have been reduced to less than 200 hundred and hopefully the rest can be released in countries that will take them.

    This is basically a mess that Bush created and left for Obama to deal with. I personally do not think that any other President could have dealt with it any other way. It is a shameful episode in US military history and, like Vietnam, will remain as a reminder of all that is wrong when those in charge lose their moral compass.

  25. Andy Worthington says...

    Mary Neal wrote:

    Andy, did you know that 37 Georgia inmates went “missing” after the largest prison rebellion in U.S. history in December 2010? I support prisoner rights worldwide, but I wonder when Americans will apply a little outrage over prisoner abuse to correctional facilities within the USA. Thousands of black, Latino, and white inmates in six correctional facilities refused to exit their cells and work free, hoping to win a more humane incarceration. Perceived organizers of the work strike were targeted for cruel retaliation. Many are still in solitary confinement and 37 are reportedly missing. I am alarmed about the missing inmates, because this also happened to my mentally, physically disabled brother in 2003 who was arrested on misdemeanor charges related to his mental illness. See

  26. Andy Worthington says...

    Mary Neal wrote:

    Len, fascism is arising as you say, and it is not tied to a particular political party.

  27. Andy Worthington says...

    Newsom Cheryl wrote:

    Our penal system, aside from the Guantanimo issues, is nothing but the new form of legalized slavery.

  28. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Len, Michael, Mary and Cheryl.
    Len, I think you’ve nailed it about people not realizing the extent to which the Republicans have drifted to the right, and I would hope that an awareness of this — as has been happening in Madison, Wisconsin — will lead to some people finally waking up.
    Michael, I agree that it was a poisoned chalice, and that Obama has been up against the kind of barking mad Republicans alluded to by Len. Nevertheless, Obama squandered some opportunities to make a difference — such as bringing the Uighurs to live in the US, and capitulating to hysteria about Yemeni prisoners, following the failed Christmas Day bomb plot in 2009, by introducing a moratorium on releasing any Yemenis, when he should have refused to do so, pointing out that not releasing men cleared for release by his own Task Force would constitute guilt by nationality.
    And Mary, thanks for your comments about the domestic penal system in the US. As ever, I wish I had the time to write about it.

  29. Andy Worthington says...

    Lisa Barr wrote:

    Is this really a change, Andy–hadn’t the admin merely continued business as usual? Isn’t this merely codifying what they already were doing?

  30. Andy Worthington says...

    Hi Lisa,
    In some way, yes, as it was all signaled back in May 2009, but actually committing it to paper — in an executive order — is a big step towards confirming that indefinite detention without charge or trial — at Guantanamo, if nowhere else — could well be official policy for the next President, and the one after, and the one after, and that Obama alone will bear the responsibility for that.

  31. Andy Worthington says...

    Celtic Barbarian wrote:


  32. Andy Worthington says...

    Lisa Barr wrote:

    I agree about the repubs’ drift—but they’ve also taken the dems with them.

  33. Andy Worthington says...

    Michael John Linnard wrote:

    Lisa, I agree and do not for a second think it was something that was not planned or predicted. The Republican’s rarely do things without first considering how badly or how little it will effect an incoming Democrat administration.

    Under the cover of numerous dubious legal extrapolations and extensions of Executive power the Bush administration was able to create the fait accompli for Obama.

  34. Andy Worthington says...

    Susan Hall wrote:

    Pres. Obama’s lack of integrity is hard to read about, especially when we know the horror it continues to bring so many people. Thank you Andy.

  35. Andy Worthington says...

    Fran Foley Lawrence wrote:


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    Gabriele Müller wrote:


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    Ciudadano Kane Kane wrote:


  38. Andy Worthington says...

    Diana Molinari wrote:

    so depressing we can not trust politicians, if only a miracle could occur to end torture of any kind, being imprisoned is already so inhumane!God help us .¨Peace and love!

    should also add that unfortunately the politicians are the puppets of corporate power, what can we do, nothing much but pray !

  39. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, everyone. Just back in from another screening of “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo” — in SOAS, where there were about 75 people who seemed thoroughly engaged by the issues, and got involved as I ran though the sorry story in the article above, and all the other failures of the last two years. As ever, now, I’m pushing the need for the international community to become involved again at a high level, as happened under Bush.

  40. Andy Worthington says...

    Fred Encarnacion wrote:

    Same old techniques—hubris and hypocrisy of the US

  41. Andy Worthington says...

    Sylvia P. Coley wrote:

    Andy, do you know why he took the actions he did, has it been explained, was his decision dubious, or has it been the plan all along. I wonder.

  42. Andy Worthington says...

    Robin Laurain wrote:

    Good question Sylvia.

  43. Andy Worthington says...

    Lance Ciepiela wrote:

    No, Obama has not reputiated any of Bush Jr’s torture policies or the violation of federal laws against torture, or the usurption of the nation’s Constitution by taking the nation to war based on false pretenses and hundreds of lies about Iraq, and without a UN Security Council war resolution. No, Obama is not for restoring America’s values, he’s for making offiicial everything that Bush Jr did that was illegal and immoral as well…a nation facing a bleak future without a rule of law, the whim of the executive the deciding factor.

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  45. Mary Neal says...

    Time 4 USA 2B “Looking at the Man in the Mirror” (Their mote v. USA’s beam Matt.7:3) – My @koffietime tweet for today – follow and view previous tweets at (11,000 deleted in 2010 because of their POWER, reinstated in Feb.) ~~~

    Guantanamo is still open, and prison is one of America’s biggest businesses. People are also abused and murdered inside correctional facilities within the USA. ~~~

    Please TRY to follow me at Twitter and I will TRY to follow you back. Remember, no shopping on April 9 or the 9th of any month during 2011. Join the people’s powerful, peaceful protest against corporate greed and government misdeeds. Roughly 1.25 million mentally ill Americans and immigrants are prisoners, and the congressional bill to resume Medicaid insurance for inpatient hospitalization (H.R.619) expired in January without the media letting Americans know about the opportunity to decriminalize mental illness. The bill provided for the same or less funds to be used to treat instead of punish mental illness. While health care was the main subject on every newscast, H.R.619 was censored to benefit private prison owners at the expense of mentally dysfunctional citizens and immigrants. ~~~~

    Let’s take it back – Power to the People! Listen to the Chi-lites sing “For God’s Sake, More Power to the People” at this YouTube link: ~~~

    Mary Neal
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Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo and We Stand With Shaker. Also, photo-journalist (The State of London), and singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers).
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