Guantanamo attorney found dead in apparent suicide

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40 Responses to “Guantanamo attorney found dead in apparent suicide”

  1. Spocko says:

    The CIA was unavailable for comment. 

  2. Michael Mori defended David Hicks at Guantanamo. He left the US and now works as a lawyer in Australia.

  3. Nathalie Pelletier says:

    CLOSE GITMO NOW!

  4. Nathalie Pelletier says:

    sorry for screaming (caps) but this is an horrible stain on your country

  5. morcheeba says:

    A spokesman for Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader and one of the leading opponents of closing the prison, said on Tuesday that “there is wide, bipartisan opposition in Congress to the president’s goal of moving those terrorists to American cities and towns.”

    Why can’t the Republicans get it through their heads that you’re not allowed to call people terrorists until you’ve given them a trial?!!

    • TheDisco says:

      Exactly. Considering all but one small batch said to be about 40 out of 160, none of these guys would ever be in any jail because the case would be thrown the fuck out.

    • msbpodcast says:

      you’re not allowed to call people terrorists until you’ve given them a trial
      Or elected them.

    • teapot says:

      HOLY CRAP HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS TAG EXISTED!?

      • Scratcheee says:

        Examples of things that President Obama could do TODAY, or could have done at any time in the PAST FOUR YEARS:

        - Order the commanders at Gitmo to move the prisoners into communal living spaces.

        - Cease all activities that have anything to do with searches, restraints, or other “prisoner-like” treatment.

        - Allow shipments from the prisoners’ friends and families, including clothes, reading and writing materials, computers, and sat phones.

        - Allow visits from friends and families of the prisoners.

        Congress has theoretically tied his hands as to the legal status of the prisoners (and even this is debatable, as there are exceptions that he could invoke by executive order,) but make no mistake:  Gitmo is run under the Executive Branch, and  President Obama is in the direct chain of command of everyone who wears a uniform there, and is the employer of everyone who is a contractor there.  He could pick up the phone and make sweeping changes RIGHT NOW.  It might be fun to blame Bush for everything you don’t like about this country, but right now Bush has no more authority in Gitmo than I do.

        • teapot says:

           Did you not read my other comments?

          Obama: you should’ve closed Gitmo like you fucking promised.

          Bush set up Gitmo and authorised everything that happened there. My comment wasn’t suggesting Bush could do anything about it now, but it was his hare-brained scheme to set the place up for prisoners of the war on terror and we should not forget that.

          I thought celebrating the death of Thatcher was in bad taste but I am going to have the party of a motherfucking lifetime the day that brain-dead old fool kicks it.

  6. TheDisco says:

    MY TIN FOIL HAT HAS NOT STOPPED BUZZING SINCE I READ THIS!

    BUZZ! BUZZ!

  7. silkox says:

    Oh, man. An 11 year old daughter.

  8. Jake0748 says:

    This is too fucking fucked up. And so sad.  That a guy with such a young daughter, could be driven to such despair.  My heart aches. 

  9. Kimmo says:

    Dude tops himself and leaves an 11yo kid behind?

    I smell a rat.

  10. teapot says:

    RIP Mr. Hart.

    Obama: you should’ve closed Gitmo like you fucking promised. If you did this likely wouldn’t have happened.

  11. If Gitmo ever does close, a lawyer for the detainees is not the sort of person some people would want to talk in court. 

  12. Paul Renault says:

    It’s important to note, at the end of the piece, that:
    Recently, it was announced Hart’s entire office would face furloughs as part of the sequestration.

    • Bearpaw01 says:

      Flight delays of a couple of hours: unacceptable to Congress.

      Indefinite delays of justice: supported by Congress

  13. oasisob1 says:

    At Guantanamo, there are prisoners on hunger strikes. Some of them have been placed on feeding tubes to keep them alive. I imagine they must be strapped to tables in this case, to keep them from removing the feeding tubes.

    I wish the world could see photos of that scene – a nice reminder that whatever the prisoners are, they are also human.

    • Humbabella says:

      They are definitely strapped down.  Not too long ago boingboing linked to a a letter by one of the prisoners explaining the treatment.  If we had to witness this treatment of people day in and day out I think many of us would understand what drove Mr. Hart to kill himself.

      • oasisob1 says:

        …and what is driving the prisoners to attempt to kill themselves.

        • nachoproblem says:

          Makes you think, that if the DoD or whoever is in charge of them is so determined to treat them as revenge fetish toys, it might be preferable if they could just nut up and kill them.

          • elix says:

            Yeah, but you only get to kill a man once. You can waterboard him on the hour, every hour.

          • Humbabella says:

            I can understand why they wouldn’t kill the detainees, but it’s really hard for me to understand why they would go to such lengths to prevent the detainees from killing themselves.  It can’t be because they care about them as people.

            This struck me a while ago when I read about how in water boarding many detainees started giving up and letting themselves drown.  Imagine what horror you would have to endure before your body would actually stop gasping for air, being content to die instead.  If you are going to do that to someone, the least you could do for them is let them choose to stop breathing themselves.

      • ChicagoD says:

        Of course, we don’t know what his note said, or anything about his life (other than that he has a daughter) so we absolutely cannot “understand what drove Mr. Hart to kill himself.” All implications to the contrary, it is possible (maybe even likely) that a P.D. in Toledo who represented Guantanamo detainees killed himself for entirely different reasons.

      • Navin_Johnson says:

        And this kind of force-feeding is against international human rights law, which I only found out yesterday I must admit…

        Oh well, as we know, international law only applies to Balkan baddies, Latin strongmen, and African tough guys. Even (U.S. backed/trained) genocidal maniacs can face justice as we can follow with Xeni’s reporting, but Western leaders? Nah…

        • millie fink says:

          Right. And to think that so many Western countries got rid of their royals! Seems they actually didn’t.

      • millie fink says:

        I heard someone with experience say on Democracy Now! today that the feeding tube feels like having a razor blade shoved up your nose then down you throat.

  14. Navin_Johnson says:

    apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the back of the head….

    j/k or……

  15. spacedoggy says:

    Sounds like he was David Kellyed

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