Another Waterboarded Guantanamo Detainee to Face Death Penalty

Update: ACLU response is here.

The U.S. announced today it will seek to file charges that carry the death penalty against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi of Yemeni descent captured in 2002 and tranferred to Guantanamo in 2006, who has claimed he confessed because he was tortured during interrogation.

The charges are related to the 2000 USS Cole bombing.

The allegations include conspiracy to violate laws of war, murder, treachery, terrorism, destruction of property and intentionally causing serious bodily injury.

Al-Nashiri was held in an overseas secret prison before being shipped to Gitmo. [More...]

CIA Director Michael Hayden said early this year that al-Nashiri was among terrorist suspects subjected to waterboarding in 2002 and 2003 while being interrogated in secret CIA prisons.

...[Al-Nashiri] said he confessed to involvement in several other terror plots in order to get the torture to stop — including the 2002 bombing of the French oil tanker Limburg, plans to bomb American ships in the Gulf, a plan to hijack a plane and crash it into a ship and that bin Laden had a nuclear bomb.

The Defense Department's press release is here. The summary of evidence against him presented at his 2007 enemy combatant status review hearing is here. (pdf)

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    Torture (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by jondee on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 02:35:08 PM EST
    People who engage in the kind of magical thinking that concieves that there is ever going to be an honorable, "surgical", anti-septic, suburban Centrist Democrat war -- a nice, clean, well-lit room of a war, without torture, childrens blood on the walls, rape, permanant traumatization, environmental devastation, looting the treasury etc are swimming in the heart of deniaL and need to come up for f*cking air.

    This is why you have some effing guts and soul and integrity and stand on principal (if you have any), and dont vote for unnecessary wars.

    Delete away.

    al-Nashiri is (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Edger on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 03:58:22 PM EST
    an awfully strange way to spell Pelosi, or Bush...

    The allegations include conspiracy to violate laws of war, murder, treachery, terrorism, destruction of property and intentionally causing serious bodily injury.
    ....or Pelosi, or Cheney, or Pelosi, or Reid, or Pelosi, or Emannual, or Pelosi, or Hoyer, or Pelosi.

    Maybe they have the name wrong?

    Charged with "Treachery"? (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Peter G on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 07:31:56 PM EST
    What, pray tell, are the elements of the offense of "treachery," and where can I look it up?  Never heard of it before.  Was I not paying attention in reviewing my "law of war in a nutshell"?

    Where else? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Edger on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 07:49:47 PM EST
    Search for: treachery

    • § 950v. Crimes triable by military commissions

    Off topic, but... (none / 0) (#3)
    by ahazydelirium on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 04:06:22 PM EST
    it is, nevertheless, abysmally disheartening to read this:

    The allegations include conspiracy to violate laws of war [...].

    As a global society, we've discussed and established a framework for conducting wars and the acceptable parameters for killing others. However, we cannot discuss and establish a framework for healthcare or equal rights.

    Just a thought on this gloomy Monday.

    sympathy for terrorists (none / 0) (#4)
    by Tim V on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 07:07:12 PM EST
    I'm sorry, I'll take a pass. go ahead delete.

    I agree (none / 0) (#7)
    by Edger on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 07:55:06 PM EST
    There is little sympathy for bush or cheney here, if any at all.

    Terrorist Killer (none / 0) (#8)
    by Bobster67 on Tue Jul 01, 2008 at 02:35:21 PM EST
    Nashiri is coldblooded killer, and his Al-Qaeda friends are too. They had no sympathy for our son and his 16 mates. The Cole was invited to Yemen. No bullets in the deck gun, the Cole was helpless and the crew as well.Cohen on the last day of the Clinton administration stated "we made some serious mistakes with the Cole". But as usual no one in our government was held accountable for those mistakes that cost the lives of 17 american sailors. And then Bush compounded the mistakes that Clinton made. He refused the FBI's request for direct contact with Yemeni officials, and suspects suspected in the Cole attack. 11 months later both Clinton and Bush are haunted by their decisions to let a Yemeni dictator dictate the rules of investigation. It became so clear after 9/11 that the Cole was the prelude to 9/11, with all the missed clues, and evidence.
    I am not left nor right. I was at one time years ago but it blinded me to see the game that all politicians play on the american people everyday. But according to polls (if one can believe them) more and more americans are giving up their beliefs in left or right, and searching more for th truth and not what they are told to believe by their Political Gods.Oh Yea! I hope he hangs, but he want. Not just for our son, but for humanity. Life is to fragil and to short for all of us. To have fanatics make it even shorter.