After the disclosure of the NSA spy programmes in recent weeks and the ongoing trial of Bradley Manning, the treatment of whistleblowers is in the public eye. As the manhunt for Edward Snowden continues, Indrani Balaratnam speaks to Matthew Diaz, a 2005 Guantanamo Bay whistleblower.

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Sunday, 03 April 2011 10:11

My Student, the 'Terrorist'

Pale and gaunt, he stood there, having endured three years of pretrial solitary confinement. "Alhamdullilah," he said.
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Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia heard arguments Monday on the Obama administration's ability to conduct "targeted killings" in the case of radical Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaqi [news archive].

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Monday, 08 November 2010 12:48

Guantánamo, Exception or Rule?

When I was down in Guantánamo a few months ago, a veteran German journalist let it slip that she didn't much care for the place. "This," she confided in me, and many of the other journalists there as well, "is the worst place I have ever visited in my entire career."
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Wednesday, 15 September 2010 15:18

U.S. Debates Response to Targeted Killing Lawsuit

The Obama administration, fresh off a victory in persuading federal judges to dismiss a torture case for fear of revealing state secrets, is divided over using similar tactics to try to block a lawsuit over government efforts to kill an American citizen accused of ties to Al Qaeda.

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Sunday, 12 September 2010 10:26

Obama's ambivalent war

Nine years into what the US used to call the "global war on terror," the nation still cannot agree on how to describe the struggle, how to characterise it, or on a logically consistent set of tools and procedures to conduct it. To some, this might seem unacceptable. I, however, would be far more critical if I did not harbor some degree of ambivalence myself.

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