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March 23, 2017 Washington, D.C.—In testimony today before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Human Rights First’s Elisa Massimino will urge senators to review the record of Judge Neil Gorsuch, nominee for...
March 09, 2017 Washington, D.C.—In response to comments made today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he supports sending terrorism suspects to Guantanamo Bay and the military commissions proceedings against 9/...
February 14, 2017 Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that President Trump is considering whether to send an alleged al Qaeda member to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights First today urged the...
December 07, 2016 This blog is cross-posted from Huffington Post. It’s no secret that the Guantanamo Bay detention center is a huge government money-suck. It costs more than $7.5 million to house each of the 59...
December 06, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today welcomed President Obama’s speech on his administration’s approach to counterterrorism, noting that the policies outlined protect the United States’ national...
December 05, 2016 This blog is cross-posted from Huffington Post. Among the many questions Donald Trump will have to consider when he takes office in January is whether to keep trying to prosecute the five...
September 20, 2016 By Kevin Meister Yesterday police took 28-year-old New York City bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami into custody after a shootout in Linden, New Jersey. He is suspected of orchestrating...

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Factsheet | January 20, 2017
Myth: Terrorists have traditionally been tried in military commissions. Fact: Federal civilian criminal courts have convicted more than 550 individuals on terrorism-related charges since 9/11....
Factsheet | November 22, 2016
In the current version of the Guantanamo military commissions: Crimes triable: Defendants in military commissions, who were tried ex-post facto for conduct such as “material support for...
Factsheet | September 28, 2016
Federal court convictions of individuals charged with terrorism offenses since 9/11: 580 Number of district courts where terrorism-related convictions have been secured: 60 Number of states...
Factsheet | September 28, 2016
Download Terrorism suspects captured abroad are routinely and successfully prosecuted in U.S. federal courts. Since 9/11, at least 91 individuals captured abroad have been convicted of...