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Fayiz al-Kandari Released from Guantanamo!



More details as we receive them.

Please read the original story on The Political Carnival's original Blogger site here:



Al Jazeera correspondent "released from custody by the military"


Here is a screen grab I just took

Al Jazeera TV has reported that their correspondent has been released. He was held for seven hours. They gave no other details:

Al-Jazeera says a correspondent for its English-language network was detained by the Egyptian military Sunday.

The Qatar-based news network called for the immediate release of Ayman Mohyeldin, an Emmy-nominated journalist who it said was detained near Tahrir Square, the center of anti-government protests.


Release Date Set for Sarah and Todd Palin's Emails


This may be revealing, it may even be entertaining, but will it be eventful? If, legally speaking, anything of worth is discovered, is there a statute of limitations?

If nothing else, we'll have news cycle after news cycle of Former Half-Gov DoneFor McSoYesterday's feeble, nonsensical, non-factual, defensive word salad "refudiations", and plenty at which to point, laugh, and/or gag:

The long quest by journalists and a citizen activist for former Gov. Sarah Palin’s official e-mails may reach its end by late spring.

Recently appointed Attorney General John Burns said in a letter Wednesday to the requesters that he will hold the office of Gov. Sean Parnell to the work plan it proposed in December. That would mean that thousands of e-mails would be released May 31.

The requests for the e-mails of Palin and her husband, Todd, a quasi-official advisor, were made shortly after Sen. John McCain’s stunning announcement that she would be his running mate in the 2008 presidential election.


Judge Frees Kuwaiti Detainee + Judge finds Pentagon in contempt in Gitmo case


By GottaLaff

Are we getting that Gitmo produces story after story of nothing but injustice and criminal behavior? Why yes. Yes we are.

Here are two stories that I discovered within the past hour. Number one (h/t: Captain Kangaroo) involves a Kuwaiti detainee (just like Fayiz al Kandari) who was imprisoned for nearly 8 years (just like Fayiz), and who was captured in Afghanistan (just like Fayiz):

The detainee, Fouad al-Rabiah, a Kuwaiti Airways engineer, was captured in Afghanistan and accused by the United States of providing money to Osama bin Laden and helping Taliban fighters in the mountainous Tora Bora region. His lawyers said it was a case of mistaken identity and a district court judge in September ordered Mr. Rabiah freed after determining that confessions to interrogators under harsh conditions were not believable.

He's one of the lucky ones.

Number Two:

A federal judge has found the Defense Department in contempt of court for failing to videotape the testimony of a prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay. [...]

The detainee, Mohammed Al-Adahi of Yemen, is challenging his indefinite detention at the prison in Cuba.

Back in August, Judge Kessler had ordered our government to facilitate Al-Adahi's release...

... unlike Fayiz al-Kandari... one of the unlucky ones.


All my previous posts on this subject matter can be found here; That link includes one specific to only Fayiz al-Kandari's story here. Here are audio and video interviews with Lt. Col. Wingard, one by David Shuster, one by Ana Marie Cox, and more. My guest commentary at BuzzFlash is here.

Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you are inclined to help rectify these injustices: Twitterers, use the hashtag #FreeFayiz. We have organized a team to get these stories out. If you are interested in helping Fayiz out, e-mail me at The Political Carnival, address in sidebar to the right; or tweet me at @GottaLaff.

If you'd like to see other ways you can take action, go here and scroll down to the end of the article.

Then read Jane Mayer's book The Dark Side. You'll have a much greater understanding of why I post endlessly about this, and why I'm all over the CIA deception issues, too.

More of Fayiz's story here, at