Hamburg: See No Terror

Posted by John Rosenthal

“Hamburg is always being mentioned in connection with September 11, 2001, and for this reason we feel we have a special responsibility to support the U.S.A. in this case.” This is what Kristin Breuer, a spokesperson for the Hamburg municipal government, told Germany’s ARD public television after it was announced that two Guantánamo detainees who [...]

German Police Union Chief on Gitmo Transfers: “They Weren’t Learning Pottery-Making in Afghanistan”

Posted by John Rosenthal

In an article in the Sunday edition of the German tabloid Bild, the head of the German police union, Rainer Wendt, slammed the German government’s decision to accept two Guantánamo detainees slated for transfer. For the details and related developments, see my new post at weeklystandard.com here.

Released Gitmo Detainees To Be Allowed Entry to US?

Posted by John Rosenthal

According to a report in Thursday’s edition of the German daily Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, the American government has agreed that two Guantánamo detainees who are to be released in Germany in the coming weeks will not “in principle” be denied the possibility of traveling to the United States.  For the details, see my new article on [...]

From Gitmo to Hamburg?

Posted by John Rosenthal

On first glance, the report in the popular German tabloid Bild could have seemed like a bad joke. “Guantánamo Detainees Slated to Go to Hamburg,” the headline ran. “Despite protests…,” the article began, “[German] Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière appears to be determined to accept three of the 183 suspected terrorists still detained [...]

A Suicidal Proposition

Posted by John Rosenthal

There has been much talk recently of sending Guantánamo detainees to Europe. That the idea could even be seriously considered in America provides a measure of how woefully misinformed or under-informed the American public has been about the nature and methods of international Jihadist activism. See my new article on NewMajority.com here.

UN “Torture Rapporteur” Manfred Nowak: Get Bush, Get Rumsfeld

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Austrian law professor Manfred Nowak is the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture. He first came to broad public attention in 2006, when he accused the US of practicing torture at Guantánamo Bay. I have written at length about Nowak’s dubious intellectual pedigree in my 2006 essay “The Road to Condemning Guantanamo”. Nowak did not [...]

The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time? (Manfred Nowak vs. KSM on Guantanamo Detainees)

Posted by John Rosenthal

The UN “torture rapporteur,” Manfred Nowak, says that many of the inmates being held at Guantánamo Bay were simply “in the wrong place at the wrong time” when they were taken prisoner in Afghanistan or Pakistan. But someone who presumably knows better disagrees: namely, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – or “KSM” – the former bin Laden [...]

The Road to Condemning Guantanamo

Posted by John Rosenthal

What is the source of the European zeal to have the American detention center in Guantanamo Bay shut down? Perhaps no one has been more zealous in the matter than Manfred Nowak, the Austrian professor and UN Human Rights “expert” who has famously accused the US of practicing torture at Guantanamo. A look at the [...]