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Ken Gude Archives

Criminal Courts Are Tougher on Terrorists than Military Detention

The Obama administration should stick with the tough and proven system in an integrated arsenal of weapons to fight Al Qaeda, argues Ken Gude.

by Ken Gude | Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Multilayered Security

Disrupting terrorist attacks requires more than connecting the dots; Ken Gude outlines measures to improve the U.S. security system.

by Ken Gude | Monday, January 11, 2010

Excessive Secrecy Undermining Obama’s Human Rights Achievements

Ken Gude notes that the Obama administration is struggling to regain public confidence on torture transparency as the world celebrates Human Rights Day.

by Ken Gude | Thursday, December 10, 2009

New York’s 9/11 Trial Justice

Putting the 9/11 suspects on trial in New York is the right move, but seeking the death penalty would be a strategic error, writes Ken Gude.

by Ken Gude | Friday, November 13, 2009

Getting Back on Track to Close Guantanamo

book_alt2 icon Report The closure of Guantanamo is within the reach of the Obama administration, but it still must take certain steps to get the detainee population down to zero, writes Ken Gude.

by Ken Gude | Tuesday, November 10, 2009

An Important First Step in Actually Closing Guantánamo

The trial of a top Al Qaeda official in a U.S. court is a major step toward closing the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, writes Ken Gude.

by Ken Gude | Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Out of the Torture Photo Box

Transparency can be achieved without a photo release, but only with full public account of torture investigations, writes Ken Gude.

by Ken Gude | Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Obama’s Right to Detain

Civil rights groups say the United States must charge or release Guantánamo detainees. But Obama has a third choice, explains Ken Gude.

by Ken Gude | Friday, May 29, 2009

Back on Track to Close Guantánamo

President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney outlined two very different approaches to Guantánamo yesterday, writes Ken Gude.

by Ken Gude | Friday, May 22, 2009

Obama Can’t Keep Torture Under Wraps

No matter how badly the Obama administration wants it to, torture is not going to go away, writes Ken Gude.

by Ken Gude | Thursday, May 14, 2009

Don’t Try Bush Officials for Torture

John Bolton is right that Obama should quash Spain's prosecution of Bush officials--just not for the right reasons, writes Ken Gude in the Guardian.

by Ken Gude | Monday, May 11, 2009

Obama Can’t Turn the Page on Torture

We need a non-partisan investigation into America's use of torture. Otherwise, it will continue to haunt us, writes Ken Gude on The Guardian's "Comment Is Free" blog.

by Ken Gude | Monday, May 4, 2009

Bush Administration Got the Guantanamo it Wanted

Ken Gude writes about Karen Greenberg's The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days for the TPMCafe Book Club.

by Ken Gude | Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bush’s Willing Torturers

We now know that legal opinions were merely retroactive cover. The Bush administration's first instinct was toward abuse, writes Ken Gude in The Guardian online.

by Ken Gude | Thursday, April 23, 2009

We Have Become Our Enemies

The more we learn about the Bush administration’s torture regime, the more outrageous and inexcusable it becomes, writes Ken Gude.

by Ken Gude | Wednesday, April 22, 2009