Bill Fisher

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  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: Who Guards the Guards?

    2012-09-16 05:17:00View | Delete

    Thumbnail By William Fisher Fabian Avery III was seventeen when he died. And were it not for how he died, we might offer our condolences, maybe we’d say he was in prison anyway, but we probably would not be reading this story. There’d have been no one to write it. You’re reading about his death because he was [...]

  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: Censoring the Whistle

    2012-08-04 14:36:44View | Delete

    Thumbnail By Bill Fisher Republicans on cable news have been hyperventilating about the White House leaking whistleblower information that makes the president look good before the election. Maybe so, maybe no. But whistleblowers’ information can work two ways. More often than not, news that ought to be disclosed is suppressed by people who worry that it will make [...]

  • Bill Fisher commented on the diary post Tortured Punished, Torturer Cleared: The Story of Ahmed Abu-Ali. by Bill Fisher.

    2012-06-20 20:54:13View | Delete

    9/11 marked the first time in a century that the US was attacked at home. That’s the same home that proved invulnerable in World War Two. It is apparently going to take us a long time to understand that we are no longer invulnerable, but also that 9/11 though tragic, cruel and totally sneseless, was [...]

  • ThumbnailThe article below originally appeared in the pages of Prism Magazine. The year is 2003. In Saudi Arabia, the semester at the university American-born Ahmed Abu-Ali is attending in Medina is coming to an end. It’s exam time. Soon, he’ll be on a jet headed for his family’s home in Falls Church, Virginia. But 23-year-old Abu-Ali never [...]

  • ThumbnailTo the pitifully few who have followed him over the years, Khaled El-Masri is the man who arguably holds the world’s record of unsuccessful attempts to get his “day in court.”  He has knocked on courtroom doors all over the US and some overseas venues as well, and has each time been rebuffed. This Wednesday he [...]

  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: Justice Delayed? Justice Cancelled?

    2012-05-02 16:04:55View | Delete

    The time is late Autumn 2006. A middle-aged African American inmate sits in the jail cell in Arizona he has occupied for 24 years. He has little reason to hope he’ll ever see the outside of this prison again – except for one possibly monumental new development – the perfection of a new approach to [...]

  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: Sending Americans Into Exile — the Obama Way

    2012-03-09 14:13:58View | Delete

    You’re going on a business trip abroad. Or an overseas vacation. Or you’re returning to the country of your parents’ birth to visit family there. You check in at the airport, go through security, and find your seat in the plane. Now the engines are at full throttle, you’re rolling, and in seconds, you’re airborne. [...]

  • By William Fisher It wasn’t supposed to be a nail biter. It was supposed to be a bill that effortlessly slithered its way through a well-oiled State Legislature. Here’s how it happened: The Republican-controlled Florida legislature was set to consider a bill that would have authorized private sector bidding on all of South Florida’s state [...]

  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: HRW’s Chilling New Report on Syria

    2011-06-02 16:11:34View | Delete

    Amid the anger that has erupted in Syria following the publication of images of the battered face of 13-year-old Hamza al-Khateeb, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a chilling new report detailing the brutality of Syrian security forces in the Syrian city of Daraa. “For more than two months now, Syrian security forces have been [...]

  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: Post-Mubarak: What Kind of Egypt?

    2011-04-28 12:53:55View | Delete

    Close to two-thirds of the Egyptian public is satisfied with the way things are going in their country, pleased that former president Hosni Mubarak is gone, and optimistic about the future, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project. But the readiness of the public to accept military rule, or [...]

  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: Where Is Mohammed Al-Tajer?

    2011-04-24 17:00:44View | Delete

    Thumbnail Mohammed al-Tajer is one of Bahrain’s best-known defense lawyers. He was the leading defense attorney defending 25 opposition activists who were tried between October 2010 and February 2011 on charges of plotting to overthrow the government using “terrorism” and other means. Today, April 25, marks ten days since Mohammed al-Tajer was arrested at his house [...]

  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: Lawyers Matter!

    2011-04-21 09:58:45View | Delete

     The year was 1953. I was a bureau chief for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, covering the Volusia County seat, Deland, Florida. That beat meant covering the cops and the courts.  As a young and arguably too idealistic reporter, I was profoundly disappointed in both. I learned that bad lawyering presents a real threat to some [...]

  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: Diplomacy: Fix Leaf for Inaction?

    2011-01-25 13:11:32View | Delete

    During his presidential campaign, then-Senator Obama emphasized negotiations rather than military action. The Republicans ridiculed his focus on diplomacy as naïve,  “Strong countries and strong presidents meet and talk with our adversaries,” Obama said during an August 19 debate. “We shouldn’t be afraid to do so. We’ve tried the other way. It didn’t work.” Candidate Obama [...]

  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: A Second Chance for Second-Class Justice?

    2011-01-21 12:30:02View | Delete

    Thumbnail The report in yesterday’s New York Times that the Obama Administration is preparing to resurrect Military Commissions to try Guantanamo detainees probably sounds the death knell for the kind of justice meted out by Federal civilian courts in the U.S. for more than two centuries. Instead, according to some of the nation’s most respected legal [...]

  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: GITMO by the Numbers

    2011-01-14 20:23:25View | Delete
    By William Fisher

    As the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, enters its tenth year, a Washington think tank is challenging intelligence estimates suggesting that large numbers of released detainees have taken up arms against the United States. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper claimed in December — that 13.5 percent of former Guantanamo detainees [...]

  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: Endangering the Health of Detained Immigrants

    2011-01-05 08:18:28View | Delete

    Clinical depression. Bipolar disorders. Eye surgery. Type 2 diabetes. Hypertension. Abscessed and broken teeth. Severe chest pains. Cancer-like pain. These are some of the untreated health complaints from men and women held in detention at the behest of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the San Diego Correctional Facility (SDCF), where lack of medical [...]

  • Bill Fisher wrote a new diary post: Barbour Burning?

    2011-01-05 07:57:55View | Delete

    The state of Mississippi, which ranks last in just about everything, is about to be first in something. And that something is almost as bizarre as who’s making it happen. The “what” of this story: Starting with the 2011-2012 school curriculum, civil rights will be a required course for all Mississippi students from kindergarten to [...]