April 9, 2002 |
Justice Department officials have decided not to charge the American-born prisoner who was transferred from a U.S. military prison in Cuba to Norfolk, Va., last week, concluding that U.S. prosecutors lack enough incriminating information, officials said. That leaves the detainee, Yaser Esam Hamdi, 22, in legal limbo as government lawyers try to determine whether there is a way to charge him under U.S. military law.
April 6, 2002 |
Yasser Esam Hamdi, who officials believe may be a second American Taliban fighter, was flown Friday to the United States as the military continued to review whether he was born here and should be handed over to federal law enforcement for prosecution. The 22-year-old was taken under heavy guard from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a naval base at Norfolk, Va. Authorities have found a birth certificate that appears to verify his claim that he was born in Baton Rouge, La.
April 5, 2002 |
Pentagon officials said Thursday they are all but certain that a 22-year-old detainee from the Afghan war being held in Cuba is a U.S. citizen, and they are considering turning him over to federal law enforcement authorities. The captive, identified as Yasser Esam Hamdi, was seized during a late November prison uprising in Afghanistan, as was John Walker Lindh of Northern California. But while Lindh was readily identified as an American citizen, U.S.
April 2, 2002 |
Federal prosecutors conceded in court here Monday that John Walker Lindh had no "personal involvement" in the death of CIA Agent Johnny "Mike" Spann, who was the first U.S. fatality in the ongoing war against terrorism. But Judge T.S. Ellis III said the government does not have to prove that specific people were selected for murder. Rather, he ruled that prosecutors must show only that Lindh knew that the general aim of his involvement with the Taliban and Al Qaeda was to kill Americans.
March 30, 2002 |
Days before he allegedly joined a terrorist training camp run by Osama bin Laden, John Walker Lindh told his mother that he would not return to California because "I don't intend to leave Pakistan until I finish what I came here for." The e-mail does not directly show that Lindh, 21, conspired to murder Americans, as U.S. authorities have charged, or that he had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
March 24, 2002 |
His life is a sweep of recent Afghan history. Episodically over four decades, as this country's politics staggered from monarchy to communism to warlordism to religious extremism, California pathologist G. Gordon Hadley has dedicated himself to teaching young medical students in the troubled land. Now 80, both Hadley and his resiliently cheerful wife, Alphie, who sometimes serves as his lab assistant, are back again.