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September 17, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
Immigrants detained in a short-term processing center in the basement of a Los Angeles federal building can no longer be held for weeks without access to drinking water, clean clothes or items such as sanitary napkins, according to a settlement announced Wednesday. The settlement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities resulted from a lawsuit filed in April by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the National Immigration Law Center and the Paul Hastings law firm.
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NATIONAL
February 12, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
FT. MEADE, Md. -- Top officials at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, denied Tuesday that hidden microphones or other devices were installed in the courtroom, meeting huts and prison compound to enable government intelligence officials to eavesdrop on confidential sessions between defense lawyers and five detainees in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The witnesses also testified that legal mail for the detainees is not routinely opened and reviewed, except during prison-wide inspections to check for contraband.
OPINION
January 4, 2011 | By Amos N. Guiora and Laurie R. Blank
The idea that every person deserves his or her "day in court" is a fundamental principle in the United States and many countries worldwide. Yet more than nine years after 9/11, the United States remains paralyzed not just about how to give the thousands of detainees in U.S. custody around the world their day in court but about whether to give them that day in court. Multiple judicial forums have been created to try nonstate actors who have perpetrated war crimes from Rwanda to Sierra Leone to Cambodia to the former Yugoslavia ?
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
KAILUA, Hawaii - President Obama praised Congress on Thursday for making it easier to transfer Guantanamo detainees to other countries, but noted that lawmakers' actions fell short of the flexibility he needs to close the prison. Obama cited his repeated requests to Congress for cooperation in closing the detention center at the U.S. naval station in Cuba, which he has vowed to do since his first presidential campaign. "The continued operation of the facility weakens our national security by draining resources, damaging our relationships with key allies and partners, and emboldening violent extremists," the president said in a statement from Hawaii, where he is spending his Christmas vacation, after he signed the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2014 fiscal year.
OPINION
November 5, 2003
Re "Detained, Without Details," Nov. 1: So the aliens detained at Guantanamo Bay are "seeking the right to confront their accusers in U.S. courts." What? The 6th Amendment guarantees this right to the accused in a criminal prosecution in a U.S. court, but the article emphasized that the detainees haven't even been charged. And what is the "right to due process in the courts" the detainees are arguing for? Who or what says that access to U.S. courts is due unlawful combatants at all?
NATIONAL
March 14, 2013 | By Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Immigration officials acknowledged Thursday that they had released 2,228 illegal immigrants from detention in February and early March, not several hundred as they previously had announced, in an effort to reduce spending in advance of mandatory budget cuts. John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told a House subcommittee hearing that four of those discharged were rearrested after agents discovered they had violent criminal records. At least six others had felony convictions or had repeatedly violated immigration laws, Morton said, and dozens more had been arrested for shoplifting and petty larceny, or cited for drunk driving.
OPINION
December 14, 2006
Re "Ex-detainees seek right to sue Rumsfeld," Dec. 9 The Times quotes Deputy Assistant Atty. Gen. C. Frederick Beckner III as arguing to U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan that allowing suits by victims of torture and genocide would have the effect of disrupting and "potentially chilling" the military's ability to conduct wartime operations. It was to chill such wartime conduct that the Senate ratified treaties outlawing it, which makes those treaties "the supreme law of the land" under Article VI of the Constitution.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - As many as half of Guantanamo Bay's 158 detainees could be transferred from the U.S. prison to their home countries under a provision in the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which Congress was expected to approve late Thursday. Human Rights First, a civil rights advocacy group, called the law "a significant step forward" in opening the jail doors for scores of detainees and perhaps someday closing the facility at the U.S. naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
NATIONAL
May 4, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Obaidullah, an Afghan villager captured with diagrams of improvised bombs, has marked nearly 11 years as a detainee at the U.S. naval base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Three months ago, outraged by what he called another prison "shakedown," he joined a hunger strike there, and now is locked in solitary confinement with at least 100 fellow detainees. "I have seen men who are on the verge of death being taken away to be force-fed," Obaidullah said in a federal court affidavit declassified Friday.
NATIONAL
February 2, 2012 | By Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
Members of Congress are reacting sharply to a plan being considered by the White House to transfer abroad five of the most dangerous prisoners from Guantanamo Bay as a gesture to the Taliban in advance of Afghanistan peace talks. It would be the first time detainees from the "too dangerous to transfer" list have been relocated outside of U.S. control. The swift opposition from leading Republicans underscored President Obama's continuing difficulty to deliver on his promise to shut down the prison at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.
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