June 21, 2009 |
Portugal will accept two or three prisoners for resettlement from the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, state news agency Lusa quoted Foreign Minister Luis Amado as saying Saturday. In December, Portugal became the first country to press publicly for a coordinated European Union resettlement plan for Guantanamo prisoners. The EU announced Monday that member nations were ready to help Washington and take detainees on a case-by-case basis. Amado met with Daniel Fried, U.S.
January 6, 2010 |
In a potential glitch in the administration's effort to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, President Obama on Tuesday ordered a halt to the transfer of detainees to Yemen, where the Christmas Day attack on a U.S. airliner is believed to have been planned. Obama's decision shows that the failed attack on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit is having a direct effect on a key objective of his presidency. "We will not be transferring additional detainees back to Yemen at this time," Obama told reporters at the White House.
May 21, 1998 |
In an unprecedented examination of security forces' use of torture, a government lawyer told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that Israel is at war with Palestinian militants and has no choice but to use force in interrogating suspects.
February 19, 2010 |
The three men were blindfolded, their hands bound in front of them with plastic flex cuffs, and each was in the firm grip of a Marine. Their loose-fitting clothes were faded and dusty, their thick beards beginning to show gray. They had been spotted outside the town of Marja in southern Afghanistan carrying a shovel near a spot where a roadside bomb had been planted. They had a suspiciously large amount of cash, and two of them had tested positive for explosive material on their hands.
April 17, 1987 |
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and 46 other Anglican clergymen purposely disobeyed new emergency restrictions Thursday by asking President Pieter W. Botha either to free or try detainees. The regulations Tutu and his colleagues protested forbid any written or spoken appeal for the release of people detained without trial under the emergency imposed last June 12, although the government has said the intent was to block organized protests.
June 8, 2010 |
A prominent human rights group accused the CIA of conducting illegal human experiments and unethical medical research during interrogations of high-profile terrorism suspects under the George W. Bush administration. Physicians for Human Rights charged Monday that CIA doctors and other medical personnel collected data to study and calibrate the use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation, severe pain and other "enhanced" interrogation techniques, but did so under the guise of trying to protect the detainees' health.
March 3, 2010 |
Nine top political appointees at the Justice Department previously worked as lawyers or advocates for "enemy combatants" confined at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prompting new questions from Congress and conservative critics about the integrity of the administration's handling of detainees. The Justice Department insists that the officials have not involved themselves in matters dealing with enemy combatants. But the department has revealed the names of only two of the nine appointees, making it difficult to independently assess the claim.
April 8, 2011
Francisco Castaneda spent nearly a year locked up in Southern California immigration detention centers while fighting his deportation case. During that time, the Salvadoran national pleaded with the medical staff to treat painful lesions on his penis. He filed grievances about the quality of care and even sought outside help. Department of Homeland Security health officials responded by giving him Ibuprofen and denying his request for a biopsy because it was considered "an elective procedure.
December 5, 2001
"Americans Held in Foreign Jails Feel for U.S. Detainees" (Dec. 2), comparing Americans held in foreign jails with current U.S. detainees, was very disturbing. Comparing Stephen Roye of Los Angeles, a convicted and admitted heroin smuggler, with the current U.S. detainees is like comparing apples with oranges. Roye says he has lost his Jewish faith and doesn't want to come back to the U.S. If he really had Jewish faith he would not have committed the crime of drug smuggling. Are we supposed to be sad for him?
February 17, 2011 |
If the U.S. captured Osama bin Laden or other senior Al Qaeda leaders, they would probably be imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta said in his first public acknowledgment that the controversial U.S. military prison in Cuba might be used to hold future detainees. Bin Laden and Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman Zawahiri, both of whom are believed to be hiding in Pakistan, would probably be moved quickly to the U.S. air base at Bagram, Afghanistan, for questioning and eventually moved, "probably to Guantanamo," Panetta told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.