CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2009 |
Federal authorities are violating immigrant detainees' constitutional rights by holding them for weeks at a detention facility in downtown Los Angeles that was designed as a short-term processing center, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.
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.
July 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Friday it was planning to send two detainees in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Algeria - the first transfers since President Obama announced in April that he would renew efforts to close the prison. Release of the detainees, who were not identified, would end a near-total moratorium on transfers since early 2012. The announcement comes less than a week before Obama is scheduled to hold talks at the White House with President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi of Yemen to discuss repatriation of detainees from his country.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.