December 13, 2012 |
LONDON - The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ruled in favor of a German man who alleged he was kidnapped and tortured in 2003 as part of a U.S. rendition program involving the secret abductions and transfers of prisoners. Khaled Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, said he was mistaken for a terrorism suspect associated with the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers. He was arrested in Macedonia and held by the CIA for months in a prison in Afghanistan. Masri was released in Albania in May 2004.
November 14, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan on Wednesday agreed to free several Afghan Taliban detainees, a gesture that suggested Islamabad may be willing to help Washington and Kabul reconcile with Afghan insurgents. The exact number of militants to be released was not known, though Pakistani media reported that it was not more than 10. It was also unclear whether any of the detainees were major figures within the Taliban hierarchy. Pakistani officials announced the planned release as Afghan President Hamid Karzai's top peace negotiator, Salahuddin Rabbani, prepared to wrap up a four-day visit to Islamabad aimed at enlisting Pakistan's help in revving up momentum for peace talks.
October 25, 2012
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is once again confronting questions about problems in the nation's largest jail system. The latest allegations center on whether deputies in his department routinely denied bail to people arrested for minor offenses - even after they were ordered released by a judge - solely because of pending immigration investigations. The sheriff's office denies that such a policy exists, although it acknowledges that the department holds immigrants under a federal immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities.
September 26, 2012
Re "The detainee problem," Editorial, Sept. 23 The Times writes: "The administration needs to make more of an effort to arrange the repatriation or resettlement of individuals no longer considered a threat. " The Department of Homeland Security cannot unilaterally return foreign detainees without an approved travel document from their countries. The DHS has released many - probably hundreds, if not thousands - of foreign-born detainees who have been ordered deported but have not been accepted back in their native countries.
September 26, 2012
Re "Expanding on soda's role in growing obesity ," Sept. 22 In the 1950s, Pepsi had a radio jingle that said, "Twelve full ounces, that's a lot. " Now fast-food places advertise 44-ounce drinks. The problem isn't what people drink, it is how much they drink. Don Gately Valencia ALSO: Letters: Deporting ex-detainees Letters: Sun Village, then and now Letters: A good example for Congress
September 23, 2012
In a conventional war, enemy soldiers can be captured and held as prisoners of war until the end of combat. In the criminal justice system, an arrest for a violent crime will lead to a charge, followed by a guilty plea or jury trial. But some individuals imprisoned in the war on terror declared after the 9/11 attacks face the worst of both worlds: detention without trial but without the consolation that they will be freed and returned to their families in a tolerable period of time. Someone who lived in that twilight world for a decade was Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, a Yemeni who was captured near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 2001 and held at Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of involvement with Al Qaeda or other enemy forces.
September 21, 2012 |
The Obama administration Friday disclosed the identities of 55 prisoners who have been cleared for release from the Guantanamo Bay detention center for terrorism suspects. The reversal of its long-standing policy of keeping the names confidential means defense lawyers for the men no longer considered a threat to U.S. or international security can try to find countries willing to take them in. An additional 31 prisoners were cleared for transfer home or resettlement in third countries after a review of the grounds for holding each detainee ordered by President Obama shortly after he took office in January 2009.
September 21, 2012
U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. last week ordered the Obama administration to provide bail hearings for certain immigrants who have been detained in Southern California for more than six months to determine whether their continued detention is warranted. Hatter's decision is a welcome development that could help restore some much-needed fairness to the troubled detention system. We hope the administration accepts the court's ruling. Clearly the federal government has the authority to detain and deport immigrants who violate the law, but it also has a responsibility to ensure that those immigrants are not subject to excessive, prolonged incarceration; they deserve the opportunity to be considered for bail.
September 11, 2012 |
The latest prisoner to die at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for terrorism suspects was a young Yemeni imprisoned there for more than a decade despite a 2010 federal court order that he be freed and the military's judgment three years earlier that he could be safely released. Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif died at the Camp V maximum-security block of the U.S. military prison in southern Cuba on Saturday, Joint Task Force Guantanamo said in a statement Tuesday. The statement gave Latif's age as 32, although reports from other sources said his birth date was Dec. 27, 1975.
September 10, 2012 |
A foreign terrorism suspect with a record of disciplinary infractions has died at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, the ninth fatality since the prison opened more than a decade ago, the Pentagon announced Monday. The name, nationality and age of the detainee were withheld pending notification of his family and home country, according to a statement issued by Joint Task Force Guantanamo. An autopsy was planned and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was investigating the circumstances of the man's death, the statement said.