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NATIONAL
June 12, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes and Janet Hook
The Obama administration has virtually abandoned plans to resettle in the United States some detainees from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said, a recognition that the task had become politically impossible because of congressional opposition.
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NATIONAL
January 15, 2009 | Julian E. Barnes and Peter Nicholas
Human rights advocates are urging the incoming Obama administration to allow some detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to resettle as U.S. residents as part of any plan to close the controversial facility. Taking such a step would go beyond plans outlined so far to close the prison and transfer detainees to other countries or to military prisons on the U.S. mainland. But allowing a small number -- perhaps only two or three -- to live freely in the U.S.
OPINION
April 22, 2011
The Supreme Court this week ended the quest of five exonerated Guantanamo detainees who are seeking release in the United States. The defeat for the Uighurs, members of a Muslim minority group in China, shouldn't be the end of the story. The problem is that other paths to settling them here are strewn with obstacles. The Uighurs' story is a poignant one: They had traveled to Afghanistan, where they joined training camps run by a Uighur separatist group. After the United States launched a military offensive in Afghanistan, they fled to Pakistan, where they were swept up by Pakistani and other coalition forces and brought to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
Most of those remaining at the Guantanamo Bay military prison are considered "high-risk" detainees who if released would pose grave threats to the U.S. and its allies, as did a third of those set free earlier, according to thousands of pages of classified documents being made public by WikiLeaks. Release of the more than 700 separate documents dealing with the prison, opened under the George W. Bush administration to house detainees in the war on terrorism, drew a sharp rebuke Sunday evening from the White House, which said the documents were obtained illegally.
NATIONAL
November 14, 2009 | Christi Parsons
A near-empty prison in rural Illinois has emerged as "a leading option" to house terrorism suspects currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an Obama administration official said Friday. As they work to shutter the controversial detention center, federal officials are talking to Illinois officials about buying the Thomson Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison about 150 miles west of Chicago. A unit of the facility would be used to house the Guantanamo detainees, who now number about 215. "This has emerged as a leading option," an Obama administration official said late Friday night, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Pentagon official who criticized law firms for defending detainees held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has resigned, a Defense Department spokesman said. Charles Stimson, deputy assistant secretary for detainee affairs, last month called it "shocking" that major U.S. law firms represented Guantanamo detainees for free and said they would probably suffer financially after their corporate clients learned of the work.
NATIONAL
September 29, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A list released by the U.S. military shows that at least 75 Guantanamo detainees have been cleared for release by a task force that has been sorting through the remaining prisoners as part of an Obama administration effort to close the prison by early next year. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brook DeWalt, a spokesman for the prison in Cuba that holds about 223 men, said the list was posted in common areas throughout the detention camps earlier this month to communicate directly with detainees.
OPINION
May 25, 2007 | ROSA BROOKS, rbrooks@latimescolumnists.com
Last week, in a news cycle dominated by Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales' latest woes, the conviction and sentencing of Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Diaz made hardly a ripple. On May 17, Diaz was found guilty of leaking secret information about Guantanamo detainees. According to prosecutors, Diaz was intent on aiding enemies of the United States and endangering U.S. troops. His crime? Diaz, a career Navy lawyer, made the foolish mistake of believing that the U.S.
NATIONAL
May 14, 2009 | Associated Press
A bill by Senate Democrats would fund the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but it would block the transfer of any of the detainees to the United States. The move is aimed at sidestepping a political minefield that President Obama has confronted in his promise to close the military prison during his first year in office. Lawmakers of both parties have bristled at the notion of bringing Guantanamo terrorism suspects to detention facilities in the United States.
NATIONAL
June 22, 2010 | By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Obama administration will purchase a prison in rural Illinois even if Congress rejects the president's plan to lock up terrorism suspects there, a key official at the Justice Department said Monday. Lawmakers are threatening to scotch Obama's proposal to move terrorism detainees to the unused state prison, a crucial part of his plan to shut down the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Even if lawmakers make good on that threat, a letter from the Justice Department suggests, the federal government would simply use the facility to hold federal inmates.
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