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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.
April 25, 2011 | By Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
Said Shihri, who was captured in Pakistan in late 2001 and became one of the first suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay, was released six years later after he convinced U.S. officials that he would go home to Saudi Arabia to work in his family's furniture store. He emerged instead as the No. 2 leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemen-based group that U.S. intelligence considers the world's most dangerous terrorist organization. Review panels at Guantanamo Bay also released at least six other detainees who later joined the militant group that has turned Yemen into a key battleground for Al Qaeda.
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.
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.
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.
May 25, 2007 | ROSA BROOKS,
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.
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.
April 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. government released on Wednesday the first list of detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba -- the most extensive accounting yet of the hundreds of people held there, most of them labeled enemy combatants. In all, 558 people were named in the list provided by the Pentagon in response to a Freedom of Information lawsuit by the Associated Press. They were among the first swept up in the U.S. global war on terrorism for suspected links to Al Qaeda or the Taliban.
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.
May 26, 2010
A federal appeals court has ruled that, unlike inmates at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, some 800 prisoners held at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan may not challenge their confinement by seeking writs of habeas corpus. The decision may be a fair reading of Supreme Court precedents, but it shouldn't be taken as a blank check for treating the Bagram airfield as the sort of legal black hole Guantanamo was before the courts intervened. In a 2008 decision granting habeas rights to Guantanamo detainees, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy stressed that Guantanamo was an area over which the United States had "total military and civil control."
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