December 21, 2009 |
President Obama began the year with a pledge to close the Guantanamo prison, and to restore due process and the core constitutional values that he said "made this country great." But his administration has set out a multi-pronged legal policy for the remaining Guantanamo prisoners that bears a striking similarity to that of the final year of George W. Bush's presidency. Some detainees could be held indefinitely without being charged, if they're deemed impossible to prosecute but too dangerous to release.
August 25, 1994 |
The Clinton Administration, racing to deflect the continuing torrent of Cuban refugees, said Wednesday that it is expanding its detention facilities at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba to hold as many as 60,000 people--three times the camps' present capacity. The move, unveiled at the White House by Defense Secretary William J. Perry, will force the Pentagon to bring home some 1,700 dependents of U.S. naval personnel now living at the base to avoid overtaxing the water and sewage systems.
March 28, 2008 |
Under gray skies all but obscured by an opaque canopy and high concrete walls topped with razor wire, two bearded young men in tan tunics are having "rec time" inside separate chain-link pens. One jogs frenziedly back and forth in the 30-foot enclosure; the other is curled like a fetus at the base of a cement block. It's a dreary winter afternoon, but the scene could be any time of the day or night. The hour for rec time is one of the few unpredictable features in a day in the life of a detainee.
February 6, 2004 |
The Pentagon is scheduled to assign defense lawyers to two more terrorism suspects held at a U.S. base in Cuba and may modify rules allowing the monitoring of conversations between defense attorneys and defendants tried before military tribunals, officials said Thursday. The Defense Department also released about nine minutes of video showing some of the roughly 650 men imprisoned at the Guantanamo Bay naval base, showing what one official called the "humane conditions" in which they were held.
October 3, 2003 |
The Pentagon has no plans to fire the head of the prison at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba and will not subject Arab and Muslim service members to special scrutiny despite the arrests of three Muslim workers at the prison, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday. Responding to a reporter's question on whether he would consider replacing Army Maj. Gen.
January 29, 1997 |
President Clinton pledged Tuesday to lead a team of international donors in providing $4 billion to $8 billion to revive the devastated economy of Cuba once it is rid of dictator Fidel Castro and on the road to democracy. In a report for Congress endorsed by Clinton, the White House said the United States would even be willing to give up its Guantanamo naval base on Cuban soil to show that it wants normal relations with a new Cuba.
June 13, 2008 |
What does the Supreme Court decision recognizing Guantanamo detainees' habeas corpus rights mean for the detainees? About 270 men are at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in southern Cuba -- 19 already charged with war crimes and 250 or so being held without charges, many for more than six years. Habeas corpus is a constitutionally guaranteed right to challenge detention, but the Pentagon has denied it to the terrorism suspects at Guantanamo.
December 3, 2002 |
Declaring that foreigners captured during the U.S. war on terrorism have rights, attorneys for detainees held without charges at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba pleaded for help Monday from a skeptical federal appeals court. Sixteen people from Australia, Britain and Kuwait, some held more than a year, are seeking "the most modest of rights ... we want access to an impartial tribunal," attorney Thomas Wilner said.
February 3, 1993 |
More than 250 Haitian refugees being held at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo, Cuba, most of whom have tested HIV-positive, entered the fifth day of a hunger strike Tuesday in an effort to persuade the Clinton Administration to permit them into the United States. The refugees, many who have been in detention at Guantanamo for more than a year, are caught in a legal Catch-22. Found to have plausible political asylum claims, they cannot be returned to Haiti. But current U.S.
November 26, 1991 |
The Defense Department began mobilizing hundreds of medical professionals, military police and refugee experts Monday for deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they are to assume a vastly expanded role in the care and feeding of thousands of Haitians fleeing their country's new military government, defense officials said. Responding to the growing flood of Haitian refugees, and to a Florida judge's decision prohibiting the United States from turning them back, Gen. Colin L.