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June 30, 2007 | David G. Savage and Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writers
In a surprise move, the Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider whether prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had been wrongly held for years without a fair chance to plead their innocence. In a brief order before adjourning for the summer, the justices announced they would hear an appeal that in April they had refused to hear. The case asks whether "foreign citizens imprisoned indefinitely" by the U.S.
June 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man formerly held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was killed in a shootout with security agents in a restive North Caucasus republic, Russia's top security agency said. Ruslan Odizhev was killed amid gunfire that erupted when agents tried to arrest him and another man in Kabardino-Balkaria, a region near Chechnya that is beset with violence linked both to crime and to religious tensions, the Federal Security Service said in a statement.
June 22, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
The White House postponed a meeting of the administration's top senior foreign and defense policy officials scheduled for today to debate the future of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, terrorism detention center, but officials said the issue of whether to close the facility was likely to be discussed at a later date. The meeting was scheduled to help senior leaders decide whether the Guantanamo prison could be closed and its detainees moved to facilities in the U.S.
June 17, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Inside of a week, a U.S. federal court, retired Gen. Colin L. Powell and two military judges assigned to the war-crimes tribunals here dealt serious blows to the Bush administration's efforts to detain and prosecute terrorism suspects. Some legal scholars and analysts predict more obstacles to trials for any of the 385 foreign prisoners at the U.S. military detention compound.
June 11, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Sunday called for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison and a rethinking of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy he authored as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The public comments represent Powell's effort to further distance himself from the Bush administration he once served.
June 8, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
A Senate panel took the first step Thursday toward again giving foreign prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the right to go to court and seek their freedom. On a mostly party-line vote of 11 to 8, the Democratic-controlled Judiciary Committee said it would restore the right of habeas corpus that had been taken away in recent years by the Bush administration and the Republican-controlled Congress. "Habeas corpus was recklessly undermined in last year's legislation," said Sen. Patrick J.
June 7, 2007 | David G. Savage and Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writers
Despite new legal setbacks, the Pentagon is likely to press ahead with plans for military war-crimes trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because they offer the only way to prosecute the terrorists who planned the Sept. 11 attacks, say military lawyers and legal analysts who support the Bush administration's efforts.
June 5, 2007 | Carol J. Williams and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
Military judges threw out war-crimes cases Monday against the only detainees here who have been indicted, in rulings that suggest the hastily reassembled military tribunals have no jurisdiction over any of Guantanamo's 380 prisoners. In separate hearings, an Army colonel and a Navy captain granted motions to dismiss the cases because the 2006 Military Commissions Act that Congress passed last year gave the tribunals jurisdiction only over "unlawful alien enemy combatants."
May 31, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A Saudi Arabian detainee died Wednesday at Guantanamo Bay prison, and the U.S. military said he apparently committed suicide. Guards at the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba found the detainee in his cell unresponsive and not breathing, the military's Southern Command said in a statement. "They tried to save his life but he was pronounced dead," said Mario Alvarez, a Miami-based spokesman for the Southern Command.
May 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A Navy lawyer sent a human rights lawyer a Valentine's Day card with Guantanamo Bay detainees' names and intelligence about them tucked inside, prosecutors said Monday. Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Diaz's actions endangered the lives of the detainees and American troops on the front line in the war on terrorism, prosecutor Lt. James Hoffman said during opening statements in Diaz's court-martial at Norfolk Naval Station.
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