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February 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A federal appeals court refused Friday to reconsider a ruling broadening its own authority to scrutinize evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The decision is a setback for the Bush administration, which was displeased by the court's three-judge ruling in July and had urged all 10 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review it. The administration said the decision jeopardized national security.
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January 5, 2008 | Myron Levin, Times Staff Writer
Stephen Abraham, a Newport Beach lawyer and lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, hardly seemed like whistle-blower material. A decorated intelligence officer, he served after 9/11 as lead counter-terrorism analyst at the Joint Intelligence Center at Pearl Harbor. He was a longtime Republican, a patriot devoted to protecting national security.
NATIONAL
December 31, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
A 68-year-old detainee from Afghanistan who was being held at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, died Sunday of cancer, a military spokesman said. Abdul Razzak was the first of about 800 men jailed at Guantanamo Bay over the last six years to die of natural causes. He was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in September after complaining of abdominal pain, said Navy Cmdr. Rick Haupt, a prison spokesman.
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December 21, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. military court at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has the right to try Osama bin Laden's former driver and bodyguard on charges of conspiracy and material support to terrorism, a Navy judge has decided. Capt. Keith J.
WORLD
December 21, 2007 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
Juma al-Dossari is returning to his life the way a photograph in a darkroom gradually takes shape on paper. He is home after surviving six years and more than a dozen suicide attempts as a U.S. prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
WORLD
December 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. announced that it has sent 15 Guantanamo prisoners back to their homelands. The military transferred 13 men to Afghanistan and two to Sudan, the Pentagon said in a statement. Their names were not released. The U.S. has now sent about 485 prisoners to their native countries, where most have been subsequently released. About 290 men remain at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
WORLD
December 9, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
A turning point in the Bush administration's counter-terrorism strategy of indefinite confinement at the U.S. detention center here came on a balmy day in February, when two Afghans and three Tajiks were ferried across the bay, shackled and blindfolded, for their flights home. The men's departure reduced the detainee population to 385 -- meaning that of the 777 men brought here over six years as suspected security threats, more prisoners had left than remained.
WORLD
December 8, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
U.S. and British authorities reached an agreement to soon release four British residents from the Pentagon's prison for terrorism suspects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, their lawyers said Friday. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged the release of the last five British detainees in August, soon after coming to power, pressing the Bush administration to satisfy a diplomatic appeal by its closest ally in the war in Iraq and the U.S.-declared war on terrorism.
NATIONAL
December 7, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
In the weeks after Sept. 11, Salim Ahmed Hamdan -- Osama bin Laden's driver -- helped the Al Qaeda leader evade capture and applauded his quest to destroy the United States, witnesses told a military panel here Thursday. Prosecutors seeking to prove that the Yemeni native should be considered an unlawful enemy combatant said that Hamdan had two surface-to-air missiles in his car when he was captured in southern Afghanistan in November 2001.
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December 6, 2007 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Lawyers for Yemeni terror suspect Salim Ahmed Hamdan won the go-ahead from a military judge Wednesday to argue that the former driver for Osama bin Laden is a prisoner of war, not an unlawful enemy combatant, and therefore outside the reach of the war crimes tribunal. The defense team was denied, though, the opportunity to call as witnesses three so-called "high-value detainees," including alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Navy Capt. Keith J.
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