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November 24, 2008 | Julian E. Barnes and David G. Savage, Barnes and Savage are writers in our Washington bureau.
President-elect Barack Obama's vow to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, cheered human rights organizations and civil libertarians, but could force the new administration to consider a step those groups would abhor. Some Obama advisors predict that his administration may have to decide whether to ask Congress to pass legislation allowing a number of detainees to be held indefinitely without trial.
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October 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A federal appeals court Wednesday temporarily blocked a judge's decision to release 17 Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the U.S. In a one-page order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued the emergency stay at the request of the Bush administration. The three-judge panel said it would postpone Friday's scheduled release of the detainees at least until late next week to give the government more time to make arguments in the case.
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October 8, 2008 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
For the first time, a federal judge has ordered the Bush administration to release prisoners held at the U.S. military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ruling Tuesday that 17 Chinese Muslims must be brought to his courtroom by the end of the week so that they can be set free. U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina said that the government's authority to hold the men had "ceased" and that they were entitled to be released.
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September 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A former U.S. military prosecutor at Guantanamo, who accuses his superiors of suppressing evidence, refused Thursday to testify in a war crimes case unless he is granted immunity. Army Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, who was called as a defense witness, revealed a day earlier that he had quit over what he called ethical lapses by prosecutors. His action has sent ripples throughout the U.S.
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September 25, 2008 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
Contending that the government had suppressed evidence that could help a young man facing life in prison, a prosecutor has quit the war crimes tribunals here, several military defense lawyers said Wednesday. Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld quit the case -- and the Office of Military Commissions -- after growing increasingly concerned about the lack of due process afforded to Mohammed Jawad and his legal team, according to Michael J. Berrigan, deputy chief defense counsel for the commissions.
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September 23, 2008 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
A military judge Monday enlisted the help of self-described Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in coaxing a man accused as a co-conspirator out of his detention cell here so the controversial trial into the attacks on New York and Washington can proceed. After a long day of procedural wrangling, Marine Col. Ralph H. Kohlmann ordered Ramzi Binalshibh to be "extracted" from his cell by force if necessary and brought into the military commission courtroom at the U.S.
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August 8, 2008 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
From the start, the military trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan had the makings of a mock trial, an exercise in testing the system. Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden, hardly fit the profile of a major war criminal. And for him, the stakes were low. He had been held at Guantanamo Bay for six years, and Bush administration officials said they would continue to hold him, whether he was convicted or acquitted.
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August 4, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
The war crimes case against Salim Ahmed Hamdan today goes to a jury of his enemies, hand-selected by the Pentagon official who charged him on behalf of a president who has ordered him imprisoned even if acquitted. "The eyes of the world are on Guantanamo Bay," U.S. District Judge James Robertson said July 17 in declining to halt the first trial by military commission. "Justice must be done there, and must be seen to be done there fairly and impartially." But as the first U.S.
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August 3, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
In hopes of encouraging better behavior among terrorism suspects in a maximum-security facility here, parts of it will be gradually transformed to let some of the men eat, visit and exercise together. The planned easing of conditions in some cell blocks of Camp 6 is part of an effort to provide more "intellectual stimulation" for the prisoners, said Rear Adm. Dave Thomas, who two months ago took over command of the military prison and interrogation network.
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August 2, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Casting himself as Al Qaeda's international terrorist team manager, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed told jurors hearing the first war crimes trial here Friday that Salim Ahmed Hamdan was an illiterate servant never made privy to the group's "overseas operations." A 16-page written account of Mohammed's response to questions posed by defense lawyers portrayed Hamdan as too "primitive" to be included in the elaborate schemes to bomb U.S. embassies in East Africa, attack the U.S.
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