April 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Confronted with a mass hunger strike and the use of forced feedings to keep inmates from starving, President Obama broke a long silence on the military prison for suspected foreign terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, declaring it "not sustainable" and making a strongly worded plea Tuesday for its closure. Guantanamo is "a problem that is not going to get better. It's going to get worse. It's going to fester," Obama said at a White House news conference in his most extensive comments on the issue in two years.
February 17, 2011 |
If the U.S. captured Osama bin Laden or other senior Al Qaeda leaders, they would probably be imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta said in his first public acknowledgment that the controversial U.S. military prison in Cuba might be used to hold future detainees. Bin Laden and Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman Zawahiri, both of whom are believed to be hiding in Pakistan, would probably be moved quickly to the U.S. air base at Bagram, Afghanistan, for questioning and eventually moved, "probably to Guantanamo," Panetta told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.
December 4, 1988 |
They call it The Castle, a massive stone building with eight wings radiating from a central six-story rotunda. The wings hold eight tiers of cells, stacked one upon the other, and in each 8-by-10-foot cell an inmate is allowed a cot, a table and a chair. The U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Ft. Leavenworth is the biggest military prison in the nation. It is a grim home for about 1,450 inmates, sent here from bases all over the world, wherever American military men and women are stationed.
December 3, 1987 |
Haitian soldiers shot and stabbed to death 46 civilians in a military prison, according to a survivor of the massacre, the San Francisco Examiner reported today. In a taped interview, the 19-year-old woman said men in uniforms shot and bayoneted 46 people confined with her at the Ft. Dimanche military prison outside the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince over the weekend, the newspaper said.
August 8, 2007 |
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked the United States to free five British residents from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. U.S. officials said Brown's request was a positive step in broader efforts to cut the number of inmates at the controversial prison and eventually shut it. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said any transfers would depend on assurances that the detainees would not be mistreated.
August 4, 1987
Cmdr. Donal M. Billig, the Navy surgeon convicted of involuntary manslaughter and negligence in the deaths of three patients, has lost his first bid for parole and must remain behind bars for at least another year. Billig, the former chief heart surgeon at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, was sentenced March 3, 1986, to four years in prison after a court-martial. He is in the military prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.