July 19, 2008 |
Defense lawyers for an alleged Al Qaeda plotter won permission to question witnesses, including the self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind, after a military judge threatened to postpone the trial. The chief prosecutor of the war crimes tribunals said a lawyer for Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, would get access to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other "high-value" detainees at the U.S. military prison in Cuba. "We've come to the point where the government needs to move," Judge Keith Allred, a Navy captain, told prosecutors, who had warned that security concerns could hamper efforts to arrange for a lawyer to question Mohammed before the trial begins Monday.
June 27, 1989 |
While living with his family in South Africa, Michael Peri carried the U.S. flag for a drill team founded by his mother, a group of uprooted American teen-agers who called themselves the Patriettes. Like many other youths living in the expatriate colony about 100 miles northeast of Johannesburg, Peri became protective of all things American. He was so concerned that the nasal Afrikaner clip would creep into his U.S. accent, a family friend recalled, that the California native acquired a Texas twang.
October 4, 2006
Re "Detainee Bill Boosts the GOP," Sept. 30 It's hard to understand why such a disastrous piece of legislation would "boost" anyone who had a part in its passage. Such a gross insult to what it means to be American would have previously been unimaginable any time in the postwar era. We are about to vest in the president the power to order anyone detained indefinitely in a military prison regardless of where they are -- on U.S. soil or outside the country. Detainees are cut off from any meaningful judicial review.
January 7, 1986 |
An Egyptian policeman sentenced to 25 years in prison for murdering seven Israelis in the Sinai Desert hanged himself in his room at a prison hospital today, authorities said. A formal statement issued by the military prison said prison guards found police Sgt. Suleiman Khater, 24, hanging by a strip of bedding from the iron bars of a window in his hospital room at around 10 a.m.
April 9, 2002 |
Justice Department officials have decided not to charge the American-born prisoner who was transferred from a U.S. military prison in Cuba to Norfolk, Va., last week, concluding that U.S. prosecutors lack enough incriminating information, officials said. That leaves the detainee, Yaser Esam Hamdi, 22, in legal limbo as government lawyers try to determine whether there is a way to charge him under U.S. military law.
October 19, 2001 |
Just because all inmates of the military prison known as the Castle are disgraced former soldiers, don't believe they don't still have the stuff of heroes in them. Just because these men have committed the worst kinds of crimes, don't think they can't be as self-sacrificing as the Little Sisters of the Poor.
January 11, 2012 |
"I have here in my hand a list of ... names. " When Sen. Joseph McCarthy told the Ohio County Women's Republican Club of Wheeling, W.Va., on Feb. 9, 1950, that he held a list of 205 communists employed by the State Department, he ignited a firestorm and launched a career. We now know there was no list. Even then, it was obvious McCarthy was not particularly punctilious about the numbers. In Wheeling it was 205; in Salt Lake City it was 57; on the Senate floor it was 81. Nor was he especially careful about the allegation.
July 16, 2008 |
Burying his face in his hands, a 16-year-old captured in Afghanistan sobs and calls out, "Oh, Mommy," in a hidden-camera video that provides the first look at interrogations in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Lawyers for Toronto-born Omar Khadr released the tapes Tuesday in hopes of generating sympathy for the young prisoner and of persuading Canada to seek custody of him before Khadr is prosecuted on war crimes charges at the U.S. special tribunal at Guantanamo this year.
February 19, 2006
The Feb. 14 editorial "The Gitmo disgrace" is based not on a study done and sanctioned by the United Nations but on one done by an independent group of individuals appointed by the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Commission. This group based its findings not on firsthand knowledge but on interviews with recently released detainees and their lawyers. Here's what my investigation has determined. These findings are based on being in Gitmo every day for the last 365 days. They are based on my experience as a state prosecutor who is familiar with the law and the rules of evidence.