May 14, 2009 |
A bill by Senate Democrats would fund the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but it would block the transfer of any of the detainees to the United States. The move is aimed at sidestepping a political minefield that President Obama has confronted in his promise to close the military prison during his first year in office. Lawmakers of both parties have bristled at the notion of bringing Guantanamo terrorism suspects to detention facilities in the United States.
April 7, 2009 |
Lawyers for 17 Chinese Muslims held at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to order their clients' release into the United States. The Muslims, members of the Uighur minority from China's Xinjiang region, have been held without charge at Guantanamo Bay for more than seven years despite their military jailers' concession years ago that they posed no threat to the United States.
February 21, 2009 |
The Pentagon has concluded that the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay meets the standards for humane treatment of detainees established in the Geneva Convention accords.
January 29, 2009 |
A federal judge in Washington ruled that the government could continue to detain a 29-year-old Yemeni at the U.S. military prison in Cuba. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the government had met its burden in alleging that Ghaleb Bihani was an "enemy combatant" who supported Al Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan. Bihani's lawyers argued that their client was only a cook and never fired a weapon at U.S. forces. But Leon said "helping prepare the meals" for Taliban forces was enough to justify the detention.
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.
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.
June 15, 2008 |
In lunchrooms throughout the Visalia School District, kids are about to notice what administrators are doing to save money in the face of rising food prices. The chicken taquitos the students like so much will be dropped. So will the popular pizza pockets. The items (49 cents for a taquito; 58 cents for a pizza) are too pricey to keep on the menu -- especially when it is costing the district $110,000 more this year to serve milk than it did last year. "Prices started to escalate last year.
January 10, 2008 |
A federal judge refused to order a special review of the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes, saying that there was no evidence the Bush administration defied court orders and that the Justice Department should be allowed to proceed with its own investigation. A group of inmates at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had demanded a special review of the tape destruction. In a three-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy Jr. said the inmates offered "nothing to support their assertion" that a judicial inquiry was necessary.
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.
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.