Russia Hints at Linking Griner’s Case to Fate of ‘Merchant of Death’

Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer, is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States.

#arms-trade, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bout-viktor, #detainees, #griner-brittney, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations, #womens-national-basketball-assn

Modern Love Podcast: Marriage Classes at Guantánamo

Learning about love from his fellow detainees gave a young Yemeni man hope.

#audio-positive-escape, #dating-and-relationships, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #love-emotion, #marriages, #weddings-and-engagements, #yemen

Gina Haspel Observed Waterboarding at C.I.A. Black Site, Psychologist Testifies

The testimony emerged in pretrial hearings in the Cole bombing case at Guantánamo Bay, where the war court is wrestling with the legacy of torture after 9/11.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #haspel-gina, #interrogations, #mitchell-james-e, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #thailand, #torture, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #waterboarding

Israel Captures 2 Palestinian Suspects Linked to Deadly Ax Attack

The two men were caught hiding in a forest not far from the central town of Elad, where the killings were carried out. The detentions ended an intensive search.

#detainees, #elad-israel, #palestinians, #terrorism

War Crimes Hearing Revisits U.S. Soldiers’ Abuse of Detainees

An Army judge is hearing pretrial testimony to determine what evidence can be used at the eventual destroyer Cole death penalty trial.

#afghanistan, #cole-uss, #darbi-ahmed-muhammed-haza-al, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #interrogations, #military-tribunals, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #torture

Myanmar Junta Holding 10,000 Political Prisoners

Most are held in deplorable conditions and face certain conviction at trial. Rights groups say the Southeast Asian nation now has the worst human rights conditions in the region.

#assistance-assn-for-political-prisoners, #aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #torture, #win-myint

Plea Negotiations in Sept. 11 Case Go on Hiatus for Ramadan

Hearings in the death penalty case are scheduled for May but could be postponed because one defendant needs a new lawyer.

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The 9/11 Trial: Why Are Plea Bargain Talks Underway?

New leadership, an ever receding trial date and pressure to disclose more information about the C.I.A. torture of the accused plotters all contribute.

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Sept. 11 Prosecutors Are in Plea Talks That Could Avert a Death-Penalty Trial

Pentagon prosecutors have struggled for more than a decade to hold the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his accused accomplices in the attacks.

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U.S. Official Ends Sentence of Terrorist Who Was Tortured by C.I.A.

Majid Khan, who confessed to war crimes and turned informant in 2012, will not go free from Guantánamo Bay until U.S. diplomats find a country to take him in.

#detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jakarta-indonesia, #khan-majid, #military-tribunals, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Defense Lawyer Asks to Quit 9/11 Case, Amid Murky Investigation

A defense lawyer who has spent a decade on the Guantánamo case abruptly sought to resign amid an in-house investigation.

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Venezuela Releases Imprisoned Americans After Talks With U.S.

The release of at least two Americans came after the Biden officials moved to thaw relations with Venezuela, long a steadfast Russian ally.

#citgo-petroleum-corp, #detainees, #maduro-nicolas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela

9/11 Suspect Is Returned to Saudi Arabia for Mental Health Care

Mohammed al-Qahtani had spent 20 years at Guantánamo Bay, where he was tortured so badly that he was ineligible to be tried at the war crimes court.

#detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-politics-and-government

C.I.A. Black Sites Are State Secrets, the Supreme Court Rules

A Guantánamo detainee had sought information from two former government contractors to aid in a Polish criminal inquiry into a facility there.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #decisions-and-verdicts, #detainees, #justice-department, #terrorism, #torture

Taliban Are Holding 2 Westerners Working for U.N., Agency Says

The two former journalists and their Afghan colleagues were detained in the Afghan capital in recent days. The Taliban have not confirmed or explained.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #detainees, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #haqqani-network, #kabul-afghanistan, #saleh-amrullah, #taliban, #united-nations, #united-nations-high-commission-for-refugees

Panel Approves Transfer of Saudi Engineer From Guantánamo Bay

The decision means that a majority of detainees at the wartime prison are cleared for transfer if U.S. diplomats can forge security deals with countries to receive them

#al-qaeda, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #saudi-arabia, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

Violence Erupts at Syrian Camp for ISIS Families, Leaving a Child Dead

Security forces say they opened fire this week after they were attacked by women and children at Al Hol camp in northeastern Syria, which holds about 60,000 family members of former ISIS fighters.

#detainees, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #politics-and-government, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Teenage Inmates in Syria Lack Food and Medicine, Aid Group Says

UNICEF was given the first glimpse of teenage detainees at a prison attacked by ISIS two weeks ago in northeastern Syria.

#detainees, #hasaka-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #united-nations-childrens-fund

Mentally Ill Detainee, Suspected of Planned Role in 9/11, Set for Transfer

A parole-like board for prisoners at Guantánamo Bay recommended repatriating the Saudi man, whom the military tortured and so could not be put on trial.

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Biden Administration Rejects Use of Testimony Obtained From Torture in Guantánamo Trial

The Justice Department rejected an interpretation by the retired chief prosecutor that lawyers could sometimes use statements obtained during C.I.A. interrogations.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture

Teenage Inmates Found Among the 500 Dead in Syria Prison Attack

The bodies of at least two boys were found on a street behind the prison — the first confirmed deaths among up to 700 teenagers who had been detained there because they were the children of ISIS fighters.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #hasaka-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kobani-mazlum, #politics-and-government, #prison-escapes, #raqqa-syria, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Forces Return to Combat as Allies Struggle to Subdue ISIS Fighters

The fighting was the most intense urban warfare involving American troops in Iraq and Syria since the fall of the ISIS caliphate.

#democratic-federation-of-rojava-north-syria, #detainees, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

ISIS Fighters Get Ultimatum in Syria Prison Standoff

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia demanded that about 60 ISIS militants, still holed up in a prison a week after they attacked it, give themselves up or risk being killed.

#child-soldiers, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #firearms, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #peoples-protection-units-ypg, #politics-and-government, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism

Kurdish-Led Forces End Syria Prison Siege, Defeating ISIS Fighters

The six-day battle put a spotlight on the humanitarian and security issues left unresolved after the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate was destroyed.

#children-and-childhood, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #detainees, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Boys Held as Hostages by ISIS Worry Rights Activists

About 700 boys have been held for years in a prison in Syria because their parents joined the Islamic State. Now their lives are in danger.

#child-soldiers, #children-and-childhood, #detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As ISIS Resurges, US is Drawn Back Into the Fray

“ISIS is not over”: Attacks in Syria and Iraq make clear that the militants have lost neither their will to fight nor their ability to do so.

#detainees, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #prison-escapes, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As U.S. Strikes Syria Prison Held by ISIS, Young Detainees Are Caught in Crossfire

Almost 700 child detainees are being held in the prison still under siege four days after ISIS launched an attack to free detainees

#children-and-childhood, #detainees, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #prisons-and-prisoners, #syria

ISIS Fighters Attack Syria Prison to Free Fellow Jihadists

The attack on a prison run by a U.S.-backed militia in northeastern Syria set off deadly clashes and highlighted the area’s tenuous security.

#civilian-casualties, #detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #prison-escapes, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Palestinian-American Died Handcuffed in Israeli Custody, Witnesses Say

Omar Assad, 78, had hoped to see his children in the U.S. one more time. Instead he died after being detained by Israeli soldiers.

#deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #israel, #palestinians, #west-bank

Biden Administration Approves 5 More Guantánamo Releases

Nearly half of the last 39 detainees have now been approved for transfer, and the challenge for U.S. officials is to find countries to receive them.

#al-qaeda, #alwi-moath-hamza-ahmed-al, #detainees, #duran-guled-hassan, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #wolosky-lee-s

20 Years Later, the Story Behind the Guantánamo Photo That Won’t Go Away

On Jan. 11, 2002, a sailor photographed 20 men in orange uniforms and on their knees, capturing one of the most damning post-9/11 images of U.S. detention policy.

#al-qaeda, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #photography, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Guantánamo Panel Approves Transfer of First High-Value Detainee

Guled Duran, a Somali, has been held in classified facilities since the C.I.A. took custody of him in 2004. He has never been charged with a crime.

#alwi-moath-hamza-ahmed-al, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #duran-guled-hassan, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Palestinian Prisoner’s Hunger Strike Leads to Deal for Release

A Palestinian accused of plotting to kill Israelis went on a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment without trial. Fearing unrest, Israel agreed to release him.

#detainees, #gaza-strip, #hebron-west-bank, #human-rights-watch, #hunger-strikes, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinian-islamic-jihad, #palestinians, #shakir-omar, #shin-bet, #tel-aviv-israel, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Pentagon Building New Secret Courtroom at Guantánamo Bay

The concept is to permit two military judges to hold proceedings simultaneously starting in mid-2023.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cole-uss, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #iraqi-abdul-hadi-al, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

France Refused to Repatriate a Sick Woman Who Joined the Islamic State. She Died.

A Frenchwoman died of health complications in a detention camp in Syria on Tuesday, her lawyer said. She had repeatedly asked to be repatriated to treat severe diabetes.

#deaths-fatalities, #detainees, #france, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria

Waterboarded Prisoner Has Drowning Nightmares Two Decades Later, Doctor Testifies

Lawyers called a torture expert in a bid to spare a defendant a nauseating commute from prison to court by having him spend nights at Guantánamo Bay’s court compound.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #defense-department, #detainees, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Guantánamo Bay: Beyond the Prison

With 6,000 residents and the feel of a college campus, the U.S. Navy base has some of the trappings of small-town America, and some of a police state.

#defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-bases-and-installations, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Ian Fishback’s Death Highlights Veteran Mental Illness Crisis

Ian Fishback revealed abuse of detainees during the Iraq war, but struggled after leaving the service. He died awaiting a bed at the V.A.

#content-type-personal-profile, #detainees, #fishback-ian, #iraq-war-2003-11, #mental-health-and-disorders, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

Maj. Ian Fishback, Who Exposed Abuse of Detainees, Dies at 42

His letter to two senators about beatings by U.S. troops in Iraq led to legislation in 2005 prohibiting extreme mistreatment of military prisoners.

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F.B.I. Agents Became C.I.A. Operatives in Overseas Prisons

Lawyers disclosed the unusual arrangement in evidentiary hearings to prepare for the Sept. 11 trial at Guantánamo Bay.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #detainees, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #interrogations, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #torture

Accused 9/11 Mastermind Seeks Access to Secret Testimony

Prosecutors say war court rules forbid defendants from hearing classified information, unless the classified information is someone quoting what a defendant said.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #mccall-matthew-n, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #moussaoui-zacarias, #september-11-2001, #torture

Mass Detentions of Civilians Fan ‘Climate of Fear’ in Ethiopia

An ethnically motivated detention campaign largely targeting Ethiopians of Tigrayan descent threatens to further unravel Africa’s second-most populous country a year into a civil war.

#ahmed-abiy, #detainees, #ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group

Foreman Says Military Jury Was Disgusted by C.I.A. Torture

A Navy captain whose letter recommended clemency for a Qaeda terrorist drafted the damning two-page document in 20 minutes.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #khan-majid, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Some Sept. 11 Trial Secrets May Not Be Secrets Anymore

Prosecutors agreed to compare hundreds if not thousands of pages of classified documents in the case against 9/11 defendants with material released under the Freedom of Information Act.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #freedom-of-information-act, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #khan-majid, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture

The Stain of Guantánamo: Torture

A terrorist’s testimony and a clemency letter by military officers. Also: Florida professors; religion and politics; health care; Mark Zuckerberg.

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U.S. Military Jury Condemns Terrorist’s Torture and Urges Clemency

Seven senior officers rebuked the government’s treatment of an admitted terrorist in a handwritten letter from the jury room at Guantánamo Bay.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #extraordinary-rendition, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jemaah-islamiyah, #khan-majid, #letters, #military-tribunals, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

For First Time in Public, a Detainee Describes Torture at C.I.A. Black Sites

In a sentencing hearing, Majid Khan, a Pakistani who lived in suburban Baltimore before joining Al Qaeda, detailed dungeonlike conditions and episodes of abuse.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #khan-majid, #military-tribunals, #pakistan, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture, #waterboarding

The CIA’s Close Relationship with Poland

The roots of this special relationship stretch back to the Cold War. It’s a story of bravery, blood bonds and, of course, betrayal.

#black-sites, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #detainees, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #poland, #september-11-2001, #warsaw-poland

Detention of an Afghan at Guantánamo Bay Is Ruled Unlawful

The decision does not assure the release of the prisoner, who was captured in 2007; Uyghurs who won a similar case languished at the prison for years.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #decisions-and-verdicts, #defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #habeas-corpus, #haroon-gul-asadullah, #hezb-i-islami, #mehta-amit-p, #political-prisoners, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations