Biden’s Plan to End Afghanistan War Gives Some Detainees Hope for Release

The legal basis for indefinite detention at Guantánamo is to prevent combatants from returning to the battlefield. But what if their old battlefield is no more?

#afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #haroon-gul-asadullah, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. to Begin Offering Vaccines to Detainees at Guantánamo Bay

The plan, initiated during the Trump administration, had been delayed after a political and public outcry.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Military Closes Failing Facility at Guantánamo Bay to Consolidate Prisoners

The move, which took place in a secret operation over the weekend, was conceived during the Trump administration to save on costs and troops at the remote base in Cuba.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #september-11-2001, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Afghan Government Backs Repatriation of Guantánamo Detainee

Afghanistan has intervened in U.S. federal court seeking the return of an Afghan prisoner who has been held since 2007, but never charged.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #asadullah-haroon-gul, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #detainees, #ghani-ashraf, #hezb-i-islami, #justice-department, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Afghan Government Backs Repatriation of Guantánamo Detainee

Afghanistan has intervened in U.S. federal court seeking the return of an Afghan prisoner who has been held since 2007, but never charged.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #asadullah-haroon-gul, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #detainees, #ghani-ashraf, #hezb-i-islami, #justice-department, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Pressuring France to Bring Them Home, Women Who Joined ISIS Stage Hunger Strike

Frenchwomen who joined the Islamic State and are now held in squalid detention camps in Syria have gone on a hunger strike to protest France’s refusal to bring them back.

#detainees, #france, #hunger-strikes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #syria

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Biden Reviving Effort to Empty Guantánamo Prison

A White House announcement was short on details, and key players have yet to be assigned policy positions in the new administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #obama-barack, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Judge Postpones Guantanamo Arraignments Over Covid Concerns

A military judge who was to travel to Guantánamo Bay this week ruled that the health risks the base posed were reason enough to delay the arraignments of three prisoners.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #indonesia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

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Pentagon Halts Plan to Vaccinate the 40 Prisoners at Guantánamo Bay

The decision to vaccinate the prisoners ignited criticism over whether the government was prioritizing terrorism suspects over American citizens.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Pentagon Official Approves Guantánamo Trial of 3 Men for Indonesia Bombings

The case was dormant throughout the Trump administration, and then a military official suddenly approved it as the first new case at Guantánamo since 2014.

#bali-indonesia, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #indonesia, #jemaah-islamiyah, #military-tribunals, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pentagon Moves to Block Exam of Tortured Guantánamo Prisoner

In his final days in office before a new administration takes over, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy changed a regulation to sidestep court rulings requiring the medical examination.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #justice-department, #mccarthy-ryan-d, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Dysfunctional Prison and Court Pose Guantánamo Headaches for Biden

The new administration confronts decaying infrastructure and a military justice system moving at a glacial pace.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #presidential-transition-us, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Military Judge in U.S. Held Court by Video Link to Guantánamo Bay

The Pentagon staged its first “Zoom Court” linking the courtroom at Guantánamo Bay to a secret location in the United States for a classified hearing in a military commissions case.

#al-qaeda, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #fort-meade-md, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #iraqi-abdul-hadi-al, #khan-majid, #military-bases-and-installations, #military-tribunals, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #watkins-douglas-k

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Court Rejects Appeal of Guantánamo Convict Who Rejoined Al Qaeda

Lawyers paid by the Pentagon pursued the appeal on behalf of the released prisoner even as the State Department had a $4 million bounty out for him.

#al-qaeda, #al-qaeda-in-the-arabian-peninsula, #decisions-and-verdicts, #defense-department, #detainees, #federal-courts-us, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #qosi-ibrahim-ahmed-mahmoud-al, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #walker-justin-r

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Guantánamo Bay Navy Base Raises Health Alert and Closes Facilities

Residents received little information about the source of the health scare that halted activities at the outpost in Cuba.

#detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #international-committee-of-the-red-cross, #military-tribunals, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

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5 Were Cleared to Leave Guantánamo. Then Trump Was Elected.

The president reversed Obama-era policies on detainees, leaving in limbo five prisoners who had been judged eligible for transfer to other countries. Their fate could rest on the 2020 election.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #international-committee-of-the-red-cross, #nasser-abdul-latif, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #wolosky-lee-s

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Islamic State ‘Beatles’ Fighters Being Brought to U.S. to Face Charges

The federal prosecution of two Britons involved in the kidnapping and torture of American hostages comes more than two years after they were captured in Syria.

#defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #emwazi-mohammed, #extradition, #foley-james-1973-2014, #great-britain, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kassig-peter-edward-1988-2014, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kotey-alexanda, #sotloff-steven-j, #syria, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New 9/11 Trial Judge Steps Down, Citing Conflicts

The recusal of Col. Stephen Keane from hearing the case at Guantánamo Bay adds another roadblock to restarting pretrial hearings in the long-running case.

#al-qaeda, #conflicts-of-interest, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #keane-stephen-f, #military-tribunals, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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U.S. Repatriates Last of Islamic State Suspects Believed Captured in Syria

The suspects had been held by Syrian forces along with prisoners from other countries whose governments have been reluctant to take back the men.

#defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #justice-department, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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For Hong Kong Protesters Caught at Sea, Trial in China Is Likely

Detained by the Chinese Coast Guard as they tried to flee the city, the activists are now in the hands of the mainland’s opaque criminal justice system.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #detainees, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #shenzhen-china

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Guantánamo Forever

Does the public care about the 40 remaining inmates with no obvious end to their imprisonment?

#appeals-courts-us, #boumediene-lakhdar, #bush-george-w, #constitution-us, #decisions-and-verdicts, #detainees, #federal-courts-us, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #habeas-corpus, #kennedy-anthony-m, #millett-patricia-a, #randolph-a-raymond, #rao-neomi, #september-11-2001, #supreme-court-us, #terrorism

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C.I.A. Uncensors Memoir of F.B.I. Agent Who Protested Torture of Terrorists

Nine years after the C.I.A. blacked out parts of Ali Soufan’s book, the agency has finally allowed a more complete version of his story to be published.

#afghanistan, #al-qaeda, #attash-walid-muhammad-salih-bin, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #detainees, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #interrogations, #september-11-2001, #shibh-ramzi-muhammad-abdullah-bin-al, #soufan-ali-h, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zubaydah-abu

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Red Cross Cancels Guantánamo Visit Over Coronavirus Cases

The pandemic has forced the longest absence of the humanitarian organization from the remote military prison in Cuba since it opened in January 2002.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #disease-rates, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #international-committee-of-the-red-cross, #military-tribunals, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #watkins-douglas-k

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Behrouz Boochani Just Wants to Be Free

He fled Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. He exposed Australia’s offshore detention camps — from the inside. He survived, stateless, for seven years. What’s next?

#asylum-right-of, #australia, #boochani-behrouz, #detainees, #immigration-and-emigration, #manus-island-papua-new-guinea, #new-zealand, #papua-new-guinea, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Trump Officials Reconsider Prosecuting ISIS ‘Beatles’ Without Death Penalty

American military officials in Iraq want two detainees taken off their hands and a British court has blocked sharing evidence for any death-penalty case. But other options are also getting a second look.

#barr-william-p, #detainees, #elsheikh-el-shafee, #emwazi-mohammed, #foley-james-1973-2014, #great-britain, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #justice-department, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #kotey-alexanda, #national-security-council, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii, #syria, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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U.S. Deports Terrorism Convict It Had Sought to Hold Indefinitely

The Trump administration sent the stateless man who had served his sentence to an undisclosed country rather than defend never-before-used executive authority to keep holding him.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #detainees, #hassoun-adham-a, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #justice-department, #terrorism, #usa-patriot-act, #wolford-elizabeth-a

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For Families of 9/11 Victims, Virus Further Slows the Pace of Justice

With proceedings at Guantánamo Bay upended, chances are growing that the 20th anniversary will pass without the trial of the men accused of plotting the attack getting underway.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cohen-w-shane, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #national-september-11-memorial-and-museum, #september-11-2001, #terrorism

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Judge Rejects U.S. Effort to Hold Palestinian Man After Prison Term

Adham Hassoun had completed a 15-year sentence in the United States on terrorism-related charges. Unable to deport him, the government sought to keep him in open-ended custody.

#al-qaeda, #american-civil-liberties-union, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #decisions-and-verdicts, #detainees, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-detention, #justice-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #usa-patriot-act, #wolford-elizabeth-a

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France Brings 10 Children of French Jihadists Home From Syria

About 270 children of French citizens remain stuck in Syria, according to rights groups, which argue that leaving them stranded in squalid detention camps exposes them to illness and radicalization.

#brisard-jean-charles, #child-custody-and-support, #detainees, #france, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #orphans-and-orphanages, #women-and-girls

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Secret Detentions Become a Common Tool of Repression Under Maduro

“Forced disappearances” are playing a critical role in the Venezuelan government’s efforts to muzzle opponents and instill fear, according to a new report.

#detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kennedy-robert-f-center-for-justice-and-human-rights, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #maduro-nicolas, #prisons-and-prisoners, #venezuela

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Western Countries Leave Children of ISIS in Syrian Camps

The children are living in squalid detention camps lacking schools, health care and clean water, and where disease and jihadist ideology are rampant.

#children-and-childhood, #detainees, #europe, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #syria

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Senators Seek Answers on Coronavirus Protections at Guantánamo Bay

In a letter, they asked the Pentagon how the military is safeguarding troops and prisoners from an outbreak of Covid-19 given the base’s limited health care facilities.

#baldwin-tammy-suzanne-green, #booker-cory-a, #brown-sherrod, #cardin-benjamin-l, #coons-christopher-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #durbin-richard-j, #esper-mark-t, #feinstein-dianne, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #leahy-patrick-j, #merkley-jeffrey-a-1956, #military-tribunals, #national-guard, #reed-jack, #sanders-bernard, #senate, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #warren-elizabeth

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ISIS Prisoners Threaten U.S. Mission in Northeastern Syria

Overcrowded, makeshift prisons and camps and fears of Covid-19 have led to two riots by hardened fighters.

#assad-bashar-al, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #detainees, #international-committee-of-the-red-cross, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kobani-mazlum, #kurds, #mckenzie-kenneth-f, #syria, #syrian-democratic-forces, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j

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After 301 Days in Egyptian Prison, an American Teacher Flies Home

Under pressure from the Trump administration, Egypt released Reem Desouky, an arts teacher from Pennsylvania who was jailed over a Facebook page critical of the country’s authoritarian president.

#detainees, #egypt, #habash-shady-d-2020, #pence-mike, #pompeo-mike, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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9/11 Prisoners May Get Video Chats to Bridge the Coronavirus Divide

With the Sept. 11 hearings delayed, prosecutors and defenders are looking for ways to let lawyers talk with the prisoners at Guantánamo Bay.

#cohen-w-shane, #connell-james-g-iii, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #watkins-douglas-k

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The 9/11 Trial: Why Is It Taking So Long?

The trial of five men accused of plotting the attacks had been scheduled for early next year — almost 20 years after the hijackings. Now even that schedule won’t be met. Here are the reasons.

#al-qaeda, #bin-laden-osama, #bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #cohen-w-shane, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #holder-eric-h-jr, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #obama-barack, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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After a Year of Silence, a Jailed Saudi Princess Appeals for Help

The detentions of a prince and princess add to the tally of royals who have been locked up during the rise of the kingdom’s powerful crown prince.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #london-england, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #royal-families, #saudi-arabia, #womens-rights

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