Judge at Guantánamo Says 9/11 Trial Start is at Least a Year Away

The judge set out the timeline while rejecting two defense challenges that he was unqualified and should suspend the proceedings until he was up to speed.

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The Legacy of America’s Post-9/11 Turn to Torture

Twenty years after the attacks, the United States is still grappling with the consequences of brutal interrogations carried out in the name of national security.

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Proceedings in 9/11 Case Resume, and Then Are Delayed Again

Days ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the five men accused of plotting them returned to court after a long shutdown, only to have the hearing quickly recessed.

#central-intelligence-agency, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #hawsawi-mustafa-ahmed-al, #martins-mark-s, #mccall-matthew-n, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #watkins-douglas-k

How the U.S. Made War Humane and Endless

The withdrawal from Afghanistan is a final step in the transformation of American warfare into something sanitized and edited out of view.

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Three Guantánamo Detainees Charged in 2002 Bali Bombing

The men were brought to court for the first time 18 years after their capture and after a one-day delay because of translation challenges at the war court.

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Charges in Bali Bombing Case Are Delayed at Guantánamo

The three prisoners were to be charged for the first time, 18 years after their capture. Translation problems mean they wait one more day.

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He Spent 14 Years at Guantánamo. This Is His Story.

“Don’t Forget Us Here,” by Mansoor Adayfi with Antonio Aiello, is the memoir of a Yemeni man who claims he was kidnapped in Afghanistan, sold to the C.I.A. and sent to the detention camp in a case of mistaken identity.

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Guantánamo Prosecutors Ask to Strike Information Gained From Torture

The prosecutors’ use of information from a brutal interrogation had troubled Biden administration lawyers and was a source of tension with the chief prosecutor at Guantánamo Bay, who will retire soon.

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Tribunal Convicts Former Serbian Officials of Crimes in the Balkans

It was the first time in the three decades of the tribunal’s history that officials in the wartime Serbian government were found guilty of playing a role in atrocities in neighboring countries.

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Judge Permits Information From C.I.A. Torture in Terror Case

Defense lawyers said it was the first publicly known time that prosecutors had been allowed to use information gained from torture in the proceedings at Guantánamo Bay.

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Europe’s Dilemma: Take In ISIS Families, or Leave Them in Syria?

Many countries have resisted allowing the return of families of ISIS members. Security experts say that leaving the women and their children in Syria is a greater risk.

#belgium, #detainees, #france, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #women-and-girls

Biden Administration Clears 3 Guantánamo Detainees for Release

The men, none of whom were ever charged, would be sent to countries that agree to impose security conditions on them. But it is not clear where they will go or when.

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Guantánamo Detainee Agrees to Drop Call for C.I.A. Testimony

Under a deal with the military court, Majid Khan, who has admitted being a courier for Al Qaeda, will give up his chance to call witnesses to his torture in return for being released as soon as next year.

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US Defends Detention of Afghan at Guantánamo Despite Pullout

In the first Guantánamo habeas corpus case under the Biden administration, the government said U.S. forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan did not erode its detention authority.

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Will the Supreme Court Write Guantánamo’s Final Chapter?

The justices may get a chance to redeem the court’s own failed promises.

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Supreme Court to Rule on Whether C.I.A. Black Sites Are State Secrets

A Guantánamo detainee is seeking information from two former government contractors in connection with a Polish criminal inquiry into a facility there.

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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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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

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

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.

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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

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

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

Guantánamo Forever

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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