Modern Love Podcast: Marriage Classes at Guantánamo

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

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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

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

U.S. Sends Algerian Man Home From Guantánamo Bay After 5-Year Delay

The transfer had been arranged during the Obama administration but was put on pause under President Donald J. Trump.

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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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Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Exchanges on War Crimes

Two Republicans asserted during the second day of confirmation hearings on Tuesday that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson had called former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former President George W. Bush “war criminals.” But she never used that phrase.

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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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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

As a Public Defender, Ketanji Brown Jackson Helped Clients Others Avoided

Ambitious lawyers usually become prosecutors. Ketanji Brown Jackson worked on behalf of criminal defendants and Guantánamo detainees.

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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

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.

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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.

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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

Pentagon Building New Secret Courtroom at Guantánamo Bay

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

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What I’ve Learned as a Lawyer Representing Prisoners at Guantánamo

I’m a lawyer representing prisoners at Guantánamo. Morality is a choice.

#al-qaeda, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #torture

Another Judge Quits Guantánamo Case

No new judge has been named to preside in the trial of a Qaeda commander, which has had four judges in seven years.

#conflicts-of-interest, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #iraqi-abdul-hadi-al, #military-tribunals, #scholarships-and-fellowships, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zimmerman-michael-d

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Guantánamo Bay Cemetery Offers a View of the Base’s History

The U.S. military cemetery at Guantánamo Bay offers a history of the century-old base — minus the outpost’s war-on-terror mission.

#cemeteries, #deaths-fatalities, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #politics-and-government, #tombs-and-tombstones, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Two More Guantánamo Detainees Are Approved for Release

A board has now backed the release of 12 out of the 39 men remaining at the prison, but U.S. diplomats must first reach security agreements with destination countries.

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A Surprising Proposal at the Supreme Court in Torture Case

Twenty years after the Sept. 11 attacks, three justices said it was time to hear from the first detainee subjected to brutal interrogation by the C.I.A.

#central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #supreme-court-us, #torture, #zubaydah-abu

Freed From Guantánamo, but Still in Limbo 15 Years Later

Abu Bakker Qassim, a Uyghur from China, was dumped in Albania after the U.S. concluded he was not a terrorist, as Chinese authorities had maintained. The only country that wants him is China.

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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.

#central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jemaah-islamiyah, #terrorism, #torture, #translation-and-interpreters, #united-states-politics-and-government

New Judge in 9/11 Trial Lacked Enough Experience For Job Last Year

Col. Matthew McCall had been chosen for the high-profile job in 2020 but had not yet served for two years as a military judge, a prerequisite for a judge at Guantánamo.

#defense-department, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #mccall-matthew-n, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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.

#acosta-lanny-j-jr, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #interrogations, #martins-mark-s, #military-tribunals, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Two More Guantánamo Detainees Are Cleared for Transfer to Other Nations

The decision brings to 11 the number who have been approved to be sent elsewhere, but the Biden administration has yet to name a point person to negotiate transfers with other governments.

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

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.

#acosta-lanny-j-jr, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #terrorism, #torture

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #paracha-saifullah, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jessen-bruce, #khan-majid, #military-tribunals, #mitchell-james-e, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #habeas-corpus, #haroon-gul-asadullah, #justice-department, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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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Close Guantánamo. Transfer Detainees to the U.S.

It is hugely expensive and a stain on the country.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #kenya, #military-tribunals, #obama-barack, #shutdowns-institutional, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

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.

#appeals-courts-us, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #decisions-and-verdicts, #detainees, #european-court-of-human-rights, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #interrogations, #jessen-bruce, #mitchell-james-e, #poland, #supreme-court-us, #torture, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zubaydah-abu

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