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.

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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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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.

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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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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

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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Close Guantánamo. Transfer Detainees to the U.S.

It is hugely expensive and a stain on the country.

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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.

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Here’s Where The First Guantánamo Detainees Are Now

The Pentagon called the first 20 prisoners sent to Guantánamo in 2002 “the worst of the worst.” Just two remain there. Others are spread around the world — including four senior Taliban figures.

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Who Are The Original 20 Guantánamo Bay Detainees?

Starting with the Bush administration, the United States has gradually transferred all but two of the first 20 prisoners at the wartime detention facility to other nations. Here’s who, and where, they are.

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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.

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Pandemic Delays 9/11 Trial Past 20th Anniversary of Attacks

The coronavirus crisis has compounded other problems in the troubled case at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

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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.

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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.

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Military Names Air Force Judge for Guantánamo Bay 9/11 Trial. But There’s a Snag.

The latest judge assigned to the long-running death penalty case is based in Virginia and has had a military career focused on defense work, but he has been on the bench for less than two years.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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