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Trump: OK, I Didn't See Video of Iran Money Plane

Walks back claim he saw 'military tape' of 'money pouring off a plane'

(Newser) - As the White House continued to deflect accusations from conservatives that a $400 million payment to Iran was ransom for four American detainees released earlier this year, Donald Trump twice this week claimed he had seen video of a "top secret" transaction in which the huge supposed payout was... More »

US Sent Iran $400M Same Day Americans Were Released

It was coincidence, not ransom, administration says

(Newser) - " Smart diplomacy "—or dollar diplomacy? The US government quietly delivered the equivalent of $400 million in cash to Iran on Jan. 16 this year, the same day that Tehran released four detained American citizens , sources including US officials tell the Wall Street Journal . The cash, which was... More »

Friends, Family: Iran May Be Holding San Diego Man

Human rights advocate Robin Shahini taken by Iranian authorities, family says

(Newser) - After graduating from San Diego State University in May, Gholamrez "Reza" Shahini, known to most as Robin, headed to Iran to visit his mom and other family. But the 46-year-old San Diego man hasn't been heard from in more than 10 days, and friends and family back in... More »

US Student Detained in North Korea 'Confesses'

A Baptist church, a secret society, and the US government made him do it

(Newser) - North Korea trotted out an American college student it's held for two months Monday, and 21-year-old Otto Frederick Warmbier sobbed, bowed deeply, and pleaded for forgiveness from "every one of the millions of the Korean people." "Please! I made the worst mistake of my life,"... More »

Pentagon Finally Releases Detainee Abuse Photos

The ACLU says the worst ones are being kept under wraps

(Newser) - After fighting an American Civil Liberties Union Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for more than a decade, the Pentagon has finally released photos of Bush-era detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. But only 198 photos were released on Friday, mainly showing bruises and scrapes, and the military is still blocking... More »

Judge: US Must Release Military Detainee Abuse Pics

Photos show detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan

(Newser) - The US must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners. US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein's ruling yesterday gives the government, which has fought... More »

Female Immigrants: We're Abused at Detention Center

Geo Group Inc denies wrong-doing at Texas facility

(Newser) - Workers at an immigrant holding facility in Texas have sexually abused female detainees and fondled them in front of people, including children, according to a letter sent by lawyers to US officials. The letter calls for "an immediate investigation" and received an immediate denial from Geo Group Inc, the... More »

2 Americans to US: Free Us From North Korea

Jeffrey Fowle, Matthew Miller fear lengthy imprisonment

(Newser) - A pair of Americans detained months ago in North Korea have a message for Washington: Help us get home. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, and Matthew Miller, 24, haven't been seen since they were detained, on separate occasions, by Pyongyang, but they were recently allowed to speak to the AP in... More »

Court Backs Groin Searches at Guantanamo Bay

Federal judge had rejected procedure last year

(Newser) - Federal appeals court judges have unanimously approved an invasive frisking policy challenged by detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Searches of detainees' groins and anal areas before and after they visit their lawyers are acceptable as "reasonable security policies," judges said, per Reuters . The decision follows the institution of the... More »

Gitmo Detainees Sue, Cite Hobby Lobby

Hunger striking detainees want to participate in Ramadan prayers

(Newser) - Just how slippery a slope did the Supreme Court lay out in its controversial Hobby Lobby decision? Lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay detainees aim to find out. In a legal motion last week, they demanded that courts step in and order the detention facility to allow their clients to pray... More »

CIA's 'Inhumane' Torturers? Doctors

New report finds disturbing ethical violations

(Newser) - The doctor's ethical directive, "first do no harm," would seem to not-so-subtly indicate that medical professionals not engage in torture ... but an independent taskforce finds that the CIA and the Pentagon asked doctors and psychologists working at US detention facilities (including Guantanamo Bay) to do just that.... More »

American Held in N. Korea Hospitalized

Family worried about Kenneth Bae's health

(Newser) - The family of an American man detained in North Korea says he's been hospitalized, and the need to bring him home is becoming more urgent. Terri Chung is the sister of Kenneth Bae , a tour operator and Christian missionary who has been detained for the past nine months. She... More »

Feds Name Gitmo's 'Indefinite Detainees'

46 inmates can't be tried, transferred, or released

(Newser) - The names of Guantanamo's dozens of "indefinite detainees" deemed too dangerous to release even if the detention center is closed have been disclosed for the first time. In response to a lawsuit from the Miami Herald , the federal government released a list of prisoners including 26 Yemenis, 12... More »

Britain Reveals Its Version of Guantanamo

As many as 90 Afghans being held without trial at Camp Bastion

(Newser) - Britain is taking a page out of the US' book, quietly running a prison in Afghanistan where 80 to 90 people have been held without charges for as long as 14 months. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed the prison's existence at Camp Bastion to the BBC today, after lawyers... More »

Bin Laden Son-in-Law Held Captive for Years: Sources

Abu Ghaith pleads not guilty today

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith pleaded not guilty today to a charge of plotting against Americans in his role as a spokesman for the terror network, the AP reports. Abu Ghaith appeared in federal court in New York . The development follows a report by NBC News , which spoke... More »

Afghanistan Tortures Prisoners: Report

The NDS has 'secret places' for torture, official says

(Newser) - Afghanistan is torturing nearly a third of prisoners handed over by NATO and using secret facilities to do it, according to an anticipated UN report . What's more, several hundred prisoners interviewed for the report offered "credible and reliable evidence" that more than 50% of them have been abused... More »

Torture Reports Halt US-Afghan Detainee Transfer

Human rights abuses could stop funding for Afghan troops

(Newser) - Amid word of inhumane treatment, including torture, the US has halted the transfer of detainees to some Afghan prisons, the New York Times reports. And with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai seeking internal control of detention, the decision is likely to further strain the countries' relationship. The move also comes with... More »

US Hands Bagram Prison to Afghanistan

But Washington hasn't yet transferred all detainees

(Newser) - As the US continues prepping for a complete transfer of responsibilities in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, Washington today handed formal control of the controversial Bagram prison over to Kabul. Formally known as Parwan Detention Facility, the country's only large US-run prison is located next to the Bagram... More »

Gitmo Gets Major Rehab

Improvements will allow camp to remain open for years

(Newser) - Looks like Gitmo will be open for a long time to come, even if President Obama wins a second term. The detention center has been quietly undergoing a multimillion-dollar upgrade that will allow it to remain open for years to come, reports MSNBC . Improvements include a $750,000 soccer field... More »

US Agrees to Hand Prisoners Over to Afghans

But it will retain veto power on those released

(Newser) - The US has agreed to hand over all of its Afghan detainees to the country's government, on the condition that it will retain the right to veto any releases, officials announced today. Officially, the agreement is effective immediately, but it allows for a six-month transition to full Afghan control,... More »

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