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Officers on Gitmo Jury Slam
Torture, Recommend Clemency
Nov 1, 2021 1:25 PM CDT
Officers on Gitmo Jury Slam Torture, Recommend Clemency
They call treatment of Majid Khan 'a stain on the moral fiber of America'
- After a two-day sentencing hearing at Guantanamo Bay, a military jury sentenced former al-Qaeda operative Majid Khan to 26 years Friday—but seven of the eight jurors took the unusual step of writing a letter to a senior official urging clemency. The military officers, who had been required to sentence...
of Abuse at
Oct 29, 2021 2:51 AM CDT
Gitmo Inmate Describes Years of Abuse at CIA Sites
'I thought I was going to die,' Majid Khan says
- A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who went through the brutal US government interrogation program after the 9/11 attacks described it openly for the first time Thursday, saying he was left terrified and hallucinating from techniques that the CIA long sought to keep secret. Majid Khan, a former resident of the Baltimore...
3 Held at Gitmo for 15 Years
Set to Get First Day in Court
Aug 30, 2021 1:05 PM CDT
3 Held at Gitmo for 15 Years Set to Get First Day in Court
They're accused in the deadly 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and other plots
- Three prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are expected to get their first day in court after being held for 18 years in connection with the deadly 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and other plots in Southeast Asia. The AP explains:
Indonesian prisoner Encep Nurjaman, known as Hambali, and two Malaysians he
Number of Guantanamo
Detainees Drops to 39
Jul 19, 2021 9:32 AM CDT
Number of Guantanamo Detainees Drops to 39
Abdul Latif Nasir is repatriated to Morocco
- The detainee population at Guantanamo Bay has dropped from 40 to 39, marking just the second transfer since former President Obama left office. Abdul Latif Nasir's transfer was cleared in 2016 under that administration, but the
reports he was one of five such readied transfers that weren'...
Lawyers: Don't Force-Feed
9/11 Suspect in Gitmo
Jul 13, 2021 11:38 AM CDT
Lawyers: Don't Force-Feed 9/11 Suspect in Gitmo
Ramzi bin al-Shibh, on hunger strike, wants out of isolation
- Defense lawyers are trying to block any attempt to force-feed a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of conspiring in the 9/11 attacks, who has stopped eating in protest of his placement in isolation, according to the
New York Times
. In a legal filing, lawyers say 49-year-old Ramzi bin al-Shibh has been...
Military Judge Allows Info
Obtained During Torture
Jun 4, 2021 11:42 AM CDT
Military Judge Allows Info Obtained During Torture
Law expert says it's a break with rules set by Congress
- When Congress laid out rules for military tribunals, it decreed that "no statement obtained by the use of torture or by cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, whether or not under color of law, shall be admissible in a military commission." But in what may be a first, a...
Prisoner Gets Good News
May 18, 2021 12:09 AM CDT
Oldest Guantanamo Prisoner Gets Good News
He's been approved for release, though it's not clear when it might happen
- A 73-year-old from Pakistan who is the oldest prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center was notified on Monday that he has been approved for release after more than 16 years in custody at the US base in Cuba, his lawyer said. Saifullah Paracha, who has been held on suspicion...
Prison Unit Is Closed
Apr 5, 2021 2:45 AM CDT
Once-Secret Guantanamo Prison Unit Is Closed
Prisoners moved to another facility on the base
- A once-secret unit within the Guantanamo Bay detention center that had fallen into disrepair has been closed and the prisoners moved to another facility on the American base in Cuba, the US military said Sunday. The prisoners at Camp 7 were transferred to a facility adjacent to where the other...
Apr 29, 2019 10:20 AM CDT
Pentagon Fires Gitmo Commander
John Ring is out soon after hosting controversial media visit at Guantanamo
- Gitmo is getting a new commander, earlier than expected. The Pentagon has fired Navy Rear Adm. John Ring, citing a "loss of confidence in his ability" to lead, reports the
New York Times
. Ring had been scheduled to rotate out of the job anyway in June, but he already...
Gets Sweet Deal
Aug 13, 2018 7:00 PM CDT
Ex-Gitmo Detainee Gets Sweet Deal
Ahmed Ahjam now runs a stall selling Arabic treats in Montevideo, Uruguay
- A bit of sweetness has entered the life of at least one of the men formerly held at the US Guantanamo Bay prison camp. Ahmed Ahjam opened a small stall selling Arabic pastries Monday at a public market in the Uruguayan capital, passing out free samples of cellophane-wrapped ma'amul...
Gitmo Prisoner: US Is Now
'Starving Me to Death'
Oct 13, 2017 2:19 PM CDT
Gitmo Prisoner: US Is Now 'Starving Me to Death'
Disturbing column comes amid reports officials have stopped force-feeding hunger-strikers
- Multiple sources tell the
New York Times
that officials at Guantanamo Bay have started waiting longer before force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners, allowing their physical condition to deteriorate past the point that previously would have resulted in intervention. Per information received from detainees' lawyers, the
says the change was implemented around...
Canada to Pay Millions
to Former Gitmo Detainee
Jul 4, 2017 2:43 AM CDT
Canada to Pay Millions to Former Gitmo Detainee
Country will offer apology to Omar Khadr
- The Canadian government is going to apologize and give millions to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15, with Canada's Supreme Court later ruling that officials had interrogated him under "oppressive circumstances." An official familiar...
Gitmo 'Guinea Pig' to Describe
May 11, 2017 3:12 AM CDT
Gitmo 'Guinea Pig' to Describe 'Unspeakable Torture'
Abu Zubaydah expected to testify next week
- The Guantanamo detainee known as the CIA's "guinea pig" for its post-9/11 interrogation program is going to testify on his brutal treatment for the first time later this month, his lawyer says. Abu Zubaydah, an alleged al-Qaeda member who was captured in Pakistan in 2002 but has never...
4 More Gitmo Inmates Released
Jan 6, 2017 12:33 AM CST
4 More Gitmo Inmates Released
'Final push' continues despite Trump plea
- The Pentagon says four Guantanamo prisoners have been released and sent to Saudi Arabia, part of a final push by President Obama to reduce the population at the detention center in the final weeks of his administration. The four are from Yemen, and each had been held at Guantanamo for...
Obama's Single Largest
Gitmo Release Just Happened
Aug 15, 2016 8:14 PM CDT
Obama's Single Largest Gitmo Release Just Happened
15 prisoners transferred to the UAE
- Fifteen prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center were sent to the United Arab Emirates in the single largest release of detainees during the Obama administration, the Pentagon announced Monday. The transfer of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans to the UAE comes amid a renewed push to whittle down...
Missing Former Gitmo
Jul 28, 2016 3:03 AM CDT
Missing Former Gitmo Prisoner Resurfaces
He doesn't want to go back to Uruguay
- A resettled former Guantanamo prisoner who disappeared last month in Uruguay , setting off alarm bells in neighboring countries and recriminations in Washington, has reappeared in Venezuela, the Uruguayan government says. Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa tells the AP that Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab showed up at Uruguay's...
Jul 5, 2016 8:50 AM CDT
South America Can't Find Ex-Gitmo Detainee
Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab, who had been resettled in Uruguay, goes missing
- A South American airline is asking its employees to be on the lookout for a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was resettled in Uruguay after being freed by US authorities, the AP reports. The alert about Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab adds to a growing mystery about his whereabouts....
12 Freed Gitmo Inmates
Linked to US Deaths
Jun 9, 2016 6:31 AM CDT
12 Freed Gitmo Inmates Linked to US Deaths
Sources say former detainees have killed at least 6 in Afghanistan
- Information about former Guantanamo Bay detainees who returned to militancy is very slowly leaking out—and it will give ammunition to those fighting to keep the detention center open. Sources tell the
that around 12 released Gitmo prisoners—all of them freed during the George W. Bush administration—...
Pentagon Releases 9
Apr 16, 2016 3:30 PM CDT
Pentagon Releases 9 Guantanamo Inmates
The men had been held for approximately 14 years without charges
- Nine prisoners have been released from Guantanamo and sent to Saudi Arabia, dropping the inmate population at the infamous prison to 80, Reuters reports. The release was announced Saturday by the Pentagon. All nine prisoners were Yemeni men captured during the war in Afghanistan, according the
New York Times
Apr 15, 2016 11:11 AM CDT
Oldest Gitmo Prisoner Loses Bid for Freedom
Saifullah Paracha, 68, considered too dangerous for release
- Guantanamo's oldest prisoner won't soon return to Pakistan or the US as he had hoped: The Guantanamo parole board has ruled that 68-year-old Saifullah Paracha will remain in custody as "a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States." The Pakistani businessman has been...
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