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Once-Secret Guantanamo Prison Unit Is Closed

Prisoners moved to another facility on the base

(Newser) - 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...

9/11 Trial Pushed to August. But Even That's Unlikely

Pandemic has brought proceedings to a standstill

(Newser) - The trial of five alleged 9/11 plotters is unlikely to begin anytime before the 20th anniversary of the terrorist atrocity. Col. Stephen Keane, the judge who began overseeing the case against the five men earlier this month, has canceled all hearings for the rest of the year, citing pandemic travel...

CIA Psychologists to Face Waterboarded Defendants

James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen must testify in a pretrial hearing in 9/11 case

(Newser) - The trial of five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks doesn't begin until next year, notes NPR . But a crucial pretrial hearing gets underway this week featuring the two psychologists who designed the harsh interrogation techniques, roundly described as torture, used by the CIA to elicit statements. James...

Per-Prisoner Cost at Gitmo Is Kind of Staggering

Try $13M per year for each individual, reports 'New York Times'

(Newser) - The New York Times has crunched some numbers about Guantanamo Bay to come up with quite a stat: The US spends $13 million per prisoner each year. By the newspaper's numbers, it cost more than $540 million last year to pay for everything involved, including the related war court,...

Pentagon Fires Gitmo Commander
Pentagon Fires
Gitmo Commander

Pentagon Fires Gitmo Commander

John Ring is out soon after hosting controversial media visit at Guantanamo

(Newser) - 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...

Navy Scandal: An Affair, a Fight, a Drowned Body

Former Gitmo base commander John Nettleton pleads not guilty to obstruction charges

(Newser) - A former commander of Guantanamo Bay's naval base is facing a long list of charges related to the death of a man whose wife he was accused of having an affair with. Capt. John R. Nettleton, 53, was indicted this week on charges of obstruction, falsifying records, and making...

Former Guantanamo Detainee Now Sells Pastries
Ex-Gitmo Detainee 
Gets Sweet Deal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Gets Sweet Deal

Ahmed Ahjam now runs a stall selling Arabic treats in Montevideo, Uruguay

(Newser) - 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...

He Was Cleared to Leave Gitmo. Then His Window Closed

Abdul Latif Nasser got caught between 2 administrations

(Newser) - The Huffington Post takes a detailed look at the case of a Guantanamo Bay detainee whose plight illustrates the hurdles involved in gaining release. Abdul Latif Nasser, 53, has been held at Gitmo without charge since May 2002. The Pentagon accused him of being a terrorist loyal to Osama bin...

Gitmo Terror Suspect Gets 'Least Qualified' Lawyer

But Alaric Piette says he didn't have a choice after terror suspect al-Nashiri's legal team quit

(Newser) - Navy Lt. Alaric Piette acknowledges the "contradiction" of his latest role: to defend a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of terrorism and who just a few years back would've been one of Piette's targets. "On another day, I could have easily taken my client out," Piette...

Lawyers Defending Suspect in Bombing of USS Cole Quit

Civilian lawyers accuse government of eavesdropping on their legal meetings

(Newser) - In what the Miami Herald calls "a stunning setback," the entire civilian legal defense team in a Guantanamo Bay death-penalty case has quit over claims the government was eavesdropping on confidential meetings with its client. Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri was arraigned six years ago on charges he spearheaded...

Gitmo Prisoner: US Is Now 'Starving Me to Death'

Disturbing column comes amid reports officials have stopped force-feeding hunger-strikers

(Newser) - 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 Times says the change was implemented around...

Canada to Pay Millions to Former Gitmo Detainee

Country will offer apology to Omar Khadr

(Newser) - 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 'Unspeakable Torture'

Abu Zubaydah expected to testify next week

(Newser) - 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...

Spicer Slammed for 'Flat-Out Not True' Gitmo Claim

He makes new error correcting Trump tweet

(Newser) - Like many things these days, it started with a tweet from President Trump: He claimed Tuesday that 122 "vicious prisoners" released from Guantanamo by the Obama administration had returned to the battlefield. All but nine of those had in fact been released under George W. Bush, Politico reports, but...

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Reportedly Turns ISIS Bomber

Relative says man in ISIS photo is Jamal al-Harith

(Newser) - A man compensated by the UK government following his release from Guantanamo Bay in 2004 has reportedly died in a suicide bombing targeting a military base in Iraq. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack Monday, sharing a photo of the smiling British suicide bomber it identified as Abu...

Obama Receives Letter From Alleged 9/11 Mastermind

Guantanamo prison had been holding onto it for two years

(Newser) - One of the final letters Barack Obama will receive during his time as president comes from the man who allegedly planned the Sept. 11 attacks, the Miami Herald reports. According to CBS News , Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured in 2003 in Pakistan, tortured by the CIA, then moved to Guantanamo...

4 More Gitmo Inmates Released
4 More Gitmo Inmates Released

4 More Gitmo Inmates Released

'Final push' continues despite Trump plea

(Newser) - 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

15 prisoners transferred to the UAE

(Newser) - 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...

South America Can't Find Ex-Gitmo Detainee

Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab, who had been resettled in Uruguay, goes missing

(Newser) - 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

Sources say former detainees have killed at least 6 in Afghanistan

(Newser) - 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 Washington Post that around 12 released Gitmo prisoners—all of them freed during the George W. Bush administration—...

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