Defense lawyers said they were denied access to witnesses, got documents late and video they couldn’t see until Tuesday morning and were unprepared to argue the Islamic sensitivity motion. The judge agreed.
More than 5 years after President Barack Obama signed an order to close the war-on-terror prison, there’s no end in sight. A new commander of the joint task force that runs the facility has taken over, and so has a new head of the prison guard force.
Guantanamo grinds toward its 14th year as the most expensive prison on earth with the latest rotation of Army guards and censors, Navy nurses and corpsmen -- and expanded secrecy surrounding the Pentagon operation of some 2,000 U.S. forces and contractors responsible for the 148 detainees. A Miami Herald photographer taken to the detention center the first week of November was permitted to see a small selection of prisoners for just four minutes, forbidden to photograph the faces of all but three people and given scripted access to the detention center.
A designer prison, it would house, at most, alleged al-Qaida kingpin Khalid Sheik Mohammed and 13 or 14 other former CIA captives apart from the other detainees. The Democrat-led Senate rejected it; the new request will go to the GOP-led Senate.
The U.S. military says alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other once-disappeared CIA captives, six of them awaiting death-penalty trials, could soon get video chatting with family — on a national security delay.
A Kuwaiti man who has been detained at the war-on-terror prison since February 2002 was returned to his native country. He had been captured near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border but was never charged with a crime.
Some Pentagon lawyers are protesting the military’s recent use of female soldiers at the secret prison for ex-CIA captives on the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. War court censors blacked out the words “male” and “female” in their legal motion.
The Polish government has appealed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that the country violated the rights of two terrorism suspects by transferring them to a so-called black site in northeast Poland run by the CIA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday.