The military judge presiding over the Sept. 11 war crimes proceedings at Guantánamo Bay says he will lift his order prohibiting female guards from having physical contact with the five defendants at the U.S. base in Cuba, attorneys involved in the case said Friday.
The Pentagon gave the request to Congress last week. A judge would hold hearings, take pleas with the accused participating by video feed from Guantánamo. Administration officials say it’s unrelated to an ongoing health survey at the war court compound, Camp Justice.
Guards delivered a war-on-terror detainee to the wrong place for his parole board hearing on a busy day at Guantánamo prison. Now the U.S. military officer assigned to advocate for him says he’s entitled to a full Periodic Review Board do-over.
The deal sent nine Yemenis from Guantánamo to Saudi Arabia’s rehabilitation center, a first, and reducd the war-on-terror prison population at the Navy base in Cuba to 80. Expect no more releases for at least a month.
Latest health and safety report of contaminants found at Guantánamo’s Camp Justice offers no public health “habitable for occupancy” assessment because tests, analysis, remediation at the crude compound built atop an obsolete airstrip are still underway.
The Guantánamo parole board has rejected a plea for release from the prison’s oldest war-on-terror captive, a U.S.-educated, 68-year-old Pakistani businessman, citing the prisoner’s past ties to al-Qaida and declaring him too dangerous to go. The parole board cited the captive’s ‘past involvement in terrorist activities.’
The general overseeing Guantánamo war court defense teams has issued an order forbidding his staff to sleep at the Camp Justice compound following a new health risk assessment on cancer-causing agents there. The latest survey found mercury and formaldehyde in office air samples, arsenic in the soil, and appeared to backtrack from earlier finding that Camp Justice was safe for occupancy.
Remarks by political leaders stretching back to the George W. Bush presidency have the potential to taint Guantánamo’s Sept. 11 death-penalty trial, the case’s military judge has ruled, meaning defense lawyers may more liberally scrutinize the jury of U.S. military officers.
The Yemeni, described as a would-be Sept. 11-style hijacker, was on a list of possible trial candidates but never charged. As a hunger striker Suhayl al Sharabi was forced from his cell to tube feedings more than 1,000 times. He aspires to manage a soccer team; the Guantánamo parole board decided he was too dangerous to release.
Vulnerable Republican incumbents are increasingly raising fears about Guantánamo Bay detainees, following a campaign strategy used by Scott Brown before his surprise victory in a Massachusetts election to fill Edward Kennedy’s Senate seat six years ago.
Senegal’s justice minister sought to reassure the West African nation a day after the transfer was disclosed. He called them sons of Africa, who are not a threat. The Pentagon declined to say how much, if anything, the U.S. was paying Dakar to resettle the two men
Five years after President Barack Obama ordered his administration to set up annual reviews for Guantánamo prisoners, more than three dozen captives have yet to even get their first review. A new chart by the Miami Herald illustrates the progress — and lack thereof.
This Miami Herald guide, current as of April 20, 2016, breaks down the status of the the last 80 Guantánamo detainees, starting with those who have been entitled to Periodic Review Board hearings. President Barack Obama ordered the hearings in 2011. Most of those entitled haven’t gotten even one. It also includes prisoners who are gone, both with and without board review.