A Saudi terrorist turned government witness on Friday apologized to a war court jury for his work with al-Qaida, thanked U.S. troops who have held him as a war captive since 2002 and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to consider a pretrial challenge to the war court brought by death-penalty defendant Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, the former CIA captive accused of orchestrating al-Qaida’s 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.
U.S. military officials at the Guantánamo Bay prison recently hardened their approach to hunger-striking prisoners, detainees have told their lawyers, and are allowing protesters to physically deteriorate beyond a point that previously prompted medical intervention to force-feed them.
Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, who has had the job for six years, is both the chief overseer of war court cases and a case prosecutor in the Sept. 11 and USS Cole trials. He has said that he would extend his service, if asked to do so.
The prison has notified a federal court that it plans to demolish a former cellblock where it segregated low-value detainees as punishment and replace it with a more convenient site for captives to meet with their lawyers and receive phone calls.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review the Guantánamo war court conviction of a man who made recruiting videos for al-Qaida before the Sept. 11 attacks, upholding the conspiracy conviction of the terror prison’s lone life sentence war criminal.
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case told the Associated Press.
The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday challenged the detention of a U.S. citizen who was picked up on the Syrian battlefield for allegedly fighting with Islamic State militants. The Pentagon insisted it was holding the man legally.
A $370,000 MRI device is now at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo, and can scan the brain of an alleged war criminal. Left unclear is who else on the base of 5,500 residents might also get an MRI before it is returned to the United States in February.
Lawyers’ request for federal court supervision of a captive’s medical care is extraordinary. No civilian judge has assigned an independent doctor to intervene in a war on terror captive’s U.S. military healthcare.
The trial of the suspected mastermind of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks will be one of the biggest terrorism cases yet for the U.S. Justice Department despite Attorney General Jeff Session’s aspirations to send such cases to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.