Air Force Col. Shelly W. Schools replaces Vance Spath as the judge in the stalled trial of the alleged perpetrator of the USS Cole bombing in 2000. Spath held a prosecutor in contempt of court, a decision that was overturned.
No new prisoners are on the way to Guantánamo, the commander of the 40-captive detention center told McClatchy in an interview on Friday. Still to be decided: Whether interrogations would be voluntary.
Last time it was President Trump’s tweets. This time it’s CIA Director Gina Haspel’s confirmation testimony. Defense attorneys in their latest unlawful influence motion say as recently as May an administration official has contaminated the potential military jury in the September 11 case through public statements.
Defense lawyers investigating the firing of the top official overseeing the Sept. 11 terror trial say they have uncovered an episode of Attorney General Jeff Sessions raising alarm bells over a plea deal that would have averted possible execution of the alleged plotters.
A McClatchy review of declassified transcripts of Guantánamo’s national security hearings found that, after the public and death-penalty defendants are sent away, what goes on at the war court often involves the CIA.
Lawyers for eight uncharged inmates at Guantánamo mounted an enough-is-enough argument in a 90-minute federal court session, saying it's time for prisoners scooped up in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks to be afforded due process and let go. Justice Department lawyers argued that the president's war powers permit their detention until the forever war is over.
The Air Force judge who ordered a Marine general to confinement in his Guantánamo quarters for contempt of the war court is retiring, the military says, weeks after a federal court upended the contempt conviction and declared it illegal
The White House is unhappy that Congress wouldn't approve the expenditure of $69 million for a new high-value-detainee prison at Guantánamo. Twice this month military commanders at the prison promoted the idea of a new facility complete with hospice-care for ex-CIA captives.
The commander of Guantánamo prison says that his guard force had grown by 100 troops, meaning he could double his captive census by bringing in 40 new male prisoners, including potentially Islamic State fighters.
The Army judge in the 9/11 mass murder case is circulating a pretrial hearing schedule that makes clear the Guantánamo trial won't start before 2020, McClatchy has learned. The five men accused of plotting the terror attacks that killed 2,976 people on Sept. 11, 2001 were arraigned in 2012.
US District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that Air Force Col. Vance Spath did not have unilateral authority to summarily convict Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker of contempt of the Guantánamo war court, the latest upset in the stalled USS Cole case prosecution.
The U.S. government alleges that fighters who answered to the Iraqi committed a series of war crimes, including shooting at a U.S. military medevac helicopter, setting roadside charges that killed allied troops, and attacking civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
While the Guantánamo detainees pray, the military makes special accommodations during the Muslim holy month. The kitchen prepares extra meals for a midnight snack for the men, who usually don't get a food option in the middle of the night.