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2008-10-21 15:00:07

The U.S. government Tuesday dropped charges against five Guantanamo detainees without prejudice, meaning they could be reinstated. Chief military prosecutor Col. Lawrence J. Morris said supervising lawyers had asked the Pentagon to withdraw the charges, The New York Times reported. The cases had been handled by Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, who resigned saying he didn't think he military tribunal system was fair. Morris said Vandeveld's departure played no role in the decision. No specific...

2006-05-17 17:22:08

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE (Reuters) - Hearings this week for two Guantanamo war crimes defendants were canceled or cut short as their attorneys opted to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the legitimacy of special military tribunals set up by the Bush administration. Uncertainty over the pending ruling has stymied prosecutors' efforts to complete the preliminary hearings, even as they face criticism for holding hundreds of prisoners at the U.S. military...

2006-05-12 16:28:28

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday suspended the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal of a Saudi prisoner until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules next month on the tribunals' legality. The Saudi captive, Ghassan al Sharbi, is one of 10 Guantanamo detainees charged with conspiracy to commit war crimes and the fourth to have his case delayed pending the Supreme Court ruling that is expected in June. He had been scheduled to appear before a tribunal for pretrial...

2006-04-27 10:53:48

By David Morgan GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - An al Qaeda suspect told a U.S. military tribunal that he had fought against the United States and said on Thursday he was willing to spend the rest of his life in prison as a "matter of honor." "I came here to tell you I did what I did and I'm willing to pay the price, no matter how many years you sentence me," said Ghassan Abdullah al Sharbi, a U.S.-educated Saudi who allegedly met al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at a...

2006-04-26 12:59:01

By David Morgan GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - An al Qaeda suspect who earned top privileges for good behavior in the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, asked a military judge on Wednesday to overturn a camp rule that detainees who face trial be held in maximum security. Sufyian Barhoumi, a 32-year-old Algerian charged with training two other al Qaeda militants to build remote detonators for car bombs, had been granted communal living, up to 14 hours a day...

2006-03-01 16:16:06

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE (Reuters) - A suspected bodyguard for Osama bin Laden demanded to represent himself at the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal on Wednesday, saying no U.S. lawyer can defend him fairly because he is a member of al Qaeda. "I had no direct relationship with the events of September 11," Yemeni defendant Ali Hamza al Bahlul told a pretrial hearing at the tribunal. But "because I am from al Qaeda and my counsel is an American, therefore the...

2006-02-26 13:31:56

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Two alleged al Qaeda bomb makers make their first appearances before a U.S. military tribunal at the Guantanamo navy base this week, as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to decide whether the tribunals are legitimate. A Yemeni said to have been a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden is also scheduled to appear in hearings that begin on Wednesday at the remote and controversial U.S. base in southeast Cuba. The trio are among only 10 prisoners charged with...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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