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2006-07-14 12:30:00

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO named U.S. General Bantz Craddock, the soldier who oversees the controversial Guantanamo prison for terror suspects, as its top commander of operations on Friday, replacing outgoing U.S. General James Jones. Craddock, chief of U.S. Southern Command, was proposed by President George W. Bush as Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), the alliance said. "The NATO Defense Planning Committee, which takes this decision, agreed but also expressed to General...

2006-07-13 17:39:22

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration is sending Congress conflicting signals on how to try foreign terrorism suspects despite earlier calls for Congress to ratify the current system struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, senators said on Thursday. The White House was grappling with whether to expand legal rights of detainees by basing policies on the U.S. military justice code to satisfy the court, or try to preserve much of President George W. Bush's plan...

2006-07-13 11:06:20

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration is weighing policies to expand legal rights of foreign terrorism suspects, key Senate Republicans said on Thursday, despite officials' earlier calls for Congress to give a legal basis to the current system which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down. Sen. John McCain said White House officials told him they would base their proposal on the military code of justice, not the administration's system of military tribunals that...

2006-07-13 06:39:59

ROME (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday welcomed a U.S. military order to apply basic provisions of the Geneva Conventions to detainees at Guantanamo Bay, saying it strengthened the rule of law. "The Secretary-General believes that this decision strengthens the international rule of law, and is true to the U.S.'s strong tradition of respect for civil liberties," Annan's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement. Annan, who is on a visit to Rome, has in...

2006-07-12 18:21:30

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. military order to apply basic provisions of the Geneva Conventions to terrorism detainees at Guantanamo Bay does not mean they will get the Swiss francs, parcels from home or full protections afforded to recognized prisoners of war, experts said on Wednesday. Nor will it prevent interrogation of suspected al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners -- so long as the questioning is conducted without violence and without humiliating or degrading treatment...

2006-07-12 15:58:40

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration, facing a revolt among Senate Republicans over its system for trying foreign terrorism suspects, on Wednesday courted more receptive Republicans on the House side of the U.S. Congress. Most Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee indicated they would back the administration's push for lawmakers to endorse its system of military commissions for terrorism suspects that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled illegal. But...

2006-07-11 15:56:59

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has acknowledged for the first time that all detainees held by the U.S. military are covered by an article of the Geneva Conventions that bars inhumane treatment, according to a memo made public on Tuesday. The memo signed by Gordon England, the No. 2 Pentagon official, followed a June 29 Supreme Court ruling that struck down as illegal the military tribunal system set up by the Bush administration to try foreign terrorism suspects...

2006-07-11 10:48:49

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon acknowledged for the first time that all detainees held by the U.S. military are covered by the protections of an article of the Geneva Conventions that bars inhumane treatment, according to a memo made public on Tuesday. The memo signed by Gordon England, the No. 2 official in the Defense department, followed a June 29 Supreme Court ruling that struck down as illegal the military tribunal system set up by the Bush administration to...

2006-07-11 08:25:57

LONDON (Reuters) - Two British men wanted by the United States on terrorism charges launched a bid to block their extradition on Tuesday, saying they fear mistreatment by U.S. authorities if they are handed over. Lawyers for Babar Ahmad and Haroon Aswat told two of Britain's leading judges at the High Court the men feared they would be treated as "enemy combatants" by the United States and faced a risk of "fundamental injustice and discriminatory treatment." Aswat has been held in...

2006-07-10 15:13:55

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prisoners from Guantanamo Bay will not be moved to U.S. soil or tried in civilian courts and are in a "holding pattern" after a Supreme Court ruling against a military tribunal system, the White House said on Monday. The Bush administration is trying to determine how to proceed after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the tribunal system it set up to try the terrorism suspects was illegal. Most of the inmates have been held for more than four...