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2008-07-21 06:00:11

By Alan Gomez and Emily Bazar Nearly seven years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the first trial of those accused of plotting the attacks starts today when military officials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, select a jury to hear the case of Salim Hamdan. The Yemeni man could face life in prison if convicted of conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism. The military commission system was established by President Bush in the wake of the attacks and revised by the Supreme Court...

2008-07-17 21:00:11

WASHINGTON _ A historic war crimes trial targeting Osama bin Laden's former driver is now set to start Monday at a remote site in Cuba, following a federal judge's ruling Thursday. After a two-hour hearing, U.S. District Judge James Robertson declined Yemeni native Salim Hamdan's request to delay the trial, to be held at a heavily guarded U.S. military facility near Guantanamo Bay. Hamdan had challenged the trial, claiming he was being treated unconstitutionally. "His claims of...

2008-07-16 09:00:30

By Ian Austen Video recordings released Tuesday showing interrogations of the only Canadian held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba provide an unprecedented glimpse inside the compound. The mood of the detainee, Omar Khadr, just 16 years old at the time of the interrogations, in February 2003, swings from calm and indifference to rage and grief in the recordings, which were released by his lawyers. The video footage, which provides the most extensive videotaped images from...

2008-07-16 09:00:30

By Leonard Doyle Disturbing video shows teenager weeping during interrogation An unprecedented glimpse into the harsh conditions at Guantanamo Bay has emerged via a grainy video of a weeping Canadian teenager undergoing interrogation after he had been tortured by sleep deprivation for three weeks. The longest portion of video, an eight-minute segment, shows a sobbing Omar Khadr, just past his 16th birthday, burying his head in his hands and moaning "help me, help me" as Canadian...

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2006-12-08 00:00:00

By MICHAEL MELIA GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - The U.S. military transferred the first group of detainees on Thursday to a new maximum-security prison at Guantanamo Bay designed to restrict contact among the prisoners and prevent attacks on guards. More than 40 detainees were brought to the $37 million prison perched on a plateau overlooking the Caribbean Sea from another maximum-security facility at the U.S. naval base in eastern Cuba, said Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand. The 178-cell...

2006-08-26 20:40:35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Saturday said it transferred five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan, leaving about 445 detainees at the naval base in Cuba. "These detainees were all recommended for transfer due to multiple review processes conducted at Guantanamo Bay," the Pentagon said in a statement posted on its Web site on Saturday. The Pentagon did not disclose the names of the prisoners being transferred to Afghanistan or disclose any further details. About...

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...

2006-07-04 02:10:55

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Lawyers for Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks asked the Australian government on Tuesday to formally review his case after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled planned military trials were illegal. Hicks' lawyer David McLeod made his plea during a meeting lasting almost an hour with Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, saying that Hicks was now being detained without charge as a result of the U.S. court's decision. Downer said the United States was...

2006-06-29 14:48:24

By Caroline Drees, Security Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - By declaring the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals illegal, the U.S. Supreme Court put fresh curbs on President George W. Bush's powers in the war on terrorism and gave ammunition to those demanding the prison be closed. Thursday's ruling, in a case brought by Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, marks the third time the nation's highest court has placed limits on the president's powers in the fight...

2006-06-12 14:02:01

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Already struggling to improve its image abroad, the United States went into damage control mode on Monday after a senior State Department official called three suicides in Guantanamo Bay a "great PR move." State Department spokesman Sean McCormack distanced the department from the remark made on Sunday by deputy assistant secretary of state for public diplomacy Colleen Graffy. "I would just point out in public that we do not see it (the...