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2006-06-15 15:20:50

By Michael Conlon COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - While debate over homosexuality dominates news coming from the U.S. Episcopal Church's triennial convention, matters ranging from opposition to the Iraq war to a demand that the Guantanamo prison be closed are also on the agenda. Those and other issues are among dozens of proposed resolutions working their way through legislative-style committees. On Thursday, one panel took up a number of disparate Middle East resolutions. One urges...

2006-06-10 20:40:00

By Jane Sutton WASHINGTON -- The three prisoners found dead at the Guantanamo prison camp on Saturday were the first to succeed in committing suicide, but nearly two dozen others have tried to kill themselves behind the razor-wire fences at the remote U.S. naval base in southeast Cuba. Before Saturday, 23 prisoners had tried to kill themselves 41 times at the camp, which holds about 460 foreign terrorism suspects, military officials said. That number did not include hundreds of what military...

2006-05-15 17:50:48

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday issued its most comprehensive accounting to date of detainees currently or formerly held at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects, naming 759 people and their nationalities. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Chito Peppler, a Pentagon spokesman, said the list named "every single individual detained under DoD (Department of Defense) control" at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since the jail opened in January...

2006-02-23 17:10:17

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI agents accused U.S. military personnel at the Guantanamo prison of using illegal "aggressive interrogation tactics" on detainees but senior military officials rejected FBI concerns, documents made public on Thursday showed. The FBI documents, released by the American Civil Liberties Union after being obtained under a court order, further exposed the rift between the agency and the Pentagon over treatment of foreign terrorism suspects...

2006-02-23 14:18:42

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI agents accused military personnel at the Guantanamo prison of using illegal "aggressive interrogation tactics" on detainees but senior military officials rejected FBI concerns, documents made public on Thursday showed. The documents, released by the American Civil Liberties Union after being obtained under a court order, shed new light on the rift between the FBI and the Pentagon on the treatment of foreign terrorism suspects imprisoned at...

2005-12-18 11:07:43

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - American anti-torture activists who marched through southeastern Cuba to protest the detention of terror suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay had to settle last week for a prayer vigil five miles away. Cuba's Communist government did not allow the 25 members of the Catholic Worker movement to march to the gates of the U.S. military enclave and demand access to the prisoners. Instead of jumping at the chance to embarrass its foe, Cuba...

2005-12-09 19:52:03

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday it invited a European parliamentarian who has urged the United States to close the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects to visit the facility, but barred her from meeting with any prisoners. The invitation went to Anne-Marie Lizin, Socialist speaker of the Belgian Senate, who is the special representative on the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison for the 55-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in...

2005-12-06 19:39:48

By Esteban Israel HAVANA (Reuters) - A group of 25 American Catholic peace activists, defying a U.S. travel ban to Cuba, will set out on Wednesday from the Communist island on a 50-mile (80.5-km) trek to the U.S. Guantanamo Navel Base aiming to protest conditions for terrorism suspects. The priests, nuns and academics belonging to "Witness Against Torture" apparently arrived in Cuba as tourists from a third country, breaking U.S. restrictions on travel to the Caribbean island. The...

2005-11-01 16:07:05

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Spurning a request by U.N. human rights investigators, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday the United States will not allow them to meet with detainees at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects. Rumsfeld also told a Pentagon news conference that prisoners at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were staging a hunger strike that began in early August as a successful ploy to attract media attention. The three...

2005-10-16 08:38:08

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Shackled at the wrists and ankles and forced to wear earmuffs and black goggles as he was driven in a sweltering truck to a small and isolated cell, the Muslim former chaplain at the Guantanamo prison figured he knew what was coming next. "I knew from Guantanamo that everything I had experienced thus far ... was meant to soften me up to be interrogated," U.S. Army Capt. James Yee, the former chaplain, wrote in his newly released book about his ordeal...


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