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  • ISIS Terror Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Was Released By Obama from Camp Bucca in 2009

    06/12/2014 5:39:43 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 12, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The Telegraph reported: The FBI “most wanted” mugshot shows a tough, swarthy figure, his hair in a jailbird crew-cut. The $10 million price on his head, meanwhile, suggests that whoever released him from US custody four years ago may now be regretting it… …Well-organised and utterly ruthless, the ex-preacher is the driving force behind al-Qaeda’s resurgence throughout Syria and Iraq, putting it at the forefront of the war to topple President Bashar al-Assad and starting a fresh campaign of mayhem against the Western-backed government in Baghdad. On Tuesday, his forces achieved their biggest coup in Iraq to date, seizing control...
  • ISIS Terror Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Was Released By Obama from Camp Bucca in 2009

    06/12/2014 5:28:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Telegraph reposted on The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/12/14 | By Colin Freeman Telegraph 12:13PM BST 11 Jun 2014 // posted by Jim Hoft
    <p>Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has transformed a few terror cells on the verge of extinction into the most dangerous militant group in the world.</p> <p>Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi or Abu Dua was once held by the US in Camp Bucca Iraq.</p>
  • FOIA suit reveals Guantánamo’s ‘indefinite detainees’

    06/17/2013 3:38:13 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 10 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 06.17.13 | CAROL ROSENBERG
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The Obama administration Monday lifted a veil of secrecy surrounding the status of the detainees at Guantánamo, for the first time publicly naming the four dozen captives it defined as indefinite detainees — men too dangerous to transfer but who cannot be tried in a court of law.
  • Al Qaeda, ex-Gitmo detainee behind consulate attack, intelligence sources say

    09/19/2012 3:54:28 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 41 replies
    FOX ^ | 9/19/2012
    Intelligence sources tell Fox News they are convinced the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was directly tied to Al Qaeda -- with a former Guantanamo detainee involved. That revelation comes on the same day a top Obama administration official called last week's deadly assault a "terrorist attack" -- the first time the attack has been described that way by the administration after claims it had been a "spontaneous" act. "Yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy," Matt Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said during a Senate hearing...
  • Former security officials: Plan to roll back detainee laws ‘rewarding terrorists’

    05/15/2012 10:48:40 AM PDT · by Nachum
    The Hill ^ | 5/15/12 | Jeremy Herb
    The heads of the House Armed Services Committee are squaring off ahead of ranking member Adam Smith’s (D-Wash.) plan to introduce an amendment on the House floor this week that would roll back indefinite-detention laws. House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a letter Monday signed by two former attorneys general and a former Homeland Security secretary that supported McKeon’s adds to military detention rules included in this year’s defense authorization bill. The letter, written by former Attorneys General Edwin Meese III and Michael Mukasey and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, also attacked Smith’s amendment, which would bar...
  • IMHO -- Obama Makes Bush Look Like An Amateur

    12/16/2011 9:35:32 AM PST · by Chris in VA · 13 replies
    IMHO -- In My Honest Opinion ^ | 12/16/11 | averagedad1
    Clearly Senator Obama, and later Candidate Obama, made it abundantly clear that the indefinite detention of detainees at Guantanamo Bay without the due process of a trial is wrong on all grounds – legal, ethical, and moral. He even goes as far as to say that it works against us in our war on terror. Now, let’s compare that to what has just happened recently… The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been sent to Obama who has said that he will sign it into law. Now, pay attention, this is the part of the law that should frighten all...
  • Ex-Gitmo detainee killed in Afghanistan (Sabar Lal Melma)

    09/05/2011 6:10:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Telegram ^ | 9/04/11 | Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez
    Ex-Gitmo detainee killed in AfghanistanKey al-Qaida ally organized attacks By Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sunday, September 4, 2011 KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO and Afghan forces have killed a former Guantanamo detainee who returned to Afghanistan to become a key al-Qaida ally, international officials said Saturday. The militant’s death was a reminder of the risks of trying to end a controversial detention system without letting loose people who will launch attacks on Americans. Sabar Lal Melma, who was released from Guantanamo in 2007, had been organizing attacks in eastern Kunar province and funding insurgent operations, NATO spokesman...
  • Chamkani police detain 2 suppliers of explosive in Peshawar

    04/02/2011 2:00:45 AM PDT · by musarratullah · 1 replies
    own ^ | 2 april 2011 | musarrat ullah jan
    Peshawar 2 April 2011, Supplier of explosive from Bara Khyber agency shipping explosive from Punjab. According to local police they detain two people who are resident of Khajoore Bara Khyber agency. Police recover from them 375 kilograms Explosive, 10000 Detonator and more then 22550 safety fuse which used in remote control bomb. Chamkani police station in charge Mohammad Abid talks with the media and said that our informer give us tip and we raid on them. He confirmed that the detainee from Qamber Khel tribe of Khyber Agency. We will investigate them and after investigation we will give more information....
  • Cindy Sheehan’s Entourage Includes Mom Of Terrorists

    01/12/2007 4:48:32 PM PST · by Sam Hill · 53 replies · 1,312+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | January 12, 2007 | N/A
    U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan (L) hugs Zohra Zewahi, mother of the Guantanamo detainee Omar Deghayes, during a news conference in Havana January 9, 2007. Sheehan and other activists are in Cuba and plan to march to the gates of the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo, Cuba on January 11, to demand the closure of the base. Read the details about Omar Deghayes and his family at Sweetness & Light...
  • Gitmo detainee gets life sentence in embassy plot (1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa)

    01/25/2011 10:53:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/25/11 | Tom Hays - ap
    NEW YORK – A judge sentenced the first Guantanamo detainee to have a U.S. civilian trial to life in prison Tuesday, saying anything he suffered at the hands of the CIA and others "pales in comparison to the suffering and the horror" caused by the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan sentenced Ahmed Ghailani to life, calling the attacks "horrific" and saying the deaths and damage they caused far outweighs "any and all considerations that have been advanced on behalf of the defedndant." He also ordered Ghailani to pay a $33...
  • Gitmo Detainee Acquitted of Most Terror Charges

    11/17/2010 8:52:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    AJC Associated Press ^ | 11/17/10 | Staff
    The first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial was acquitted Wednesday of most charges he helped unleash death and destruction on two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 - an opening salvo in al Qaeda's campaign to kill Americans. A federal jury convicted Ahmed Ghailani of one count of conspiracy and acquitted him of all other counts, including murder and murder conspiracy, in the embassy bombings. The anonymous federal jury deliberated over seven days, with a juror writing a note to the judge saying she felt threatened by other jurors. Ghailani faces a statutory minimum of 20 years in...
  • Guantanamo detainee asks court for a psychologist

    06/30/2010 8:01:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 1+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 6/30/10 | Lesley Clark
    GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA — A Sudanese man who says he has been subject to "numerous interrogations'' since he arrived here in 2002 will ask a judge Wednesday to appoint a clinical psychologist with experience in post traumatic stress disorders to help him prepare for trial. Attorneys for Noor Uthman Mohammed— whom prosecutors say ran a terrorist training camp in eastern Afghanistan — argue that "numerous interrogations and various methods of interrogation'' have had "a wide range of physical, psychological, emotional, and cognitive consequences. -snip-
  • Judge orders release of Guantanamo detainee

    03/22/2010 5:22:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 933+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 22, 2010 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A judge has ordered the release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee described in the 9/11 commission report as a significant al-Qaida operative who provided advice to three of the Sept. 11 hijackers. The ruling in favor of detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi was disclosed Monday in a two-sentence court entry. U.S. District Judge James Robertson will issue a written decision at a later date explaining his reasons for granting the detainee's petition.
  • Engineers crafting road for detainee visitors

    02/12/2010 4:06:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 163+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Tracy Knowles, USA
    BAGHDAD – As the orange sun rises above Camp Taji, Soldiers of the 1192nd Engineer Company (Vertical), a National Guard unit based out of Ohio, bustle around, gathering protective equipment and tools to begin another day of work on a new, safer road through Taji. Taji, once an Iraqi military base located approximately 15 miles north of Baghdad, is now considered one of fourteen remaining "enduring bases" providing U.S. and Iraqi forces with air travel, barracks for troops that provide security, and housing for Iraqi detainees. The Camp Taji Theater Internment Reconciliation Center provides detainees with programs to help learn...
  • Report: Supermax beds being cleared for Gitmo detainees

    07/23/2009 5:17:51 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 33 replies · 1,338+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | July 23, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Make room for jihadi! Tim Sumner reports at 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America that the Obama administration is shuffling prisoners and clearing out beds for Gitmo detainees.
  • Detainee Population Lowest Since 2005

    06/17/2009 4:51:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 257+ views
    BAGHDAD — Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) and the Government of Iraq (GoI) Monday moved closer to ending the Coalition detainee operations mission as the total detainee population decreased to 10,956 for the first time since October of 2005. In accordance with the Security Agreement between the GoI and the U.S., all detainees in Coalition custody will be released or transferred to the Iraqi legal system. Iraqi authorities review the files for every detainee and determine who to release and who to transfer to Iraqi custody. In accordance with the Security Agreement, an Iraqi detention order or arrest warrant is required to...
  • How War Fighting Became Law Enforcement; Obama Goes to Court ... 9/11 and the McCain Amendment

    06/17/2009 6:32:47 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 13 replies · 852+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 17, 2009 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    McCain explicitly included the Fifth Amendment in his legislation because it addresses his target, coercive interrogation. As we’ve seen, in Dickerson, the Supreme Court held that Miranda was now considered part of the Fifth Amendment’s core. In the al-Owhali case, Judge Sand ruled that Miranda imposes daunting burdens on American agents overseas — burdens far more challenging than the rote reading of an advice-of-rights card that typically happens in domestic policing. With the Supreme Court, beginning in 2004, imposing more and more criminal-justice procedure on the battlefield, the McCain Amendment would almost certainly be used by courts or a Democratic...
  • Mr. President, please stand up to Pelosi’s parliamentary pander

    06/11/2009 2:32:40 PM PDT · by KRyanJames · 7 replies · 385+ views
    The K. Ryan James Blog ^ | 06/11/09 | Kenneth Ryan James
    In 2002, Barack Obama spoke out against “undetermined costs, and undetermined consequences” at an anti-war rally just months before the start of the Iraq war. In the speech which made him a liberal darling, Obama went on to say that he was opposed to the cynicism of the “weekend warriors in this (Bush) administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.” The words of the pre-Washington Obama are poignant today as his rhetoric rings hollow with the lack of action President Obama is exhibiting as Speaker Nancy...
  • Justice Dept.: 1st Gitmo Detainee Arrives In US

    06/09/2009 3:54:55 AM PDT · by edpc · 15 replies · 597+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 9 June 2009 | Devlin Barrett
    WASHINGTON – U.S. authorities have brought the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to the United States, flying him into New York to face trial for bombing U.S. embassies, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
  • Awww, Gitmo Thug Commits Suicide

    06/04/2009 2:29:35 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 10 replies · 355+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | June 4, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be sent to the Commanding Officer at Gitmo, Navy Rear Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III, so that he can purchase a supply of 240 239 cyanide capsules to be handed out to the detainees like free condoms in a New York Middle school. After all, if they are going commit suicide anyway, we want to make sure they do it the right way.
  • Obama says detainee abuse photos not 'sensational' (peddling backward faster than a 4-legged midget)

    05/13/2009 2:03:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,872+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/09 | Jennifer Loven - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the detainee abuse photos he wants to block from release are "not particularly sensational" and would do no good if published. He said he will not tolerate abuse of prisoners. But he also said Wednesday he had directed his legal team to fight the court-ordered release of the photos because he was concerned about how they might affect the safety of U.S. troops. Obama spoke on the South Lawn of the White House, not long after his decision to fight in court to block the photos' release was made public by aides.
  • Obama Now Objects to Release of Detainee Abuse Photos

    05/13/2009 10:04:44 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 89 replies · 5,716+ views
    Fox News ^ | 05/13/2009
    Fox News is reporting that Obama now wants to block the release of detainee abuse photographs taken in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ACLU filed suit to have the photographs released and the Pentagon was about to comply with court orders. Obama met with his legal team to tell them that he does not feel comfortable with the release of those photographs because he believes it could endanger our troops and that the national security implications of releasing the photographs have not been fully presented to the court. At the end of the meeting, Obama directed his legal counsel to object...
  • Lawyer: Gitmo prisoner slashed wrist, hurled blood

    05/11/2009 11:40:01 AM PDT · by freespirited · 17 replies · 524+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 05/11/09
    A Yemeni held at Guantanamo slashed his wrist and hurled the blood at his lawyer during a meeting at the prison, the attorney said Monday, describing the incident as a suicide attempt by a psychologically troubled man who should be returned home immediately for treatment... A prison spokesman, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brook DeWalt, confirmed the incident but said Latif's injuries were minor and the prisoner was in no danger. He said the incident would not be categorized as an attempted suicide. "It's a form of self harm, but it is clearly not classified as a suicide attempt," DeWalt said. "It's...
  • Obama and the 9/11 Families; The president isn’t sincere about ’swift and certain’ justice

    05/08/2009 3:45:07 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 17 replies · 3,227+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 8, 2009 | Debra Burlingame
    News reports described the meeting as a touching and powerful coming together of the president and these long-suffering families. Mr. Obama had won over even those who opposed his decision to close Gitmo by assuaging their fears that the review of some 245 current detainees would result in dangerous jihadists being set free. “I did not vote for the man, but the way he talks to you, you can’t help but believe in him,” said John Clodfelter to the New York Times. His son, Kenneth, was killed in the Cole bombing. “[Mr. Obama] left me with a very positive feeling...
  • US military braces for release of detainee photos

    04/28/2009 4:04:10 PM PDT · by fuzzybutt · 38 replies · 902+ views
    BREITBART.COM ^ | Apr 28 05:17 PM US/Eastern | BREITBART.COM
    The US Defense Department said Tuesday it is weighing how best to manage the imminent release of photos showing abuse of detainees amid concern about an international backlash. The Pentagon announced last week it had agreed to release hundreds of photos from US-run prisons in Iraq and elsewhere in response to a long-running lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The photos were used as evidence in criminal investigations of US soldiers accused of abusing detainees in the "war on terror" during president George W. Bush's administration. "There is an extensive effort underway in this building, and in Central...
  • NCO gets life for slaying Iraqi (Al Qaeda) detainees

    04/17/2009 7:41:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 6 replies · 1,375+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 17 Apr 09 | Seth Robson
    VILSECK, Germany — "I ain’t no angel," admitted a 172nd Infantry Brigade noncommissioned officer shortly before a military jury sentenced him Thursday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the execution-style murders of four Iraqi detainees in 2007. Master Sgt. John Hatley, 40, also was reduced to the rank of private and dishonorably discharged less than six months short of 20 years of service. In an unsworn statement, Hatley told the court that he was "… just an ordinary NCO who was afforded the opportunity to be in the company of heroes, to defend our great country...
  • Gitmo Detainee Calls Al Jazeera From Inside the Prison, Says He's No Fan of Change....

    04/14/2009 6:48:32 PM PDT · by Liam2007 · 13 replies · 751+ views
    A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was given permission to telephone a relative instead called the al Jazeera television network and gave the channel its first interview from inside the prison. The young detainee, from Chad, said he was being beaten and abused at the US detention camp. Transcripts of the recorded interview with Guantanamo captive Mohammad el Gharani were posted on the Qatar-based television network's English-language website on Tuesday. ....He told al Jazeera he had been beaten with batons and teargassed by a group of six soldiers wearing protective gear and helmets after refusing to leave his cell. "This treatment...
  • Judge orders Guantanamo detainee released

    03/31/2009 9:36:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 461+ views
    AP ^ | 3/31/09 | NEDRA PICKLER and DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the United States to release a prisoner from the Guantanamo detention center who said he fears for his life after informing against senior al-Qaida leaders. U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle issued a one-page judgment ordering the release of Yasin Muhammed Basardh, a 33-year-old from Yemen. The judge didn't say in the ruling why Basardh should be let go, but she said it was explained during a closed hearing in her courtroom earlier in the day.
  • Obama Agrees to Release Guantanamo Detainee to Undisclosed Country

    03/30/2009 2:58:58 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 12 replies · 396+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 3/30/09
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has agreed to release another Guantanamo detainee, but officials aren't saying yet where he'll go. The Justice Department and lawyers for 38-year-old Aymen Saeed Batarfi have agreed to put his court case on hold while the government looks for a country to take him, according to papers filed in federal court in Washington. Batarfi can restart his lawsuit if he is not delivered to a country acceptable to him within 30 days, according to the terms of the deal that still must be reviewed by a judge.
  • On the Ground: U.S. Efforts Improve Detainee Care, Security in Iraq

    03/19/2009 4:51:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 247+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 19, 2009 – U.S. forces in Iraq have put an emphasis on training in recent days, providing courses to Iraqis that encompass a wide range of operations that include detainee processing, mortar systems and the use of military working dogs. Iraqi soldiers practice searching for contraband as Army Staff Sgt. Robert Roady gives pointers during detainee operations training at the 8th Iraqi Army Division headquarters in Diwaniya province, Iraq, March 11, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rodney Foliente  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Forces also have continued ongoing humanitarian efforts by providing aid to detainees...
  • Iraqi Soldiers Train in Detainee Operations

    03/18/2009 4:55:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 211+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Rodney Foliente, USA
    Soldiers from the 8th Iraqi Army Division subdue and place flexi-cuffs on Pvt. Tony Steward, a U.S. Military Policeman, during detainee operations training at the division’s headquarters, March 11. Photo by Sgt. Rodney Foliente, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. CAMP ECHO — U.S. Military Police conducted detainee operations training for Iraqi Army (IA) Soldiers here, March 11.The class, a refresher course for some of the Iraqi Soldiers and initial training for others, was an effort to bring them all to the same level so they can train their fellow troops.“The purpose of today’s training was to provide the Iraqis with...
  • Number of Ex-Gitmo Prisoners Rejoining Terror Higher Than Reported

    03/12/2009 8:40:57 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 34 replies · 2,977+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 12, 2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    The number of ex-Guantanamo detainees who have gone back to terrorism is much larger than the government is letting on. A senior intelligence official, who has access to some of the country's top secrets, tells HUMAN EVENTS that some Pentagon analysts actually believe 102 former enemy combatants have returned to terror -- not 61 as publicly reported by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). That would mean that of 520 terrorists released from the Guantanamo Bay prison, nearly 20 percent returned to the practice of killing to achieve their radical view of Islam. The number is gaining importance in light of...
  • Former Gitmo Detainee Running The Show In Afghanistan

    03/10/2009 4:21:50 PM PDT · by vaper69 · 2 replies · 273+ views
    U.S. officials say the Taliban’s new top operations officer in southern Afghanistan is a former prisoner at the Guantanamo detention center. Pentagon and CIA officials say Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul was among 13 prisoners released to the Afghan government in December 2007. He is now known as Mullah Abdullah Zakir, a name officials say is used by the Taliban leader in charge of operations against U.S. and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan.
  • Obama’s Third Way: Release the Terrorists

    03/03/2009 7:13:21 AM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 19 replies · 1,006+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 3, 2009 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Binyam Mohammed, who planned terrorist attacks on U.S. cities, has been set free... This is a national-security disaster. Up until now, President Obama has voted “present” on enemy combatants. Rather than resolve the dilemma between the law-enforcement approach (which he supported as a candidate) and the law-of-war paradigm, he has said he is studying what to do about the remaining 245 Gitmo detainees. Now, it appears his plan is incalculably worse than either alternative: He is going to let many of them go. Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder now concede that Gitmo is a Grade A detention facility. And...
  • Obama's outrageous oversight

    02/12/2009 5:49:29 AM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 23 replies · 1,422+ views
    Washington Times ^ | February 12, 2009 | Editors
    Evidently the former editor of the Harvard Law Review seems to think that one of his powers as president is personally to pick and choose which constitutional rights apply to terror defendants and which do not. That's the very thing they were criticizing President Bush for. White House Counsel Greg Craig, often seen whispering in the president's ear during question periods, admitted later to Ms. Burlingame that the chief executive was getting the facts of the law wrong during the discussion with the families. Craig asked her if CIPA covers a case in which terrorists defend themselves, noting that "this...
  • This Judge Said What?

    10/08/2008 8:21:54 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 15 replies · 804+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | October 8, 2008 | The Editors
    There’s an article in today’s New York Times that completely blows me away (surprise!). Federal judge Ricardo M. Urbina has ordered the release of 17 Club Gitmo detainees. Fine, ok, you don’t think they’re enemy combatants. Make the case and send them back to the enemy territory we scooped them up from. But this is the kicker...they're being released into the US!
  • Iraq: Detainee death cases headed to trial

    09/13/2008 2:03:10 PM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies · 207+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 13, 2008 | Matt Millham
    Iraq: Detainee death cases headed to trial Two soldiers await courts-martial for alleged roles in murder plot Two junior-ranking soldiers will face courts-martial for their role in an alleged conspiracy to murder four Iraqi detainees in April 2007, the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command announced late Friday. Charges of conspiracy to commit premeditated murder against Spc. Belmor Ramos, 23, and Spc. Steven Ribordy, 25, were referred to general courts-martial on Monday by Brig. Gen. David R. Hogg, JMTC commander. Both soldiers were members of 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment at the time of the incident. The unit has...
  • Supreme Shame (Guantanamo Decision Wrapup)

    06/13/2008 7:43:25 AM PDT · by Nony · 13 replies · 96+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | June 13, 2008 | WSJ, Hugh Hewitt, IBD, Powerline
    Good collection of links on the disaster that was yesterday's 5-4 decision conferring constitutional rights on our sworn enemies in the middle of a war.
  • From Detainee to Detonatee (Are You Sitting Down?)

    05/05/2008 1:38:20 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 6 replies · 76+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 May 2008 | JAMES TARANTO
    <p>"What does this prove? Nothing really, but I'm sure partisans in the debate over Guantanamo and the treatment and detention of alleged [sic] enemy combatants will see this as evidence that confirms their respective points of view. On the one hand, Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi may have been a dangerous enemy combatant all along, and should never have been released. On the other hand, he may have been wrongfully detained in the first place, only to become radicalized by his (mis)treatment by the U.S. military. In other words, we either had a terrorist and let him go, or we created one. If Adler is right, though, he has focused on a trivial difference between the two sides of the debate while ignoring both an important point of agreement and the truly crucial area of contention.</p>
  • Detainee fears being shipped to Algeria (Gitmo guy doesn't want to be released)

    12/08/2007 7:13:37 AM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies · 69+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 6, 2007 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Thursday zeroed in on the problem of Guantanamo Bay in reverse — detainees in U.S. custody who want out but don't want to be sent home. Ahmed Belbacha isn't happy to be at Guantanamo Bay, but neither is he happy about the alternative he says was chosen for him by the U.S. government, Algeria, where Belbacha says he'll be tortured. Belbacha's lawyer, David Remes, asked a three-judge panel to block any plans the Bush administration might have for moving his client into Algerian custody until the Supreme Court decides a case covering all...
  • Last-Minute Evidence, Legal Debate Delay Case on Canadian Detainee

    11/08/2007 3:47:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 137+ views
    NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Nov. 8, 2007 – The case against a Canadian detainee accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan and supporting al Qaeda took another strange twist today when the judge delayed the proceedings to give the defense team time to review last-minute evidence likely to favor the defendant. Army Col. Peter Brownback arraigned Omar Ahmed Khadr here today on charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, supporting terrorism and spying. Khadr, who sat in the courtroom in a white detainee uniform with his hair tucked up under a black skull cap, waived the right to raise...
  • Evidence Links ‘High-Value’ Detainee to Al Qaeda

    05/15/2007 5:19:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 755+ views
    amer ^ | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, May 15, 2007 – A detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who previously lived in the United States, denied he had any involvement with an al Qaeda group or had planned to reenter the country to commit a terrorist act. Majid Khan, a native of Pakistan whose family lives in Baltimore, Md., insisted during his Feb. 8 combatant status review tribunal hearing that he is not an enemy combatant. Pentagon officials today released a transcript of the hearing held at the Guantanamo facility. The tribunal was an administrative hearing to determine only if Khan meets the criteria to be...
  • Detainee Denies Running Al Qaeda Training Camps in Afghanistan

    04/16/2007 5:43:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 391+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 16, 2007 – An alleged terrorist being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, denied U.S. government accusations that he managed al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan or facilitated a failed terrorist attack on Los Angeles in 1999, according to a transcript released today from his March 27 tribunal hearing. The detainee, Abu Zubaydah, told the tribunal through an interpreter that he didn’t support Osama bin Laden’s philosophy of targeting innocent civilians as part of waging jihad, or holy war. He was captured during a raid at a safe house in Pakistan on March 28, 2002. The tribunal was...
  • Detainee Denies Participation in Singapore, Indonesia Bombings

    04/13/2007 5:56:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 201+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 13, 2007 – An alleged al Qaeda leader being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, denied involvement in bombings in both Indonesia and Singapore, according to a transcript of his hearing released yesterday. Riduan bin Isomuddin, known as “Hambali,” either declined to answer or said he had no involvement with the operations brought forth during his April 4 combatant status review tribunal hearing at the detention facility. The tribunal was an administrative hearing to determine only if the detainee could be designated as an enemy combatant. Hambali said that while he was a member of Jemaah Islamiyah, a...
  • Australian Detainee Heads Toward Sentencing in Guantanamo

    03/29/2007 6:32:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 165+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, March 28, 2007 – Australian detainee David Hicks, who entered a guilty plea March 26 to a charge of material support for terrorism, is expected to be sentenced by the end of the week, military officials said. Officials today released information about how the military commission will move forward with sentencing, a process that has not been tried either in the previous round of military commissions last year or under the Military Commissions Act of 2006, established after the Supreme Court struck down the first commissions process as unconstitutional. Before the military commission members...
  • Detainee Admits to Helping Orchestrate Embassy, USS Cole Attacks

    03/19/2007 4:22:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 297+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 19, 2007 – A detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has admitted to helping orchestrate the bombings of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1998 and the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. The Defense Department today released the transcript of Walid Muhammad Salih bin Attash’s combat status review tribunal hearing, held March 12 at the detention facility. The tribunal was an administrative hearing to determine only if Attash could be designated an enemy combatant. Attash is one of 14 high-value detainees who were transferred Sept. 6, 2006, to Guantanamo Bay from CIA custody. The CSRT hearings...
  • Detainee Transfer Announced (U.S. Department of Defense News Release)

    12/17/2006 11:31:07 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 388+ views
    Defense News ^ | Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
    The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred seven detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Afghanistan, five detainees to Yemen, three detainees to Kazakhstan, one detainee to Libya, and one detainee to Bangladesh. Additionally, one detainee was released to Yemen. These detainees were recommended for transfer or release by multiple review board processes conducted at Guantanamo Bay. Aproximately 85 detainees remain at Guantanamo who the U.S. Government has determined eligible for transfer or release through a comprehensive series of review processes. Departure of these remaining detainees approved for transfer or release is subject to ongoing discussions between the United...
  • Judge upholds detainee rights terror law

    12/13/2006 1:50:24 PM PST · by Zakeet · 4 replies · 240+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 13, 2006 | Matt Apuzzo
    WASHINGTON - A federal judge upheld the Bush administration's new terrorism law Wednesday, agreeing that Guantanamo Bay detainees do not have the right to challenge their imprisonment in U.S. courts. The ruling by U.S. District Judge James Robertson rejects a legal challenge by Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden whose case prompted the Supreme Court to strike down the Bush administration's policy on detainees last year. Following that ruling, Bush pushed for and got a new law that established military commissions to try enemy combatants and stripped them of the right to seek their freedom in...
  • Iraqi 'tiger team' fights for detainee rights

    10/23/2006 5:51:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 416+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Navy Journalist 2nd Class John J. Pistone
    MAHMUDIYAH — Iraqi Security Forces are operating with increasing success, capturing a growing number of suspected terrorists and insurgents daily. That’s where the Tiger Team comes in. With increased success in one area, other government sectors often find a new set of challenges. For example, growing numbers of detainees can put a strain on the facilities mean to contain them. Another such challenge : the security issues facing local judges and investigators attempting to prosecute the detainees for their crimes. Pressed to find a solution, the Ministry of Defense Inspector General’s office and Ministry of Justice combined efforts to produce...
  • U.S. allies impede Guantanamo releases: report

    10/17/2006 8:22:06 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 10 replies · 388+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/17/ | Reuters
    Britain and other U.S. allies have demanded closure of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but have also blocked efforts to let some prisoners return home, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. British officials recently rejected a U.S. offer to transfer 10 former British residents from Guantanamo to the United Kingdom, arguing that it would be too expensive to keep them under surveillance, the newspaper said, citing documents made public this month in London.