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  • Mideast Catch-And-Release

    05/29/2008 6:00:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 128+ views
    IBD ^ | May 29, 2008
    War On Terror: Why are we catching terrorists, only to watch our Muslim-nation allies release them? The leniency looks a lot like betrayal, perhaps even state sponsorship of terrorism.After the 9/11 attacks, President Bush vowed to hold accountable any state that gives aid and comfort to terrorists. He also said not a single terrorist in the world would rest easy, that they'd be hunted down like the animals they are. "Every terrorist must be made to live as an international fugitive with no place to settle or organize," he said, "no place to hide, no governments to hide behind and...
  • Marines Assist Iraqi Police in Release

    05/29/2008 4:50:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 93+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Chadwick deBree, USMC
    KARMA — The Karma Iraqi police station was bustling with activity. Men lined up inside the station as family members waited outside, waiting for the words that they have been waiting to hear, “You are free to go to your families.” Marines of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, assisted the Iraqi police release approximately 40 Iraqis back to their families and home, May 18. “The significance of their release is that it demonstrates that the area is very secure and that we are working with the locals to return their country back to a state of...
  • US To Release 12,000 Prisoners In Iraq

    04/18/2008 2:45:47 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 140+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-18-2008 | Damien McElroy
    US to release 12,000 prisoners in Iraq By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 7:03pm BST 18/04/2008 America plans to halve the number of detainees it is holding in Iraq by releasing more than 12,000 under a scheme designed to promote reconciliation with communities formerly sympathetic to the insurgency. US officers in Iraq told the Wall Street Journal yesterday that more than 50 prisoners per day would gain their freedom through the end of 2008. Over 12,000 prisoners are to be released from Iraqi prisons The vast majority of those in American custody are Sunni Muslims, including a hardcore...
  • Two Terrorists Released From Prison Early (UK)

    03/28/2008 1:21:12 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 263+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-28-2008 | Philip Johnston
    Two terrorists released from prison early By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor Last Updated: 8:06pm GMT 28/03/2008 Two convicted terrorists have been released early under a controversial Government scheme to ease prison over-crowding, ministers have been forced to admit. One is a radical Muslim cleric - Yassin Nassari, 29 - who was caught trying to smuggle blueprints on how to build a missile into Britain. Yassin Nassari was freed from Wakefield prison last month The identity of the second terrorist had not been made public but the BBC reported he was Abdul Muneem Patel, who was released from Glen Parva...
  • Big prisoner release plan

    12/21/2007 9:26:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies · 229+ views
    sacbee.com ^ | December 21, 2007 | Andy Furillo
    In what may be the largest early release of inmates in U.S. history, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration is proposing to open the prison gates next year for some 22,000 low-risk offenders. According to details of a budget proposal made available to The Bee, the administration will ask the Legislature to authorize the release of certain non-serious, nonviolent, non-sex offenders who are in the final 20 months of their terms. The proposal would cut the prison population by 22,159 inmates and save the cash-strapped state an estimated $256 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and more than $780...
  • Release Ceremony for Almost 500 Detainees Overseen by Iraqi PM

    11/08/2007 3:52:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 156+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Elizabeth Robbins
    Released detainees sit to hear words of encouragement from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during today’s detainee release ceremony at Camp Liberty. Nearly 500 men were released after the Combined Review and Release Board determined they are no longer a threat to Iraqi or Coalition forces, or the security of Iraq. Photo by Maj. Elizabeth Robbins, Multi-National Force-Iraq Public Affairs. CAMP LIBERTY — A detainee release ceremony here today at Forward Operating Base Constitution highlighted the expanded capacity of the Government of Iraq and Multi-National Force-Iraq to release detainees from Coalition Force custody. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki oversaw the...
  • UN: Try or release enemy combatants (and move quickly to close Gitmo)

    10/29/2007 9:04:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 109+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/29/07 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. human rights expert is calling on the United States to prosecute or release suspects detained as "unlawful enemy combatants" and to move quickly to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. Martin Scheinin, the U.N.'s independent investigator on human rights in the fight against terrorism, said in a report released Monday that he's concerned about U.S. detention practices, military courts and interrogation techniques. He urged the U.S. government to end the CIA practice of extraordinary rendition, in which terrorism suspects are taken to foreign countries for interrogation. Scheinin said he was also concerned about what he...
  • Convicted killer set for release, per judge's order

    10/15/2007 7:10:20 PM PDT · by mombyprofession · 18 replies · 73+ views
    WZZM 13 news website ^ | 10-15-07 | John Bumgardner
    Convicted killer Wayne Lee Stevens set for release, per judge's order John Bumgardner Created: 10/15/2007 2:10:53 PM Updated: 10/15/2007 7:05:18 PM Muskegon - A Muskegon Judge has ruled, Wayne Lee Stevens has served his time and should be released. But while Judge Timothy Hicks has ruled in Stevens' favor, there is a stay on his release which means Stevens will remain incarcerated for now. Judge Hicks says he expresses concerns about Stevens' release, but adds there is no lawful way to prolong his incarceration. In a court ruling released today, Judge Hicks says, “If the Court of Appeals sees another...
  • Lawmakers seek Jena 6 teen's release

    09/25/2007 3:56:09 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 41 replies · 122+ views
    centredaily.com ^ | 09/25/07 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    A lawmaker said Tuesday he will press the government for the release of a black teenager held in the "Jena 6" case that spurred one of the biggest civil-rights demonstrations in years. Other activists said they planned more protests if the teen is not immediately pardoned. "Our first responsibility is to get young Mychal Bell out of prison," said Rep. John Conyers, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who said he will pressure the Justice Department to take a hard look at "the miscarriages of justice that have occurred in Jena, Louisiana." Conyers spoke after he and several other...
  • Iraqi president urges release of Iranian detainee

    09/22/2007 12:40:36 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 21 replies · 408+ views
    CNN.com ^ | September 22, 2007 | BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN)
    <p>Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has blasted the United States for the arrest Thursday of an Iranian and called for his immediate release.</p> <p>The U.S. military said the detainee is a member of an elite Iranian unit that has been accused of training and equipping insurgents in Iraq, but Talabani said he is a civil servant who was on an official trade mission in Iraq's Kurdistan region.</p>
  • U.S. hands detained Iranians to Iraq authorities

    08/29/2007 12:55:46 AM PDT · by autosellers · 53 replies · 2,665+ views
    msnbc ^ | 08/29/2007 | Associated Press
    U.S. troops release Iranians detained in Iraq Military hands 7 over to Iraqi authorities hours after their apprehension BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops released seven Iranians early Wednesday, hours after detaining them at a central Baghdad hotel, an Iranian embassy official said. The Iranian diplomat, who refused to give his name, told The Associated Press that one of those released contacted the embassy Wednesday morning to say that they have been handed over to Iraqi authorities. American troops raided Baghdad’s Sheraton Ishtar hotel and took away a group of about 10 people late Tuesday. The diplomat said the seven Iranians...
  • ACLU tries to block release of day-labor employer data (asks judge to stop Vista, CA from release)

    07/06/2007 11:17:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,029+ views
    North County Times ^ | 7/6/07 | Craig Tenbroeck
    VISTA ---- The American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties will ask a judge to stop Vista from releasing the names, addresses and phone numbers of private individuals who have registered with the city as day-labor employers, an attorney with the group said Thursday. The ACLU's legal director, David Blair-Loy, said he would file a class action complaint today in Superior Court on behalf of four anonymous employers to block the release of the information, which has been requested by a local anti-illegal immigration activist. "This is just one of those cases where, I think, the right...
  • Militant's release blocked in Sadat case

    04/07/2007 10:43:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 274+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/7/07 | Omar Sinan - ap
    CAIRO, Egypt - Egypt's top civilian court on Saturday overruled an order to release a leading Islamic militant who spent more than 20 years behind bars in connection to the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. The court also referred to a security court the case of another man who is the alleged leader of Egypt's Islamic Jihad and was also convicted in Sadat's assassination. Tarek el-Zomor, 47, was ordered released in July 2005, but he was never set free because of an Interior Ministry discretion to hold a prisoner for up to five more years on security grounds. El-Zomor was...
  • Easter Gift - Brits Released! (Humor)

    04/04/2007 12:03:00 PM PDT · by Digital Disaster · 3 replies · 697+ views
    Scooter's Report ^ | 4-4-07 | Scooter Van Neuter
    Good morning loyal reader peeps. Yooge News: Iranian President Mammoo Abdingmadineja announced he is releasing the British sailors as a "gift" to honor the Easter holiday and birth, or hatching, of the Profit Mohammed (peace be up on him). Myself being a devout Muslim at one time, I understand the significance behind Mammoo's generous act, but will explain it to you readers who are not familiar with the customs of traditional Islam: The Wholly Koran (peace be up on it) teaches us that Allah (peace be up on him) was having his yearly Easter egg hunt in Paradise with the...
  • President Bush Calls for Iran to Immediately Release Captured British Soldiers

    03/31/2007 6:08:22 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 31 replies · 1,169+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Saturday, March 31, 2007 | AP
    CAMP DAVID, Maryland — President Bush on Saturday said Iran's capture of 15 British sailors and marines was "inexcusable" and called for their immediate, unconditional release. Bush said Iran plucked the sailors out of Iraqi waters. Iran's president said Saturday they were in Iranian waters and called Britain and its allies "arrogant and selfish" for not apologizing for trespassing. "Iran must give back the hostages," Bush said at the Camp David presidential retreat, where he was meeting with the president of Brazil. "They're innocent. They did nothing wrong." It was the first time that Bush had commented publicly on the...
  • CA: Feds release ID standards (does little to resolve long-standing dispute over DL for illegals)

    03/13/2007 6:41:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 340+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/13/07 | Aurelio Rojas
    The federal government has released long-awaited draft regulations creating a national standard for driver's licenses, but left California and other states to deal with the emotional issue of illegal immigrants. The Real ID Act regulations -- which will require all 23 million California drivers to go in person to Department of Motor Vehicles offices -- do not prohibit states from issuing licenses to illegal immigrants. But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who previously said the state would wait until the regulations were issued before grappling with the issue, now wants to wait until the federal government enacts an immigration overhaul. The release...
  • Gonzales to release spy program details

    01/31/2007 10:05:11 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 480+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/31/07 | Lara Jakes Jordan - ap
    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Wednesday he will turn over secret documents detailing the government's domestic spying program, ending a two-week standoff with the Senate Judiciary Committee over surveillance targeting terror suspects. "It's never been the case where we said we would never provide the access," Gonzales told reporters. "We'd obviously be concerned about (how) the public disclosure may jeopardize the national security of our country," he said. "But we're working with the Congress to provide the information that it needs." The documents held by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — including investigators' applications for permission to spy...
  • Kidnappers release American and Mexican

    11/29/2006 7:49:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 388+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/29/06 | Elizabeth White - ap
    LAREDO, Texas - Two men kidnapped by as many as 40 bandits at a Mexican hunting ranch near the U.S. border were released unharmed Wednesday, but three others remained missing, authorities said. The FBI in San Antonio and the Coahuila state prosecutor in Mexico did not give further details about how David Mueller, 45, of the Sweetwater area in Texas, and Fidel Rodriguez Cerdan, of Monterrey, Mexico, were freed three days after they were kidnapped. Mueller "showed signs of being roughed up" but did not require hospitalization, FBI spokesman Erik Vasys said. "He had some bruising and evidence of some...
  • White House refuses to release full NIE (Nutcase Dems seem hell-bent on destruction.. Ours!)

    09/27/2006 10:23:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,137+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/27/06 | Katherine Shrader and Jennifer Loven - ap
    WASHINGTON - The White House refused Wednesday to release in full a previously secret intelligence assessment that depicts a growing terrorist threat and has fueled the election-season fight over the Iraq war. Press secretary Tony Snow said releasing the full report, portions of which President Bush declassified on Tuesday, would jeopardize the lives of agents who gathered the information. It would also risk the nation's ability to work with foreign governments and to keep secret its U.S. intelligence-gathering methods, Snow said, and "compromise the independence of people doing intelligence analysis." "If they think their work is constantly going to be...
  • USAF, USN, NASA Photos of the Day: Flare-Dazzle. Falling. Surfacing. Oil. Saving a 4-day-old baby!

    09/19/2006 10:54:54 PM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 2 replies · 2,402+ views
    United States Air Force (Air Force Link - Photos) ^ | December 5, 2002 | Senior Airman Greg Davis
    Photo #1. Somewhere on planet Earth a USAF C-141B Starlifter Cargo and Troop Transport lights up the sky with a spectacular and awesome flare release. USAF Image ID: 021205-O-9999G-017. PhotographerSenior Airman Greg Davis, United States Air Force Courtesieshttp://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/021205-O-9999G-017.jpghttp://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060914.htm (photo as sized above, ALT text, caption info) Photo #2. Italy, August 28, 2006: A Member of Explosive Ordnance Mobile Unit Eight (EODMU-8) practices static line parachute proficiency operations with combat equipment on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, Italy. USN Image ID: 060828-N-3572Z-025. PhotographerMass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad Zenthoefer, United States Navy Courtesieshttp://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=38550 (caption)http://www.news.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/060828-N-3572Z-025.jpghttp://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060905.htm (picture as sized above, ALT text)...
  • Huachuca City detains 2 Middle Eastern men with 1000 cell phones; Feds release them (AARRGG!!)

    08/16/2006 10:44:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 56 replies · 1,606+ views
    Arizona's Counter-Terrorism Information Center has advised Arizona's law enforcement officials that there is a possible increase in suspicious purchases of prepaid cell phones. Tucson Police have been searching for two men, of Middle Eastern descent for allegedly trying to buy around 50 disposable cell phones at a local Sam's Club. Those men are wanted for questioning, but not criminal charges. The Counter-Terrorism center is also monitoring the case. Tuesday, two new claims. An inside source says at a Tucson Family Dollar store, two men have also been trying to buy cell phones from that chain. And there's news from Huachuca...
  • CA: Federal judge backs release of Islamic charity fundraiser

    07/27/2006 6:22:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 551+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/27/06 | Jeremiah Marquez - ap
    A federal judge has ordered that a top fundraiser for an Islamic charity the government says has ties to terrorism be released from detention, his attorney said Thursday. Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan, who has been held for two years, was ordered released without bond, according to his attorney, Ranjana Natarajan of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. "We're thrilled, we're just thrilled," Natarajan said. The order was entered Thursday by U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter. "It is ordered that judgment be entered granting the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed herein and ordering respondents to release petitioner forthwith on...
  • ACLU asks FBI to release documents on SoCal Muslims

    05/16/2006 9:10:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 343+ views
    Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union have asked the FBI to reveal any post-Sept. 11 surveillance of Southern California Muslims. The ACLU made the request for documents Monday, after Islamic leaders said the FBI gave them little information when they alleged that investigators had been monitoring local Muslims and mosques. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the ACLU filed the request on behalf of six Islamic organizations, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, along with several individual Muslims. Shakeel Syed, head of the Islamic Shura Council, said many Southern California Muslims...
  • Leak in Pellicano Case Is Probed

    04/29/2006 12:09:24 PM PDT · by radar101 · 4 replies · 489+ views
    L A Times ^ | April 29, 2006 | Greg Krikorian and Henry Weinstein
    Federal authorities have begun a criminal investigation into who leaked confidential FBI documents The investigation will be conducted by the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego. Attorneys representing Pellicano and six others under indictment in the wiretapping scandal also have been given FBI investigative reports known as "302s" and other documents in the case. Under a protective order issued by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer almost four weeks ago, they can share the information only with their clients and potential witnesses. The confidential information was first disclosed two weeks ago, when the New York Times published the first of...
  • Something smells in the case of released hostage Jill Carroll.

    03/31/2006 3:38:24 AM PST · by JABBERBONK · 137 replies · 5,250+ views
    4-1-06 | JABBERBONK
    Seems Jill Carroll is refusing to talk to authorities concerning her captives. She already has been caught lying in her post release interview where she says she was not threatened, since she was on video with AK- 47's trained on her head. Stokholm syndrome???? I'm not buying it...how about you?
  • Afghanistan: Christian Convert Released From Prison

    03/28/2006 1:29:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 67 replies · 2,026+ views
    AP ^ | 03/28/06 | AMIR SHAH
    Christian Convert Released From Prison By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writers 50 minutes ago An Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity has been released from prison after the case was dropped, the justice minister said Tuesday. The announcement came after the United Nations said Abdul Rahman has appealed for asylum outside Afghanistan and that the world body was working to find a country willing to take him. Justice Minister Mohammed Sarwar Danish told The Associated Press that the 41-year-old was released from the high-security Policharki prison on the outskirts of Kabul late...
  • Officials Release More Details on Weekend Operation

    03/27/2006 3:07:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 262+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 27, 2006 – U.S. officials in Iraq have released further details on an operation in a Baghdad neighborhood yesterday. The mission, carried out by Iraqi commandos and soldiers from the 1st and 2nd Battalions, 1st Iraqi Special Operations Forces Brigade, consisted of a coordinated operation to capture and detain insurgents responsible for "kidnapping and execution activities," officials said in a statement today. The Iraqi troops killed 16 insurgents and wounded three others during a house-to-house search on an objective with multiple structures in the Adhamiyah neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad. The troops also detained 18 other individuals, discovered a...
  • Was anybody else just listening to Boortz? (vanity

    03/23/2006 7:40:52 AM PST · by Eagle of Liberty · 59 replies · 2,074+ views
    self | March 23, 2006 | Kerretarded
    So, here I am listening to Boortz and he is going to talk to a representative from the group of people that the US and UK military rescued. Boortz asks her why her website or any released statements do not mention the fact that they were rescued by the US and UK military. Their website and statements claim that they were simply released by their captors. This lady could not give ONE FREAKING WORD of support for our troops because her group still views our "occupation" in a negative light. Boortz asked her at least 6 times, "What do you...
  • CA: Federal magistrate backs release of Islamic charity fundraiser

    03/22/2006 9:40:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 248+ views
    A federal magistrate has recommended that a leading fundraiser for an Islamic charity allegedly linked to terrorists should be released from detention after nearly two years. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Johnson filed his recommendation Tuesday for the release of Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan, 45. The recommendation must be approved by another judge. Hamdan was still being held late Wednesday at the Terminal Island federal detention facility, according to a woman who answered the phone at Hamdan's Buena Park home. The woman, who identified herself as Hamdan's daughter, said the family did not know when he might be released and declined further comment....
  • Litigation Forces DoD to Release Names of Some Gitmo Detainees

    03/03/2006 5:14:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 232+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 3, 2006 – DoD has released 317 "unredacted" records on detainees being held at the U.S. facility in U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The records, containing about 5,000 pages, are being released as part of an Associated Press Freedom of Information Act litigation decided in late January. A federal judge in New York ordered DoD release records of combatant status review tribunals and administrative review board summaries to the Associated Press by March 3. Those documents were originally provided to AP, but with names and identifying information redacted for privacy reasons, as part of a Freedom of...
  • Department to Release Uncensored Detainee Hearing Transcripts

    02/28/2006 4:26:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 232+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2006 – The Defense Department is preparing to release detainee hearing transcripts containing the names of persons held at the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Pentagon official said here yesterday. A New York federal district judge recently ruled in favor of an Associated Press lawsuit that sought the release of some uncensored transcripts taken from detainee hearings at Guantanamo, according to press reports. The department will abide by the judge's ruling, DoD spokesman Bryan Whitman told Pentagon reporters. The U.S. Justice Department declined to appeal the judge's ruling, which requires DoD to provide the...
  • Vatican accepts attacker's release

    01/08/2006 2:20:37 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 344+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 9 January 2006
    THE Vatican said today it accepted the decision by a Turkish court to release Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who attempted to kill the late pope John Paul II in 1981. "With legal issues, the Holy See leaves it up to the courts with competence in these areas," Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said. He said the Vatican had only learned of the court's decision from press agencies and had not been given prior notice. Agca, 48, is expected to be released between Tuesday and Sunday, Turkish officials told the Anatolia news agency. He was a 23-year-old far-right militant on the...
  • Khalilzad, Casey Release Joint Statement on Troop Reduction

    12/23/2005 11:51:47 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 315+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2005 – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq and the commander of coalition forces there issued a joint statement in the wake of today's announcement of a reduction in U.S. forces in Iraq. Zalmay Khalilzad and Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. issued the following statement: In a move we regard as a demonstration of the real progress in Iraq, the Iraqi Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, the Minister of the Interior, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld today announced a reduction of U.S. forces by two brigades. That will bring down the total level from...
  • Judge Weighs Order to Release Two at Gitmo (Chinese Muslims)

    12/14/2005 9:15:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 712+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/14/05 | Pete Yost - ap
    WASHINGTON - A federal judge is considering ordering the release of two Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay, which would be an unprecedented step in the legal battles surrounding the Bush administration's treatment of detainees. U.S. District Judge James Robertson raised the possibility, eight months after the U.S. military found the two men were not enemy combatants. A Justice Department lawyer told the judge at a hearing this week that the Bush administration is still trying to find a country that will take the ethnic Uighurs, who say they fear torture or death if they are returned to China. The...
  • US frees 500 prisoners from Abu Ghraib

    11/01/2005 6:28:53 PM PST · by jwalburg · 25 replies · 740+ views
    Five hundred prisoners walked free from the US military's Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq on Tuesday, released in a goodwill gesture to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The detainees were presented with a Koran and USD 25 on their release which marked Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Their release was in addition to 1,000 prisoners set free in October at the start of the month of fasting. All 1,500, who also received traditional white shirts, were released after their cases went before an Iraqi-led review board and were found not to have committed serious or violent crimes,...
  • Postal service to release exclusive USMC stamps

    10/28/2005 4:07:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 36 replies · 777+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 28, 2005 | Pfc. Kaitlyn M. Scarboro
    MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2005) -- In honor of the 230th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, the U.S. Postal Service is scheduled to release the U.S. Marine Corps Heritage Collection of four distinguished Corps postage stamps. The Distinguished Marine Stamps honor four of the most reputable Marine Corps war heroes including Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone, Sgt. Maj. Daniel J. Daly, Lt. Gen. John A. Lejuene and Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller. Purchase of the stamps will be available exclusively on Marine Corps installations Nov. 10 at $7.40 for a book of 20...
  • Release of Cisneros Report Ordered

    10/26/2005 5:23:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 1,004+ views
    Release of Cisneros Report Ordered Bloomberg News Tuesday, October 25, 2005; Page A11 A federal appeals court ordered the release of a final report yesterday in a decade-long investigation of former Housing and Urban Development secretary Henry G. Cisneros. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in an order that the time has come for independent counsel David M. Barrett to end the inquiry, which has cost more than $21 million, government records show. **SNIP** The probe continued as Barrett sought to determine whether anyone in the Clinton administration obstructed his investigation of...
  • Bush Won't Release All Miers Records

    10/24/2005 9:46:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,019+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/05 | NEDRA PICKLER - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush said Monday that he will not release any records of his conversations with Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers that could threaten the confidentiality of the advice that presidents get from their lawyers. "It's a red line I'm not willing to cross," Bush said. Both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are demanding more documents on Miers, including from her work at Bush's counsel. "People can learn about Harriet Miers through hearings, but we are not going to destroy this business about people being able to walk into the Oval Office to say, Mr. President,...
  • SPECIAL UN ENVOY ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION CONCERNED OVER SITUATION OF IRANIAN JOURNALIST (Ganji)

    09/18/2005 6:39:57 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 225+ views
    UNITED NATIONS ^ | 16 September 2005
    The following statement was issued today by the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Ambeyi Ligabo: "I wish to express again my deepest concern regarding the situation of journalist and writer Akbar Ganji whom I met on 8 November 2003 at the Evin prison, while visiting the Islamic Republic of Iran in my official capacity as Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. On that occasion, relevant Iranian authorities...
  • Nearly 1,000 Abu Ghraib detainees released

    08/27/2005 7:05:28 AM PDT · by blueberry12 · 9 replies · 470+ views
    CNN ^ | August 27, 2005
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Nearly 1,000 detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison were released this week at the request of the Iraqi government, Multi-National Forces said Saturday. "This major release, the largest to date, marks a significant event in Iraq's progress toward democratic governance and the rule of law, demonstrating the involvement of Iraq's government in the effort to provide both security and justice for all Iraqis," the forces said in a written statement. The detainees were released from Wednesday through Saturday, with the assistance of the Iraqi government, the statement said. They represent all Iraqi communities and had been...
  • 15 Chinese detainees still in limbo at Gitmo(they are harmless anti-Chinese Uighurs)

    08/26/2005 5:43:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 566+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 08/24/05 | ROBIN WRIGHT
    Aug. 24, 2005, 9:19AM 15 Chinese detainees still in limbo at GitmoBy ROBIN WRIGHT Washington Post WASHINGTON - In late 2003, the Pentagon quietly decided that 15 Chinese Muslims detained at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be released. Five were people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, some of them picked up by Pakistani bounty hunters for U.S. payoffs. The other 10 were deemed low-risk detainees whose enemy was China's communist government ?not the United States. More than 20 months later, the 15 still languish at Guantanamo Bay, imprisoned and sometimes shackled, with...
  • Sign Petition: Release All Student Political Prisoners in Burma

    08/24/2005 5:16:06 AM PDT · by ZayYa · 155+ views
               Free All Student Political Prisoners View Current Signatures   -   Sign the Petition   To:  Sr.Gen Than ShweChairman State Peace and Development Council Chairman, State Peace and Development Council c/- Ministry of Defence Signal Pagoda Road Rangoon, Burma. Release All Student Political Prisoners in Burma 1. The role of students in Burma has been very significant in Burma's politics, since the students initiated and actively participated in the anti-colonial movements, national independence movements, interna peace and reconciliation movements, and democracy movements. The 1988 pro democracy people power movements in Burma were sparked from the student demonstrations, and...
  • US again calls for immediate release of the Iranian journalist

    08/10/2005 1:20:23 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 7 replies · 303+ views
    IANS NEWS ^ | Aug 10
    Washington, Aug 10 (DPA) The US has called for the release of Iranian dissident journalist Akbar Ganji, whose health has deteriorated severely during his eight-week-old hunger strike. "Akbar Ganji is still in jail and he shouldn't be in jail, and it's wrong, and the time is long overdue to release this valiant defender of human rights and fundamental freedoms," US state department spokesman Adam Ereli said. Ereli could not confirm reports that Ganji ended his hunger strike. The US has regularly called for his release and says his detention demonstrates Iran's lack of commitment to human rights. "It's telling what...
  • 'Jailed journalist Ganji will die if world fails to react'

    08/05/2005 5:50:13 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 352+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 06, 2005 | Ramita Navai in Tehran
    SMUGGLED photographs of Akbar Ganji, Iran’s most famous political prisoner, show him ghostly white and gaunt with sunken eyes. He is close to death after 56 days of a hunger strike. Mr Ganji was rushed from the Evin prison in Tehran to Milad Hospital last week as his health deteriorated. Massoumeh Shafiie, his wife, said doctors have tried to feed him intravenously but he has pulled out the feeding tubes. Mr Ganji, an investigative journalist, was jailed for six years in 2000 on charges of “acting against national security”. Some charges related to an article he wrote linking some of...
  • Iran sends in troops to crush border unrest

    08/04/2005 9:34:04 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 22 replies · 856+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Friday August 5, 2005 | Michael Howard
    The Iranian government has deployed large numbers of troops in cities in the northwestern region which borders Iraq in an effort to quell three weeks of civil unrest that has left up to 20 people dead and more than 300 wounded, according to reports from dissident groups. They said as many as 100,000 state security forces, backed up by helicopter gunships, had moved into the region to crack down on pro-Kurdish demonstrations. The claims, from Kurdish groups in Iraq, could not be independently verified, and Iranian officials remained silent about the unrest. The state-owned news agency IRNA said the trouble...
  • Iran: Harassment of Rights Defenders Escalates

    08/02/2005 9:05:35 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 175+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02 Aug 2005 | HRW
    New York, August 3, 2005) - The Iranian government intensified its attacks on independent human rights defenders by arresting prominent lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani and threatening Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, Human Rights Watch said today. On Saturday evening, July 30, agents of the Judiciary, operating under the authority of Tehran chief prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi, arrested Soltani inside the offices of the Lawyers Association in Tehran. The next day, a Judiciary spokesman announced that Soltani was arrested for "revealing secrets relating to the case of nuclear spies." Soltani is currently being held in Evin prison in Tehran but has yet to be...
  • Iranian Journalist 'Ganji' may die after 50-day hunger-strike in prison

    07/29/2005 10:21:23 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 28 replies · 407+ views
    Reporters Without Borders today condemned what it called "the criminal attitude" of Iran's top leaders in refusing to release journalist Akbar Ganji, who has now been on hunger-strike for nearly 50 days. "They must release him for humanitarian reasons. He has been unjustly detained for more than five years but he is a determined man," the worldwide press freedom organisation said, calling on the international community and journalists everywhere to join in exerting pressure on the Iranian government. Ganji will begin his 50th day without food on 31 July. He now weighs only 52 kg and is unconscious much of...
  • What Do the Terrorists Want?

    07/26/2005 1:51:58 PM PDT · by forty_years · 15 replies · 794+ views
    www.netwmd.com ^ | July 26, 2005 | Daniel Pipes
    What do Islamist terrorists want? The answer should be obvious, but it is not.A generation ago, terrorists did make clear their wishes. Upon hijacking three airliners in September 1970, for example, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine demanded, with success, the release of Arab terrorists imprisoned in Britain, Switzerland, and West Germany. Upon attacking the B'nai B'rith headquarters and two other Washington, D.C. buildings in 1977, a Hanafi Muslim group demanded the canceling of a feature movie, Mohammad, Messenger of God," $750 (as reimbursement for a fine), the turning over of the five men who had massacred the...
  • Iran's Political Prisoners: A Wake-up Call

    07/20/2005 4:03:29 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 2 replies · 448+ views
    Rooz Online ^ | Wednesday, Jul 20, 2005 | Loes Bijnen
    The famous investigative journalist Akbar Ganji is said to be dying. He has been urgently transferred from his cell in Evin to a hospital in Tehran. On July 16 it was the 36th day of his hunger strike as a protest not just against his own and his fellow-prisoners’ illegal detention, but also against the undemocratic Islamic Republic and its unelected Supreme Leader-for-Life, a harsh dictator with absolute power. Ganji’s hunger strike is a scream for the world’s attention for the persistent violations of the most fundamental human rights in his country. And for the fate of the vast number...
  • CA: Civil rights lawyers petition for deportee's release (ACLU)

    07/15/2005 12:27:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 267+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/15/05 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Civil rights attorneys have filed a 17-page petition in federal court seeking the release of a Palestinian accused of having ties to terrorism who has been held for a year on immigration charges. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the petition Thursday in U.S. District Court on behalf of Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan, who was arrested on immigration charges in July 2004. His arrest came as federal authorities unsealed an indictment against the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, where Hamdan worked as a fundraiser. The indictment charged the charity with funneling millions to the Palestinian...