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Military panel calls for Yemeni detainee to be transferred out of Guantanamo Bay

A military panel has recommended transferring a Yemeni detainee from the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, reversing earlier orders for him to be held indefinitely without trial, officials said Friday. The move came as part of a renewed effort by President Barack Obama’s administration to close the controversial jail at…

9/11 suspect ejected by Gitmo judge after mentioning secret CIA prisons

One of the men suspected of planning the September 11, 2001 attacks was twice ejected from a US military court Tuesday after making outbursts about secret CIA prisons and torture. Yemeni defendant Ramzi Binalshibh, who is accused of helping the hijackers enter the United States and of financing the airliner…

Senate’s defense bill would allow Guantanamo Bay to finally close

The US Senate debated a defense bill Tuesday that would ease restrictions on detainee transfers from Guantanamo, a major first step toward closing the controversial war-on-terror prison. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the provision should be the first measure debated and voted on in the defense spending bill for…

Pentagon names envoy to finally shut down Guantanamo Bay

The Pentagon on Tuesday named an envoy to shut down the controversial prison at Guantanamo Bay, showing renewed commitment to US President Barack Obama’s elusive goal. Paul Lewis, formerly a legal expert for the House of Representatives on Guantanamo, will look at ways to close the jail and transfer detainees…

Two Algerians repatriated from Guantanamo: Pentagon

Two Algerian prisoners at the US military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay have been transferred back to their homeland, the Pentagon said in a statement Thursday. Nabil Said Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab were handed to the government of Algeria under a deal announced last month as part of…

Guantanamo Bay authorities ban Solzhenitsyn’s ‘The Gulag Archipelago’

Some stories, you just couldn’t make up. Like this one, reported on the UK site Reprieve, about a failed attempt to pass some reading material to one of the people detained at Guantanamo Bay. Something unsuitable you might guess, perhaps advocating…  …

Obama to send envoy to Guantanamo Bay to consider closure

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s chief of staff and two leading senators will travel to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Friday to consider how to meet Obama’s vow to move detainees and close the facility, a White House spokeswoman said. Obama’s chief of staff,…

Obama to begin process of closing Guantanamo Bay: report

President Barack Obama plans to resume transfers of inmates from Guantanamo Bay to other countries in a fresh bid to close the controversial US prison, The Wall Street Journal reported. In the coming weeks, Obama will try to accelerate efforts to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo partly by lifting a…

Protesters demand Obama close Guantanamo Bay prison

Rights activists across the United States held a series of protests on Thursday demanding the closure of Guantanamo Bay as a hunger-strike at the jail entered a third month. In a day of action aimed at drawing attention to the plight of prisoners at the facility, demonstrators — many wearing…

Five 9/11 accused get May 5 Guantanamo court date

The alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks and his four accused co-plotters will be formally charged by a military tribunal on May 5 at Guantanamo Bay, US officials said Tuesday. Military judge James Pohl has fixed the date for the arraignment hearing on Saturday, May 5, and it…

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