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U.S. judge halts force-feeding of Guantanamo prisoner

A U.S. federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked the military from force-feeding a Syrian prisoner on hunger striker at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. It was the first time a judge ordered a halt to force-feeding of a prisoner in Guantanamo, where last year during a hunger strike, as many…

Why is Guantanamo’s Camp 7 so shrouded in secrecy?

Everyone knows it exists and yet officials clam up at the mere mention of Camp 7, the most secure and secretive area of the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay. Hidden among the arid hills of the sprawling naval base on the Cuban coast, it holds about……

‘Disruptive’ 9/11 suspect expelled from Guantanamo courtroom

One of five men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks was expelled from a Guantanamo courtroom Monday after trying to speak without permission. The incident involving Yemeni Ramzi Binalshibh happened shortly after the start of a new round of preliminary hearings at the US military facility in Cuba.…

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 braces for unrest after Ramadan truce

The end of Ramadan has left authorities at the Guantanamo Bay military jail preparing for an uptick in unrest at the controversial prison, US officials say. The annual Muslim fast is traditionally regarded as an unofficial truce at Guantanamo, where some inmates have been held for around a decade without…

Obama should review force-feeding at Guantanamo: judge

A US judge Monday rejected a legal bid by a Guantanamo detainee to have his force-feeding blocked, but urged President Barack Obama to review the issue to see if the controversial practice should end. Authorities at the military prison at the US naval base in southeastern Cuba say they are…

Does force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners on hunger strike violate their rights?

RAY SUAREZ: For more on the hunger strike, I’m joined by a reporter who’s logged more hours in Guantanamo than any other journalist, Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald. Carol, welcome. More than a dozen are now being force-fed. How is the determination made which prisoners are restrained and fed…

USS Cole suspect raises court censorship issue

Defense lawyers Monday lost a bid to suspend proceedings at Guantanamo against the suspected mastermind of the USS Cole attack over revelations of outside government censorship. The issue first arose last week in pre-trial hearings for five accused 9/11 plotters when Judge James Pohl disclosed that, without his knowledge, someone…

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…

No U.S. decision on Guantanamo inmates transfer to Qatar

The United States has not yet made a decision on whether to transfer five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo to Qatar, aPentagon spokesman said Saturday. The decision had not been made but the US goal of “closing thedetention facility at Guantanamo is well established,” spokesmanTodd Breasseale told AFP. “Any decision to transfer a detainee from Guantanamo would be undertaken…

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