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Hundreds rally in U.S. against Guantanamo

WASHINGTON — Ten years after the first “war on terror” inmates arrived at the US-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, hundreds of protesters rallied in Washington on Wednesday, demanding the facility be closed for good. “Ten years too long, ten years too late,” chanted the activists, some in orange prison jumpsuits,…

Will Obama face blowback for not closing Gitmo?

US President Barack Obama’s unfulfilled promise to close Guantanamo Bay is a lesson in how soaring campaign vows can wilt in the partisan stew and entrenched obstructionism of Washington politics. Stalled efforts to close the war on terror camp also reflect the intricate, and often immovable homeland security state built…

U.S. announces charges against five 9/11 terror suspects

WASHINGTON — US military prosecutors at Guantanamo were expected to file fresh charges on Tuesday against the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four alleged co-conspirators. The recommendations, which must still be approved by a military tribunal official, set the stage for the high-profile Al-Qaeda suspects to…

Guantanamo detainees stage peaceful protests daily

WASHINGTON – Guantanamo detainees have been holding daily peaceful protests against the jail’s continued existence, despite pledges from US President Barack Obama to shut it down, a lawyer said Friday. Lawyer Ramzi Kassem said he had learned from a client held at the US naval base that the protests had…

US faces calls for torture probes at UN rights meet

The United States faced a barrage of calls to investigate allegations of torture and shut down Guantanamo Bay detention centre on Friday in its first review by the UN’s top human rights assembly. European countries joined appeals for a halt to the death penalty, and there was trenchant criticism of…

Canadian at Gitmo pleads guilty to all charges

Young Canadian at Guantanamo accused of killing US soldier pleads guilty and avoids trial A Canadian accused of killing an American soldier as a teenage al-Qaida militant pleaded guilty Monday as part of a deal that avoids a war crimes trial for someone labeled a “child soldier” by his defenders.…

Guantanamo trials draw strong criticism

The first Guantanamo trials under President Barack Obama have drawn sharp criticism after disputed evidence was allowed in one and a secret plea-deal was reached in another. “The government met its burden. The defense motion for suppression is denied,” military judge Patrick Parrish ruled Monday allowing confessions made under duress…

First Gitmo conviction under Obama shrouded in secrecy: Judge seals sentence

US military judge seals sentence for Guantanamo detainee who struck plea deal with prosecutors A U.S. military judge on Monday ordered that a plea agreement capping the sentence of an Osama bin Laden aide be sealed, shrouding in secrecy the first Guantanamo conviction under President Barack Obama. The judge, Air…

US military commissions go to work in Guantanamo

US President Barack Obama’s revamped military commissions start work Monday at the US naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba, focusing on the cases of two men facing terrorism charges. One has pleaded guilty and the other was 15 at the time of his arrest. Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi, 50, pleaded guilty…

Obama’s new Gitmo closure deadline: Jan. 22, 2013

Closing Guantanamo is emerging as a never-ending nightmare for President Barack Obama after he bowed to pressure and backed down from plans to try the accused 9/11 plotters in the heart of New York City. One year after his landmark promise to shutter the controversial prison at the US naval…

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