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Former NYPD commissioner Kerik gets four year federal prison sentence

Judge tacks on 15 extra months to agreed-upon sentence The former “top cop” in New York City will be viewing life from the other side for a spell. Bernard Kerik was sentenced to four years in federal prison, after admitting “last year that he lied to the White House while…

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…

ACLU suit forces release of long-secret Bagram prisoner list

A closely-held secret of US forces in Afghanistan is secret no more. A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union has forced the US government to release a list of 645 prisoners held in the Bagram prison as of Sept. 2009. “Releasing the names of those held at Bagram…

Fox News: US could send Haitian refugees to Gitmo

Just when you thought the situation at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba couldn’t get more complicated, a new report claims that the US is considering hosting homeless Haitian refugees at the suspected terrorist naval prison. Citing two Defense Department officials, Fox News reported late Wednesday that the US military is…

Prisoners used to shovel snow-bound Washington

WASHINGTON — The US capital paid prison inmates to shovel sidewalks, crosswalks and bus stops after the biggest December blizzard in the city’s history, the Department of Corrections said Thursday. Two work crews comprising some 20 prisoners convicted of minor offenses were deployed around the city December 18 and 19,…

Iraq bomb plotters recruited in US-run prison: police

US adamant Iraq’s prison system not a breeding ground for militancy BAGHDAD — Two men on death row for masterminding an Al-Qaeda truck bombing that killed 88 people on June 20 were recruited in a US-run prison camp, a senior Iraqi police commander said on Thursday. Adnan Jassim Ali al-Hamdani…

Irate judge won’t get to tag graffiti vandal with eight years

A Texas teenager who was sentenced to eight years in prison for graffiti and marijuana possession has had his sentence reduced under new state legal guidelines. Corpus Christi Judge Marisela Saldana sentenced 18-year-old Sebastian Perez to eight years in prison last week for three counts of graffiti and one count…

Illinois town ‘ecstatic’ over plan to house Gitmo inmates

Residents of a tiny Illinois town on Tuesday welcomed a controversial plan to transfer dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainees to their near empty prison as a “wonderful, wonderful thing.” “This is the best thing that could have happened to us,” said Julie Hansen, president of the Thomson chamber of commerce.…

SCOTUS ruling means torture could return: civil rights group

The United States Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by four former Guantanamo inmates who want to sue the US government for torture they say they endured during their stay at the prison camp, a move the inmates’ lawyers say could pave the way for future torture…

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