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Somali Man Sentenced to 10 Years For Lying About Terror Links

According to several reports,  Somali man arrested on the Texas-Mexico border in 2008 has been sentenced by a U.S. federal judge to 10 years in prison for lying about his links to two terror groups. Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane pleaded guilty to lying on his asylum application and failing to disclose ties to two groups the […]

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U.S. Prosecutors Charge Four More Men for Mumbai Terror Attack

According to reports, just weeks before the trial of a Canadian man is to begin in Chicago on charges he provided material support to the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, U.S. prosecutors have added four defendants to the case, none of whom is in U.S. custody. The four men, according to Bloomberg, are […]

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Classified Guantanamo Documents: Interactive Links

The New York Times has published several documents that it reports are the Government’s Guide to Assessing Detainees, including a ‘threat matrix’ – including advice on code words, cover stories, locations, etc – intended to help interrogators and analysts determine whether the detainee was a high- or low-level threat to the United States. (This document […]

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Classified Files Offer New Insights Into Detainees

The New York Times reports tonight that classified assessments of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison obtained by newspaper give the fullest public picture to date of the prisoners held there. According to the Times, Obama administration officials have condemned the publication of the classified documents, which were obtained by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks last year but provided […]

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U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 25 in Pakistan

Several drone strikes on a house believed to be holding suspected militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan killed 25 people Friday, including several women, according to reports. The strikes came after Pakistani officials urged Adm. Michael Mullen to halt the strikes this week during Mullen’s visit to Pakistan. Also early Friday, hundreds of militants reportedly attacked […]

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Update on Chinese Uighurs at Guantanamo

The Los Angeles Times editorial board weighs in on the case of five Chinese Uighurs being held at Guantanamo despite being cleared for release; their appeal was declined by the Supreme Court this week. The editorial argues that “[t]he United States has a moral obligation to accommodate the Uighurs, whom the government acknowledges are victims […]

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Human Right’s First Gabor Rona on Nashiri Charges

An article written by Human Rights First’s Gabor Rona weighs in on the military commission charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Rona writes that “[t]hese charges provide a perfect teachable moment about what’s wrong with military commissions and why prosecution of al Nashiri is better left to the regular, federal criminal courts.‬ ” He argues that […]

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Gates says Obama has approved use of armed Predator drones for the first time in Libya

According to The Washington Post, President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed drones in Libya, authorizing U.S. airstrikes on ground forces for the first time since America turned over control of the operation to NATO on April 4. The Post reports: Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said […]

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Pentagon to Seek Death Penalty for Guantanamo Detainee Nashiri

Yesterday, April 21, 2011,the Defense Department announced new charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Guantanamo detainee accused of involvement in the bombing of the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in 2000. According to reports, prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty. Notably, these are the first war crimes charges against a detainee under […]

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Khadr’s Lawyers Challenge Pentagon Witness in Plea for Clemency

In October of 2010, Omar Khadr pleaded guilty to five war crimes at a military commission in Guantanamo and received an eight-year sentence. Now, defense lawyers for Khadr are challenging the qualifications of a key Pentagon witness and seeking to have Khadr’s sentence cut in half to four years. According to a letter sent to the […]

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