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Posts Tagged ‘detainees’

Warsame’s Case Provides a “Template” for How U.S. Will Proceed Against Alleged Terrorists Captured Overseas

The manner in which to proceed with the prosecution of Ahmed Abdul Kadir Warsame, a top facilitator between al-Qaeda franchises who was captured while on a boat in the Gulf of Aden sailing between Somalia and Yemen, sparked controversy between politicians and intelligence officials, according to The Washington Post. Generally, The Post reports that the Obama […]

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National Defense Authorization Act is Signed into Law

On January 3, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, authorizing the Department of Defense (DOD) to institute pay raises, bonuses, and incentive pay for personnel, according to an American Services Press Service release published by the Department of Defense. According to the DOD, the Act also extends the Emergency Response Program […]

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Jan 8th, 2013 Current Affairs

Washington Post Reports on Recent Case of Rendition

The Washington Post reports that three European men were arrested in August while passing through Djibouti on U.S. suspicions of support for al-Shabaab in Somalia. Furthermore, the article states, the men were secretly indicted by a grand jury in October before being taken into FBI custody. It wasn’t until late December, when the men appeared […]

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European Court of Human Rights Holds CIA Rendition Program Violated Man’s Rights

According to The New York Times, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the rights of Khaled el-Masri, a German man who was mistakenly identified as a terrorist and abducted nine years ago, were violated by the CIA’s rendition program. This decision, The Times reports, cannot be appealed. The article goes on […]

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Karzai Accuses U.S. of Violating Detainee Pact

Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, has accused the United States of violating a detainee pact by failing to turn over more than 70 Afghans who are being held by U.S. forces despite their ordered release by Afghan courts, according to The Washington Times. The Times reports that President Karzai’s statement urges Afghan officials to “push for […]

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USC and Prisoner in Cuba Sues U.S. Government

The New York Times reports that a United States citizen imprisoned in Cuba is suing the U.S. Government. The article states: A United States contractor imprisoned in Cuba after being convicted of crimes against the state has sued the United States government and the company that hired him, blaming them for his imprisonment and for […]

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Nov 25th, 2012 Current Affairs, detention

Judge Considers U.S. Constitution’s Application at Guantanamo

A recent Reuters article calls into question the authority of the U.S. Constitution as applied to matters at Guantanamo Bay, noting that the forum was chosen as a military prison primarily because it would put detainees outside the reach of U.S. law. The article further reminds readers of the 2008 Supreme Court decision (Boumediene v. […]

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Oct 23rd, 2012 Military tribunals

Attorney general insists US needs flexibility in terror war, including use of criminal courts – Washington Post

According to the Washington Post, on November 8, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before Congress that the United States needed "flexibility to prosecute terror suspects in criminal courts." Speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder argued "We need to use all elements of American power in the fight against terrorism, our military power, our […]

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Guantanamo detainees cleared for release but left in limbo – Washington Post

According to a November 8, 2011 article in the Washington Post, a provision in the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act has stranded approximately 32 Guantanamo Bay detainees who were on track to be transferred to other countries. According to the article, the provision in question demands that the Secretary of Defense "ensure that a freed […]

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal from Chinese Uighurs

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from five Chinese Uighurs who have been detained at Guantanamo for nearly nine years. The detainees, who are not considered a threat to the United States and have been cleared for release, do not want to be returned to China for fear of imprisonment. The […]

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