(Reuters) – The United States has sent two detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility back to their native Sudan, the Defense Department said on Wednesday, the latest transfers in a effort toward eventually closing the controversial prison.
The repatriation of Noor Uthman Muhammed, who is about 46 years old, and Ibrahim Idris, who is roughly 52, to the North African country decreased the prisoner count to 158, Defense Department spokesman Lieutenant Colonel J. Todd Breasseale said in a statement.
MIAMI (Reuters) – The U.S. general who opened the Guantanamo detention camp said Thursday it was a mistake and should be shut down because “it validates every negative perception of the United States.”
“In retrospect, the entire detention and interrogation strategy was wrong,” Marine Major General Michael Lehnert wrote in a column published in the Detroit Free Press.
MIAMI (Reuters) – Ten beached whales have died and rescuers were trying to save dozens more that were swimming in dangerously shallow waters near shore in Everglades National Park in southwest Florida, park and wildlife officials said on Wednesday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said wildlife officers euthanized four whales because they could not be saved, and rescuers tried with little success to coax another 41 whales out into deeper water.
MIAMI (Reuters) – Dozens of whales were beached in the Everglades National Park in southwest Florida, and rangers and wildlife workers were trying to keep the animals stable until the tide rose enough to allow them to return to sea, a park spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
About 30 whales were stranded in shallow water, and 10 more were on the shore, in a remote park of the Everglades near the Gulf of Mexico when the pod was first sighted Tuesday, park spokeswoman Linda Friar said.
MIAMI (Reuters) – A Sudanese weapons trainer who pleaded guilty to conspiring with al Qaeda finished his sentence at the Guantanamo prison on Tuesday and will be sent home “as soon as practicable,” the Pentagon said.
Prisoner Noor Uthman Muhammed has met the terms of his February 2011 plea agreement, which cut his 14-year sentence to 34 months in exchange for his cooperation with prosecutors, the Pentagon official overseeing the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal wrote in a memo signed last month and obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.
MIAMI, Nov 26 (Reuters) – At least 10 Haitian migrants were
killed and rescuers scrambled to save about 100 more who clung
to the hull and mast of an overloaded freighter that capsized in
the Bahamas, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday.
The 40-foot (12-metre), sail-powered vessel became grounded
and capsized near Staniel Cay in the central Bahamas on Monday
night, officials said.
MIAMI (Reuters) – A woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner can share parental rights to the child, the Florida Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.
The 4-3 ruling directs a lower court to work out joint custody and visitation details, based on the best interests of the child, a 9-year-old girl.
MIAMI (Reuters) – Australian David Hicks was so desperate to get out of the Guantanamo prison that he pleaded guilty under duress to a charge that was not actually a war crime, his lawyers said in an appeal filed on Tuesday.
During his five years at Guantanamo, the man known as the “Aussie Taliban” was beaten, threatened with deadly violence, sexually assaulted, deprived of sleep for long periods and told that he would never again set foot in his native land, his lawyers said.
MIAMI (Reuters) – U.S. military doctors violated medical ethics by collaborating in the abuse of prisoners during interrogations after the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001, an independent study concluded on Monday.
“These practices included designing, participating in, and enabling torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of detainees,” concluded the study by the Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers.
By Jane Sutton
(Reuters) – Manslaughter charges were filed against three people accused of killing a 3-year-old Florida boy by wrapping him tightly in a blanket and tying the ends as a form of discipline, a Lee County Sheriff’s lieutenant said on Wednesday.
Defendant Donella Trainor, a friend of the boy’s grandmother, told investigators she had disciplined her own grandchildren that way, using a technique all three adults knew as “the wrap,” Lieutenant Larry King said.