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Jan 29, 2013

Guantanamo defense lawyers want prison camp sleep-over

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Lawyers defending the Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks on Tuesday sought permission to spend 48 hours in the top-secret prison where the alleged al Qaeda conspirators have awaited trial for more than six years.

“You want to sleep with your client?” Army tribunal judge Colonel James Pohl asked one of the lawyers during a hearing, provoking snickers in the courtroom at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba.

Jan 29, 2013

Who’s silencing Guantanamo court audio feed, judge asks

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – The sound was abruptly cut in the Guantanamo war crimes court on Monday, prompting the angry judge to question whether someone outside the room was censoring pretrial hearings for five men accused of plotting the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001.

In all hearings for the alleged al Qaeda operatives who were previously held in secret CIA prisons, a court security officer seated near the judge controls a button that muffles the audio feed to spectators when secret information is disclosed. A red light flashes and observers hear nothing but static.

Jan 28, 2013

Preserve CIA prisons as evidence, lawyers for September 11 suspects ask

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Lawyers for five alleged conspirators who attacked America on September 11 and say they were tortured in secret CIA prisons have asked a U.S. military judge to order that the prisons be preserved as evidence.

The issue is one of more than two dozen on the docket for a week of pretrial hearings that began on Monday in the war crimes tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba.

Jan 28, 2013

Preserve CIA prisons as evidence, lawyers for 9/11 suspects ask

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Lawyers for five alleged 9/11 conspirators who claim they were tortured in secret CIA prisons have asked a U.S. military judge to order that the prisons be preserved as evidence.

The issue is one of more than two dozen on the docket for a week of pretrial hearings set to begin on Monday in the war crimes tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba.

Jan 25, 2013

U.S. court overturns another Guantanamo conviction

MIAMI (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday overturned the Guantanamo war crimes conviction of an al Qaeda videographer, a ruling likely to lead to dismissal of conspiracy charges in the pending trial of five men accused of plotting the September 11 attacks.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out the conviction of Yemeni prisoner Ali Hamza al Bahlul, ruling that the charges of which he was convicted – conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism and soliciting murder – were not internationally recognized as war crimes when the acts were committed.

Jan 25, 2013

Court overturns another Guantanamo conviction

MIAMI (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday overturned the Guantanamo war crimes conviction of an al Qaeda videographer, a ruling likely to lead to dismissal of conspiracy charges in the pending trial of five men accused of plotting the September 11 attacks.

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out the conviction of Yemeni prisoner Ali Hamza al Bahlul, ruling that the charges of which he was convicted – conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism and soliciting murder – were not internationally recognized as war crimes when the acts were committed.

Jan 24, 2013

Ending U.S. combat ban will even career playing field, servicewomen say

By Jane Sutton

(Reuters) – A Pentagon decision to lift a ban on women in front-line combat roles will remove an obstacle that stymied women’s careers but had little meaning on modern battlefields with no clear front lines, U.S. military women said on Wednesday.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to formally announce on Thursday that he will lift the policy that excluded women from units whose main job is to engage in combat, U.S. defense officials said.

Jan 18, 2013

U.S. won’t drop conspiracy charge against 9/11 plot suspects

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Pentagon appointee overseeing the Guantanamo war crimes court refused on Friday to drop conspiracy charges against five accused plotters of the September 11 attacks despite the chief prosecutor’s concerns that the charge might not withstand appeals.

The decision announced by the Pentagon means the alleged mastermind of the hijacked plane attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other captives could be tried on a charge that the prosecutor acknowledged might not have been recognized as a war crime when the attacks occurred in 2001.

Jan 10, 2013

Guantanamo prosecutor wants one charge dropped in 9/11 case

MIAMI (Reuters) – The chief prosecutor for the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal recommended on Wednesday that the Pentagon drop a conspiracy charge against five prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001.

The prosecutor, Brigadier General Mark Martins, expressed doubts that the conspiracy charge would withstand legal appeal.

Dec 18, 2012

U.S. prosecutors say won’t charge Petraeus mistress in cyberstalking case

By Jane Sutton

(Reuters) – Federal prosecutors said on Tuesday they would not file any charges in the Florida cyberstalking investigation of Paula Broadwell, the biographer whose affair with former CIA chief David Petraeus led to his resignation.

Anonymous emails that Broadwell sent to Jill Kelley, a Tampa socialite who knew Petraeus, prompted an FBI investigation that exposed Broadwell’s affair with the retired U.S. Army general known for his success in the Iraq war. Petraeus resigned from the CIA last month.

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      "I'm a correspondent in Miami. Since January 2002, I've made dozens of trips to the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval base to cover the detention operations and ongoing war crimes tribunals. I've covered hurricanes, crimes and corruption, elections and topics ranging from orange crop diseases to shark attacks. I joined Reuters in 1994 as a municipal bond and public finance reporter."
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