By Jane Sutton
(Reuters) – The son of the Ohio man who held three women captive for years said on Monday that he was happy his father has pleaded guilty in a deal that spared him the death penalty and spared his victims from repeated court appearances.
“In death penalty cases, you end up in court a lot and so they come back a lot more often,” Anthony Castro said on Monday on NBC News’ “Today” program. “I think this way is a lot better because he’s sent himself away and he will be away for the rest of his life.”
MIAMI (Reuters) – Seven people were shot and killed at an apartment building in a Miami suburb early Saturday, including the suspected gunman who was holding two hostages when a SWAT team moved in, police said.
The hostages were rescued unharmed, Hialeah Police Sergeant Eddie Rodriguez told NBC News.
NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – A video protesting force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay detention camp in which rapper Mos Def is seen struggling and weeping while undergoing the procedure has done the rounds at the Navy base. U.S. medics who perform the real thing on hunger-striking prisoners say they’re not impressed.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s 100 percent false,” said a Navy nurse known as “Ensign Lodowick” at the detainee hospital where real names are protected for security reasons.
MIAMI (Reuters) – A U.S. federal court has no jurisdiction and no reason to intervene in the force-feeding of prisoners at the Guantanamo naval base, the Obama administration argued on Wednesday in its latest defense of a policy that critics have deemed unethical.
The administration also rebuffed concerns about force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners during Ramadan, the holy month when Muslims fast from sunrise to sundown that starts on Monday. It told the court that force-feeding during Ramadan does not compromise prisoners’ right to practice their religion because the feeding is done only at night.
MIAMI (Reuters) – Lawyers for four Guantanamo prisoners are asking a U.S. federal judge to block the force-feeding of hunger strikers at the detention camp, arguing that it violates human rights and serves no military purpose.
The lawsuit was filed on Sunday night in Washington and U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer gave the government until noon (1600 GMT) on Wednesday to reply.
MIAMI, June 30 (Reuters) – Third-generation oceanographer
Fabien Cousteau will attempt to spend a record 31 days living
and working underwater in a bus-sized laboratory submerged in
the warm, turquoise Atlantic off the Florida Keys.
If he succeeds he will beat the 30-day underwater living
record set 50 years ago in the Red Sea by his scuba-pioneering
grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – An Arabic-English interpreter confused the al Qaeda magazine Inspire with the gentlemen’s magazine Esquire during a pretrial hearing in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal on Friday.
The mix-up came in a hearing for five prisoners who could face execution if convicted of launching the September 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks that killed 2,976 people and propelled the United States into a global war against al Qaeda.
NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Secrecy disputes disrupted a pretrial hearing on Thursday in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal for five prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 hijacked plane attacks in 2001.
Defense attorneys said the audio feed to the spectators’ gallery had briefly been cut, as was the feed that provides Arabic-to-English translation to the defendants, who include the alleged mastermind of the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein urged the Pentagon on Wednesday to stop force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and called the practice “out of step” with medical ethics and international norms.
Feinstein, a California Democrat who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, saying the Guantanamo force-feeding policy was also out of synch with policies in the civilian federal prisons.
NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – No court in the world has ever ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross to open its confidential files on prisoner visits and the U.S. Guantanamo war crimes tribunal would set a dangerous precedent if it becomes the first to do so, a lawyer for the humanitarian group said on Tuesday.
International treaties give the ICRC the unique responsibility of visiting war captives to ensure they are treated humanely, and its access depends on strict neutrality and the ability to work privately with detaining authorities, ICRC attorney William MacLean told the court.