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Aug 13, 2013

Judge finds no evidence of eavesdropping on Guantanamo meetings

MIAMI (Reuters) – There is no evidence that anyone listened in to confidential meetings between a Guantanamo war crimes defendant and his lawyer, at least during the last two years, a U.S. military judge said in a ruling made public on Tuesday.

Therefore, the judge ruled, there is no need to issue an order prohibiting future monitoring of attorney-client meetings.

Jul 31, 2013

Hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay shows signs of weakening

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – The hunger strike that began nearly six months ago at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba and spread to include two-thirds of its 166 prisoners has tapered off with a Ramadan pardon that has allowed some prisoners to be together during Islam’s holy month.

Military jailers said the camp was stable and calm after recent upheavals but did not know if the hunger strike would revive when the traditionally quiet period of Ramadan ends on August 7 and normal routines resume.

Jul 29, 2013

Ohio kidnapper’s son says life in prison is best for all

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.”

Jul 27, 2013

Hostage-taker, six others killed in Florida apartment shooting

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.

Jul 26, 2013

Rapper’s force-feeding video riles U.S. medics at Guantanamo Bay

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.

Jul 3, 2013

U.S. asks court not to halt Guantanamo force-feeding

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.

Jul 1, 2013

Lawyers ask U.S. judge to halt Guantanamo force-feedings

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.

Jun 30, 2013

Cousteau grandson pays tribute by trying to beat undersea record

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.

Jun 22, 2013

Al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine confused with Esquire at Guantanamo hearing

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.

Jun 20, 2013

Secrecy squabbles disrupt Guantanamo hearing in 9/11 case

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.

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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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