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Mar 20, 2013

Guantanamo hunger strike is growing: military

MIAMI (Reuters) – More prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have joined a growing hunger strike that their lawyers say reflects hopelessness about their prospects of ever being freed from the detention center in Cuba.

Twenty-four captives were on a hunger strike as of Tuesday evening and eight of those had lost enough weight that doctors were force-feeding them liquid nutrients thorough tubes inserted into their noses and down into their stomachs, said Navy Captain Robert Durand, a spokesman for the detention operation.

Mar 12, 2013

Irish flag flies again at Florida pub as town suspends ban

By Jane Sutton

(Reuters) – The Irish flag is flying again at an Irish pub in northeast Florida, where city officials suspended a ban on flying non-U.S. flags just in time for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 17.

The Atlantic Beach City Commission voted unanimously on Monday night to suspend enforcement of the flag ordinance until a new version can be drafted and approved, said the town’s acting Mayor Maria Marks.

Mar 12, 2013

Carnival puts cruise fleet under microscope after Feb ship fire

, March 12 (Reuters) – Carnival Corp
has launched a comprehensive review of its
entire fleet after a fire crippled one of its ships last month,
and will share its findings across the industry, Carnival Cruise
Lines’ chief executive told a conference on Tuesday.

The engine-room fire disabled the Bahamian-flagged Carnival
Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving it adrift with more than
4,000 passengers and crew aboard. The accident made headlines
around the world and comedians had a field day with the ensuing
plumbing problems.

Mar 8, 2013

Erin go bragh maybe, but no flag for Irish pub in Florida

By Jane Sutton

(Reuters) – The owners of an Irish pub in northeast Florida said they were shocked to receive a citation for flying the Irish flag but have removed it to comply with a local ordinance banning commercial display of non-U.S. flags.

The four sisters who own Culhane’s Irish Pub in Atlantic Beach said Friday they would apply for a temporary permit allowing them to at least fly the green, white and orange Irish flag on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

Feb 21, 2013

Guantanamo lawyers can visit top-secret cells, judge says

MIAMI (Reuters) – Lawyers defending the Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks can visit the top-secret prison where the alleged al Qaeda conspirators have been held for more than six years, a judge has ruled.

But they can only stay 12 hours, not the 48 hours they requested, defense lawyers said on Thursday.

Feb 20, 2013

Florida man charged with harassing manatee after posting photos

MIAMI (Reuters) – A Florida man posted photos on Facebook showing himself hugging a baby manatee and was arrested on charges of harassing the endangered sea cow, wildlife officials said on Wednesday.

A tipster saw the photos and alerted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which arrested Ryan William Waterman on a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Feb 14, 2013

Guards seized Guantanamo defendants’ legal documents

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – While the prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks were in the Guantanamo courtroom this week, guards seized confidential legal documents, books, photos and even toilet paper from their cells, a prison camp lawyer testified on Thursday.

Most of the seized items will be returned, the camp lawyer testified in a hearing marked by angry outbursts, eye-rolling and lengthy diversions from the docket in the war crimes court at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba.

Feb 14, 2013

Guantanamo defendants’ legal documents were seized, lawyers say

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Guards rifled through defendants’ cells and seized their confidential legal documents while the accused were in the courtroom listening to assurances that no one reads their private attorney-client mail, defense lawyers charged on Thursday.

The accusations were made during a pretrial hearing at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base for five prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 hijacked plane attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

Feb 13, 2013

Guantanamo warden says he didn’t know about microphones in meeting rooms

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – The warden of the Guantanamo prison camp testified on Wednesday that he had forbidden military guards from listening to attorney-client conversations but did not know that the rooms where the meetings took place had been bugged by intelligence agents.

Army Colonel John Bogdan has been the commander of the joint detention group at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Navy base since June 2012. He testified in a hearing to determine whether the government had been monitoring defense attorneys’ private conversations with five prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Feb 12, 2013

Guantanamo hearing gets tutorial in courtroom recording technology

NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence agents receive a raw feed of everything picked up by the microphones in the Guantanamo courtroom where five prisoners face capital charges of plotting the September 11 attacks, a court technician testified on Tuesday.

But courtroom technology director, Maurice Elkins, said he did not know whether those agents had the technology necessary to isolate individual voices and background conversations, whether they had the ability to record what they heard, or even who they are.

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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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