Tag: Detainees

Judge Rejects U.S. Effort to Hold Palestinian Man After Prison Term

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Rochester, N.Y., on Monday rejected a Trump administration effort to use the Patriot Act to indefinitely detain a stateless Palestinian man after he completed a 15-year prison sentence for sending support to Islamic militants in the […]

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France Brings 10 Children of French Jihadists Home From Syria

PARIS — France on Monday brought home 10 children of French jihadists who had been stuck in sprawling detention camps in northeastern Syria since at least the collapse of the Islamic State last year. The French foreign ministry said it had decided on repatriation because of “the situation of these particularly vulnerable young children.” About […]

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Secret Detentions Become a Common Tool of Repression Under Maduro

A crush of Venezuelan government agents entered the home brandishing guns but not a warrant, and took Ariana Granadillo away. Over the next week, they confined, beat, interrogated and nearly suffocated her, then let her go as abruptly as they had taken her in. While her sister searched for her for days, unable to pry […]

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Western Countries Leave Children of ISIS in Syrian Camps

BEIRUT, Lebanon — As about 900 children languish in fetid, disease-ridden detainment camps in northeastern Syria, the Western states their parents hail from have insisted they cannot take them back. But last month, when a seven-year-old French girl was on the verge of dying if she did not receive urgent medical care, France sent a […]

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Senators Seek Answers on Coronavirus Protections at Guantánamo Bay

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — A group of senators has written the defense secretary expressing concern about the potential for a “significant outbreak” of the coronavirus at the Pentagon prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, seeking answers to how the military is safeguarding the 40 prisoners […]

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ISIS Prisoners Threaten U.S. Mission in Northeastern Syria

WASHINGTON — A year after American-backed forces seized the last remnant of territory under Islamic State rule in Syria, some 10,000 captured ISIS fighters in Kurdish-run wartime prisons pose “a significant risk” to the United States mission in the country’s northeast, military commanders say. Hardened ISIS fighters protesting the dire conditions in their makeshift confines, […]

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After 301 Days in Egyptian Prison, an American Teacher Flies Home

CAIRO — An American woman held without trial in an Egyptian prison for more than 300 days, over a Facebook page that criticized Egypt’s president, has been freed and returned to the United States, her supporters and American officials said on Monday. The release of the woman, Reem Desouky, which followed months of pressure from […]

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9/11 Prisoners May Get Video Chats to Bridge the Coronavirus Divide

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — In a bid to restore some access to Guantánamo’s isolated detainees, prosecutors in the trial over the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks are proposing weekly video meetings between the five defendants and their lawyers, which would require both sides to work […]

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The 9/11 Trial: Why Is It Taking So Long?

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — Next year is the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings that killed 2,976 people in New York, at the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field. For much of those two decades, the United States has been holding five […]

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After a Year of Silence, a Jailed Saudi Princess Appeals for Help

BEIRUT, Lebanon — For years, she was a rare princess from Saudi Arabia who spoke her mind to the world, criticizing the kingdom’s treatment of women, calling its religious teachings “extremely dangerous” and voicing support for a constitutional monarchy. And she got away with it — until she disappeared last March. This week, the princess, […]

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A Veteran Defender Is Selected for Guantánamo’s 9/11 Trial

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — A leading defense lawyer who specializes in death penalty cases has been chosen to represent one of the five men accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks before a military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, overcoming a key obstacle […]

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Thousands of Pre-Trial Detainees Are at Risk of Coronavirus Just Because They’re Poor

Darnell landed in Chicago’s Cook County Jail for a nonviolent crime back in February, when COVID-19 seemed like a distant threat. As the weeks wore on, while sleeping in a dorm with some 300 other inmates, people around him started coughing. He was stuck there because he couldn’t afford to pay his bond, set at […]

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The Growing Culture of Secrecy at Guantánamo Bay

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — During a court session this year in the case of the men accused plotting Sept. 11, defense lawyers spotted something curious: Prosecutors were huddled around a wireless silver tablet computer. When confronted about it, the judge made a […]

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Military Judge in 9/11 Trial at Guantánamo Is Retiring

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — The military judge presiding in the Sept. 11 death penalty trial at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has scheduled his retirement for later this year, in the latest blow to efforts to start the long-running trial in 2021. The judge, Col. W. […]

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Citing Death Penalty, U.K. Court Blocks Giving Evidence on ISIS ‘Beatles’ to U.S.

WASHINGTON — The British government must withhold key evidence from the United States for the trial of two Islamic State detainees because the Trump administration has not provided assurances that the men will not be executed, the British Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. The detainees were half of a cell of four ISIS Britons who […]

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Inside the Most Secret Place at Guantánamo Bay

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — For years, starting from the time they were held and interrogated by the C.I.A. after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the prisoners spent their days and nights in isolation, each man locked alone in a cell, at times […]

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Judge Orders Medical Panel to Evaluate Tortured Guantánamo Prisoner

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — A federal judge has ordered the United States military to have a panel of American and foreign doctors examine a Saudi man who was tortured at Guantánamo Bay to determine whether he should be released from the prison there and […]

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An Interrogation Program Worked Out on the Fly

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — It was May 2003, a year into the C.I.A. program that had led to three detainees being waterboarded hundreds of times in search of information about possible terror plots, and the agency needed to train more interrogators. At […]

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With a Year Until Guantánamo’s 9/11 Trial, the Military Has a Long To-Do List

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — After a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck in the Caribbean, the Navy captain in charge of this remote Pentagon outpost declared a tsunami warning. Word reached the base school and boats on the bay but never got to the war […]

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Guantánamo Testimony Exposes Role of Doctors in C.I.A. Interrogations

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — When the C.I.A. strapped down Khalid Shaikh Mohammed at a secret site in Poland in 2003, those inside the cell included a three-man waterboarding team, black-masked guards — and a doctor. The doctor’s stated role was to monitor […]

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Argument Erupts in Guantánamo Court Over Use of the Term ‘Torture’

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — A heated dispute erupted on Friday at the pretrial hearings for the accused conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks over the use of the word “torture” to describe C.I.A. interrogations, and the military judge declared that he […]

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He Waterboarded a Detainee. Then He Had to Get the C.I.A. to Let Him Stop.

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — After a few weeks of waterboarding the captive in August 2002, the C.I.A. contract psychologists who had developed the interrogation program wanted to stop. The prisoner, a Palestinian known as Abu Zubaydah, was cooperating, and there did not […]

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Psychologist Who Waterboarded for C.I.A. to Testify at Guantánamo

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — They first met at a secret C.I.A. prison in March 2003. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was believed by his captors to be a senior Qaeda operative who might have information that could save American lives. James E. Mitchell was […]

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