November 18, 2013 |
Inside Courtroom II at Camp Justice on the sprawling Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba, eight visitors filed into a glass-protected gallery. It was a little after 9 a.m. on Oct. 22, before the start of a hearing for five men accused of plotting attacks in the United States. Jim Jenca, a 52-year-old married father of two from Levittown, took a seat in the front row. A big ex-Marine with a florid, round face, he couldn't sit still. Restless, he stood up. He put his face close to the glass partition.
July 16, 2013 |
MIAMI - Twenty-five Guantanamo prisoners have quit their hunger strike during Ramadan, according to the U.S. military, which reported Sunday that Navy medical staff still considered 45 captives sufficiently malnourished to require forced feeding. Prison spokesmen suggested they had broken part of the protest by adopting a new policy: Captives had to abandon their five-month-old hunger strike to live in communal detention - where they can pray and eat in groups - after months alone in maximum-security lockdown.
June 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The House overwhelmingly passed a sweeping, $638 billion defense bill on Friday that imposes new punishments on members of the armed services found guilty of rape or sexual assault as outrage over the crisis in the military has galvanized Congress. Ignoring a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted 315-108 for the legislation, which would block President Obama from closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and limit his efforts to reduce nuclear weapons.
June 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Rebuffing President Obama's latest plea, House Republicans on Monday proposed keeping open the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by barring the administration from transferring its terror suspects to the United States or a foreign country such as Yemen. The provisions dealing with the fate of the remaining 166 prisoners are part of a defense policy bill drafted by Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R., Calif.). The chairman released the bill Monday, two days before the committee is to vote on it. Overall, the bill would authorize $638 billion for the military in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, including $86 billion for war costs.
May 14, 2013
Prescription for women's safety Having read in vivid detail the trial testimony about the alleged shop of horrors run by abortionist Kermit Gosnell, I wonder when we as a society will realize that proactive, universal policies that enable women to avoid unwanted pregnancies must be a priority. Policies that mandate timely sex education for our teens, including options such as abstinence and uninhibited access to birth-control for young men and women, are socially responsible actions that we must take to ensure that early and especially late-term abortions are minimized or eliminated.
May 8, 2013 |
Sometimes the absurdities of an official policy or action are so clear that they need not be elucidated. Such is the case with the Obama administration's maintenance of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Last week, President Obama told reporters that he intends to once again press Congress to close the facility, as he had promised to do in his first campaign. But there is no indication that the president intends to devote any of his remaining political capital to the task - any more than he did during his first term.
March 18, 2013 |
In choice of both topic and foil, Rand Paul's now legendary Senate filibuster was a stroke of political genius. The topic was, ostensibly, very narrow: Does the president have the constitutional authority to put a drone-launched Hellfire missile through your kitchen - you, a good citizen of Topeka to whom POTUS might have taken a dislike - while you're cooking up a pot roast? The constituency of those who could not give this question a straight answer is exceedingly small. Unfortunately, among them is Attorney General Eric Holder.
September 12, 2012 |
MIAMI - The detainee found dead in a maximum-security cell at Guantanamo was a Yemeni captive with a history of suicide attempts who at one time had won a federal judge's release order, only to see his case overturned on appeal and rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. The detention center on Tuesday identified the dead captive as Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, in his 30s, held since January 2002 as prisoner No. 156. Latif was found unconscious in his cell Saturday afternoon, the military said.
May 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The public should be allowed to hear the five alleged 9/11 conspirators describe what the CIA did to them in secret overseas prisons, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a motion filed at the Guantanamo war court late Wednesday. "The eyes of the world are on this military commission," the civil liberties group wrote in its motion. It was posted on the court website uncensored and included graphic references to water torture from a leaked International Red Cross report.
January 1, 2012 |
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba - Drive through this base dotted with a McDonald's, golf course, and drive-in cinema featuring first-run movies and it looks as if you could be anywhere in America. But switch on the radio in this one-station town, and the location is inescapable. "Radio Gitmo," goes a jingle in an unspoken nod to the economic embargo. "We're close but no cigar. " The station's motto: "Rockin' in Fidel's Backyard. " It is emblazoned on T-shirts, key chains, tote bags, and beer-can covers - classic public radio fund-raising fare.