WASHINGTON: ' Pentagon Broke Law When it Transferred Five Taliban Detainees From Guantanamo Bay in Exchange for Bowe Bergdahl '

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 21 – The Pentagon broke the law, when it transferred five Taliban detainees from Guantánamo Bay in exchange for prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to a report from a government watchdog agency.

The Government Accountability Office said the Pentagon violated the 2014 Defence Appropriations Act, which requires the Pentagon to give certain congressional committees 30 days advance notice before any detainee transfer from the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.

By Kristina Wong @ The Hill


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` US Federal Judge Temporarily Barred US Military from Force-Feeding Guantanamo Bay Prisoner '

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – May 17 – For the first time, a US federal judge has temporarily barred the US military from force-feeding a Guantanamo Bay prisoner on a hunger strike.

AFP Photo / Getty Images / John Moore

US District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the military not to force-feed Syrian national Abu Wa’el Dhiab until the court schedules a hearing for next Wednesday. The decision was based on a petition the prisoner filed to stop the enteral feeding practice.

The order also prevents military personnel from moving Dhiab from his cell to receive sustenance, which is usually done if the prisoner refuses to cooperate.

“Respondents are temporarily restrained from any Forcible Cell Extractions of Petitioner for purposes of enteral feeding and any enteral feeding of Petitioner until May 21, 2014,” Kessler said in her order https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2005cv1457-221

Last July, Kessler decided not to consider Dhiab’s petition, citing her lack of authority, while at the same time urging US President Barack Obama to address the issue.

The case was reinstated in February by a federal appeals court which ruled that district court judges have the authority to consider such petitions, adding that force-feeding is likely legal if the overall goal is to prevent serious injury or death.

An appellate panel agreed in a 2-1 vote, opening the door for inmates’ attorneys to re-challenge their clients’ ongoing detainment and any force-feeding practices they endured while protesting their lengthy incarceration.

The prisoners’ protest – which began with six hunger strikers in March 2013 – hit a high last summer, with over 100 inmates opting out of meals during most of June and July. The number of prisoners receiving enteral feeds peaked at 46 detainees in the second half of July.

Published on 2 Jul 2013

Four inmates at the Guantanamo detention center are suing the American government over the facility’s force-feeding procedure, claiming it is inhumane and a violation of their human rights. Force feeding was introduced as a method of combating the ongoing hunger strike.
More than 40 prisoners are receiving food through nasal tubes, with a total of 106 participating in the hunger strike. Robert Naiman, policy director at the Just Foreign Policy think tank, says US officials have no right to force feed the detainees, just like they don’t have a right to hold them despite being cleared for release.

RT: http://on.rt.com/m32t9m


#barack-obama, #guantanomo-bay

` Uruguayan President Jose Mujica Will Accept Six Detainees from Guantanamo Bay ‘

#AceWorldNews – URUGUAY – May 16 – Uruguayan President José Mujica said on Thursday that his nation will accept six detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Obama administration should move fast, the Washington Post quoted Mujica as saying.

“It can’t be too long,” he said, adding that he only has a “few months of government left.” Uruguay will accept a group of Arabs who have been cleared for release but can’t return to their nations, either because of war, fear of torture or security concerns about their home countries.

The offer could free the last four Syrian detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a Palestinian and a Tunisian, the paper said.

The White House has long pledged to close the 12-year-old military facility.

Washington Post


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` Al-Qaeda’s Senior Leadership Sanafi al Nasr Spokesman for Nursa Front Relocates Syria as Base of Operations ‘

#AceNewsServices – SYRIA – May 01 – A member of Al-Qaeda’s senior leadership, Sanafi al Nasr, has relocated to Syria, where he is living openly and publicly courts his followers on twitter, according to counter-terrorism analysts and social media messages.

“This is a guy who fought with Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula.

He’s a spokesman for the al-Nusra Front. He’s connected, if not a planner, for the Al-Qaeda core. This demonstrates the integration of Al Qaeda and all its levels,” Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies said.

“And the fact that it’s (Al Qaeda leadership) now seeking out Syria as a core area of operations, this explains a lot about, I think, the new direction of Al-Qaeda today.”

While Nasr is not a household name, his pedigree is well established, according to counter-terrorism analysts, who say he is the third cousin of Usama bin Laden and almost all of his six brothers have fought alongside the Al Qaeda network.

At least one of his brothers was held at Guantanamo Bay.

The Saudi, who is on that nation’s most wanted list, was first identified by the Long War Journal as relocating to Syria, and as a member of Al-Qaeda’s so-called Victory Committee, which sets policy and long term strategy for the network.

Fox News – By Catherine Herridge Published April 24, 2014

Ace Related News:
1. Fox News – April 24 – http://tinyurl.com/m87so54


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` Letter to President Obama Urging Repatriation of Guantanamo Detainees to Yemen ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON DC – April 13 (HRW) – The US should expedite the return of Yemeni detainees cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Barack Obama. Human Rights Watch released a video showing the plight of families of Yemeni detainees. All Guantanamo detainees should be returned or resettled, or charged and prosecuted in US federal courts.

Obama imposed a moratorium on returning Guantanamo detainees to Yemen after the arrest of the “Christmas Day bomber,” who had trained in the country. Although he lifted the moratorium in May 2013, no Yemeni has been returned, and currently 56 of the 76 Guantanamo detainees recommended for transfer are Yemeni.

“President Obama lifted his moratorium on returns to Yemen nearly a year ago, yet the Yemenis OK’d for release remained trapped in Guantanamo largely because of their nationality,” said Andrea Prasow, senior national security counsel at Human Rights Watch. “If the president truly intends to close Guantanamo, he needs to repatriate the Yemenis, some of whom were cleared more than four years ago.


Letter to President Obama dated the 08 April 2014 by Human Rights Watch – Director – Kenneth Roth.

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

RE: Repatriation of Guantanamo Detainees to Yemen

Dear President Obama:

We write to urge you to expedite the repatriation of Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay to their home country of Yemen.

Five years ago, on your second full day in office, you pledged to close the Guantanamo detention centre, and in your State of the Union address this year you reaffirmed that pledge. The return of Yemeni detainees to Yemen is an essential component of any plan to close the detention facility.

As you know, of the 76 individuals your administration has recommended for transfer from Guantanamo, 56 are citizens of Yemen. These include Mahmud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid, the first detainee whose status was reviewed by the new Periodic Review Board on November 25, 2013 (the remaining 55 were recommended for transfer by your interagency task force in 2010). One reason so many Yemenis remain at Guantanamo is that in January 2010 you imposed a moratorium on transfers to Yemen after the arrest of the “Christmas Day bomber,” who had trained in Yemen. We were pleased that last year you lifted that moratorium, and that your administration successfully urged Congress to alter conditions it had previously imposed on transfers of detainees, resulting in significant changes to the law in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. Yet no detainee has been returned to Yemen since 2009.

We recognize that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula poses a security threat in Yemen. But the detainees in Guantanamo who have been recommended for transfer pose no greater threat than many other people at large in Yemen. Speculative concern that these men could join militant groups in the future, as so many others in Yemen might do by comparable speculation, is no reason to keep them detained without charge or trial. The continued detention of people based solely on their country of origin runs counter to US values and sets a dangerous example for other countries.

Prolonged indefinite detention without charge or trial violates international human rights law. We have long urged the United States either to prosecute detainees in fair trials that comport with international due process standards, or to release them. The continued detention of those recommended for transfer by your administration more than four years ago is particularly troublesome.

We urge you to commence the repatriation of Yemenis as soon as possible; to transfer to US federal court any detainee against whom there is sufficient evidence of criminal conduct; and to continue repatriation or resettlement, as appropriate, of the rest.


Kenneth Roth
Human Rights Watch
Executive Director

Human Rights Watch


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“Guantanamo `Moazzam Begg arrested in the `UK’ along with two men and a woman, suspicion of `Syria-Related-Terrorist’ Charge’s”

#AceUKNews says a former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has been arrested in the UK along with two other men and a woman.

The four are being held on suspicion of Syria-related terrorist charges in central England, according to police.

Begg was detained on suspicion of “attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas,” according to West Midlands police.

The police said the arrests were connected. “They were pre-planned and intelligence led.

There was no immediate risk to public safety,” said Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards, head of investigations for the West Midlands Counter-Terrorism Unit, according to a statement released Tuesday.

A police spokesperson told The Guardian that Begg’s name was confirmed “as a result of the anticipated high public interest” from the media.


#england, #guantanomo-bay, #guardian, #moazzam-begg, #uk

LONDON Reuters British intelligence officers in Afghanistan knew…

LONDON (Reuters) – British intelligence officers in Afghanistan knew about the mistreatment of suspected militants by the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks, but were told not to intervene for fear of offending Washington, an inquiry found on Thursday.

In a series of episodes which the government said had damaged Britain’s international reputation, the report also found that British spies had been involved in the U.S. practice of “rendition”, in which captured militants were transferred without legal process to third countries.

“Documents indicate that in some instances UK intelligence officers were aware of inappropriate interrogation techniques,” the report said. “(The) government or its agencies may have become inappropriately involved in some cases of rendition.”

Prime Minister David Cameron set up the inquiry in 2010 to examine if British agents worked with foreign security services, including from the United States, who stand accused of abusing detainees in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.

He was responding to allegations of torture, mistreatment and illegal transfers that have prompted a global debate about intelligence services’ methods and accountability.

Retired senior judge Peter Gibson, who led the inquiry, found evidence that British spies had been aware of the abuse of detainees, including examples of physical assault, sleep deprivation and the use of hoods.

But he said they had been told they did not have to intervene.

“Officers were advised that, faced with apparent breaches of Geneva Convention standards, there was no obligation to intervene,” he said in the report.

Britain had been reluctant to complain about the ill-treatment of detainees for fear of damaging relations with allies, including the United States, the report said.

In some cases, British officials failed to raise objections about renditions when they should have, while ministers were sometimes kept in the dark about the operations, it added.

After reviewing 20,000 documents, Gibson said he had found 27 issues that needed further investigation, including allegations of torture, mistreatment and rendition.

Gibson’s inquiry never reached the stage of interviewing witnesses or taking evidence because it was suspended in 2012 pending the outcome of criminal investigations.

By Peter Griffiths

#aceworldnews, #british-intelligence, #david-cameron, #geneva-convention, #government, #government-united-states, #guantanomo-bay, #mistreatment, #peter-griffiths, #reuters