U.S. sends 2 home from Guantanamo
The United States sent two long-cleared Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia during the weekend, the latest move in renewed efforts to empty the prison that President Obama ordered closed in 2009.
The Pentagon identified the two men as Saad Muhammed Qahtani, 34, and Hamood Abdulla Hamood, 48. The men were brought to Gitmo in 2002. Neither was charged.
The transfer reduced the prison population to 160 as the Pentagon pressed forward with two death penalty proceedings on the base.
At the war court on Monday, lawyers for the men accused of plotting the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were studying a judge's sealed ruling that appeared to let the five defendants talk about what the CIA did to them in years of secret custody before they got to Guantanamo.
According to the ruling, attorney James Connell said, defense attorneys like himself are forbidden from divulging classified CIA information. But the judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, said the Sept. 11 defendants' “thoughts and memories” are their own.
“This ruling is an important step forward in accountability for torture,” Connell said.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.