U.S. to Lift Ban on Guantánamo Trials


Two years ago, on the eve of President Obama’s inauguration, a ban was imposed preventing the initiation of the new cases against Guantánamo detainees. But now it appears the injunction imposed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be lifted, clearing the way for Guantánamo detainees to be prosecuted. Some of the detainees likely up for military-style tribunal trial: Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of planning the 2000 bombing of the Cole destroyer in Yemen; Ahmed al-Darbi, who is accused of plotting an attack on oil tankers in the Straits of Hormuz; and Obaydullah, who is accused of concealing bombs. There may be up to 30 new cases prosecuted. Obama’s administration is also creating a “parole board” structure that would help review the cases of detainees that are held without trials. [NYT]