In repatriation trial, Yemen takes 6 detainees at Guantanamo Bay

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

in repatriation trial, Yemen takes 6 inmates

The government of Yemen on Saturday took custody of six detainees formerly held for years without trial at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a senior Obama administration official and others involved in the process. The transfers represent a test run for a policy that the administration hopes could make possible a sharp reduction in the population at the prison, which President Barack Obama is trying to close. About 91 Yemenis remain at the facility, making up the largest bloc of the population of about 200 detainees. Concerns about the Yemeni government's ability and commitment in fighting al-Qaida has made officials reluctant to repatriate Yemenis in large numbers. But the official, speaking to the New York Times on the condition of anonymity because he was discussing sensitive security matters, said the government was gaining confidence in Yemen's willingness to handle returning detainees after months of "intense" talks.

Washington

Protecting drones' video to take years

It will take at least until 2014 to encrypt video feeds from the U.S. military's Predator and Reaper drones to prevent enemy forces from intercepting the information, Air Force officials said Friday. Reports last week said U.S. forces had discovered that insurgents in Iraq, using inexpensive, off-the-shelf software, had been able to hack into video feeds from the drones, which are used for surveillance and launching missiles in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Though U.S. officials have known about the flaw for a decade, they considered the threat minimal compared with the advantage the drones provide to commanders and troops in the field.

Ethics panel ends inquiry of Murtha

The Office of Congressional Ethics has closed its investigation into the ties between three members of a powerful House subcommittee and a lobbying firm founded by a former Capitol Hill aide. The office told Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., chairman of the Appropriations defense subcommittee, and two members — Reps. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., and James P. Moran Jr., D-Va. — that it is no longer scrutinizing their relationships with the now-defunct PMA Group, and that it had recommended to the House ethics committee that no further action be taken in the panel's separate inquiry.

MEXICO

Violence claims 12, including 4 officers

The bound and burned bodies of eight men were found in the central Mexico state of Queretaro, prosecutors said Saturday. The unidentified bodies were discovered in the back of two burned-out trucks on a rural road late Friday, state and federal prosecutors said in a statement. Also Saturday, in the northern state of Chihuahua, officials reported that gunmen killed four police officers in a series of attacks on patrol cars in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Friday.

Times wires

In repatriation trial, Yemen takes 6 detainees at Guantanamo Bay 12/19/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 19, 2009 10:14pm]

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