August 31, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Cuba leased the southern portion of Guantanamo Bay to the US on February 23, 1903, as part of the Cuban-American Treaty that allowed the US military to construct a permanent naval base on the site. The base has been in regular use since its establishment, and is a source of consistent tension ...[read more]
April 28, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore
UK Justice Minister Jack Straw said Monday that his country would still be willing to consider a US request to take in terrorism detainees held by at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, if doing so would aid in the closure of the facility. Speaking at a meeting with his US counterpart, Attorney ...[read more]
October 13, 2008
by Joe Shaulis
The UK House of Lords on Monday rejected a proposal supported by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to increase the amount of time authorities may detain terrorism suspects without charge. The upper house of Parliament voted 309-118 to amend an anti-terrorism bill by eliminating a highly contentious ...[read more]
July 9, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
A former British intelligence bureau chief told the House of Lords Tuesday that a proposed anti-terror bill allowing authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days is impractical and unprincipled. Elizabeth Manningham-Buller, who resigned as the head of MI5 last year, said ...[read more]
June 17, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown Tuesday spoke in favor of a controversial anti-terror bill that would allow authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days in a speech he presented to the Institute for Public Policy Research. Brown said that stronger safeguards are needed to ...[read more]
June 13, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Judith Sunderland: On June 11, 2008, the UK House of Commons narrowly approved a measure giving the government the power to detain terrorism suspects for up to six weeks (42 days) without charge. Such lengthy pre-charge detention is manifestly incompatible with the UK's obligations to gua... ...[read more]
June 12, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
The UK shadow Home Secretary resigned his parliamentary seat Thursday in protest at House of Commons passage Wednesday of an anti-terror bill that would allow authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days. Conservative Party frontbencher David Davis called the Labour ...[read more]
June 11, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
The UK House of Commons Wednesday voted 315-306 in favor of an amendment to a proposed anti-terror bill that would allow authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days. Rights groups, opposition MPs and even some governing Labour Party backbenchers sharply criticized the ...[read more]
June 10, 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts
British law enforcement and security officials appear sharply split on the advisability of extending the detention without charge limit for terror suspects to 42 days in the run-up to a Wednesday vote on a contentious new anti-terrorism bill in the House of Commons. Unnamed senior police officers ...[read more]
June 3, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
A proposed UK anti-terror bill that would allow authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days has been amended to only apply in cases of grave and exceptional terrorist threats, UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said Tuesday. Current British law authorizes detention... ...[read more]

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