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This 2018 photo provided by the Center for Constitutional Rights shows Majid Khan. A military jury imposed a sentence of 26 years Oct. 29, 2021, on Khan, a former Maryland man who admitted joining al-Qaida and has been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. But under a plea deal, the man could be released as soon as next year because of his cooperation with U.S. authorities. (Center for Constitutional Rights via AP)
Oct 29, 2021

Ex-Maryland man who joined al-Qaida sentenced at Guantanamo

A military jury imposed a sentence of 26 years on a former Maryland man who admitted joining al-Qaida and has been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Dec 3, 2015

Jack L.B. Gohn: Losing the rule of law, memorandum by memorandum

It was disheartening, in a deep-down, bone-wearying sort of way, to read the recent report in the New York Times of how four top federal lawyers drafted secret memoranda of law to President Barack Obama to justify the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden and culminated with his corpse being spirited away so that […]

NYC terror courtroom
May 13, 2014

Scorn, icy stares follow terror suspects’ lawyers

For the small band of lawyers who defend the most despised terrorism suspects — the ones accused of hatching al-Qaida plots to kill Americans around the world — it can highly uncomfortable life they chose.

Dec 26, 2013

Rockville man abducted in Pakistan calls for U.S. help

A 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida more than two years ago appealed to President Obama in a video released Thursday to negotiate his release, saying he feels "totally abandoned and forgotten."

Jul 30, 2013

Manning verdict could test notion of aiding enemy

FORT MEADE — It’s judgment day for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier charged with aiding the enemy for giving troves of U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks. The military judge hearing the court-martial for the former intelligence analyst was expected to announce her decision Tuesday afternoon. Manning faces 21 counts including espionage, computer fraud and […]

Jul 19, 2012

Lawyers argue over harm in military WikiLeaks case

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army private charged in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history wants to be able to defend himself at trial by arguing in part that the leaks didn’t do much harm. Military prosecutors say the consequences of the leaks — big or small — aren’t relevant. A leak is […]

Jun 28, 2012

In-House Interrogatory

This week is all about rumors and secrets. Asked: Our weekly question to the In-House community The former general counsel of the National Security Agency talked leaks with NPR recently. Joel Brenner talked to the news organization about the recent national security leaks the country has been abuzz about this month. Various news organizations, including […]

Jun 7, 2012

Witnesses discuss State Deptartment’s WikiLeaks response

FORT MEADE — The U.S. State Department took extraordinary steps to limit harm to foreign relations and individuals after an Army private allegedly sent more than 250,000 classified diplomatic cables to the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks, two agency officials testified at a court-martial hearing Thursday. One group of up to 25 high-ranking officials worked around the […]

Feb 29, 2012

Former Maryland man pleads guilty to aiding al-Qaida in attack plots

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A former Maryland resident pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping al-Qaida plot attacks from his native Pakistan, reaching a plea deal with the U.S. government that limits his sentence but that his lawyers say could put him and his family in jeopardy. A lawyer entered the plea on behalf of […]

Sep 8, 2011

C. Fraser Smith: Living in the shadows of 9/11

It’s one of those moments when you remember where you were. You remember, in this case, when life as we thought we knew it changed profoundly. I was waiting for an elevator in the lobby of The Sun, my former employer. I was in the large room with floor-to-ceiling windows on the parking lot. It’s […]

May 12, 2011

Rep. Ruppersberger views bin Laden photos at CIA

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger says he has viewed photos of Osama bin Laden that carefully compare images of the al-Qaida leader when he was alive with ones after he had been shot by Navy SEALs. Ruppersberger, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, viewed the photos Thursday at CIA headquarters in […]

May 2, 2011

Stocks mixed despite bin Laden death, earnings

NEW YORK — Stocks lost some of their early gains and turned mixed Monday despite the death of Osama bin Laden, several strong earnings reports and a major drug industry acquisition. The Dow Jones industrial average remained near its three-year high. It rose 8 points to 12,818 in afternoon trading. The average of 30 stocks […]

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