Terrorist suspects have become more compliant and are offering up many more important intelligence tips, says the US Army general who commands the prison where preparations are under way for expected military tribunals. \nIn an exclusive interview, Major General Geoffrey Miller said that three-fourths of the 660 or so detainees have confessed to some involvement in terrorism. Many have turned on former friends and colleagues, he added. \nMiller said detainees are giving up information in "incentive-based interrogations." Rewards include more recreation time, extra food rations to keep in their cells, or a move to the prison's medium-security facility. \n"We have a large number of detainees who have been very cooperative describing their actions, either terrorist actions or in support of terrorism -- more than 75 percent" of them, Miller said Wednesday. \nSome tips have led to more arrests, others revealed terrorist recruiting techniques, he said. \n"In February we were able to get 35 `high value' -- the highest value -- intelligence [pieces] ... In June we had more than 225," Miller said. \nInterrogators do about 300 interviews each week, he said. \nThe prisoners' statements, which Miller said have been oral, could be used as evidence before the secret tribunals, unlike in the US. \nThe prison's location at this US naval base at the eastern end of Cuba puts the detainees out of the jurisdiction of American courts and constitutional protections, a situation that has been criticized by lawyers and human rights groups as a violation of the detainees' rights. \nThe prisoners, all suspected of ties to the al-Qaeda terrorist network or Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime, range from a member of Bahrain's royal family to some juveniles and many low-level foot soldiers. \nNone have been allowed to meet with attorneys. \nThe US government has been criticized for designating the detainees as unlawful combatants rather than prisoners of war, and critics are urging Washington to ensure any tribunals are fair. \n"The obstacles will be many, and they will be litigated," said Michael Ratner of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, which is helping represent an Australian detainee. \nSenator Jeff Bingaman pushed for Congress to force the Bush administration to be more accountable and reveal its intentions toward the detainees, but the measure failed. \n"It's an embarrassment for us to be going ahead with proceedings that go against our own Constitution," Bingaman said. "One of the ways the rest of the world is going to judge us is how we deal with these detainees and what legal process we follow." \nAlthough crimes have been spelled out, no detainees have been charged since the detentions began after the war in Afghanistan, and there are still no sentencing guidelines. \nAlso in question is whether detainees from 42 countries will get equal treatment. US officials said this week that two Britons and an Australian among the first six detainees designated to go before tribunals would not face the death penalty. Nothing has been said about the other three, reportedly from Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen. \n"I think it underscores the lack of any clear policy that the United States government has with respect to the detainees," said Tom Wilner, a lawyer for 12 Kuwaiti detainees. "The ones who get to go before the military commissions may actually turn out to be the lucky ones. But what happens to the rest?"
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A cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, has been identified 12 years later. Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite, but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester, England. After a search of the site the Davies family departed without Georgie, hoping the three-year-old microchipped feline would be located by someone. Over the intervening 12 years, she remained close to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park site, being fed and cared for by campsite staff and holidaymakers. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdown
Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach. Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot island, nearly 200km west of where they had set off. Rescuers said that the men were “in good condition” with no significant injuries. The men had been missing for three days after their 7m skiff ran out of fuel and strayed off course. Authorities in the US territory of Guam raised the alarm on Saturday after the men failed to complete