The military judge presiding over the Sept. 11 war crimes proceedings at Guantanamo Bay said in a ruling this week that he will eventually lift his order prohibiting female guards from having physical contact while transporting the five defendants around the U.S. base in Cuba.
Angel Acevedo looked down at the Congressional Gold Medal in his hands as his eyes welled with tears during a ceremony held Wednesday to honor Puerto Ricans like him who faced discrimination and waited decades to be recognized for fighting several wars under the last segregated unit in combat.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, a Green Beret once selected for involuntary separation from the service after he struck an Afghan police commander who had admitted to raping a child, will remain in uniform.
Victims’ family members and human rights groups on Friday expressed disappointment with the Pentagon’s decision to hand down nonjudicial punishments, rather than court-martial, 16 personnel held accountable for an airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz last year.