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One person was shot to death and three were injured during a shooting at a California city council member’s house

One person was killed in the shooting at the California city official’s house, where an outdoor party was being held, police stated.

A man was pronounced dead at the home of Gilroy City Council Member Rebeca Armendariz, and the three survivors were hospitalized, two with “life-threatening injuries,” the Gilroy Police Department said in a statement

Gilroy Mayor Marie Blankley said in an email that Armendariz was not physically injured.

The violence took place just before 1 AM, when responding officers came across an outdoor party. According to police, the incident was preceded and exacerbated by an altercation.

A statement released by NBC Bay Area Saturday evening, Armendariz stated, “We are fully cooperating with the Gilroy Police Department during this investigation. “

” Our primary concern is for those impacted and their families, she stated. We hope that the Gilroy community will show love and support to those who were affected by yesterday’s events. “

Gilroy, with a population of about 60,000, was once an agricultural town famed for being the self-proclaimed “Garlic Capital of the World.” The city now emphasizes its region, Silicon Valley.

The city was the scene of a mass shooting in 2019, when a 19-year-old who had waded into white supremacy opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, killing three, including two children, and injuring 12 before fatally shooting himself.

Dennis Romero writes for NBC News and is based in Los Angeles.

American Airlines cancels more than 700 flights

American Airlines has canceled more than 1,000 flights since Friday, disruptions it blamed on staffing problems and high winds at its busiest hub.

On Saturday, American canceled nearly 460 flights, or 17% of its mainline schedule, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware. The Southwest Airlines Dallas cut 86 flights. This represents 2% of the Saturday operations.

American canceled another 285 flights, or 10% of its schedule planned for Sunday, on top of 340 cancellations on Friday.

American’s COO David Seymour said in a staff note on Saturday that the problems started with high wind gusts on Thursday that cut capacity at its Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport hub and that crew members ended up out of position for their next flights. According to CNBC’s internal statistics, most cancellations occurred on Saturday and Sunday due to

Pilot availability and flight attendant availability.

” With additional weather, our staffing starts to run tight as crewmembers end up missing their regular flight sequences,” Seymour wrote. Seymour stated that the majority of customers were rebooked that day and that the operation should stabilize by November.

Airlines are experiencing staff shortages, which have caused hundreds of cancellations and other disruptions in flight operations since late spring’s rebound in travel demand. During the worst of the pandemic, thousands of employees were convinced by carriers to take voluntary leave of absence or buyouts to reduce their payroll costs.

Now they are looking to increase their staff by hiring flight attendants, pilots, ramp and customer service personnel, and other workers. Airlines are unable to recover from disruptions caused by bad weather or technological problems if they have a smaller staff.

Southwest earlier this month said that a meltdown earlier this month in which it canceled more than 2,000 flights cost it $75 million. The company also stated that it would continue to reduce its 2021 schedule, following earlier cuts to avoid further disruptions.

American Airlines’ Seymour said that 1,800 flight attendants would be returning from leave starting Nov. 1 and that the rest would be back by December. It said it also is in the process of hiring pilots, mechanics, airport workers and reservations agents “so more team members will be in place for the holiday season.”

U.S., E.U. to end tariff war over steel, aluminum

WASHINGTON/ROME — The United States and European Union have agreed to end a dispute over U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by former President Donald Trump in 2018, removing an irritant in transatlantic relations and averting a spike in E.U. U.S. officials stated that they would not impose retaliatory tariffs on Saturday.

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told reporters that the deal will maintain U.S. “Section 232” tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% aluminum, while allowing “limited volumes” of E.U.-produced metals into the United States duty free.

It eliminates a source of friction between the allies and lets them focus on negotiating a new global trade agreement to address worldwide excess steel and aluminum capacity mainly centered in China and reduce carbon emissions from the industries.

E.U. Valdis Dombrovskis, trade chief, confirmed the agreement. He wrote on Twitter “We have agreed with U.S.A to pause” the dispute over trade and begin cooperation on a future international arrangement on sustainable steel or aluminum. Dombrovskis stated that the deal would be officially announced by Biden, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, on Sunday U.S. Officials did not provide details about the amount of duty-free steel that would be allowed into the United States under the tariff-rate system that was agreed upon with E.U The deal gives an additional two-years of duty-free entry above the E.U. quota. U.S. officials stated that steel products that were exempted by Commerce Department in the last year have been granted additional two years of duty-free access.

The agreement requires E.U. To qualify for duty-free status, steel and aluminum must be produced entirely in the bloc. This is known as “melted poured”. This provision is intended to prevent metals from China or other non-E.U. countries. The provision prevents metals from China and other non-E.U. countries from being minimally processed in Europe prior to export to the United States.

Europe exported around 5 million tons of steel annually to the United States prior to Trump’s imposition of the tariffs on national security grounds.

” The agreement to negotiate a carbon based arrangement on aluminum and steel trade addresses both Chinese production and carbon intensity in steel and aluminum sectors,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said to reporters. He also stated that workers and the environment can be protected .

U.S. The U.S. is known for its steel production which heavily relies on electric-arc furnaces. This makes it far less carbon-intensive than the blast furnaces that are powered by coal in China.

Biden sought to repair relations with European allies after Trump’s presidency in order to confront China’s state-driven economy practices, which led to Beijing building large excess steelmaking capacities that have flooded global markets. The deal will end Europe’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products, including bourbon whiskey and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. It also eliminates motor boats, which were due to double Dec. 1. Officials from the United States said. The end of this long-running tariff nightmare is within sight for U.S. distillers, who have struggled to cope with the weight of tariffs and the pandemic,” Chris Swonger, President of Distilled Spirits Council, said. He also called on Britain to lower its tariff on American whiskeys.

Record steel prices

Raimondo said the deal will reduce costs for steel-consuming U.S. manufacturers. Steel prices have more than tripled in the past year to records topping $1,900 a ton as the industry has struggled to keep up with a demand surge after COVID-19 pandemic-related shutdowns, contributing to inflation.

U.S. The quotas will allow primary aluminum producers to continue investing in domestic capacity, which was reduced to just two companies before Trump imposed tariffs.

American Iron and Steel Institute President Kevin Dempsey stated that the quota arrangement will “prevent another surge in steel imports that would undermine our industry and threaten good-paying American jobs.” “

” We urge the U.S.A. and E.U. Dempsey said that the U.S. and E.U. should take proactive steps to hold China, as well as other countries using trade-distorting strategies to account. We also believe that the U.S. and E.U. are a good partnership. “We also believe that the U.S.-E.U. should cooperate on new trade strategies to address climate change. This includes developing effective carbon border adjustment methods. “

Due to its exit from the E.U., Britain’s steel exports remain subject to the tariffs, as are those of other U.S. allies including Japan. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce opposed the metals tariffs right from the beginning and said that duties and quotas should not be imposed on “close allies”. “

Alec Baldwin’s first comments on camera regarding the Rust shooting tragedy

Alec Baldwin addressed the paparazzi in Manchester, Vermont on Saturday about the fatal shooting on the Rust film set.

Baldwin said he was not allowed to comment directly on the investigation regarding the movie set shooting that ended the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded film director Joel Souza.

” I was ordered by Santa Fe’s sheriff’s office. I cannot answer any questions regarding the investigation. According to a video posted to TMZ’s website on Saturday, Baldwin stated that he couldn’t. It’s an ongoing investigation. A woman died. She was my friend. “

” The day she arrived in Santa Fe for shooting, I took her to dinner at Joel’s,” Baldwin said. “We were a well-oiled team working together on a film, and then this terrible event occurred. “

Hutchins had been working in Santa Fe, New Mexico as the director for photography for “Rust” when Baldwin discharged a prop gun , injuring both Hutchins, and Souza. Officials said that Hutchins was flown via helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital where she was declared dead. Souza was transported by an ambulance to a hospital. Souza is currently recovering from his injuries.

Baldwin said that he talks to the police every day as they investigate the shooting. He said, “I’m cooperating” with them.

When asked about his meeting with Hutchins’ husband, Matt, and her son, Baldwin said he “wouldn’t know how to characterize it. He said that the guy was overwhelmed by grief. There are occasional accidents on film sets but nothing like this. This is one in a billion episode. He is shocked. He has a nine-year-old boy. We keep in touch with him. We are concerned about his family, and his child. We are anxiously waiting for the sheriff’s office to report back on the results of the investigation. “

While film-set injuries are not uncommon, there is little precedent for gun-related injuries and deaths.

In 2016, The Associated Press found that since 1990, at least 43 people have died while on U.S. film sets and more than 150 were left with life-altering injuries. The Associated Press reported that there were many instances when major accidents didn’t appear in the investigation records or in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration database.

Baldwin was an actor and producer from “Rust” who supported new safety measures for guns on movie sets.

” I’m all for it and will cooperate in every way that I can,” said he.

Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told NBC News on Wednesday that the investigation into the “Rust” movie set shooting is “incredibly complex” and “will take a while. “

So far, no charges have been filed in connection to the shooting, the sheriff’s office said.

Nicole Acevedo is a reporter for NBC News Digital. She writes, produces and reports on stories for NBC Latino as well as NBCNews.com.

Ky. attorney pleads guilty

to human trafficking charges

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FLORENCE (Ky.) — After being implicated in a criminal case against a former judge, a Kentucky attorney has pleaded guilty.

Robert L. Poole 53, Florence, pleaded guilty Friday to five counts for promoting human trafficking in Kenton County according to a press release from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

Poole was indicted in 2018 on 15 charges, including third-degree rape, after a nine-month investigation by the Erlanger Police Department and the attorney general’s office. The Herald-Leader reported that Erlanger police stated at the time that some of these sex crimes were committed by minors.

The investigation into Poole’s activities began when police discovered evidence that linked Poole to the case against Timothy Nolan, former Campbell County District Judge. Nolan was sentenced 20 to prison for human trafficking 2018..

The attorney general stated that additional charges were pending against Poole Boone County.

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New York City workers are getting jabs more often due to mandate. But 26K refuse

NEW YORK (AP) – More than 26,000 of New York City’s municipal workers remained unvaccinated after Friday’s deadline to show proof they’ve gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the city said Saturday.

A last-minute surge of jabs increased the vaccination rate to 83% for police officers, firefighters and garbage collectors, which was up from 76% one day earlier.

Workers who don’t comply with the requirement will go on unpaid leave beginning Monday. This leaves the Big Apple preparing for closed firehouses, fewer officers and ambulances, and increasing trash.

Vaccination rates in the city’s sanitation and fire departments rose significantly on Friday. Workers rushed to meet the deadline. There was also an incentive: Workers who receive a shot by Friday night will be $500.

The fire department’s rate rose 8% and the sanitation department saw an additional 10% of its staff get vaccinated Friday, according to city data. Each of the fire and sanitation departments still has 23% members of staff that have not been vaccinated.

The NYPD had a 5% jump in vaccinations Friday, leaving 16% of police personnel who had yet to get a dose.

City officials are weighing different contingencies to address a possible staff shortage on Monday.

The fire department stated that it is ready to close 20% fire companies and put 20% fewer fire trucks in service, change schedules, cancel vacations and turn to outside EMS providers to fill staffing shortages.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the sanitation department will move to 12-hour shifts, as opposed to the usual 8-hour shifts, and begin working Sundays to ensure trash doesn’t pile up.

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Biden attempts to show allies that the U.S. is there for them back in Europe

October 31, 2021 / Leave a comment

ROME – Nearly five years after President Joe Biden declared that “America is back” during his first foreign visit, the president now faces the challenge of convincing the world that he is back in Europe.

Attending twin summits in Rome then Scotland, Biden asks world leaders to join a country that is unable to decide its own future.

His visit is set against the backdrop of the ongoing struggle to get his signature domestic agenda through Congress. To build support for his plan, the president’s fellow Democrats have slowly reduced Biden ‘s spending on families and health care. They also fought for tax increases to pay for it.

Because support for the $1. The president’s $1 trillion separate infrastructure package, 75 trillion of expanded social programs, is also being held up. The president is now asking the world to evaluate him based on his intents and his outcomes.

Biden administration officials contend that American allies understand the messiness of the legislative process and are unfazed, but world leaders also are keenly aware of Biden‘s sagging poll numbers, the prospects of a Republican resurgence in Congress in the 2022 midterm election and the specter the presidency could shift to former President Donald Trump or someone with similar politics two years later.

The White House view was presented by senior administration officials in Rome , briefings. It stated that American alliances were subject to great trauma under the previous administration. Healing work under Biden continues.

A senior administration official stated Saturday that the White House believes allies want Biden for as much progress possible as there is a president who is deeply dedicated to transatlantic alliances.

” The administration created high expectations for a kind of reset in transatlantic relations with the “America is back rhetoric,”” stated Benjamin Haddad, director at the Washington think-tank Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. “I believe there were too many expectations for us to just forget about the past four years .”

,” said Haddad.

Biden promised that the U.S. would be a more engaged and predictable partner to allies following four years of Donald Trump’s “America First.”

But he has disappointed allies and given ammunition to his Republican critics in the beginning of his presidency. The U.S.’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan was one of the setbacks, as well as a diplomatic dispute with France over the U.S. plan to arm Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.

Biden also disappointed Eastern European allies, including Poland and Ukraine, over his decision to waive sanctions against German entities involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

The United States considers the Russia-to Germany pipeline a threat for European energy security. It increases Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and allows Russia the power to exert political pressure upon its neighbours. However, imposing sanctions on Germany would have created a new dispute with one the United States’ closest allies.

European allies were also furious at the Biden administration’s restrictions on travel from European Union members because of the coronavirus epidemic. The administration announced that it would lift restrictions on travelers from 33 nations, including those who are members of the EU and China, Iran, South Africa, Brazil, India, and South Africa.

Some progress was made at the G-20 as the White House announced Saturday the U.S. and European Union had reached an agreement to settle their diplomatic rift over Trump-era steel and aluminum tariffs.

The tariffs were imposed on national security grounds, and resulted in retaliatory taxes from the EU. They won’t be entirely removed. The U.S. will allow some European steel and aluminum to enter without tariffs, and any retaliatory tariffs imposed by the EU will cease.

While prospects for the largest-ever U.S. climate investment are improving, delays in getting there have only reinforced the indecisiveness of American policy. It is clear that one president’s priorities can be reversed.

If Congress fails to pass legislation for significant action on climate by the United States itself, “it would be like President Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement, again,” U.S. climate envoy and former secretary of state John Kerry told the AP earlier this month.

A closed-door session was held with House Democrats. Biden was present just hours before his departure to Rome , House speaker Nancy Pelosi invoked President Obama’s visit as she attempted to rally Democratic votes for the $1 trillion infrastructure package.

“When the president gets off that plane we want him to have a vote of confidence from this Congress,” she said. She referred to conversations she had with world leaders about whether American democracy is capable of delivering.

” The rest of the world wonders if we can function,” Biden stated to lawmakers, according a source who is familiar with his comments.

Biden is trying to prove it can with his actions at the Group of 20 summit in Rome and next at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow.

On Saturday he huddled with Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron in to discuss the Iran deal strategy. This four-way meeting was intended to be a contrast to the Trump administration’s Iran nuclear issue, which was one of the most contentious issues between the U.S. government and Europe.

Biden also met individually with Macron on Friday, part of an attempt to move past a separate row over a secret U.S.-U.K. deal to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia that cost France tens of billions of dollars by ending its own planned submarine sale to the ally.

” “This is for me the beginning of a trust-building process, of confidence which we are building together,” Macron said to Biden .

William Howell is a University of Chicago political science professor. He said Biden ‘s challenges says less about his abilities or domestic support for his Agenda and more about the current state of American politics.

” The pervasive gridlock and polarization that characterize our national political system will… give foreign officials some pause before entering long-term, expensive agreements with us,” Howell stated.

The president achieved a global agreement to create a global minimum income tax for corporations. This long-awaited move was intended to stop companies from shifting their profits offshore to avoid tax havens. But the legislation implementing it in the U.S. is part of the broader package of legislation that hasn’t yet passed Congress.

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Pelosi wants to expedite votes on infrastructure and budget bills next week

October 31, 2021 / Leave a comment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been considering placing President Biden’s $1. 75 trillion Social Welfare Bill and the $1. Next week, 25 trillion infrastructure package will be up for vote.

Mrs. Pelosi is a California Democrat and wants to hold both votes as soon as Tuesday. As Congress nears the Dec. 31 funding deadline, pressure mounts for Mr. Biden to finish his domestic agenda. 3.

A source close to Democratic leadership said that although no official decision was made, there was an increasing desire to “move ahead.” This feeling is particularly strong since Mr. Biden is representing the U.S.A at a series global conferences.

Mrs. Pelosi highlighted the seriousness of Mr. Biden’s situation earlier this week as he prepares to meet with leaders from major economies around the world 20 and attends U.N. Climate Change summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

” This legislation will help the president achieve his goals, the American goals,” stated the speaker. “When he goes to meetings with the G-20 now and then to meet His Holiness, the pope, and to go to Glasgow, we want him to go as strong as possible.”

It remains to be seen if progressive Democrats will agree.

The 98-member Congressional Progressive Caucus has long said the infrastructure and social welfare bills are linked and will have to pass together. A significant hurdle towards that goal was overcome earlier this week when Mr. Biden agreed to a 1,684-compromise framework on the social welfare bill.

” We have the text, it’s what we need,” said. Rep. Pramila Jayapal is a Washington Democrat and chaires the CPC.

Despite all the rhetoric, there is still a strong distrust among moderates and far-left Democrats which is likely to lead to delays. Although progressives now have the text of the social security bill’s legislative text, it is not the final product.

The bill will likely see many alterations during its legislative journey. This is likely to occur in the Senate, where moderate Democrats such as Sen. Joe Manchin III from West Virginia and Kyrsten Silena of Arizona control the balance of power.

The reality is that Democrats use budget reconciliation to pass $1. 75 billion social welfare bill. Reconciliation allows some spending and tax measures to avert the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold and pass via a simple majority of 51-votes.

Some on the extreme-left think that allowing reconciliation bills to leave the House without passing the Senate is asking for it be watered down.

” I need a Senate vote. “I need a Senate vote,” Rep. Cori, a Missouri Democrat. “Right now, that’s still where we stand .”

Complicating things is that neither Mr. Manchin, nor Ms. Sinema have voiced support for the $1. 75 trillion compromise framework being promoted by the White House.

At the moment, progressives view the infrastructure bill which Mr. Manchin helped negotiate as their greatest leverage. Progressives will likely block the infrastructure deal until the Senate passes the reconciliation bill.

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Many Georgians are scared by large, non-native Spiders.

October 30, 2021 / Leave a comment

ATLANTA – A large spider from East Asia has been spinning its thick, golden web all across north Georgia this year. This has caused some homeowners to be afraid and has prompted panicked social media posts.

Jennifer Turpin, a self-described Arachnophobe, stopped blowing leaves in her yard in metro Atlanta after accidentally walking into a Joro spider web. Stephen Carter avoided walking along the Chattahoochee River, where he was greeted by Joro spiders at every ten steps.

Farther east in Winterville (Georgia), Will Hudson’s front porch was rendered unusable by the abundance of Jorowebs 10 3 meters deep. Hudson believes he has killed more spiders than 300 on his property.

” The webs are a mess,” Hudson, an entomologist from the University of Georgia, said. “Nobody wants a spider web .”

in their face. Joro females are common in Japan, China and Korea. They have bright yellow, blue, and red markings. When their legs are extended fully, they can reach a length of three inches (8cm) in size.

It is not known when and how the Joro spider first arrived in the United States. A researcher in Georgia found one around 80 mile (128 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta, in 2014.. They were also found in South Carolina and Hudson believes they will spread to the South.

Experts agree that they have increased in number this year. However, it is not clear why.

” We see natural ebbs, flows, and fluctuations in the populations of many species. This could be due to local conditions, especially slight changes in rainfall,” explained Paula Cushing, an arachnologist from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Cushing, along with other experts, said that Joros aren’t a threat to humans, dogs or cats. They won’t bite them unless threatened. Hudson stated that a researcher who collected them with her naked hands did experience a pinch but the spiders never bit her skin.

Researchers, however, don’t agree fully on what impact, if any, the spider will have on other species and the environment.

Debbie Gilbert, 67, doesn’t want to wait to find out. She has adopted a zero tolerance policy for spiders in her Norcross, Georgia home. She strangles them with a stick and brings them down.

” I don’t believe in killing anything. She said that she lives in peace with all the other spiders and everyone else. “But (Joros) just don’t belong here, that’s all.”

Turpin, 50, tried to set a Joro spider web on fire at her East Cobb home, but then got scared it would fall on her and fell into a hole as she quickly backpedaled. Instead, she had it removed by a neighbor.

” “I don’t think that I’m going back to yard work anymore,” she stated.

Nancy Hinkle from the University of Georgia said that Joros are able to control biting flies, mosquitoes, and other insects. They are also one of the few spiders capable of catching and eating brown marmorated stink bug, which can be a serious pest to many crops.

” This is amazing. This is amazing. She said spiders are our friends. “They are out there getting all the pests that we don’t want around the home .”

Ann Rypstra from Miami University studies spider behavior and was cautious about her assessment of potential impacts. She stated that more research was necessary.

” “I would always advise caution if something establishes itself in a place it is not supposed to be,” she stated.

Researchers at South Carolina’s Clemson University also were more circumspect, saying in a factsheet published online in August that they “do not yet know if there will be any negative impacts from this non-native species on the local ecology of South Carolina.”

Amateur gardeners and naturalists have raised concerns about the safety of native spiders and bees and other pollinators.

Cushing stated that Joros may be large enough to handle large numbers of pollinators trapped in their webs. However, those insects could be a small part of their diet. Rypstra studied a similar species of spider and found that their webs were used as food by other spiders. She said that there were also signs that Joros could compete with other orb weaver species.

The bottom line is that there are many unknowns.

Most Joros will die in November. However, they could return next year in even greater numbers. Scientists say that it is difficult to know with any certainty.

Anthony Trendl is a Suwanee homeowner who enjoys them. To share his passion and help others understand spiders, he has created jorospider.com. He said that although they can be scary and raise concerns, they are beautiful.

” “It’s been a tough go of things,” he stated. “I wanted to find the good in this world. To me, nature’s an easy place to find it.”

Guantanamo prisoner sentenced for 26 years could be freed next year

October 30, 2021 / Leave a comment

FORTMEADE, Md. — A military jury imposed a sentence of 26 years Friday on a former Maryland man who admitted joining Al Qaeda and has been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The man could be released next year if he agrees to a plea agreement. The man could be released as soon as next year under a plea deal.

The sentencing of Majid Khan is the culmination of the first trial by military commission for one of the 14 so-called high-value detainees who were sent to the U.S. naval base in Cuba in 2006 after being held in a clandestine network of overseas CIA detention facilities and subjected to the harsh interrogation program developed in response to the 9/11 attacks.

Khan, a 41-year-old citizen of Pakistan who came to the U.S. in the 1990s and graduated from high school near Baltimore, earlier pleaded guilty to war crimes charges that included conspiracy and murder for his involvement in Al Qaeda plots such as the deadly bombing of the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, in August 2003.

He apologized for his actions, which included planning Al Qaeda attacks in the U.S. after 9/11 and a failed plot to kill former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. He said that he did it all and had no excuse during a two-hour testimony to jurors. And I am very sorry to everyone I have hurt.”

The jury of eight military officers was required to reach a sentence of 25 to 40 years. After Khan’s guilty plea, the jury heard a two hour statement by the prisoner describing the brutal CIA interrogation and imprisonment he endured in the three years prior to his arrival at Guantanamo. The jury foreman stated that seven of eight jurors had written a letter to Pentagon legal officials recommending clemency to Khan. This is an option under military commission law.

A pretrial agreement means he could be released as early as February, at which point he would be resettled in an as-yet to be determined third country. He is not allowed to return to Pakistan.

Jurors were not told about the pretrial agreement, which requires a Pentagon legal official known as a convening authority to cut his sentence to no more than 11 years because of his cooperation. He would also receive credit for some time he spent in custody.

It will be up to the Biden administration, which is working to close the detention center that now holds 39 men, to find a country willing to accept Khan for resettlement along with his wife and the daughter who was born after he was captured in Pakistan.

Wells Dixon was a lawyer for Center for Constitutional Rights and part of the defense team. He said that Khan’s sentence would be completed by February. He said Khan’s team looks forward to working with the Biden administration to ensure “he has the necessary support to allow him to move on with his life and be a positive, contributing member of society.”

Despite the pretrial agreement, the prosecution urged the jury to recommend a sentence at the higher end of the range as the defense urged jurors to consider Khan’s cooperation, contrition and the brutal conditions of his captivity.

“Since these crimes were committed, Majid has become a completely different person,” stated Army Maj. Michael Lyness (a military defense attorney). “Majid Khan has been reformed and is worthy of your mercy Army Colonel Walter Foster, the prosecutor, attempted to discredit Khan’s claim that he was led astray from radical Islam when he was a young man. He conceded the prisoner had also experienced “extremely rough treatment” at the hands of the CIA, but pivoted to remind the court of the 11 people killed in the Marriott bombing.

“He’s still here and is with us today. This luxury is not available to the victims and dead of the J.W. Foster stated that Marriott bombing victims do not have this luxury.

Khan’s cooperation is expected to help with other war crimes cases at Guantanamo, one involving five men held there who are charged with planning and aiding the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. These cases are a major obstacle to the closure of the detention center. They have been stalled at the base’s pretrial stage for many years.