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Nancy Talanian
Nancy Talanian is founder and director of No More Guantánamos, a grassroots initiative to build Americans’ support for justice and human rights for U.S. prisoners held at all offshore facilities. She previously founded and directed the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, which led a national campaign in which more than 400 local governments and eight state legislatures responded to the USA PATRIOT Act, illegal detainee prisons, and evidence of U.S. torture and domestic spying by enacting resolutions and ordinances upholding their residents’ constitutional rights.

Among her writings is “The ‘War on Terror’ and the Constitution”, a primer on lost rights. Columnist Nat Hentoff called the booklet “a sequel to Thomas Paine’s 1776 pamphlet, ‘Common Sense.’”

Entries by Nancy Talanian

Closing Guantánamo: A Primer for the President

(4) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 4:48 PM

President Obama recently told a crowd in Cleveland that he regrets his failure to close Guantánamo on Day 1 of his presidency. Since Day 1, politically motivated scare-mongering along with legislation aimed at keeping men in the prison have made the challenge of closing Guantánamo and ending indefinite...

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Not Another Broken Promise on Guantánamo

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 10:16 AM

One year ago, in a speech at National Defense University, President Obama renewed his commitment to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, calling it "a symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law." But in the year since this latest promise, only...

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Don't Expect Justice From CIA Torture Report's Summary Release

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 10:28 AM

Thursday the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) voted in favor of making public a 400-page summary of its classified 6,300-page report on the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" or torture program. Statements from SSCI chair Dianne Feinstein indicate that the report provides ample evidence that the CIA misled Congress,...

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WikiLeaks Guantanamo Release Offers an Opportunity for Truth Telling

(3) Comments | Posted May 13, 2011 | 11:42 AM

The 779 classified Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs) that WikiLeaks began releasing on April 24 offer an unprecedented opportunity for us to finally confront the flimsy evidence our government has compiled about hundreds of men to support their past or present indefinite detention at Guantánamo.


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What Are Republicans Afraid of? House-Passed Continuing Resolution Would Place More Roadblocks on Guantanamo Closure Efforts

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 12:52 PM

Buried within the House-passed continuing resolution to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year are several measures that would prevent Guantánamo detainees who have been charged with crimes from being tried in federal court and that would make it even harder for the majority of detainees who...

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Close Guantanamo

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 9:02 AM

Two presidents have called for Guantánamo Bay Prison's closure to preserve the U.S.'s safety, and yet today, nine years after the first load of prisoners arrived there, 173 prisoners remain. Only 5 percent were captured by U.S. forces on a battlefield. Most of the others were sold by foreign forces...

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WikiLeaks Releases Cables on Guantánamo, Bagram, and Rendition: What Might Have Been

(8) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 12:47 PM

At least 50 U.S. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks report on the U.S. government's contacts and negotiations with foreign governments over U.S. detainee policies, requests to resettle detainees, and follow-up on resettlements. We believe that the following examples, had they been shared or shared more broadly, could have helped...

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Congress Receives Misleading Report About Guantanamo 'Recidivism'

(5) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 12:38 PM

The Fiscal Year 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act required the Director of National Intelligence to compile and provide to them a report on the "recidivism" of former detainees at Guantánamo Bay prison. An unclassified summary of the report is available here.

This summary includes no names with which to...

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Mothers of Iran's detainees fare better than parents of US detainees

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 12:26 PM

Today the mothers of three American hikers, ages 27 to 31, visited their children whom the Iranian government has held for ten months as suspected spies. Press were present at the reunion, and they interviewed both the mothers and the captives, who said they have been treated very well and...

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Guantánamo Uighurs Are Not Alone: US Communities Welcome Other Detainees in Need of Safe Haven

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 8:59 AM

On April 22, attorneys for five Chinese Uighurs who remain at Guantánamo Bay prison will argue for their clients' entry into the US at a hearing scheduled before the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC. The men have been offered housing in the US and have refused the government...

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If Military Commissions Are So Great, Why Only 3 in 8 Years?

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2010 | 2:24 PM

To hear the clamor for prosecuting Abdulmutallab, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and his alleged 9/11 co-conspirators by military commission, you might think commissions are better, cheaper, faster, and more appropriate than federal court trials and a sure-fire way to get stiff convictions.

The Supreme Court didn't think so when it ruled...

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Guantánamo Closure: Evolution or Revolution?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 9:50 AM

The Obama administration's failure to meet its self-imposed January 22 deadline for closing Guantánamo was a disappointment, but we know the facility would close eventually. However, now that the Guantánamo Review Task Force has laid out the fate of the remaining inmates, the closure will not be the change we've...

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Blame Won't Close Guantánamo

(101) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 6:52 AM

It's January 22, the anniversary of President Obama's executive order to close Guantánamo Bay prison within a year, and Guantánamo is still open for business. Whom can we blame? Hmm... Let's see...

It's easy to blame the president, but his promise turned out to be 'mission impossible,'...

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