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Closing Guantanamo

Does This Guantanamo Prisoner Deserve His Time Back?

Andrew Royce Bauer | Posted 10.31.2016 | Politics
Andrew Royce Bauer

If more Americans were aware of the tragic tale of Shaker Aamer's treatment, it would be safe to assume his instant release would have come to the backdrop of throngs of cheering well-wishers.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Calls For Guantanamo Closure, Calling It A 'Psychological Scar'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

On the 13th anniversary of the United States' military prison on the island of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs...

How's a Busy Mom Supposed to Find the Time to Protest Guantánamo?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Frida Berrigan

When we went to Cuba in 2005, I was not a mother, I was not nursing and I had never been covered in baby snot or toddler vomit. It doesn't seem like so long ago and I am not a different person, but it is hard to be here when my friends and part of my heart are in D.C., working so hard for justice, accountability and all that I hold so dear.

Ryan J. Reilly

Detainee Tells Guantanamo Review Board He Plans 'Milk And Honey' Farm | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. -- An alleged former bodyguard to Osama bin Laden hopes to start an agricultural enterprise called Yemen Milk and Honey Farms Limited i...

General Who Opened Gitmo Calls For It To Be Shut Down

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

By Jane Sutton MIAMI, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. general who opened the Guantanamo detention camp said Thursday it was a mistake and ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Congress' NDAA Deal Could Make It Easier For Obama To Finally Close Guantanamo | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate and House Armed Services committees have reached a deal that would, for the first time, loosen restrictions that impede the P...

GOP Senator: Obama Speech A 'Victory' For 'Terrorists'

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Code Pink activist and heckler Medea Benjamin wasn't the only one unimpressed with President Barack Obama's counterterrorism policy speech on Thursday...

Yemenis Have Moms Too

Jodie Evans | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Jodie Evans

Here in the 21st century, we need to relearn those lessons and focus on training our children to be instruments of peace, not oppression.

Guantanamo's Collapse

David Schanzer | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
David Schanzer

Fixing Guantanamo -- which is what Obama clearly wants --- will require him to take risky unilateral action and dedicate a great deal of political capital.

Emily Swanson

Poll Reveals What Americans Want For Gitmo Detainees | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

Most Americans are in favor of giving trials to the detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. But the res...

'We've Gone From Waterboarding Them To Foodboarding Them?'

Posted 05.02.2013 | Comedy

Jon Stewart began Wednesday's "Daily Show" with a check in on Guantanamo, which Obama promised to shut down by 2010. In his press conference earlier t...

After Making Major Vow, Obama's Options For Tough Scenario Explored

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

(Repeats with no change in content) By Susan Cornwell and Jane Sutton May 2 (Reuters) - With his renewed vow to close th...

Peaceful Terrorist Hunger Strike, Gandhi Style, Should Lead to Closing Guantanamo Bay

Steven Kurlander | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

The hunger strikes at Guantanamo may prove the biggest test of Obama's "endless war on terror" policies that have centered on concluding the two big conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan but also continues to keep the Guantanamo Bay terror prison open.

Matt Sledge

Harry Reid: 'Nobody's Fault' Guantanamo Still Open | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said at a Tuesday press conference that it was "nobody's fault" the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cub...

Righting Wrongs and Securing the Rights Path

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

President Obama's reelection provides him with another chance to address pressing human rights challenges and restore our nation's standing as a defen...

The Shame of Guantánamo: A Close-Up View of Injustice

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

I have now been to Guantánamo six times. Nothing I've seen has changed my view that the military commissions are unworkable. The system is set up to guarantee convictions and hand down death sentences, nothing more.

Please Call for the Closure of Guantanamo By Signing the White House Petition

Andy Worthington | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Andy Worthington

What happened to President Obama's bold promise to close Guantánamo?

Protests Mark Dubious Milestone

Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON--Human rights groups plan protests worldwide on Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the U.S. military detention camp a...

Guantanamo Debate Has Gone Silent on Capitol Hill

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was just a year ago that the question of how to close the detention center sparked a furor in Congress, with Democratic leaders demanding direction...

More "Congressional Depravity" on Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

By refusing to demonstrate leadership on the issues, Obama has played into the hands of his opponents. The losers are not just the Dems, but the prisoners at GITMO, who now seem more abandoned than at any time since GITMO's first years.

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The House Armed Services Committee turned down the Obama's administration's request for some $350 million intended to close Guantánamo and buy a new prison in Illinois.

Who Are the Four Prisoners Released from Guantanamo to Albania and Spain?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The majority of the men held at Guantánamo had no involvement with terrorism. Of the three men rehoused in Albania, one was a businessman, living in Europe, who had traveled to Afghanistan to provide humanitarian aid.

Gitmo Detainee Now Works For Americans In Afghanistan

ABC News | KAREN RUSSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For Americans haunted by reports of Gitmo detainees being released only to resume their terror tactics, Mohammed offers the rare opposite of a one-tim...

Jason Linkins

Chertoff Warns Of 'Importing' Terrorists | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The fear-mongering over closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and bringing those detainees to the United States to stand trial tends to expres...

Why Obama Cannot Close Guantanamo Bay

Patrick Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Robinson

There was only one rock-solid solution: leave the Guantanamo Bay prison camp exactly where it is. It's a living deterrent to enemies of the US and also the most priceless source of intelligence.