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Closing Guantanamo

Swiss Take Two Guantanamo Uighurs, Solve Obama's Problem

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Obama is fortunate to have such kind allies, but he himself is the loser, the longer he refuses to tackle those who insist, in the face of overwhelming evidence, that everyone who was held at Guantánamo was a "terrorist."

Closing Guantánamo: A Deadline Missed

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

When Guantánamo finally does close, it appears that some of its most shameful policies will continue on U.S. soil, potentially reducing the closure to a symbolic gesture.

Judge Orders Release from Guantanamo of Unwilling Yemeni Recruit

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The administration's reluctance to release Yemenis is based on the fear that detainees who were actually harmless in 2002 may have since actually been radicalized by their stay at Guantanamo.

Admiral: I Can Empty Guantánamo Camps In 10 Days

The Miami Herald | Carol Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The military can comply with a White House order to empty the detention center and clear all 221 war-on-terror capti...

Terror Attempt May Hinder Plans To Close GITMO

nytimes.com | PETER BAKER and CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

KANEOHE, Hawaii -- The attempted bombing of an American passenger plane on Christmas Day could greatly complicate President Obama's efforts to close t...

Philip Carter, Key Official In Guantanamo Closure, Resigns

The Washington Post | Peter Finn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A key official in the Obama administration's effort to remake detention policy and close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay has resigned. Philip C...

Gitmo Show Trial And Tell

Danielle Celena Belton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danielle Celena Belton

What do you call a trial where the outcome is rigged from the inception? If you're a right-winger and obsessed with keeping Guantanamo Bay open, it's called a military commission.

Lawyer Blasts "Congressional Depravity" on Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Lt. Col. David Frakt said Congress is still behaving unconstitutionally with regard to the right of the Executive branch and the Judiciary to order the release of prisoners from Guantanamo.

Guantánamo Beyond Guantánamo

Jonathan Hafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Hafetz

The Obama administration is embracing the same malleable, elastic concept of a global "war on terror" that helped give rise to Guantánamo in the first place and that has no basis under the laws of war.

Empty Prison in Struggling Illinois Town Might Be Next Gitmo

Charles Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Shaw

Beyond histrionics about a wave of jihad descending upon Chicago, the truth of the matter is far closer to the desire of Republicans to keep the extralegal limbo at Guantanamo going full steam.

9/11 Trials Create Nasty Legal Spat Among Defense Lawyers

Newsweek | Michael Isikoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A nasty spat has broken out among defense lawyers over an issue that is likely to be front and center in the upcoming 9/11 trial in New York: who actu...

75 Guantanamo Prisoners Cleared for Release; 31 Could Leave Today

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

If the rationale for not releasing the Yemenis from Guantánamo was extended to the U.S. prison system, no prisoner would ever be released at the end of their sentence, because prison "might have radicalized" them.

Guantanamo Envoy: U.S. Should Have Taken Cleared Prisoners; Some Should Never Have Been Held

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

To my mind, President Obama missed a golden opportunity to bring 17 Uighur prisoners to the U.S. in his early days in office.

No Escape From Guantanamo: The Latest Habeas Rulings

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Rulings made by District Court judges in the habeas corpus appeals of prisoners held at Guantánamo seemed to confirm that the courts were uniquely placed to deliver justice to the prisoners.

Who Are the Two Syrians Released From Guantanamo to Portugal?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Their stories, as revealed in publicly available documents from Guantánamo, reveal that neither man had any connection whatsoever to international terrorism.

Guantanamo Detainees Protested Over Strip Searches, Humiliation

Miami Herald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For two weeks in June, two dozen war-on-terror captives staged a sit-in at an exercise yard in a maximum-security prison camp -- refusing to budge fro...

Guantánamo Closing Faces Major Hurdles And Headaches For The White House

New York Times | DAVID JOHNSTON and ELISABETH BUMILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With six months left before a White House deadline, the Obama administration is struggling with legal, political and logistical problems...

Never Forget: The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Sadly, our celebrity-obsessed world is unlikely to pay much attention to the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, as the death of Michael Jackson dominates headlines.

Empty Evidence: The Stories of the Saudis Released From Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Khalid Saad Mohammed seized from a hospital in Pakistan and sold to the U.S. military. But the authorities in GITMO had never managed to build up a credible case against him.

Lieberman: Obama Should Consider Keeping Guantanamo Open

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Joe Lieberman's Senate office confirms to me that he said in an interview to air later today that President Obama should consider keeping Guantanamo B...

Who Are the Four Guantanamo Uighurs Sent to Bermuda?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The Uighurs should never have been held at all; the Pentagon was only interested in them because of the intelligence they might have provided about the activities of the Chinese government.

From Guantanamo to the South Pacific: Is This a Joke?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Could there be an answer to the Obama administration's Uighur problem?

Death at Guantanamo Hovers Over Obama's Middle East Visit

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

A death at Guantánamo is always felt keenly in the Muslim world, and is also uncomfortable for the Obama administration, which claims that it is running a "humane" facility.

Free The Guantanamo Uighurs!

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Obama needs to find the courage to resist the shrill opportunism of some of his least principled colleagues, and to order the Uighurs' release into the United States.

Forgotten: The Second Anniversary of a Guantanamo Suicide

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Today, unnoticed in the Western media (although I can't vouch for the Arabic world) is the second anniversary of the death at Guantánamo -- apparently by suicide -- of Abdul Rahman al-Amri.