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Obama Administration Releases 15 Guantanamo Detainees

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 08.15.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The Pentagon announced the transfer of 15 prisoners out of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility on Monday evening, marking the largest...

My Experience With The Broken Immigration System

Ricky Walters | Posted 06.23.2016 | Impact
Ricky Walters

While the Immigration and Naturalization Service, now known as the Department of Homeland Security, was trying to deport me, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. was arranging an exhibit honoring my contributions to hip-hop culture and society at large.

Homeland Security Secretary Johnson: Stop Detaining Our Promising Youth

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 06.17.2016 | Latino Voices
Center for Community Change Action

Secretary Johnson, as a student who recently received my diploma, I call on you today to allow students like Wildin to finish their high school education while their cases for asylum and their appeal processes play out.

Immigration Detainees Begin Hunger Strike At Georgia Center

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics

Two undocumented immigrants locked in Stewart Detention Center in rural Georgia are refusing food, authorities said Thursday. The protest, described a...

Yet More Republican Obfuscation on Guantánamo

Jonathan M. Hansen | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Jonathan M. Hansen

The solution to the vexing moral, legal and logistical problems of Guantánamo is not to move it north but to shutter it entirely. Then and only then can we rectify a more enduring blot on the nation's global reputation by returning Guantánamo to Cuba.

An $81 Million Betrayal of Medical Ethics

Donna McKay | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Donna McKay

Mitchell and Jessen conducted unethical research in an attempt to test the purported safety and effectiveness of their tactics. Engaging in torture-related experiments on human beings violates the absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment in both domestic and international law.

To Ensure No Harm, Shouldn't a Psychologist Be in the Interrogation Room?: The APA Ban on Torture

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.13.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Finally: Last week, after a ten-year internal struggle, the American Psychological Association voted to ban its member psychologists from any involvement in national security interrogations and, more to the point, in torture.

Justice Matters: Holding People Who Torture to Account

Widney Brown | Posted 07.14.2016 | Impact
Widney Brown

In short, there is a problem with justice in the United States. Government resources are used to protect the privileged, and crimes are largely excused when they are committed by police, private security contractors, members of the U.S. military or intelligence agents.

How Guantanamo Was Chosen

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Peter Jan Honigsberg

However, the process that led to the selection of Guantanamo Bay to house detainees has not been publicly known. The Witness to Guantanamo project recently learned of the process through its interview of Pierre Prosper, Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues.

Closing Guantánamo: A Primer for the President

Nancy Talanian | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Nancy Talanian

If the president is serious about wanting to close the prison, and I hope he is, here are some helpful suggestions.

Kate Sheppard

The Inside Story Of How The CIA Actually Caught The 9/11 Mastermind, But Nearly Didn't

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Buried in the 500-page Senate report on the Bush administration's CIA torture program, made public for the first time on Tuesday, is a d...

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

Miranda Is Not a One-Off; it Happened to Me

Leah McGrath Goodman | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Leah McGrath Goodman

Before David Miranda was detained for nine hours at London's Heathrow Airport, there was me.

Let These People Go

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Nancy Cohen-koan

It's time to wake up, speak out ... it's the right thing to do. It won't change the years so many men have lost in Guantanamo, but it is a move towards humanity, what is right and the law as the Constitution states.

Michael McAuliff

Obama Gitmo Plan At Odds With Top Military Advisers

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's suggestion Thursday that "history will cast a harsh judgment" if the nation fails to deal with the detainees at...

New Torture Report Blames Obama and the Media for Not Confronting the Truth

Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

It's not just Bush and Cheney who violated international law; now it's Obama, too. The report is blistering about the cover-up. The end result is a society in moral disarray.

The U.S. Justice System May Not Be Equal For All

VOXXI | Griselda Nevarez | Posted 03.21.2013 | Latino Voices

The United States’ justice system is supposed to operate equally for all defendants, but a new report reveals that the immigration system operates u...

WATCH: Why The U.S. Outsources Torture

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 02.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

A new report released Tuesday claims that as many as 54 foreign governments in Europe, Asia and Africa have been secretly involved in global kidnappin...

The Rule of Law or the Rule of Men?

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Last week, the State Department reassigned the official responsible for the "diplomatic issues" pertaining to the closing of Guantanamo Bay. This was a telling sign that the administration is abandoning its long-held but little-fought-for promise of closing that notorious facility.

The Zero Dark Thirty Controversy

Ramzi Kassem | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Ramzi Kassem

The controversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty has been as misguided as the film itself, which opened nationwide on Friday.

Guaranteeing Due Process for Citizens and Lawful Residents

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Courts have previously reached ambiguous and conflicting decisions regarding whether U.S. persons apprehended on American soil may be subject to indefinite detention under the laws of war. I am confident my amendment brings much-needed clarification to this area of the law.

Obama and Karzai Talk, but the Fate of 3000 U.S. Prisoners in Afghanistan Remains a Mystery

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama is surely negotiating U.S. troop withdrawal carefully so as to keep U.S. soldiers from facing unnecessary risks. He should take the same care with the lives of Afghans.

Elise Foley

No Conviction, No Freedom: Immigration Authorities Locked 13,000 In Limbo

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On a single day this past fall, the United States government held 13,185 people in immigration detention who had not been convicted of a...

ICE Launches Hotline For Detained Undocumented Immigrants

The Huffington Post | Cindy Y. Rodriguez | Posted 01.04.2012 | Latino Voices

At a time when states such as Alabama and Arizona push for tougher immigration laws, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched a hot...

Reject Indefinite Detention; Defend the Constitution

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

We have sworn to uphold our Constitution of the United States of America.... Yet we are about to give our seal of approval to a bill that gives the military the authority to hold American citizens captured abroad on suspicion of terrorism and to hold them indefinitely without trial.