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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.

9/11 Defendant Claims Ongoing Injuries From CIA Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Walter Ruiz, Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi's lawyer and a former Navy commander, told the court that Hawsawi's treatment needs stem from injuries he sustained under U.S.-sponsored torture. Ruiz wants to interview his client's doctors to learn more about the "ongoing bleeding" and "colorectal issues that stem from his time in captivity...."

Ill-Advised Guantanamo Vitriol Undermines U.S. Values and Security

Alka Pradhan | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Alka Pradhan

Let me say this to Senator Cotton: for Emad, who has taught himself English and bears no ill-will to Americans despite his wretched treatment at our hands, being held indefinitely at Guantánamo Bay is rotting in hell.

How to Close Guantanamo

Tom Hayden | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Obama is proceeding to release small handfuls of detainees to places like Uruguay while asking congressional Republicans to lift their ban on sending Guantanamo detainees to high-security U.S. prisons. If those efforts prove fruitless, there now is a new way to achieve his promise.

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...

Man Responsible For Negotiating Prisoner Transfers From Gitmo Resigns

Reuters | Matt Spetalnick | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - The State Department envoy responsible for negotiating prisoner transfers from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo...

The U.S. Is Asking The Vatican For Help With Guantanamo Inmates

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics

VATICAN CITY, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The United States, which is seeking ways to close Guantanamo Bay prison camp and to transfer inmates to third count...

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.

The Cloud of Guantanamo Hangs Over the White House

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Like it or not, Guantanamo will be with us for a long time -- or, at the very least, until Obama marches with his successor down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 2016 inauguration.

Thirteen Years After 9/11: Justice Eludes Us At Great Cost

Perlette Michèle Jura | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Perlette Michèle Jura

After spending a week at Guantánamo Bay serving as an Observer for the latest 9/11 Military Commissions proceedings, my overarching impression is that we are wasting billions on a process that is failing everyone's goals and will likely result in further harm to the American people.

The Curious Case of Sgt. Bergdahl and the Not So Curious Case of American Warmongering

Camilo E. Mejia | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Camilo E. Mejia

Congressional outcry over President Obama's exchange of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, is not due to any real or perceived violation of trust or of the law. It is due to the atrocious addiction to warmongering that has plagued our government for longer than we would like to admit.

This Is One Of The Biggest Guantanamo Lies Out There

The Huffington Post | Byron Kittle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Award-winning artist and journalist Molly Crabapple said Friday that one of the biggest misconceptions regarding the detention facility at Guantanamo ...

Gitmo Detainees Likely to Inherit Kingdom of Heaven

Pat LaMarche | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Pat LaMarche

The Gitmo Clergy Fast calls on ordained clergy -- of any religion -- to do a water-only fast one day for one prisoner at Guantanamo Bay. There are 166 prisoners, so there needs to be 166 clergy.

A Simple Solution

Saul Landau | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics
Saul Landau

As dozens of Guantánamo detainees continue their hunger strike, and a ruling about force-feeding them remains in limbo between different federal courts, the moment is ripe for President Obama to act with courage and decisiveness.

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...

An Exit Strategy From Detention at Guantanamo

Rep. Adam Smith | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Rep. Adam Smith

The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay was never a good idea. It is an even worse idea now. Let's start the process to close GTMO now.

Human Rights Groups Blast 'Cruel, Inhuman, And Degrading' Gitmo Practice

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union and other human rights groups on Monday called on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to halt the force-feeding of hunger...

Guantanamo: It's About Us

Shannyn Moore | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

Our country's founding principles of habeus corpus were in a direct response to the "lock them away in the Tower" abuses in Britain. We were going to be different. Oh, I know Guantanamo isn't on American soil, but our flag flies over that prison -- the same one we pledge "liberty and justice for all" to.

Gitmo Lawyer Jabs Obama For Pointing Fingers Over Prison

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

Martha Rayner, a Fordham University law professor who has represented a number of Guantanamo detainees, accused President Barack Obama of ducking his ...

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.

Bipartisan Support for Releasing the Torture Report

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

The United States has a history of providing important moral leadership in many areas. But by shrouding our tortured past in secret, we endanger both our country's moral legacy and our national security.

Toward Ensuring an End to U.S.-Sponsored Torture

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

A non-governmental, bipartisan task force recently completed a two-year investigation into the U.S. government's treatment of 9/11 detainees, concluding indisputably that the United States government engaged in illegal torture.

More Prisoners Join Gitmo Hunger Strike

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2013 | World

By Jane Sutton and David Alexander MIAMI/WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) - About 24 Guantanamo prisoners involved in a hunger strike th...

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...

National Security As Culture War: Why Civil Libertarians Lose the Argument

Jimmy Soni | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
Jimmy Soni

Why is Guantanamo still open? Why has there been no public accounting for the use of torture? Why does President Obama successfully claim the right to assassinate American citizens living abroad? And why do civil libertarians lose arguments of this sort time and again?