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Time to Close Guantanamo -- Not One More Day

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Rev. Ron Stief

The president should act now -- he should not wait for additional authority before doing the right thing, the moral thing. The president should transfer a significant number of detainees out of Guantanamo.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Renews Effort To Close Gitmo Prison In State Of The Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than five years after he signed an executive order to close the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama...

Guantanamo Prison Commander Previously Ran U.S. Detention in Somalia

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

When Col. John Bogdan took the witness stand at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he'd been called to testify about the strict limits he's imposed on defense attorneys' visits with their death penalty clients. The attorneys representing the defendants accused of masterminding the 9/11 terrorist attacks claim his rules make their jobs unreasonably onerous.

Ryan J. Reilly

Congress' NDAA Deal Could Make It Easier For Obama To Finally Close Guantanamo

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: 9/11 Defendants 'Would Be On Death Row' If Case Proceeded In Federal Court Instead Of Gitmo

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defendants currently awaiting a military trial in Guantanamo Bay in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks "would be on death row as we sp...

Ryan J. Reilly

Appeals Court Grapples With Guantanamo Force-Feeding Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An appeals court panel in D.C. on Friday weighed whether it could or should end the force-feeding of detainees being held at military fa...

Obama Pressured On Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than four months after President Barack Obama promised to take steps towards closing the military prison facilities at Guantanamo B...

Ryan J. Reilly

Congress Shuts Down (College Services For Sailors At) Guantanamo

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress has stymied the Obama administration's efforts to close the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, but there's one component o...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Stops Daily Release Of Hunger Strike Numbers

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Military officials at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp announced on Monday that they would stop automatically releasing the numbers of det...

WATCH: Guantanamo-Style Force Feeding Comes Right To Obama's Doorstep

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Guantanamo protester had a tube snaked through his nose and down his throat, with liquid nutrient pumped into his stomach just steps f...

Ryan J. Reilly

Gitmo Guards Reportedly Give Sex-Charged Novel To Sept. 11 Prisoner

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Military guards at the secretive camp that holds Guantanamo's most dangerous prisoners gave the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey this w...

Guantanamo Backer Rep. Frank Wolf Open To Civilian Trials At Gitmo

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), a staunch opponent of any efforts to close the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, said Tuesday he is open to holdin...

Ryan J. Reilly

Gitmo Loves '50 Shades Of Grey'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Military officials gave a congressional delegation a tour of Guantanamo's secretive Camp Seven last week and told a visiting congr...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Transfers Restart As Obama Sends Two Detainees To Algeria

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Guantanamo Bay detainees will soon be headed home to Algeria. Following what one military official called an "intensive review," ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Most Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Ate Meal: Defense Department

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly all of the 102 Guantanamo detainees currently on the military's hunger strike list have eaten a meal within the past day, a Defen...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike Numbers Grow

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The military said Monday it counts 45 detainees as hunger strikers, two days after guards fired four shots at priso...

Ryan J. Reilly

Military Locks Out Press As Guantanamo Hunger Strike Grows

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.05.2013 | Media

WASHINGTON -- In the midst of an ongoing hunger strike, the military is denying reporters access to the prison camps at Guantanamo Bay. The militar...

Ryan Grim

'Alive Or In A Box:' Gitmo Hunger Strikers Vow To Leave Island

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

Turmoil engulfing American prisons at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was sparked by a new base commander whose aggressive approach to the detainees has backfir...

Ryan J. Reilly

Sequester Has 'Eviscerated' Ability To Visit Guantanamo Detainees, Federal Public Defender Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Add the detainees being held in Guantanamo Bay to the list of those feeling the negative impacts of sequestration. A public defender ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Will Achieve Goals 'Or Die Trying,' Lawyer Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainees refusing solid foods are “more determined than ever to achieve their goals or die trying,” a ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama's Guantanamo Is Never Going To Close, So Everyone Might As Well Get Comfortable

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- In late January, shortly after President Barack Obama began his second term, Navy Cmdr. Walter Ruiz stood inside an...

Defense Seeks Suspension of 9/11 Hearings Due to Fears of Government Eavesdropping

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's lawyer on Thursday morning asked the military commission judge presiding over the trial of the five accused masterminds of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to halt all court proceedings until the court could determine who might be listening in on defense lawyers' conversations.

Judge Dismisses More Than 100 Lawsuits From Ex-Gitmo Prisoners

McClatchy | McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A federal judge has dismissed more than 100 habeas corpus lawsuits filed by former Guantanamo captives, ruling that because the Bush and Obama adminis...

Sadness: Barack Obama's Convictions

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

President Bush had deeply held -- albeit, inherently flawed -- convictions. At the very least, I knew clearly what he stood for. I can't say the same for President Obama.

The Company You Keep

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Yesterday's announcement by acclaimed musicians that they were signing onto our National Campaign to Close Guantanamo Bay generated a harsh response from Liz Cheney and Bill Kristol.