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Guantanamo Closing

Why Guantanamo Won't Be Shut Down -- Ever

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

When you watch the strange, repetitive political dance that swirls around Guantanamo -- the president announcing yet again that he plans to "close" it and the Republicans swearing that they won't let him -- it's hard not to wonder what alternative universe we live in.

Guantanamo in Context

Sam Dorison | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Sam Dorison

The average detainee at Guantánamo has been held there for over nine years. Nine years ago Barack Obama was serving his first term as Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee in the Illinois Senate.

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.

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...

Obama Administration Sidelines Guantanamo Closure

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Stymied by political opposition and focused on competing priorities, the Obama administration has sidelined efforts to close the Guantá...

Government Rushes Towards Gitmo Plea Deals With Few Strong Cases

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the United States moves to prosecute Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four others accused of being conspirators behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, feder...

When Principle and the Practical Conflict, Which Should Prevail?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

When it comes to releasing photos of torture, closing Guantanamo and excluding abortion coverage from health care legislation, principle comes into direct conflict with what is practical.

Obama Bungled Guantanamo Closing, White House Allies Say

McClatchy | Steven Thomma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison by Jan. 22 was followed by a series of mistakes and missteps by h...

Government Prepares Guantanamo Prison For Closing

The Miami Herald | Carol Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier this month, Jamaican guest workers went through Camp X-Ray, the original terrorist detention site here, and uprooted weeds that had engulfed o...

Obama Aide Raises Doubt About Gitmo Closing Deadline

Wall Street Journal | SIOBHAN GORMAN and EVAN PEREZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration's counterterrorism chief appeared to provide the first indication the administration may not make its January deadline for cl...