These acts are considered beyond the pale when Donald Trump suggests them, but here's the strangeness of it all: what The Donald is only mouthing off about, a perfectly real American president (and vice president and secretary of defense, and so on) actually did.
Abu Zubaydah wasn't involved with al-Qaeda; he was the ringleader of nothing; he never took part in planning for the 9/11 attacks. He was brutally mistreated and, in another kind of world, would be exhibit one in the war crimes trials of America's top leaders and its major intelligence agency.
The problem with the Guantanamo military commissions is not the defendants' right to appear at hearings in their own trial. It's that the government keeps meddling in the cases in such cockamamie ways that they have to adjourn for months at a time while the lawyers scramble to figure out how to respond. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Can you believe it? We're in the last year of the presidency of the man who, on his first day in the Oval Office, swore that he would close Guantánamo, and yet it and everything it represents remains part of our all-American world.
As President Obama continues to work towards his pledge to close Guantanamo Bay, there is a question that has and continued to be ignored. This question is: what happens after Guantanamo? What happens when prisoners are released are from its hellish walls?
Cuba is an island country, just 90 miles from the US. Since 1960, the US has banned all travel and trade with Cuba. (That policy is known as the C...
On Monday, President Obama will visit Cuba - the first time a U.S. president has traveled there since Calvin Coolidge. It's an important step toward normalizing relations between the two countries, opening up important economic possibilities for Cuba and the potential for U.S. investment and influence there.
Merrick Garland, President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court, has become the subject of enormous controversy, pitting politics against history and dueling readings of the Constitution. But if Senate Judiciary Committee did interview him, what would they ask?
The nuances of foreign policy do not feature heavily in the ongoing presidential campaign. Every candidate intends to "destroy" ISIS; each has concerns about Vladimir Putin, North Korea, and China; every one of them will defend Israel; and no one wants to talk much about anything else.
What we have today is not civilian supremacy over, nor even civilian control of the military, but what could be characterized as civilian subjugation to the military, where civilian officials are largely militarily illiterate, more militaristic than the military itself, and running scared politically (lest they be labeled weak on defense and security).
President Obama is still trying to close Guantánamo. And Mohamedou Slahi, author of Guantánamo Diary, is still there. Which reminds me, I have a m...
President Obama's long-promised plan for closing Guantánamo Bay has gone to Congress - with something of a whimper. It is not much of a plan, is it? It is essentially a restatement of what he said seven years ago when, as his first promise in office, he made the obvious case that the Cuban prison has been a disaster for America.
The Republican Congressman from Aurora made the comment in response to Obama's claim that the U.S. military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, known as GITMO, is cited by extremists in recruiting terrorists.
Week of 2/15/16 to 2/28/16 Twitter polls have become all the rage and I am continuing to take full advantage of them by boldly engaging the public ...
Much like evangelical atheist Richard Dawkins, whose views on Islam and the Global South have won him fans across the rising right wing in Europe, Maher is enjoying something of a career renaissance as he garners praise from the American hard right.