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Obama Detainees

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...

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.

Sam Stein

Obama Administration Pushes Back On Report That Gitmo Recidivism Has 'Soared' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed back on reports that the recidivism rate for released Guantanamo Bay detainees has skyrockete...

Thomson Residents Want Gitmo Detainees At Prison: 'It Will Wind Up Being A Boon For This Town'

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

THOMSON, Ill. — Some folks in this dying Mississippi River town would rather take their chances with suspected terrorists in their backyard than...

Sam Stein

Obama Plans To Hold Detainees Indefinitely At Thomson Facility | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration plans to detain suspected terrorists indefinitely at the newly-assigned facility in Thomson, Illinois, senior administration ...

Obama's Radical Gitmo Plan

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Obama's controversial detention plan for Guantanamo detainees keeps leaking and it is a fundamentally radical, dangerous and potentially unconstitutional approach.

U.S. May Not Release Acquitted Detainees

Wall Street Journal | JESS BRAVIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Tuesday it may continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens indefinitely even if they have been acquitted of ter...

Obama Not Ruling Out Releasing Gitmo Detainees In U.S.

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A White House spokesman says the Obama administration hasn't decided whether or not to release Guantanamo Bay detainees in the Unit...

Sam Stein

Obama's Preventive Detention Policy Compared To "Minority Report" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Among the many aspects of Obama's Thursday speech on national security that drew criticism from human rights advocates and civil libertarians, the not...

Sam Stein

Obama Has Talked With Bush Since Inauguration | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The ongoing spat between the Obama White House and former vice president Dick Cheney has, to a large extent, marginalized the one other figure with se...

Obama Speech Will Defend Dismantling Bush-Era Detainee Policies

Washington Post | Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama will attempt today to answer critics of his dismantling of Bush-era policies on detention and interrogation, in a speech reminding Ame...

Time to Support the President and Close the Facility at Guantanamo Bay

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

Guantanamo has become the symbol of the severe missteps that our country took in recent years. Only by shutting the facility down can we repair our image in the world.

Sam Stein

Obama National Archives Speech (TRANSCRIPT, VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Watch or read about former Vice President Dick Cheney's national security speech here President Barack Obama vigorously defended his plans to close...

Obama's Detainee Definition Revised By Court

The Atlantic | Marc Ambinder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A federal judge has ruled that the Obama administration cannot use a captured person's "substantial support" for the Taliban or al Qaeda as a reason t...

Sam Stein

Obama Huddles With Human Rights Groups Before Security Speech | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Under heavy criticism for a series of decisions on national security that resembled, for some, those of the Bush years, President Barack Obama hosted ...

Sam Stein

Obama Broke His Word On Detainee Photos: Chief ACLU Lawyer | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The lawyer pushing for the release of photographs showing the harsh treatment of suspected terrorist detainees said President Barack Obama was backtra...

Ali al-Marri, Alleged Al-Qaida Agent, Indicted In Illinois Federal Court

AP | MARK SHERMAN and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Suspected al-Qaida sleeper agent Ali Al-Marri is now facing criminal charges, but the Obama administration is refusing to rule out ...

Disappeared in the Name of National Security

Mohamed Farag Bashmilah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mohamed Farag Bashmilah

From October 2003 until May 2005, I was illegally detained by the U.S. government and held in CIA-run "black sites" with no contact with the outside world.

Judge Gives Obama Time To Weigh In On Detainees

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has decided to give the Obama administration time to weigh in on some of the legal cases brought by terror detainee...

Sam Stein

Obama Official: Closing Gitmo Won't Be Easy | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At a briefing with a senior White House official on the topic of closing of Guantanamo Bay, one gets the sense that the process will be far more compl...

Obama Faces Early Test Over View On Detainees

New York Times | Adam Liptak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Just a month after President-elect Barack Obama takes office, he must tell the Supreme Court where he stands on one of the most aggressive legal claim...