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Sam Stein

Holder: Indefinite Detention Will Include Measures Of Due Process | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Eric Holder asserted on Wednesday that terrorism suspects indefinitely detained by the United States would be granted opportunities for due process, b...

Sam Stein

Petraeus Endorses Obama's Plans To Close GITMO, End Torture | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

General David Petraeus said this past weekend that President Obama's decision to close down Gitmo and end harsh interrogation techniques would benefit...

Gates: Guantanamo "Taint" On U.S. Reputation

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Obama administration had no choice but to order the shutdown of the prison at Guantanamo be...

Obama Guantanamo Speech: Pledges To "Clean Up The Mess"

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama fought Thursday to retake command of the emotional debate over closing Guantanamo, denouncing "fear-mongerin...

1 In 7 Guantanamo Detainees Freed Return To Terrorism: Pentagon

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An unreleased Pentagon report provides new details concluding that about one in seven of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad from the prison ...

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

Webb Criticizes Obama's Guantanamo Strategy As Unreasonable | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Jim Webb no longer believes President Obama's schedule for closing down the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay is reasonable, claiming on Sunday that ...

Sam Stein

"Keep Terrorists Out Of America Act" Announced By GOP | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The GOP clearly sees a chink in the Obama armor when it comes to the closure of Guantanamo Bay. A jarring new advertisement on the subject released by...

Guantanamo Detainee Files Could Be Destroyed By Government

Pro Publica | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A stockpile of documents about hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees, some authored by the prisoners themselves, could be destroyed under a little-know...

Obama's Uighur Plan Poses Political Problems

Inter Press Service | William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW YORK, May 4 (IPS) - The probability that some Guantanamo detainees will soon be released into the U.S. will place the administration of Preside...

Ryan Grim

Pelosi, Obey Emphasize Agreement With Obama On Gitmo | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and appropriations committee chair David Obey (D-Wisc.) are in full agreement regarding the clo...

US Won't Release 50-100 Gitmo Detainees: Gates

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities began what will be hotly contested discussions this week on where in the U.S. to send Guantanamo detainees who ...

Gitmo Lawyers: The Last Growth Industry?

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Fisher

The Pentagon is offering $39,407-$130,211 a year for lawyers who will help respond to habeas corpus petitions filed by detainees in federal courts.

Yemeni Guantanamo Detainee Ordered Released By US Judge

AP | NEDRA PICKLER and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the United States to release a prisoner from the Guantanamo detention center who said he fears f...

Obama's Yemen Problem

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

Instead of branding the Yemenis guilty until proven innocent, the United States and Yemen should prosecute those against whom they have evidence and repatriate the rest.

Daniel Fried: Obama Naming Special Envoy For Gitmo Closure

AP | MATTHEW LEE and ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is planning to appoint a special envoy to oversee the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, senior...

Guantanamo Abuse Worse Since Obama: Detainee Lawyer

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has worsened sharply since President Barack Obama took office as prison guards "get their kicks in" before the ca...

Holder Guantanamo Inspection Begins

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday visited the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the Obama administration weigh...

Guantanamo Meets Geneva Rules: Pentagon

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Pentagon report requested by President Obama on the conditions at the Guantánamo Bay detention center concludes that the prison complies with the h...

DOD Gitmo Statements At Odds With Obama Administration

Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here's a key question: Will the existence of Bush-era holdovers in the Defense Department impede the Obama administration's vow to make a clean break ...

Strange Bedfellows at Guantánamo

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

I've been observing the military commissions since 2004, and Guantánamo never felt more surreal or otherworldly than it did in what we hope were its ...

Key Bush Gitmo Advisors Still Burrowed In At Pentagon

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A senior judge who has not followed President Barack Obama's order to halt military trials at Guantanamo Bay is among Bush administration appointees s...

An Open Letter To Jeh Johnson/General Counsel, Department of Defense

H. Candace Gorman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
H. Candace Gorman

As the rest of the world is standing by waiting to see us take responsibility for Gitmo, we should release the Uighur detainees into the United States and grant them provisional asylum.

Obama Can't Review Gitmo Case Files: They Don't Exist

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's plans to expeditiously determine the fates of about 245 terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and quickly close the milit...

Obama's Decisive Break with Bush's "War on Terror" Policies

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Obama's new Orders are a bold start, but more detail is required, dangerous loopholes must be shut off permanently, and other parts of the Bush administration's dark legacy need to be swiftly addressed.