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Guantanamo North - The Failure of the President's Plan

Eric L. Lewis | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics
Eric L. Lewis

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.

Gitmo's Closing, So Now Where Do We Keep Falsely Imprisoned People?

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 02.29.2016 | Comedy

President Obama recently announced that his administration is moving forward with plans to close Guantanamo Bay. But that leaves a lot of unanswered q...

Obama Won't Rule Out Unilaterally Closing Down Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama left the door open to taking executive action to close down the military detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay, ...

Ends of the Earth 2: How An American Ran Across Cuba & Why CNN, Fox, and NBC Did Not Care!

Izyaslav Koza | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Izyaslav Koza

(The original article "Running to the ends of the earth" to which this one is now a diminished sequel can be found here.) This April when I touched d...

Obama Hints He Might Use Executive Action To Close Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama hinted at possible plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison through executive action as he signed an updated nati...

Democrats Hint They're Prepared For Obama To Shut Down Gitmo Alone

The Washington Post | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

As Congress awaits the administration’s plans to close Guantanamo Bay, Democrats are suggesting it might not be a bad thing if President Obama shutt...

Senate Blocks One Of The Last Pathways To Closing Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has closed one of the last remaining pathways for President Barack Obama to fulfill a campaign promise to close the Guantanam...

Does This Guantanamo Prisoner Deserve His Time Back?

Andrew Royce Bauer | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Andrew Royce Bauer

If more Americans were aware of the tragic tale of Shaker Aamer's treatment, it would be safe to assume his instant release would have come to the backdrop of throngs of cheering well-wishers.

Obama Considering 'Wide Array' Of Options For Closing Guantanamo Prison

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (Reuters) - The White House is considering a "wide array" of options for closing the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Regrets Not Closing Guantanamo Prison 'On The First Day'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that if he could go back and do his presidency over again, he would have immediately shut down the...

Ali Watkins

Tom Cotton All Set To Torpedo U.S. Foreign Policy Over Guantanamo

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Though newly minted Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) would ideally like to see the Guantanamo Bay detainees "rot in hell," he views the harsh co...

How to Close Guantanamo

Tom Hayden | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Tom Hayden

Obama is proceeding to release small handfuls of detainees to places like Uruguay while asking congressional Republicans to lift their ban on sending Guantanamo detainees to high-security U.S. prisons. If those efforts prove fruitless, there now is a new way to achieve his promise.

The U.S. Should Give Guantánamo Back To Cuba, Its Rightful Owner

Roque Planas | Posted 03.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Roque Planas

Most human rights advocates would agree that jailing people indefinitely without trial, at times in solitary confinement or other harsh conditions, is hard to justify. The biggest problem with Obama's call to close the military prison at Gitmo is that it doesn't go far enough.

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...

We Can Put Guantanamo Bay to Good Use After Closing the Detention Facility

Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.) | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.)

After closing the detention facility, we should explore the possibilities for collective use of Naval Station Guantanamo in addressing the real problems in this hemisphere: poverty, natural disasters, development and narcotics.

Book of the Year: Guantanamo

David Shook | Posted 02.15.2015 | Books
David Shook

Guantanamo is a powerful reminder that language is an instrument of power, equally capable of humanizing and dehumanizing others. Guantanamo itself, with its strange, off-the-books location on Cuba and its strict policy of secrecy, bears witness to the impunity of the powerful.

U.S. Transfers 6 Guantanamo Detainees to Uruguay

Reuters | Matt Spetalnick | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Six men held for more than a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were flown to Uruguay for reset...

Obama Weighs Options to Close Guantanamo

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding a c...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Muslims Protest White House 'Publicity Stunt,' Citing Gaza Crisis And NSA Spying

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is expected to highlight the contributions of Muslim Americans to U.S. society at the annual White House Iftar on...

The Five Commandments of Barack Obama

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

In his first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president broadcast for all to hear the five commandments by which life in his new world of national security would be lived. Five years later, the question is: How have he and his administration lived up to these self-proclaimed commandments?

Ryan J. Reilly

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's Secret Gitmo Prison Is Falling Apart

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The secretive U.S. military facility in Guantanamo, Cuba, that holds so-called high-value detainees like Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shei...

Why I Keep Working to Close Guantánamo

Frida Berrigan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

Why Guantánamo? Why me? There are so many issues, so many injustices, so many tugs at the heartstrings and the consciences -- not to mention, there is only so much time, only so much energy. This is why.

Pretend It Was President McCain

Anthony Gregory | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

Had McCain been president for the last five years, a lot of things would probably be the same, and some would be different. The biggest difference would be that many Republicans would stand by the president, and just as many Democrats would be calling for impeachment.

Guantánamo: The President Could Close It Tomorrow If He Really Wants to

Thomas Wilner | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Thomas Wilner

There is a myth circulating that, because the president says he wants to close Guantánamo, he would if he could, but that he can't because Congress has stopped him. That is not so.

After Guantánamo, Another Injustice Emerges

New York Times | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

ABOUT two months ago I learned that some of my books had been banned at Guantánamo Bay. Apparently detainees were requesting them, and their lawyers ...