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Obama Hints He Might Use Executive Action To Close Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

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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 ...

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 Guantana...

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.

Gitmo Detainee Shaker Aamer Arrives In Britain After 14 Years

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.30.2015 | World

LONDON (AP) — The last U.K. resident detained at Guantanamo Bay returned home to Britain on Friday after almost 14 years in which he became a d...

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, ...

6 Gitmo Detainees Transferred To Oman

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six men long held at Guantanamo Bay arrived Saturday in Oman, the first movement of detainees out of the U.S. prison for terrorism...

Jennifer Bendery

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

Top GOP Senators Look To Restrict Obama On Guantanamo

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing the terrorist attacks in Paris, newly empowered Republican senators on Tuesday proposed restrictions on President Barack Ob...

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.

US Sends 4 Afghans Home From Guantanamo

AP | By NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in ...

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's Plan To Close Guantanamo Suffers Another Setback

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, suffered a major setback as lawm...

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 | 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...

Gitmo Prisoners Set To Leave Amid Trade Furor

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Some of the men held here for more than a decade have been drafting plans for work and marriage on the outsid...

Obama Makes Move To Close Gitmo

AP | By BEN FOX | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama is moving ahead with his push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison despite the uproar over the exchange of five Ta...

Judge: Produce Gitmo Videotapes, Medical Records

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday brushed aside the Justice Department's objections and ordered the government to produce 34 videotapes...

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 | 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...