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Obama's First Year: High Hopes, Harsh Reality

Huffington Post | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's victory walk down Pennsylvania Avenue after his swearing-in last January was probably the last time he's been able to breathe...

Gitmo Show Trial And Tell

Danielle Celena Belton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danielle Celena Belton

What do you call a trial where the outcome is rigged from the inception? If you're a right-winger and obsessed with keeping Guantanamo Bay open, it's called a military commission.

Supreme Court To Hear Uighurs' Case | Robert Barnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Supreme Court set aside the objections of the Obama administration and said Tuesday that it will consider whether judges have the power to release...

Sam Stein

Lieberman: The United States Must Pre-Emptively Act In Yemen | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, (I-Conn) a renowned hawk and one of the foremost champions of the invasion of Iraq, warned on Sunday that the United States fac...

Government Rushes Towards Gitmo Plea Deals With Few Strong Cases

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the United States moves to prosecute Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four others accused of being conspirators behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, feder...

Cheney Silent On Obama Counterterrorism Gains

Mother Jones | David Corn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama visited the National Counterterrorism Center outside Washington and declared that "because of our efforts" al Qaeda...

Think Again: Blame Gitmo

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

Conservative temperatures rose shortly after Christmas when reports surfaced that members of a group that took "credit" for the failed "underpants" attack had previously been detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Philip Carter, Key Official In Guantanamo Closure, Resigns

The Washington Post | Peter Finn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A key official in the Obama administration's effort to remake detention policy and close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay has resigned. Philip C...

Only Nine Months, But Still Deserving of the Prize

Diane Marie Amann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Marie Amann

Some are questioning the decision to give the award a scant nine months after the onset of Obama's Presidency. Such questions ignore just how much Obama and his administration have accomplished in that short time.

Guantánamo Beyond Guantánamo

Jonathan Hafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Hafetz

The Obama administration is embracing the same malleable, elastic concept of a global "war on terror" that helped give rise to Guantánamo in the first place and that has no basis under the laws of war.

Obama: "I Don't Rattle," I'm Skinny But Tough

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MIAMI — President Barack Obama says he's serious about closing the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. That was the pledge he repeated Monday ...

Guant�namo Prisoners To Be Tried in U.S., Congressional Agreement Allows | DAVID JOHNSTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders have decided to allow detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be brought to the United States to face civ...

Obama's Guantanamo Plans Casualty Of Detroit Terror Plot?

McClatchy | Carol Rosenberg | Miami Herald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The foiled Christmas Day plot to blow up a jetliner over Detroit has thrown up a major roadblock to President Barack Obama's pledge to close the priso...

Government Prepares Guantanamo Prison For Closing

The Miami Herald | Carol Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier this month, Jamaican guest workers went through Camp X-Ray, the original terrorist detention site here, and uprooted weeds that had engulfed o...

WTF? Obama Gets the Nobel Peace Prize?

Dave Lindorff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Lindorff

One can only hope (ah, that intoxicating word!) that President Obama will take his award seriously, and will use his new status as official man of peace to actually bring peace.

Obama Team Clears 75 At Guantanamo For Release

Reuters | Jane Sutton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MIAMI (Reuters) - An Obama administration task force has so far cleared 75 of the remaining 223 Guantanamo prisoners for release as part of its effort...

Supreme Court Considers Bush Terror Policies Obama Defends

McClatchy | Michael Doyle and Marisa Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Graphic photos of U.S. troops abusing Iraqi prisoners present the Supreme Court with its latest, but not its last, national-security legal dilemma. O...

Obama Guantanamo Closing: White House Regroups After Missteps

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This article by Dafna Linzer, ProPublica, and Anne E. Kornblut, Washington Post, was published by ProPublica under a Creative Commons license. With ...

The Fear Factor

Bill Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Mr. Obama has proved that he can be inspiring. But at this point, what he needs to inspire most of all is fear.

Obama Administration Making Progress On Getting Detainees Out Of Gitmo

Washington Post | Peter Finn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration has secured commitments from nearly a dozen countries willing to accept detainees from Guantanamo Bay and is increasingly con...

Obama: Don't Stop at Gitmo

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

According to the New York Times, more than 1 in 10 of immigrant fatalities that have taken place in detention over the past six years, has gone unreported, and has been "overlooked."

Obama Aide Raises Doubt About Gitmo Closing Deadline

Wall Street Journal | SIOBHAN GORMAN and EVAN PEREZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration's counterterrorism chief appeared to provide the first indication the administration may not make its January deadline for cl...

Dozens Of Gitmo Cases Sent To U.S. Prosecutors

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

(WASHINGTON - AP) Dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainee cases have been referred to federal prosecutors for possible criminal trials in the nation's capit...

Mohammed Jawad, Teenage Afghan Detainee, To Be Transferred To Civilian Court

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It wasn't until late Friday afternoon that the Obama Justice Department, after years of wrangling over the fate of Mohammed Jawad, the Afghan boy arre...

Gitmo Trials: Being All They Can Be

David Danzig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Danzig

Could President Obama and the U.S. Congress transform a deeply flawed legal process -- struck down, at one time by the Supreme Court -- into one that acted like a real court?