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Closing Guantanamo

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...

Ryan J. Reilly

Detainee Tells Guantanamo Review Board He Plans 'Milk And Honey' Farm

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. -- An alleged former bodyguard to Osama bin Laden hopes to start an agricultural enterprise called Yemen Milk and Honey Farms Limited i...

General Who Opened Gitmo Calls For It To Be Shut Down

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

By Jane Sutton MIAMI, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. general who opened the Guantanamo detention camp said Thursday it was a mistake and ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Congress' NDAA Deal Could Make It Easier For Obama To Finally Close Guantanamo

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate and House Armed Services committees have reached a deal that would, for the first time, loosen restrictions that impede the P...

Some Of Guantanamo's Hardest Cases To Get New Look

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — As the U.S. renews its effort to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, it will soon begin reconsidering the fate of...

Microphones Removed From Guantanamo Meeting Rooms

AP | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cub -- The officer in charge of the operations of the Guantanamo Bay prison says hidden listening devices have been removed...

GOP Senator: Obama Speech A 'Victory' For 'Terrorists'

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

Code Pink activist and heckler Medea Benjamin wasn't the only one unimpressed with President Barack Obama's counterterrorism policy speech on Thursday...

Yemenis Have Moms Too

Jodie Evans | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Jodie Evans

Here in the 21st century, we need to relearn those lessons and focus on training our children to be instruments of peace, not oppression.

Guantanamo's Collapse

David Schanzer | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
David Schanzer

Fixing Guantanamo -- which is what Obama clearly wants --- will require him to take risky unilateral action and dedicate a great deal of political capital.

Emily Swanson

Poll Reveals What Americans Want For Gitmo Detainees

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

Most Americans are in favor of giving trials to the detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. But the res...

'We've Gone From Waterboarding Them To Foodboarding Them?'

Posted 05.02.2013 | Comedy

Jon Stewart began Wednesday's "Daily Show" with a check in on Guantanamo, which Obama promised to shut down by 2010. In his press conference earlier t...

After Making Major Vow, Obama's Options For Tough Scenario Explored

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

(Repeats with no change in content) By Susan Cornwell and Jane Sutton May 2 (Reuters) - With his renewed vow to close th...

Peaceful Terrorist Hunger Strike, Gandhi Style, Should Lead to Closing Guantanamo Bay

Steven Kurlander | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

The hunger strikes at Guantanamo may prove the biggest test of Obama's "endless war on terror" policies that have centered on concluding the two big conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan but also continues to keep the Guantanamo Bay terror prison open.

General Delivers Bad News For Guantanamo Bay

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As much as $170 million is needed to improve facilities for the troops stationed at the Guantanamo Bay detention center that Presid...

Matt Sledge

Harry Reid: 'Nobody's Fault' Guantanamo Still Open

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said at a Tuesday press conference that it was "nobody's fault" the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cub...

Guantanamo Detainees Could Be Safely Moved To U.S. Jails, Study Shows

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The controversial detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be closed and the 166 detainees being held there could be absor...

Righting Wrongs and Securing the Rights Path

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

President Obama's reelection provides him with another chance to address pressing human rights challenges and restore our nation's standing as a defen...

The Shame of Guantánamo: A Close-Up View of Injustice

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

I have now been to Guantánamo six times. Nothing I've seen has changed my view that the military commissions are unworkable. The system is set up to guarantee convictions and hand down death sentences, nothing more.

Please Call for the Closure of Guantanamo By Signing the White House Petition

Andy Worthington | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Andy Worthington

What happened to President Obama's bold promise to close Guantánamo?

Protests Mark Dubious Milestone

Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON--Human rights groups plan protests worldwide on Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the U.S. military detention ca...

Guantanamo Debate Has Gone Silent on Capitol Hill

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It was just a year ago that the question of how to close the detention center sparked a furor in Congress, with Democratic leaders demanding direction...

More "Congressional Depravity" on Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

By refusing to demonstrate leadership on the issues, Obama has played into the hands of his opponents. The losers are not just the Dems, but the prisoners at GITMO, who now seem more abandoned than at any time since GITMO's first years.

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The House Armed Services Committee turned down the Obama's administration's request for some $350 million intended to close Guantánamo and buy a new prison in Illinois.

Who Are the Four Prisoners Released from Guantanamo to Albania and Spain?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The majority of the men held at Guantánamo had no involvement with terrorism. Of the three men rehoused in Albania, one was a businessman, living in Europe, who had traveled to Afghanistan to provide humanitarian aid.