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Guantanamo Torture

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.

Torture in U.S. Custody: Why It Will Happen Again If We Don't Address It Now

Mehroz Baig | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

If we don't take an introspective look at the policies and actions we've taken in the name of national security, actions that grossly violate our fundamental values, then we are leaving the door open for this to happen again.

Crimes and Punishment

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

What we don't need time to learn is that enforcement of laws in the hands of the wrong people produce results as bad as the results authorities hope to prevent.

Force Feeding Violates Basic Medical Ethics and Our Core Values

Donna McKay | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Donna McKay

As a nation, we must do better. We must respect everyone's human rights, including those of detainees in our custody and care. Holding people in detention indefinitely violates American values and our country's core principles of justice and fairness.

Force-feeding Must Stop at Guantanamo

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Guantanamo represents a place where the United States broke faith with itself and used torture as an interrogation technique. It is a place where the moral wound of indefinite detention continues to cause immense pain and harm.

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Hearing Featuring Anti-Muslim Witness Show Partisan Split

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Guantanamo's detention facilities are going to close soon, it was hard to tell from watching a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on ...

When a Rapper's Actions Speak Louder Than His Words -- A Tribute to Yasiin Bey's Bravery

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Kanene Holder

While most rappers shoot videos with beautiful women, fancy cars and jewels, Bey was strapped up, held down and gagging as a feeding tube was inserted up his nose.

Torture's Lasting Effects

Curt Goering | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Curt Goering

In order to ensure the United States does not repeat the mistakes of the past, a full and public accounting of how U.S. government policies and practices failed to conform to our legal and moral obligations is required.

The Indefinite Detention of Justice at Guantanamo

T.A. Ridout | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

If President Obama is concerned about his legacy, closing Guantanamo should be at the top of his list. President Bush created this mess, but it has fallen to Obama to fix it. Sometimes a leader has to ignore the polls and simply do what is right.

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.

Bipartisan Support for Releasing the Torture Report

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

The United States has a history of providing important moral leadership in many areas. But by shrouding our tortured past in secret, we endanger both our country's moral legacy and our national security.

Ryan J. Reilly

Military Finally Declassifies Motion On Gitmo Detainees' Thoughts

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military has finally declassified a year-old legal motion by lawyers for Guantanamo detainees that sought to declassify their c...

The Human Rights Competition

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Christopher Brauchli

The Russians may have thought those people were as bad as Mr. Magnitsky's handlers. They may also have thought that keeping Mr. Magnitsky in jail for less than a year was much less worse than what the U.S. has done to prisoners at Guantanamo. If they thought that, they were right.

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid Blames Congress For Gitmo

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blamed Congress on Tuesday for failing to close the infamous prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ...

Toward Ensuring an End to U.S.-Sponsored Torture

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

A non-governmental, bipartisan task force recently completed a two-year investigation into the U.S. government's treatment of 9/11 detainees, concluding indisputably that the United States government engaged in illegal torture.

Hunger Striking At Guantanamo Bay

The New York Times | SAMIR NAJI al HASAN MOQBEL | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

ONE man here weighs just 77 pounds. Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago. ...

Questions About Torture

Rev. Colin Bossen | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Rev. Colin Bossen

This month marked 11 years since the opening of the infamous prison camp at Guantanamo, where over a hundred men, many innocent, remain indefinitely d...

9/11 Trial Censorship Could Hide Torture, Classified Info

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 12.14.2012 | World

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A U.S. military judge is considering broad security rules for the war crimes tribunal of five Guantanamo priso...

Torture Again?! Romney Advisers Say Yes; Religious Communities Say NO

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The NY Times recently reported that some advisers of presidential candidate Mitt Romney urged him to reverse the Obama Administration's ban on the use of torture. I'm writing to urge that we join in calling on Mr. Romney to explicitly and publicly reject that advice.

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Guantanamo Former Detainee, Guards Talk To HuffPost Live

HuffingtonPost.com | Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 08.22.2012 | World

Last week the Miami Herald reported the 168 remaining inmates at Guantanamo Bay had stopped checking out Harry Potter books from the prison library an...

National Security As Culture War: Why Civil Libertarians Lose the Argument

Jimmy Soni | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
Jimmy Soni

Why is Guantanamo still open? Why has there been no public accounting for the use of torture? Why does President Obama successfully claim the right to assassinate American citizens living abroad? And why do civil libertarians lose arguments of this sort time and again?

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.

Interrogators Speak Out: Torture is Illegal, Immoral and Ineffective

Mark Fallon | Posted 06.28.2012 | Crime
Mark Fallon

Every interrogation starts with analysis. That is, getting to know the detainee, researching their background, exploring their relationships with others, reviewing any available information and figuring out what makes them tick.

Republicans On Torture, Post-Osama Bin Laden: Defending Against Prosecution?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

In these days since President Barack Obama announced that a SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, notice how quickly Re...

Thank You Republicans For Guantanamo

Dal LaMagna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dal LaMagna

After creating a tremendous stain on the reputation of our nation, the Republicans are criticizing Obama because he is not fixing their problem fast enough. This is another instance of the arsonists criticizing the fire department.