iOS app Android app

Indefinite Detention

Time to Move from Secrecy to Accountability at Guantanamo

Andrea Gittleman | Posted 03.20.2014 | Impact
Andrea Gittleman

Hiding problems never solves them. Transparency about past and present abuses is necessary to address victims' needs and prevent such acts from happening again.

Collective Punishment by Nationality: The Plight of Guantanamo's Yemenis

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
The Center for Constitutional Rights

By Omar Farah, staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights Like my client Fahd Ghazy, 90 out of the 164 men still at Guantánamo are from...

Wrong Then, Wrong Now: Mindful of Internment, California Condemns Detention Under NDAA

Ahilan Arulanantham | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Ahilan Arulanantham

Succumbing to the fears that have plagued our nation, the president and Congress once again placed an ill-conceived national security measure ahead of tried-and-true principles of civil liberty.

Sarah Shourd: What Everyone Ought to Know About Angola 3 and Solitary Confinement

Amnesty International | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Amnesty International

Until recently, both Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox had been held in solitary confinement for 4 decades in Louisiana - longer than almost any other...

9/11 Defense Lawyers Claim Judge's Order Conflicts With Convention Against Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Lawyers for defendants in the 9/11 case claim they cannot accept a military judge's order preventing their clients from speaking about their treatment in U.S. custody because it would violate their clients' rights under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

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.

Time to Start Sending Yemeni Prisoners Home

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Of the 166 remaining prisoners at Guantanamo, 86 have been cleared to leave. The Yemenis among them have been stuck there en masse due only to their citizenship. It's high time to start sending them home.

Matt Sledge

Key Indefinite Detention Lawsuit Tossed Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit targeting a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 that opponents argue ...

The Duty of Lawyers

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The million-plus practicing lawyers and their many bar organizations should be on the ramparts defending against the insidious rejection of due process, probable cause, habeas corpus and privacy.

Obama Administration Lifts Veil Of Secrecy On Gitmo Detainees

Miami Herald | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The Obama administration Monday lifted a veil of secrecy surrounding the status of the detainees at Guantánamo, for...

Michael McAuliff

House Vote Preserves Indefinite Detention Of Citizens

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted again Thursday to allow the indefinite military detention of Americans, blocking an amendment th...

Is 'Terrorism' a War Crime Triable by Military Commission? Who Knows?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Thirteen years after the USS Cole was bombed, a military commission in Guantanamo Bay is trying to figure out if the act constituted "terrorism" and if "terrorism" is a crime that can be charged in a military commission. We still don't know.

Michael McAuliff

Bill Would Repeal Obama's Extraordinary War Powers

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The sweeping law that allows the president to wage an unlimited global war on terror would be repealed under a bill set to be offered th...

Michael McAuliff

Gitmo, Indefinite Detention Battles Emerge Amid NSA Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the nation already alarmed over revelations of massive National Security Agency data collection, Congress is set to act next week o...

Michael McAuliff

Obama Gitmo Plan At Odds With Top Military Advisers

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's suggestion Thursday that "history will cast a harsh judgment" if the nation fails to deal with the detainees at...

Michael McAuliff

Boston, Syria, Congo Part Of 'Disturbing' Claim About War Authority

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The war authorization that Congress passed after 9/11 will be needed for at least 10 to 20 more years, and can be used to put the United...

How to Create the Foundations for an American Totalitarian State

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The hunger strikers have succeeded in pushing Guantanamo out of the netherworld of non-news and onto front pages, into presidential news conferences, and to the top of the TV newscasts. But what exactly do those prisoners, many now being force-fed, want to highlight?

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Lays Bare Detainees' Growing Desperation

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- For weeks, said Army Col. John V. Bogdan, the man in charge of Guantanamo’s detention facilities, he had tried to...

Guantanamo: An Open Moral Wound

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

The human tragedy at Guantanamo grows. Many of its 166 detainees have joined a spreading hunger strike.

After Years of Broken Promises, Time for Leadership on Guantanamo

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

More than 11 years after Shaker Aamer was first seized from Afghanistan and imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, the now 47-year-old lawful British resident ...

More Prisoners Join In Gitmo Hunger Strike

AP | Posted 04.05.2013 | World

MIAMI -- A U.S. military spokesman says there's been a small increase in the number of Guantanamo Bay prisoners taking part in a hunger strike to prot...

US Detention at Bagram: It's Not Over Till It's Over

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Once again, the United States has officially handed over the keys to the Bagram detention center to the Afghans. Only just as with the previous agreement to do exactly the same thing, the U.S. military will actually not be handing over all of the detainees in its control.

Obama, Civil Liberties, And The Presidency: An Interview With Gene Healy

Radley Balko | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

Gene Healy has been one of the more prominent and consistent critics of presidential power going back to the Clinton administration. (Disclosure: Heal...

The Answer Is No

Lisa Longo | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I don't agree with everything President Obama does, I don't even agree with the drone policy, but this fake indignation, the rampant ridiculousness of the conservative angst on the drone issue, the obvious hypocritical hysteria, it is simply mind-boggling.