iOS app Android app

Obama Guantanamo Bay

Close Guantanamo, End Indefinite Detention and Return from the Dark Side

Coleen Rowley | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

The president's pledge last May to close Guantanamo came amidst a mass hunger strike at the prison by men protesting their indefinite detention. Since then only a handful of men have been released from Guantanamo, where hungers strikes and brutal force-feedings continue.

The President Should Exercise His Authority to Close Guantanamo Now

Thomas Wilner | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Thomas Wilner

During his first year in office, the president formed an interagency panel of top security and law enforcement experts to review every detainee at Guantanamo and cleared more than half of the detainees for release. Yet, most remain imprisoned.

Defense Bill Gives Obama Key Victory

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many detainees at Guantanamo Bay may be closer to heading home under a bipartisan deal reached in Congress that gives President Ba...

Obama Administration Appealing Ban Of Contentious Gitmo Practice

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court is allowing the U.S. government to continue genital searches of Guantanamo Bay detainees – at least t...

This Is What Obama Telling The Truth Would Look Like

Upworthy | Rossalyn Warren | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

This is most definitely what I did not expect Obama to say about this human rights issue. Well, we can always hope....

Sabrina Siddiqui

Stop Force-Feeding Gitmo Detainees, Democratic Senator Says | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Wednesday urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider force-feeding hunger strikers at the Gua...

Judge Urges New Approach For Guantanamo Detainee Cases

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court judge Tuesday called on the president and Congress to consider a different approach to the handling of legal cas...

Obama Administration Reveals Full List Of Guantanamo Indefinite Detainees

Reuters | Jane Sutton | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba, June 17 (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday publicly identified for the first time 46 prisoners at Gu...

Obama Selects Guantanamo Closure Envoy

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has chosen a high-powered Washington lawyer with extensive experience in all three branches of the governmen...

Why Guantanamo Won't Be Shut Down -- Ever

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

When you watch the strange, repetitive political dance that swirls around Guantanamo -- the president announcing yet again that he plans to "close" it and the Republicans swearing that they won't let him -- it's hard not to wonder what alternative universe we live in.

Top Senators, White House Official Travel To Guantanamo Bay

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and two leading senators on national security reaffirmed their support for closing the U...

Michael McAuliff

Obama Gitmo Plan At Odds With Top Military Advisers | 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...

How Obama Bungled Closing Gitmo

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

President Obama called today for a renewed effort to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba....

WATCH: Obama Heckler: I Will Get In Again

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.24.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski spoke with Code Pink's Medea Benjamin on Thursday, just hours after she was escorted out President Barack Obama's spe...

WATCH: Heckler Hijacks Obama Speech On Drones, Gitmo

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama was heckled during a speech at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. HuffPost's Ry...

Obama Drone Speech Delivered At National Defense University

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama addressed several controversial issues in a Thursday speech, including the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and the use of ...

Gitmo Prisoners Speaks Out On Obama Abandonment

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A Guantanamo Bay detainee says he feels abandoned by President Barack Obama and the world after more than 10 years at the U.S. pris...

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.

Jason Linkins

Mo Gitmo, Mo Trouble | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

On Jan. 23, 2009, President Barack Obama signed an presidential memorandum, ordering the closure of the detention facilities at the U.S. Naval base at...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama: Guantanamo 'Hurts Us' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he still wants to close the military prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and that he's ren...

Obama Vows Again To Close Gitmo

AP | DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday renewed his pledge to close the prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but the im...

'Catastrophic' Obama Failure Examined

The Daily Beast | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

Last week President Obama stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his predecessor to help celebrate the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and...

Guantanamo Desperation 'Unprecedented,' Dianne Feinstein Tells White House

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

The International Committee of the Red Cross told congressional staffers that the level of desperation amongst Guantanamo detainees is "unprecedented,...

The Rule of Law or the Rule of Men?

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Last week, the State Department reassigned the official responsible for the "diplomatic issues" pertaining to the closing of Guantanamo Bay. This was a telling sign that the administration is abandoning its long-held but little-fought-for promise of closing that notorious facility.

See No Evil

David Cynamon | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
David Cynamon

I have some advice for the U.S. government going forward: if you don't want to "inflame the street," don't commit acts that will inflame the street.