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  • Bob Bergdahl now tweeting for more Guantanamo releases [Dad of kid who was released for Taliban]

    06/01/2014 7:08:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    twitchy ^ | 6/1/14
    Only hours after appearing at a press conference to give thanks for the freeing of his POW son in exchange for five top Taliban leaders, Bob Bergdahl returned to Twitter to promote a Guardian video in which family members lobby for the release of five Tunisians held at Guantanamo Bay. Earlier, Bergdahl had apparently deleted a tweet reading, “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners.”
  • Judge orders temporary halt to forced feeding of Guantanamo detainee

    05/17/2014 5:12:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 17, 2014 | by RICHARD A. SERRANO
    A federal judge in Washington has temporarily banned U.S. military officials from force-feeding a terror prisoner at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, at least until she can review his medical records and screen videotapes of authorities forcing him to eat during his ongoing hunger strike there. If U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler permanently bars the military from forcing all hunger strikers to eat, the Pentagon would have to come up with a new way to secure the health and safety of many of the 150 detainees who are on hunger strikes.
  • Rep. Wolf Vows: No Gitmo Prisoners Will Be Transferred to U.S.

    11/10/2013 12:10:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 8, 2013 - 3:28 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Responding to President Obama’s latest reaffirmation of his 2008 campaign pledge to close the military prison now housing 164 terror suspects at the Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, veteran Republican Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) vowed that the House will block any administration efforts to transfer prisoners to the U.S. mainland. “The House’s position is firm. You’re not going to transfer prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. Period,” Wolf said in a statement to …
  • Muslim holy period to be celebrated at Guantánamo

    08/07/2013 10:28:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 7, 2013 4:50 PM EDT | Ben Fox
    Guards were preparing to serve the first in a series of special meals Wednesday to prisoners at Guantánamo Bay to mark the end of the Muslim holy period of Ramadan, which this year brought a lull in a long-running hunger strike. The military planned to serve lamb, bread, dates and honey as the last daylight fasting period of Ramadan ends, followed by three traditional holiday dinners on Thursday, said a spokesman for the prison, Navy Capt. Robert Durand. There will also be a special hour-long prayer for the holiday known as Eid al-Fitr in addition to the five daily prayers....
  • Al-Qaida branch confirms its No. 2 killed in Yemen

    07/17/2013 4:56:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 42 replies
    The Yemen-based branch of al-Qaida confirmed on Wednesday that the group's No. 2 figure, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, was killed in a U.S. drone strike.
  • This is not the President Obama we voted for - Candidate Obama promised a different kind of...

    05/19/2013 12:30:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies ^ | 17 May 2013 | Heather Long
    You can argue that Republicans have blocked President Obama from doing just about anything. You can argue that he's had bad luck. You can argue that he isn't always the greatest orator. But you can't argue away that the Department of Justice took the unprecedented step of seizing phone records from the Associated Press. Or the flimsy rationale justifying drone attacks abroad and at home. Or the bizarre step the Pentagon has taken to expand the ability of the military to intervene in state and local matters. Or the fact that Guantanamo Bay is still open years after Obama vowed...
  • Colorado editor advocates sending NRA ‘monsters’ to Guantanamo

    05/03/2013 5:24:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 81 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 5/3/13 | David Codrea
    “I now agree that it’s fruitless to give the benefit of the doubt to people who are so obviously corrupt, so clearly malevolent, so bent on hurting innocent people for their own sick gain,” Aurora Sentinel editor Dave Perry wrote in an April 25 editorial. “No more due process in the clear-cut case of insidious terrorism. “When the facts are so clearly before all Americans, for the whole world to see, why bother with this country’s odious and cumbersome system of justice?” he asked. “Send the guilty monsters directly to Guantanamo Bay for all eternity and let them rot in...
  • Half of Guantánamo prisoners on hunger strike

    04/21/2013 11:27:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2013 11:54 AM EDT
    The U.S. military says just over half of the prisoners at Guantánamo Bay are on hunger strike. … Army Lt. Col. Samuel House says 16 of the 84 prisoners are being force-fed and five have been hospitalized. He says none of the hospitalized men have life-threatening conditions. …
  • Guards, detainees clash at Guantanamo Bay

    04/13/2013 11:41:22 AM PDT · by occamrzr06 · 41 replies
    FoxNews/AP ^ | April 13, 2013
    The U.S. military says guards have clashed with prisoners amid a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, leading officers to move detainees from communal to single cells at Camp 6.
  • NBC: 'Hopes' of Gitmo Terror Detainees Were 'Crushed' By Obama's Failure to Close Prison

    03/22/2013 9:52:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    MRC ^ | Friday, March 22, 2013 | Kyle Drennen
    In a report for Thursday's NBC Today, investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff reported on plans for a $150 million renovation of the Guantanamo Bay prison still housing 166 terror detainees and sympathetically described how "despite improvements in recent years" of the facility, "the detainees' hopes of getting released were crushed when President Obama stopped talking about closing it." Isikoff noted that some of the detainees were "engaged in a hunger an attempt to regain attention." A sound bite played of new the commanding general of the prison expressing his frustration with President Obama: "Nothing in the inauguration speech about closing...
  • 9/11 trial begins at Guantanamo with protest by defendants [Updated]

    05/05/2012 10:30:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 5, 2012, 10:14 a.m. | Richard A. Serrano
    The arraignment of accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four top Al Qaeda lieutenants opened Saturday in a heavily guarded island courtroom with the so-called “Gitmo 5” launching a silent protest, refusing to cooperate, listen to translations or even answer fundamental questions about a process that could end their lives. The long-awaited trial began with defense lawyers speaking for the alleged terrorists and arguing that the protest was over their clients’ anger about alleged CIA torture and mistreatment at the prison on the southern rim of Cuba. … (Updated at 10:14 a.m., May 5:) Three hours into the...
  • Top CIA al-Qaida Interrogator: Obama, Pelosi 'Reinventing The Truth'

    04/30/2012 12:15:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 30 Apr 2012 12:03 PM
    The retired CIA officer who oversaw the tough terrorist interrogation program using waterboarding and other techniques says his methods saved lives by thwarting plots against the United States. During an interview Sunday night on “60 Minutes”—just days before the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of Navy SEALs—Jose Rodriguez also lashed out at President Barack Obama for calling waterboarding torture and criticizing its use, and at congressional Democrats like former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for dodging responsibility over the issues. … … The highly charged interview came in the same week Republicans harshly criticized the administration...
  • Justices won't hear detainee's appeal (GUANTANAMO BAY prison is better than home?)

    07/18/2010 1:18:14 PM PDT · by TopQuark · 7 replies
    The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the United States to return to Algeria two Guantanamo Bay prisoners who asked to remain at the prison camp because of fear they might be tortured at home. Justices on Saturday declined to hear the appeal of Aziz Abdul Naji, held at Guantanamo since 2002 after being captured in Pakistan. That ruling follows the high court's decision late Friday that allowed the U.S. government to proceed in sending another Algerian detainee home. The detainees had argued they would be harmed by the Algerian government or unaffiliated armed Islamic militants if they were...
  • Obama Issues Directive to Shut Down Guantánamo (Blast from the past!)

    01/20/2010 10:53:11 AM PST · by TankerKC · 6 replies · 376+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 21, 2009 | MARK MAZZETTI and WILLIAM GLABERSON
    WASHINGTON — President Obama signed executive orders Thursday directing the Central Intelligence Agency to shut what remains of its network of secret prisons and ordering the closing of the Guantánamo detention camp within a year, government officials said.The orders, which are the first steps in undoing detention policies of former President George W. Bush, rewrite American rules for the detention of terrorism suspects. They require an immediate review of the 245 detainees still held at the naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to determine if they should be transferred, released or prosecuted. ...snip...The order on Guantánamo says that the camp,...
  • Obama Budget Seeks $100 Million To Close Guantanamo Det. Facility

    05/07/2009 10:20:14 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 25 replies · 813+ views JONES NEWSWIRES ^ | May 7, 2009 | Corey Boles, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
    Obama Budget Seeks $100 Million To Close Guantanamo Detention Facility WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- U.S. President Barack Obama's budget requests $100 million to help close the Guantanamo military detention facility, after House Democrats stripped out a similar request from a bill to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through the rest of fiscal 2009. The president had included a request of $80 million to pay for the closing the prison in an $83.4 billion war funding bill submitted to Congress last month. The revised $100 million request was included in Obama's $3.6 trillion budget for fiscal 2010, details of...
  • U.S. Rep. Rooney says Gitmo may have to stay open as terrorist prison

    05/04/2009 2:02:45 PM PDT · by prismsinc · 7 replies · 688+ views
    TCPalm News ^ | 05-04-09 | Jim Turner
    Congressman Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, agrees with President Barack Obama — It’s time to determine the fate of those being held, some as long as seven years, at Guantanamo Bay. But after a fact-finding mission to the detention facility at the eastern tip of Cuba on Friday, Rooney said that rather than relocating any of the suspected terrorists to American prisons if they are found guilty, maybe the facility could be used as a prison. “The one thing, as we discussed down there and merits further discussion, is that right now it’s a detention facility. There are 248-plus people and only...
  • Obama to Release First Wave of GITMO Terrorists onto American Streets

    05/04/2009 2:15:40 PM PDT · by locke22 · 38 replies · 2,428+ views
    House of Rep ^ | 05/04/09 | Old Glory Radio
    Washington D.C. May 4th 2009 - Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA took to the House floor this afternoon and blasted the Obama Administration and the plan to release the first wave of GITMO terrorists onto American city taxpayer expense. The Uyghurs, pronounced Wheegerz, are the Muslim group of terrorists the Chinese were so concerned over during the recent Olympics. They were picked up on the battlefield in 2001 and have been active jihad warriors even prior to 2001. There are almost two dozen of the Uyghurs, members of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement and have all received Taliban and a-Queda...
  • Gitmo officer: Casual questions paid off

    02/18/2008 4:57:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 95+ views
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Interrogators got intelligence from detainees that helped U.S. troops in Afghanistan attack Taliban fighters last summer — and they did it through casual questioning and not torture, the military's chief interrogator here said. In a rare interview, Paul Rester complained that his profession has gotten a bad rap due to accounts of waterboarding and other rough tactics used by the CIA at "black sites."
  • Gitmo Goes to Court -- The judiciary has no business managing how we fight wars abroad

    12/06/2007 5:01:53 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies · 201+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 6, 2007 | David B. Rivkin Jr.and Lee A.. Casey
    The Supreme Court heard a spirited argument yesterday on whether foreign enemies, captured and held overseas, are entitled to the protections of the United States Constitution. Since the founding of our republic, the answer to that question has always been an unequivocal "No." If, after hearing Boumedienne v. Bush, the court makes up new rules, it will mark an unprecedented expansion of judicial power into areas--the conduct of foreign affairs and war making--the Constitution reserves to the president and Congress, the elected representatives of the American people. The Boumedienne case is as much about the Supreme Court's willingness to constrain...
  • Bush wins over Republican rebels for CIA interrogations

    09/22/2006 6:49:15 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 7 replies · 500+ views ^ | September 22, 2006
    Washington, Sep 22: US President George W. Bush won over rebel Republican lawmakers in a deal that would allow his CIA programme of capturing and secretly interrogating terrorist suspects to continue. Bush's aides worked out the agreement with three leading US senators from his own centre-right party in days of tense negotiations, apparently salvaging a key part of his anti-terrorism agenda that he refused to publicly acknowledge until two weeks ago. "I'm pleased to say that this agreement preserves the single most potent tool we have in protecting America and foiling terrorist attacks, and that is the CIA programme to...
  • No quarter in dealing with terrorists (With Islamofascists)

    09/21/2006 12:32:40 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 5 replies · 603+ views
    NewsJournalOnline ^ | Sep, 21, 2006 | KARL WEINBERG
    No quarter in dealing with terrorists By KARL WEINBERG COMMUNITY VOICE On the subject of how to treat terrorists once caught in our fight against Islamofascists, the mainstream media would have us believe that we are torturing the captives by using sleep deprivation, loud rock'n' roll music, female interrogators and such. Many Americans, including me, do not believe this is torture at all. Instead, we believe that much harsher treatment should be used to get information from these terrorists. While the U.S. Supreme Court, Sens. John McCain and Lindsay Graham have said these terrorists are covered under Common Article three...

    10/18/2005 9:18:29 AM PDT · by FilmCutter · 29 replies · 1,543+ views
    NEW REVELATIONS BY AMERICAN SOLDIERS OF ABUSE IN IRAQ FRONTLINE Presents “THE TORTURE QUESTION” Tuesday, October 18, 2005, from 9 to 10:30 P.M. ET on PBS Boston, MA -- Another American soldier has come forward to reveal abusive interrogation techniques by military personnel in Iraq. Tony Lagouranis, a former Army interrogator at Abu Ghraib and member of a special intelligence team in Iraq, has given FRONTLINE a firsthand account of his involvement in the harsh treatment of prisoners. “It’s all over Iraq,” Lagouranis told FRONTLINE. “The infantry units are torturing people in their homes. They would smash people’s feet with...
  • What You Don’t Know About Guantanamo Bay—And What the MSM Won’t Tell You - (true story!)

    07/12/2005 2:08:20 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 1,080+ views
    It is perhaps not as widely known as it ought to be—in light of the hyperventilating criticism of our alleged treatment of detainees at the U.S. military’s detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba—that there has never been a single death recorded at the center known by the military as “GTMO” (pronounced gitmo). It is perhaps also not as widely known that many of the detainees at GTMO do not complain of their treatment. In fact, many detainees report that conditions at GTMO are better than those they suffered fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq prior to their being captured:...
  • "I Support Guantanamo Prison Policies" - Latest FREE Bumper Sticker Designs

    06/21/2005 2:02:54 PM PDT · by · 23 replies · 1,199+ views
    ConservativeImage ^ | 6/21/5 | Red Fox
    'Cause they stand on a wall. And they say "Nothing's gonna hurt you tonight. Not on my watch." Guantanamo prisoners are treated nicer than U.S. Navy SEALs in training. I support Guantanamo Prison policies. Hypocracy in Action.
  • GITMO Cartoon (redux)

    06/18/2005 8:10:52 AM PDT · by Blumtoon · 9 replies · 454+ views
  • GITMO Cartoon

    06/17/2005 10:30:45 AM PDT · by Blumtoon · 6 replies · 450+ views
  • U.S. fueling fire in the Arab world

    05/21/2005 2:15:05 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 60 replies · 1,478+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 21 May 2005 | Mansour El-Kikhia
    Newsweek has retracted the story, but the damage is already done. Like many Arabs and Muslims, I believe the incident did take place. I read reports in Arab media of similar incidents long before Newsweek's article came out. [. . .] I can't speak for all Arab Americans, but I do find it difficult to believe the administration's denials. It has a long track record of telling whoppers that would make Pinocchio's nose longer than an elephant's trunk. This leadership fabricated stories to promote foreign military adventures as well as harass and imprison innocent people. It currently promotes torture and...
  • Cuban Dissident Calls for Referendum

    07/25/2004 12:51:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 476+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/24/04 | AP
    HAVANA -- A former political prisoner whose case was highlighted by President Bush urged Cuba's government Friday to hold a referendum on whether to change the communist island's political system. In a 10-page report called "The Cuba We Want," Leonardo Bruzon Avila and fellow dissident Carlos Rios Otero called for the referendum and laid out a plan for Cuba's transition to a multiparty, democratic system and free-market economy. The report was delivered Friday to the offices of Cuban Justice Minister Roberto Diaz Sotolongo. There was no public reaction by the President Fidel Castro's government to the recommendations. The proposal echoed...
  • Ex-General to Oversee Guantanamo Trials

    12/30/2003 12:23:40 PM PST · by Dog · 6 replies · 192+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 30, 3:02 PM (ET) | By ROBERT BURNS
    Ex-General to Oversee Guantanamo Trials Dec 30, 3:02 PM (ET) By ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON (AP) - A retired Army general will oversee military tribunals for suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including approving charges, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Chosen for the job was John D. Altenburg, Jr., who retired as a two-star general in 2002. His last military assignment was assistant judge advocate general for the Department of the Army. None of the 660 suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay has been charged, and although the Pentagon has not said when it expects to begin military trials, the first...
  • International Law and POWs

    12/06/2003 11:50:55 AM PST · by FlyLow · 11 replies · 192+ views
    What does international law say about prisoners of war? The most important rule, enshrined in Common Article 3 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, is that prisoners of war (POWs) must be treated humanely. What are the most serious violations? Violence, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment, and torture. Violations of personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment. Sentencing and executing prisoners without a judgment handed down by a regularly constituted court that offers all standard judicial guarantees. Hostage-taking. Withholding treatment from the wounded and sick. What are the Geneva Conventions? Part of the body of international...
  • Two Held Over US Fears Of Radical Cell In Forces

    09/23/2003 5:44:39 PM PDT · by blam · 57 replies · 668+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-23-2003 | David Rennie
    Two held over US fears of radical cell in forces By David Rennie in Washington (Filed: 24/09/2003) The United States military is urgently investigating a potential radical Muslim cell among its own servicemen at the Guantanamo Bay prison as it emerged yesterday that two more members of the garrison are in custody. Senior Airman Ahmad I al-Halabi, an Arabic language translator, was secretly arrested a month ago, Pentagon officials said last night. He is being held at an air base in California and is charged with more than 30 counts of espionage, aiding the enemy, disobeying a lawful order and...
  • Soldier Who Guarded Guantanamo Detainees Vanishes

    09/23/2003 2:21:50 PM PDT · by piasa · 68 replies · 435+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, September 27, 2002 | Fox News' Bret Baier, Ian McCaleb and the Associated Press
    <p>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A soldier who guarded suspected terrorists at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has disappeared, U.S. military officials said Thursday.</p> <p>Also Thursday, U.S. military officials announced that Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller will assume control of the detention mission next month.</p>
  • Two More at Gitmo Suspected of Espionage

    09/23/2003 11:00:25 AM PDT · by tioga · 94 replies · 621+ views
    Fox News
    Two more U.S. service members working at the prison on the grounds of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (search) are in custody, under suspicion of espionage and possible improper communications with the camp's detainees, senior military officials told Fox News Tuesday afternoon. One of the accused is in the Navy, the other is in the Air Force, officials said. Their roles at the camp have not been disclosed yet, nor their ranks and religion. Fox News has learned they both were detained roughly two weeks before Islamic military chaplain James Yee (search) was arrested. Officials declined to tell Fox News...
  • Airman at Gitmo Charged With Espionage (Senior Airman Ahmad I. al-Halabi)

    09/23/2003 12:24:43 PM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 36 replies · 518+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday , September 23, 2003
    <p>WASHINGTON — An Air Force airman who worked at the U.S. prison camp for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (search) has been charged with espionage and aiding the enemy, a military spokesman said Tuesday.</p> <p>Senior Airman Ahmad I. al-Halabi worked as an Arabic language translator at the prison camp for Al Qaeda and Taliban suspects, spokesman Maj. Michael Shavers said. The Air Force enlisted man knew the Muslim chaplain at the prison arrested earlier this month, but it's unclear if the two arrests are linked, Shavers said.</p>
  • Guantanamo worker charged with espionage (Senior Airman Ahmad I. al-Halabi)

    09/23/2003 12:21:31 PM PDT · by kattracks · 18 replies · 354+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An Air Force airman who worked as a translator at the U.S. prison camp for suspected terrorists has been charged with espionage and aiding the enemy, a military spokesman said Tuesday. Senior Airman Ahmad I. al-Halabi is being held at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, spokesman Maj. Michael Shavers said. Al-Halabi worked as an Arabic language translator at the prison camp for al-Qaida and Taliban suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Shavers said. The Air Force enlisted man knew the Muslim chaplain at the prison arrested earlier this month, but it's unclear if the two arrests are...
  • Member of US Air Force taken into custody(Fox just reported TWO are in custody: 1 USAF, 1 USN)

    09/23/2003 9:32:29 AM PDT · by VaBthang4 · 128 replies · 529+ views
    Per CNN just now. He was taken into custody a month ago. No info on his identity past saying he has an arab sounding name.