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  • Federal Lawsuit to Force Release of Secret Pentagon Bergdahl Files

    03/28/2015 7:36:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Radix ^ | March 28, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    The sudden announcement of the charges Bergdahl faces, reinvigorated the sometimes fierce political debate that took place last year after the alleged deserter was secretly traded for five high-level Taliban prisoners from the military detention center at the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Marine base. Equally controversial was a legal watchdog group’s announcement that it had already filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in order to have a federal judge force the Obama-appointed commanders to release records regarding the U.S. Army’s review of the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl while he was assigned...
  • Obama: I Should Have Closed Guantánamo Bay on Day One

    03/18/2015 6:37:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/18/15 | Matt Wilstein
    During a Q&A session following his speech on middle class economics to the City Club of Cleveland Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama revealed on thing he would do differently if he could start his presidency over knowing what he knows now. “I think I would have closed Guantánamo on the first day,” he told the crowd. The reason he didn’t, Obama said, is that at the time there was bipartisan agreement that the detention facility should be closed. Instead of making it happen right way, the president chose to sign an executive order that tasked a group with figuring out
  • U.S. Transfers 6 Guantánamo Detainees to Uruguay

    12/07/2014 6:28:33 AM PST · by wtd · 52 replies
    NYT ^ | December 7, 2014 | Charlie Savage
    U.S. Transfers 6 Guantánamo Detainees to Uruguay WASHINGTON– The United States transferred six detainees from the Guantánamo Bay prison to Uruguay this weekend, the Defense Department announced early Sunday. It was the largest single group of inmates to depart the wartime prison in Cuba since 2009, and the first detainees to be resettled in South America. The transfer included a Syrian man who has been on a prolonged hunger strike to protest his indefinite detention without trial, and who has brought a high-profile lawsuit to challenge the military’s procedures for force-feeding him. His release may moot most of that...
  • Forget the 'Taliban Five' – Obama's real chance is to free Gitmo's Cleared 78

    06/05/2014 2:13:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | June 3, 2014 | Cori Crider,Reprieve, Guantánamo attorney, legal director and strategic director
    If Obama could exercise his authority as to bring home the son of Bob and Jani Bergdahl, why not use it to bring back some of America's lost honor and release a few good cleared men?So President Obama, like many presidents before him and no doubt many to follow, has employed a routine end-of-hostilities POW swap. For five Guantánamo prisoners, he has managed to bring Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl home. Bravo. But while Republicans do their level best to Benghazi-fy this rather uncontroversial news, the real story on Gitmo is elsewhere. Lost in the kerfuffle over the Bergdahl-Taliban swap is one...
  • Military retracts Guantánamo PTSD claim

    12/09/2013 3:14:55 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/8/2013 | CAROL ROSENBERG
    The U.S. military is retracting a claim made to “60 Minutes” that Guantánamo guards suffer nearly twice as much Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as combat troops. “There are no statistics that support the claim of twice the number of troops diagnosed with PTSD,” said Army Col. Greg Julian of the U. S. Southern Command in response to a query from the Miami Herald. Southcom has oversight of the 12-year-old detention center, including the consequences of duty there on the thousands of troops that have guarded the Guantánamo prisoners. At its height, the prison held about 660 men at the sprawling detention...
  • Obama promise (executive order) to close Guantánamo prison unfulfilled

    01/13/2012 5:36:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/11/12 | Jeremy Herb
    Obama promise to close Guantánamo prison unfulfilledBy Jeremy Herb - 01/11/12 08:32 PM ET The 10th anniversary of the Guantánamo Bay prison was marked with protests Wednesday, as closing the controversial detention facility remains a promise unfulfilled for President Obama. Obama campaigned on closing the facility in Cuba and, in one of his first actions as president, issued an executive order calling for it to be dismantled within one year. But as he enters the final year of his first term, human-rights groups are dismayed that the end of Guantánamo is nowhere in sight. While he remains committed to closing...
  • Pentagon to beam war crimes trials to US soil

    09/29/2011 10:31:53 PM PDT · by Rabin · 6 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | September 25, 2011 | Carol Rosenberg
    The Obama administration’s handpicked choice to run prosecutions at the Guantánamo war crimes court is pledging a new era of transparency from the remote base, complete with near simultaneous transmissions of the proceedings to victims and reporters on U.S. soil… Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins denounced military commissions system, which Barack Obama scorned as a candidate and senator then reformed with Congress as president. Gen Martins, Army lawyer starts the job of Chief Prosecutor for Military Commissions on Oct. 3, according to a Pentagon spokesman. The the war court where he prosecutes will “feature new measures to ensure transparency, including...
  • Obama May Bypass Guantánamo Rules, Aides Say

    01/03/2011 8:48:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    NYT ^ | 1/31/11 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — President Obama’s legal advisers, confronting the prospect of new restrictions on the transfer of Guantánamo detainees, are debating whether to recommend that he issue a signing statement asserting that his executive powers would allow him to bypass the restrictions, according to several officials. If Mr. Obama were to issue such a statement, it could represent a more aggressive use of unilateral executive powers than what he exerted in his first two years in office. Mr. Obama could act on the measure by the end of the week. The issue has arisen as the Republican Party takes control
  • Guantánamo Uighurs hope to open restaurant in millionaires’ paradise

    06/14/2009 4:52:06 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 1,798+ views
    Guantánamo Uighurs hope to open restaurant in millionaires’ paradise James Bone in Hamilton Parish, Bermuda For seven long years in Guantánamo Bay prison camp in Cuba, the four Central Asian friends gazed longingly at the azure sea from their cells. They were never allowed through the razor wire to paddle in the water. Now, suddenly set free in Bermuda, the former terror suspects can watch the ocean at leisure from the pastel-pink clifftop holiday cottage where they are staying at US taxpayers’ expense. They have already taken a sunset swim and caught a fish at their first attempt at fishing....
  • Chinese Inmates at Guantánamo Pose a Dilemma

    04/01/2009 8:01:36 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 13 replies · 854+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 1, 2009 | WM GLABERSON and Ms. WILLIAMS
    The dilemma has taken on new urgency because the plan to close the prison depends on other countries’ accepting some of the remaining 241 detainees Diplomats say that with President Obama embarking on Tuesday on a European trip, the effort could falter unless this country signals it is willing to take some of the Guantánamo prisoners. At home, though, Mr. Obama faces the prospect of a storm of protest from some quarters if he admits detainees the Bush administration labeled terrorists and barred from this country. Already, word of the men’s possible release has brought denunciations and anxiety from military...
  • Pentagon asks lawyers to defend detentions at condemned Guantánamo camp

    03/29/2009 5:10:50 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 1 replies · 175+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 3/39/2009 | CAROL ROSENBERG
    Even as the Obama administration has dropped the term ''enemy combatant'' in reshaping its war-on-terror policy, the Pentagon is inviting lawyers to apply for jobs defending its detention of 200-plus captives at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Left Wing Activists Embrace 9/10 Mindset, Eagerly Await Prosecution Of Bush Advisors

    03/29/2009 1:19:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 561+ views
    Wizbang ^ | March 28, 2009
    Over at Memorandum there is a link to a number of leftwing bloggers and journalists breathlessly awaiting the arrest of former Bush administration advisors and attorneys for their role in "violat(ing) international law by providing a legalistic framework to justify the use of torture of American prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba". TalkLeft names the targets: * Jay S. Bybee, United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit * Douglas Feith, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute * William J Haynes, Chief Corporate Counsel, Chevron Headquarters * John Yoo, UC Berkeley School of Law * Alberto R. Gonzales * David Addington Trig...
  • Second Thoughts (The 'most transparent administration in history' buries a Gitmo report.)

    03/08/2009 10:58:07 AM PDT · by kellynla · 10 replies · 1,016+ views
    weekly standard ^ | 03/16/2009, Volume 014, Issue 25 | Stephen F. Hayes & Thomas Joscelyn
    At 12:01 P.M. on January 20, 2009, minutes before Barack Obama was sworn in as president, the first post went up on the Obama White House website. It included a reiteration of a campaign promise Obama repeatedly made: "President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history." Two days later, Obama ordered the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay closed. And two days after that, on January 24, Newsweek's Michael Isikoff wrote about a Pentagon study that will provide an early test of this promise: "The report, which could be released within the next few...
  • Britain ready to take in Guantánamo prisoners

    12/31/2008 4:25:17 PM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 503+ views
    Times Online ^ | 01 Jan 2009 | Sam Coates, Tim Reid and Richard Ford
    Deal will help Obama to close down terror jail Britain is preparing to receive foreign terror suspects from Guantánamo Bay so that Barack Obama can shut it down, The Times has learnt. Government sources say that Britain now supports moves to rehouse the detainees, despite previous refusals to help President Bush. A Downing Street official said that a process to deal with the detainees was being put in place and that decisions “would be for the Home Secretary to decide on a case-by-case basis”. The issue is the subject of intense negotiations within Whitehall. The Foreign Office appears much keener...
  • [War on Terror] What about the ghost prisoners? (Boo-hoo!)

    12/03/2008 8:54:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 619+ views
    The London Guardian ^ | December 4, 2008 | Clive Stafford Smith
    The men in Guantánamo represent fewer than 1% of the 27,000 prisoners being held by the US beyond the rule of law, says Clive Stafford Smith. In mid-2007 my mother sent me a George Bush Countdown Calendar. I have been tearing off the leaves, each with its quote from George W. That happy occasion, the final page, comes on January 20 2009. Happy for most in Guantánamo Bay, that is. The people remaining there find themselves in three groups - some 40 who will be taken to the US for a trial (somewhat fairer, at least, than the current military...
  • Clear and Present Danger ( GITMO Prisoners )

    11/22/2008 7:57:49 AM PST · by kellynla · 28 replies · 915+ views
    weekly standard ^ | 12/01/2008, Volume 014, Issue 11 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Sunday, November 16, CBS News's 60 Minutes broadcast the first interview with President-elect Barack Obama. The exchange touched on a wide range of topics, from Obama's distaste for college football's computerized selection of a national champion to his plans for changing course in economic and foreign policy. At one point, Obama was asked about the terrorist detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He responded: I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantánamo, and I will follow through on that. I've said repeatedly that America doesn't torture and I'm going to make sure that we don't torture. Those are...
  • Closing 'Gitmo' Won't Be Easy

    07/26/2008 5:55:24 AM PDT · by kellynla · 15 replies · 124+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 25, 2008 | staff
    The detention center at Guantánamo hangs on the US like a ball and chain. Both presidential candidates and President Bush want it closed. But that won't be easy without broad consensus on how to deal with current and future detainees. On the tip of Cuba at a US naval base, the facility was set up in 2002 for the interrogation and detention of terrorist suspects after the 9/11 attacks. It now holds about 265 prisoners, including 14 of "high value." It may have helped prevent any other 9/11-style attacks, but Guantánamo has cost America considerable moral standing in the war...
  • Former Guantánamo Detainee Tied to Attack

    05/08/2008 8:24:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 91+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 8, 2008 | ALISSA J. RUBIN
    BAGHDAD — A former Kuwaiti detainee at the United States prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, was one of the bombers in a string of deadly suicide attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul last month, the American military said Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Iraqi foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, urged American and Iranian officials to return to talks about Iraqi security, but said he understood that it was a difficult moment for reconciliation between the countries. Cmdr. Scott Rye, a spokesman for the American military, identified one of the Mosul bombers as Abdullah Salim Ali al-Ajmi, a Kuwaiti man who...
  • Rigged Trials at Gitmo (grab a barf bag)

    02/24/2008 3:34:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 195+ views
    Yahoo! News/The Nation ^ | February 21, 2008 | Ross Tuttle
    Secret evidence. Denial of habeas corpus. Evidence obtained by waterboarding. Indefinite detention. The litany of complaints about the treatment of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay is long, disturbing and by now familiar. Nonetheless, a new wave of shock and criticism greeted the Pentagon's announcement on February 11 that it was charging six Guantánamo detainees, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, with war crimes--and seeking the death penalty for all of them. Now, as the murky, quasi-legal staging of the Bush Administration's military commissions unfolds, a key official has told The Nation that the trials have been rigged from the start....
  • Justice Delayed, Again (WS Journal analysis of the dropped charges for the two Gitmo detainees)

    06/05/2007 2:00:40 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 1 replies · 256+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2007 | James Taranto
    <p>"The White House suffered an embarrassing setback in its effort to try detainees at Guantánamo Bay on Monday when military judges threw out all charges against the first two prisoners to come before the newly-constituted commission," the Financial Times reports. Note the way the FT immediately portrays this as a matter of domestic politics--an "embarrassing setback" for "the White House"--rather than reporting the legal story straight.</p>
  • Cuba names new Guantánamo boss

    02/01/2006 9:41:24 PM PST · by CAWats · 1 replies · 386+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 020106 | CAROL ROSENBERG
    Cuba is believed to have retired its three submarines after the loss of Soviet subsidies. Analysts describe its navy today as a tiny, short-range force whose purpose is to defend the coast and intercept civilian vessels on unauthorized trips. The United States and Cuba started monthly meetings here a decade ago to avert misunderstandings between U.S. Marines and Cuban soldiers who face off across a 17.4-mile fence.
  • 'They Couldn't Take Away My Dignity' (I Didn't Do Anything Except Want To Kill Infidels Alert!)

    11/20/2005 1:36:43 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 12 replies · 651+ views
    Guardian ^ | 11/18/2005 | Mark Oliver
    This weekend Amnesty International is holding a conference in London which brings together the biggest gathering of former "war on terror" detainees. Around 25 former inmates at Guantánamo Bay are attending and speakers will include former detainees from the UK, Russia and Afghanistan. Ahead of the three-day conference, Amnesty conducted interviews with four former Guantánamo detainees and transcripts of these are below. You can also listen to audio files of the first and second interviews.
  • Guantánamo Tour Focuses on Medical Ethics

    11/13/2005 6:30:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 336+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 13, 2005 | NEIL A. LEWIS
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 - Troubled by news accounts of medical participation in coercive interrogations at Guantánamo Bay and the resulting unease in the professional medical community, the Pentagon led an intense one-day tour of the detention camp last month, several participants said in recent days. The purpose of the trip, some of the participants said, was for the military leadership to convince the ethicists, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who visited the detention camp at the United States Naval Station in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, that what was occurring there did not violate medical ethics and was necessary to strengthen the nation's...
  • Chaplain cites anti-Islam zeal - Yee cleared of espionage suspicions describes GITMO for memoir

    10/07/2005 7:23:49 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 22 replies · 769+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | October 7, 2005 | Carol Rosenberg
    [page 1 of Miami Herald] An Army chaplain cleared of espionage suspicions described the Guantánamo prison during his 2003 tour as a hotbed of anti-Muslim feelings. As a Muslim chaplain, Army Capt. James Yee made sure terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, got pork-free halal meals and rugs for five-times-a-day prayer and wrote rules for soldiers to treat Islam's holy book, the Koran, with dignity. But, while the U.S. captain was held on suspicion of espionage, the military took away his Koran, refused him a prayer rug at a Navy brig -- and even for a few days fed him...
  • WSJ: The Other Gitmo: Where's the Outrage? In an honest world, there would be a worldwide outcry.

    10/07/2005 5:46:54 AM PDT · by OESY · 26 replies · 1,151+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 7, 2005 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    Conditions at the prison at Guantánamo are inhumane. Inmates are deprived their right to religious worship, receive scant nutrition and suffer constant verbal and physical abuse from guards. It's a humanitarian outrage. I refer, of course, to Castro's Guantánamo Provincial Prison in Cuba proper, the prison across the fence from the U.S. naval base compound holding the terrorists. Fidel's lock-up makes the U.S. prison look like a five-star tropical resort. Torture, deprivation and isolation of political prisoners at the "other" Guantánamo -- or at any of Fidel's gulags across the island -- are no secret. They've been loudly denounced by...
  • Thoughtful ripostes lead to thoughtful replies

    07/13/2005 5:02:07 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 118+ views
    A bit about Guantánamo, terrorism, due process, US foreign policy blunders in Latin America, Noam Chomsky, pathological guilt, and the Devil. Folks, my latest newspaper column, Gitmo facility necessary for national security has been triggering reactions from friends, relatives, and perfect unknowns for the last three days. I'm moved by the thoughtful ones, which usually result in thoughtful responses. I want to share with you the following exchange. The original note came from a Mr. Gavin Hymes, via e-mail. I present my own remarks slightly edited for Vivificat's readers:I read your editorial in the Tribune-Democrat last Sunday, and was taken...
  • Gitmo facility necessary for national security

    07/10/2005 3:39:40 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 2 replies · 262+ views
    The Johnstown Tribune Democrat ^ | 10 July 2005 | Pedro O. Vega
    A movement is afoot to dismantle the detention facility built at Guantanamo Air Station in Cuba, and either free the terrorists housed there or absorb them into the civilian judicial system. Liberal carpers such as Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., have gone so far as using the alleged irregularities committed there as fodder to go after President Bush. In a speech before the Committee for a Democratic Majority last June 15, Kennedy said: "We need a thorough investigation of what happened there and in other detention and interrogation facilities around the world. In particular, we need to know whether it was...
  • Some Legislators Say White House Should Consider Closing Guantánamo Detention Center

    06/12/2005 2:04:22 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 21 replies · 354+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | 6/12/05 | BRIAN KNOWLTON
    With new details emerging about detainee treatment at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, several legislators called this weekend for the administration to consider closing the detention center there, and a prominent Republican said top officials appeared split on the matter. The Defense Department, meanwhile, issued a detailed defense of its interrogation of one of the Guantánamo detainees, Mohamed al-Kahtani, who it has said was trained to join the 19 hijackers in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In apparent response to a Time magazine article that describes an 84-page interrogation log of Mr. Kahtani - including the use of sleep deprivation, a...
  • Coffee Giant A Hit With U.S. Troops (Starbucks welcome sign U.S. military at Guantánamo)

    03/27/2005 4:19:04 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 11 replies · 677+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | March 27, 2005 | Carol Rosenberg
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Three years after the Pentagon shook up life here by opening a prison for al Qaeda and Taliban suspects, another sensation has just arrived at this remote U.S. outpost: Starbucks. A kiosk opened earlier this month outside the open-air cinema, the Lyceum. Troops and civilians stood in long early-morning lines to buy coffee -- at reduced, military-set rates -- and consumed the first 340 pounds of beans so fast that, last week, the military flew in another 150 pounds from Miami. Starbucks sent down beans and equipment, including special filters to soften the water,...
  • Pentagon Seeks to Transfer More Detainees From Base in Cuba

    03/10/2005 10:33:45 PM PST · by Righty_McRight · 1 replies · 204+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 11, 2005 | DOUGLAS JEHL
    WASHINGTON, March 10 - The Pentagon is seeking to enlist help from the State Department and other agencies in a plan to cut by more than half the population at its detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in part by transferring hundreds of suspected terrorists to prisons in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Yemen, according to senior administration officials. The transfers would be similar to the renditions, or transfers of captives to other countries, carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency, but are subject to stricter approval within the government, and face potential opposition from the C.I.A. as well as the...
  • Does Human Rights Law Apply to Terrorists?

    11/11/2004 10:34:32 AM PST · by forty_years · 20 replies · 1,085+ views ^ | November 11, 2004 | Ted Lapkin
    On November 8, 2004, a U.S. federal judge ruled that the Bush administration had improperly ignored the Geneva Conventions in establishing military commissions to try detainees at the Guantánamo Bay U.S. naval base as war criminals. Ted Lapkin's timely article delves into the complexities of the Geneva Conventions, and how much they should apply to the war on terrorism. —The Editors. From Manhattan to Mindanao, Islamist zealots draw no distinction between combatants and non-combatants. Jihadists target women, children, and the elderly without even the pretence of discrimination. In June 2004, an Al-Qaeda affiliated group distributed a video proudly documenting...
  • A Majority for Tax Evasion

    07/09/2004 12:56:23 PM PDT · by Dr.Syn · 8 replies · 459+ views ^ | July 8, 2004 | Dan Sargis
      A Majority for Tax EvasionJuly 8, 2004  With country club indifference, the Supreme Court has protected the “rights” of terrorists...and left you, the taxpayer, holding the bill.  To be fair, Justices Scalia, Rehnquist and Thomas can still be counted as real Americans. From the Rasul vs. Bush decision of June 28th, six of the court's benchwarmers evaded the issue of barbarians murdering Americans and decided, “The question now before us is whether the habeas statute confers a right to judicial review of the legality of Executive detention of aliens in a territory over which the United States exercises plenary and exclusive...
  • Our enemies the Saudis

    06/02/2002 6:40:07 PM PDT · by vannrox · 53 replies · 1,087+ views
    US News ^ | Nation & World 6/3/02 | By Michael Barone
    Nation & World 6/3/02 By Michael Barone Our enemies the Saudis Fifteen of the 19 September 11 hijackers were Saudis. Perhaps as many as 80 percent of the prisoners held at Guantánamo are Saudis. Osama bin Laden is a Saudi, and al Qaeda was supported by large contributions from Saudis, including members of the Saudi royal family. The Saudis' cooperation with our efforts to track down the financing of al Qaeda appears to be somewhere between minimal and zero. They got us to let members of the bin Laden family scamper out of the United States on a private jet...