August 29, 2013 |
The Obama administration announced Thursday that it has released two prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Algeria, the first transfers from the detention center in almost a year. The two Algerians are also the first inmates to leave Guantanamo since President Obama pledged in May to redouble his efforts to close the U.S. military prison in Cuba. Obama originally promised to empty Guantanamo upon taking office in 2009, but as of Thursday, 164 prisoners remained. The Pentagon identified the Algerians as Nabil Said Hadjarab, 34,...
January 11, 2012 |
Military attorneys representing detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will stop communicating in writing with their clients because the commander of the military detention center has authorized officials to review mail coming from detainees' lawyers. The chief military defense counsel for Guantanamo Bay has instructed the military attorneys in his office not to comply with the commander's order that they sign an agreement allowing material marked attorney-client privilege to be inspected for possible...
March 22, 2009
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's March 15 op-ed about the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay [" Don't Close It "] recycled all of the shibboleths about the "worst of the worst" that the Bush administration and its apologists have used to justify the prison's existence. But when judges have looked at evidence, a very different picture has emerged. Of the 27 prisoners whose cases have been heard to date by the federal courts, only four have been found to be enemy combatants -- one of whom was found "guilty" of being a...
September 21, 2012 |
The Justice Department on Friday for the first time disclosed the names of detainees at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who have been approved for transfer but whose release has been delayed. The 55 detainees were identified in court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Washington . The Justice Department said there was "no longer a need to withhold" the information from the public. "Today's release is a partial victory for transparency, and it should also be a spur to action.
April 1, 2013 |
A hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has spread over the past two weeks , with the U.S. military saying the number of detainees participating in the protest has more than doubled and attorneys for the men insisting that the number is far higher. The Pentagon said Monday that 39 men are consistently refusing food. Of those, 11 are being force fed — a process that can involve strapping the detainee down and passing a liquid nutritional supplement through a tube that is run from the nose into the stomach.
July 12, 2013 |
A prolonged hunger strike by more than 100 detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appeared to be coming to an end Friday after military officials reported that almost all had started eating again. The military said in a statement that 99 of the 102 inmates listed as being on hunger strike had eaten a hot meal in the previous 24 hours. Lt. Col. Samuel House, a spokesman for Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said he did not know what prompted the change. He added that they were not officially considered to have...