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Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel: Closing Guantanamo prison going to be ‘very difficult’

3 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said it is “going to be very difficult” to close the controversial US prison at Guantanamo Bay by the end of President Barack Obama’s term in two years. In an interview with National Public Radio that aired Monday, Hagel also acknowledged that he had...

How to Close Guantanamo

President Barack Obama once again has made it plain that he intends to close Guantanamo. Those who doubted his previous promises on immigrant rights and Cuba should realize that he is serious about Guantanamo as well. Most of the remaining 122 Guantanamo detainees, including 47 of 54 already cleared for release, are from Yemen. Show More Summary

Peeking into Guantanamo, Through a Detainee’s Art

20 hours agoArts : Hyperallergic

A spray of leaves from a metal vase is set against a rich blue wall. In the reflection of the vase, we see hints of windows overlooking greenery and the sea: it is a still life that also contains a sunny, beachside landscape. How do we reckon with the knowledge that this was made by a man imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for 11 years?

Female guards at Gitmo file discrimination complaints

Some female soldiers at the Guantanamo Bay prison have filed equal opportunity complaints challenging court orders barring them from jobs that would require touching detainees while escorting them to hearings and attorney-client meetings, a military judge said Monday. Show More Summary

Gitmo Commander Sacked After Lover's Husband Dies

On January 11, the body of Christopher Tur, was found in the waters off of Cuba. A subsequent investigation uncovered an alleged affair between Tur's wife and Capt John R. Nettleton, the commander of the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay. On January 21, the Navy publicly announced that Nettleton has been relieved of command. Show More Summary

“We murdered some folks” in Guantanamo

Murder at Camp Delta is a new book by Joseph Hickman, a former guard at Guantanamo. It’s neither fiction nor speculation. When President Obama says “We tortured some folks,” Hickman provides at least three cases — in addition to many others we know about from secret sites around the world — in which the statement [...]

A Gitmo Sergeant Cries Murder

2 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

The official version says three Guantanamo inmates committed suicide in their cells. Former Army sergeant Joseph Hickman insists the men were killed.

Obama's renewed push to close Guantanamo prison is seen as promising

President Obama has recharged his campaign for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center with a strategy legal experts say holds out new hope of achieving that signature objective of his presidency.

Our “American Sniper” sickness: How American exceptionalism wrought Guantanamo

The runaway success of Eastwood's Iraq War melodrama says a lot about America — and it's disturbing and scary

Opening Shots Fired in the War Over Guantanamo

Remember the post I had up last week, in which I pontificate that the attacks in Paris that claimed the lives of 17 innocent people had the potential to impact the national security policymaking process here in the United States? Or, to put it more clearly, that the assault in Paris would provide national security hawks in the U.S. Show More Summary

Guantanamo commander sacked over alleged affair with woman whose husband turned up dead

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The officer overseeing the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay has been sacked after he had an alleged affair with a woman whose husband was recently found dead at the base, officials said Thursday. Captain John Nettleton was relieved of duty on Wednesday “due to loss of confidence in...

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What’s Happening — Guantánamo Diary at Politics and Prose, 7 p.m. — Inside Media: Managing Scandal in a 24-Hour News Cycle at the Newseum, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Revolving Door Know someone starting or leaving a job? Let us know. Fishbowl...Show More Summary

‘A Piece of Torture’: Guantanamo Prisoner’s Diary Describes Brutal Transfer from Bagram

Mauritanian citizen Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who remains in indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay, is the first prisoner to have a book written during his time in prison published. He describes the brutality he suffered while being transferred from Bagram prison in Afghanistan to Guantanamo.

Lawyer for former Australian Guantanamo detainee says U.S. agrees he is innocent

By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States has agreed that Australian David Hicks, jailed on terrorism charges for five years at Guantanamo, is innocent, his lawyer said on Friday. Hicks pleaded guilty in 2007 to providingShow More Summary

The U.S. Should Give Guantánamo Back to Cuba, Its Rightful Owner

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama once again called for the U.S. to shut down the military prison at Guantánamo, Cuba. Most human rights advocates would agree that jailing people indefinitely without trial, at times in solitary confinement or other harsh conditions, is hard to justify. Show More Summary

Yemen president’s resignation complicates closure of Guantanamo

Obama administration officials say a ban on detainee transfers to the unstable Middle East nation has effectively been restored. Continue reading ? The post Yemen president’s resignation complicates closure of Guantanamo appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Senate sends bill to block Gitmo grads from Yemen

As we discussed yesterday, the Yemen government is being held hostage in the capitol by Shiite rebels, so the Senate, for some reason, think that we shouldn’t send graduates of our Guantanamo University back there when they complete their studies, according to the Associated Press; Republican senators introduced legislation last week, citing the Paris and […]

Guantanamo Prisoner Claims He Was Gang – Raped by Female Captors : ‘Let Us Show You Good American Sex’

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner claims that he forced to have sex with not one but three female United States Interrogators, who told him “let us show show you good American sex.” The member of Al-Qaeda, named Mohamedou Ould Slahi, was prisoner 760. Show More Summary

Head of Guantanamo Navy base fired amid probe into affair, death

5 days agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

Officials say Capt. John Nettleton is under investigation for alleged affair with woman on the base and the suspicious death of her husband

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