By Timothy Murphy Last Friday marked the 100th day of the detainees’ hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. I am not a Guantanamo detainee, but I too began a water-only hunger fast.
The president will use a Thursday speech to try to shift focus from a series of scandals.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will seek to draw attention away from a series of domestic scandals with a speech on Thursday that defends the U.S. use of drones abroad and lays out a vision for closing the military prison in Guantanamo B...
MIAMI (Reuters) - Military and civilian lawyers for prisoners at the Guantanamo naval base urged U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to improve conditions for detainees, putting more pressure on the Obama administration to make good its promise to close...
The United States military has turned off Wi-Fi service and blocked access to social networks at Guantanamo Bay detention camp following threats from the hacktivist collective Anonymous. Army Lt. Col. Samuel House confirmed the measures Monday, saying Wi-Fi service had been suspended as “a precautionary move,” the Associated Press reported. Show More Summary
A majority of American voters wants to keep the military prison at Guantanamo Bay open, and many feel it has made the United States safer. A new Fox News poll finds 63 percent of voters want to keep the detention facility known as Gitmo open, while 28 percent say it should be closed and the [...]
Few actors can top the liberal bona fides of Avengers star Mark Ruffalo. The ruggedly handsome actor is vehemently anti-fracking, longs to see Guantanamo Bay closed and marched in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Today, Ruffalo set aside his ideology to share his disgust over the Obama administration's tactics in its war on the press.
In his years in office, Obama has retreated from the moral argument against Guantánamo. If he is serious about closing the prison and not repeating the errors of the past, then he should reclaim that moral high ground.
This Thursday at 1:30p.m. eastern, President Obama will deliver a widely anticipated speech at National Defense University that is expected to address closing Guantanamo, drones and US counterterrorism policy. If President Obama is serious about ending human rights violations by … Please continue reading.
A prisoner at Guantanamo Bay has begun a Twitter campaign to close the controversial prison facility. Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen and a legal resident of the UK, is delivering his messages through his lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith. On May 20th Smith urged the public to contact the American officials to speak out against the detention [...]
The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee in a letter to President Obama on Tuesday praised the president’s renewed commitment to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but urged Obama to appoint a senior official charged with working to close the facility. “I write to add my strong support to your efforts to re-engage [...]
In advance of Barack Obama's anticipated counterterrorism speech on Thursday, a string of lawmakers are calling on the president to back up his pledge to close the U.S. detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. On Tuesday, Adam Smith...Show More Summary
The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay was never a good idea. It is an even worse idea now. Let's start the process to close GTMO now.
The decision not to seize the men militarily underscores the White House aim to move away from hunting terrorists as enemy combatants and holding them at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The preference is toward a process in which most are apprehended and tried by the countries where they are living or arrested by the U.S. Show More Summary
Will Republicans still want to keep it open? New details on the administration’s budget request emerged on Tuesday and underscored the contradiction of the president waging a political fight to shutter the facility while the military calculates the financial requirements to keep the installation operating. The budget request for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 [...]
The funds will maintain and upgrade the prison that President Obama wants to close.
Budget request calls for $200m to go towards military construction to upgrade temporary facilities at the prison.
The most expensive prison in the world recently became even more costly. The Guantanamo Bay prison is badly in need of renovation and it’s going to cost the American taxpayer nearly $200 million to do it. “The mess hall, the barracks for my military personnel down there are just ramshackle,” Southern Command commander Gen. John [...]
Officials at the American military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have shut down Wi-Fi access throughtout the camp and banned the use of any social networks following threats from hacktivist collective Anonymous. Anonymous announced "Operation Guantanamo," an online campaign to protest the conditions of inmates at the base, two weeks ago. Show More Summary