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Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Sessions speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

US Attorney General Visits Guantanamo Bay

Sessions was accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and national intelligence director Dan Coats on his first trip to the prison, where the United States still holds 41 terrorism suspects. “Recent attacks in Europe and elsewhere confirm that the threat to our nation is immediate and real, and it remains essential that we use every lawful tool available to prevent as many attacks as possible,” Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said in a statement emailed to dpa.

July 8, 2017
Trump, Intelligence Community

Intelligence Officer: Trump’s Conflict With Spy Agencies Creates ‘Dangerous Moment’

In the short term, if the president just ignores the intelligence community that’s obviously extremely dangerous, because the decisions won’t be made based on the facts. But in the long run, you can actually have an impact on the intelligence community itself. So that a young person coming out of a graduate program decides instead of going to the CIA, I’m going to instead go to Goldman Sachs, and make a lot more money anyway.

January 16, 2017
Obama, Guantanamo, Defense Bill

Obama Signs Defense Spending Bill, Criticizes Guantanamo Policy

Obama pledged in his 2008 presidential campaign to close the military prison, but his efforts have been blocked by mostly Republican opposition in Congress. The Democratic president has instead reduced the population there by transferring prisoners to other countries.

December 24, 2016
General John Kelly

Trump Seeks Another Retired General For Top Administration Job

Trump is expected to name former Marine General John Kelly as head of the Department of Homeland Security.

December 7, 2016
File photo of a soldier standing guard in a tower overlooking Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay naval base

Former Guantánamo Detainees Live In Limbo

“The idea seemed to be to get them out of Guantánamo at almost any cost,” says David Remes, a lawyer to many present and former detainees, including al-Merfedy. “They were dropped into strange lands, with cultures, religions and language far different from their own, and where they were bound to be treated like pariahs.”

September 2, 2016
The United States flag decorates the side of a guard tower inside of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Camp VI at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Exclusive: Obama Administration Not Pursuing Executive Order To Shut Guantanamo – Sources

Without executive action, the chances of closing the prison would hinge on convincing a resistant Congress to overturn a long-standing ban on bringing possibly dozens of remaining prisoners to maximum-security prisons in the United States.

June 13, 2016
Air Force One carrying Obama and his family flies over a neighborhood of Havana as it approaches the runway to land at Havana's international airport

Obama Arrives In Havana For Historic Visit To Former Cold War Foe

The three-day trip, the first by a U.S. president to Cuba in 88 years, is the culmination of a diplomatic opening announced by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro in December 2014, ending a Cold War-era estrangement that began when the Cuban revolution ousted a pro-American government in 1959.

March 20, 2016

This Week in Crazy: Castratos for Cruz

Mandatory office guns, a tropical torture chamber, Vladimir Putin battling Satan, and some very dedicated Ted Cruz supporters.

February 26, 2016

Obama’s Challenge In 2016 Campaign Year: Stay Relevant

Advancing gun control, closing the U.S. military prison in Cuba and reforming criminal justice laws are likely to top President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address agenda next month as he starts his last year with a key goal: remaining relevant.

January 1, 2016

Why Is Gitmo Still Open?

Part of the problem has been congressional obstructionism, but Obama also is to blame.

July 27, 2015

White House Says It Is Drafting Plan To Close Guantanamo

The White House is racing against time to resolve one of President Barack Obama’s most intractable problems.

July 22, 2015

Book Review: ‘Guantánamo Diary’ By Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, wrote a 466-page memoir from his cell, which is a hellish account of perpetual torture.

May 17, 2015

Correction: Obama Is Not A Liberal

Obama ran as a liberal Democrat in the 2008 presidential primary, edging out centrist Hillary Clinton from the left. But Obama is not a liberal.

April 10, 2015
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Dec. 31, 2009) A Soldier stands guard in a tower at Camp Delta at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cody Black/Released)

Dispelling The Myths Of Guantanamo Bay

It’s time to stop lying and start basing our national security on facts.

March 30, 2015
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Jeb Bush Says He Opposes Closing Gitmo, Doesn’t Read New York Times

Jeb touts his preferences in a recent interview, among which he noted that he doesn’t read The New York Times.

March 27, 2015

Obama Renews Attempt To Close Guantanamo Prison

There’s new momentum for President Obama’s plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

January 26, 2015

In New Book, Guantanamo Inmate Describes Beatings, Death Threats, And Mock Execution

One of Guantanamo’s longest-held prisoners shares his experience in a new book.

January 20, 2015

Administration: Few Guantanamo Detainees Turn To Terrorism After Release

Are Republicans overstating the dangers of releasing detainees from Guantanamo?

January 14, 2015

Hurdles Abound For Guantanamo Closure, 13 Years Later

Despite President Obama’s wishes, there’s no end in sight for the infamous prison.

January 12, 2015

U.S. Allocates A Whopping $65 Million For New Guantanamo School

The base with the most expensive prison in the world will soon have one of the most expensive schools.

December 30, 2014

Guantanamo Not Part Of U.S.-Cuban Bargain

The infamous U.S. Navy base is going nowhere.

December 18, 2014
Al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees captured in Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks were transferred to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

September 11 Detainees In Guantanamo Get Copies Of CIA Torture Report

Could the torture report boost the 9/11 detainees’ criminal defenses?

December 15, 2014

Senate Report Confirms CIA Had ‘Black Site’ At Guantanamo, Hid It From Congress

Inside one of the most shocking revelations from the CIA torture report.

December 12, 2014

Detention At Guantanamo Grinds On: 13 years And Counting, 148 Captives Remain

American use of the world’s most expensive prison still has no end in sight.

November 20, 2014

U.S. House Condemns Obama For Releasing ‘Taliban Five’

Washington (AFP) — U.S. lawmakers slammed President Barack Obama Tuesday for failing to notify Congress before releasing five Taliban operatives from Guantanamo in exchange for an American POW. U.S. officials, fearing for the life and health of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who had been held captive for five years, swiftly negotiated for his release […]

September 10, 2014