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U.S. military plans as if Guantanamo won’t close for decades

A new dining hall for guards at the Guantanamo Bay detention center has a shimmering view of the Caribbean and a lifespan of 20 years. Barracks scheduled to start getting …


Admitted terrorist testifies about his secret Guantanamo perks

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba – A tortured al-Qaida terrorist turned prosecution witness is being rewarded with a comfortable cabin-style lockup where he can garden, paint, exercise, learn English, cook …


Secretary of Defense Mattis fires Guantanamo war court overseer

In a surprise move, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Monday fired the top official overseeing the trials of the five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks and other …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Guantanamo prisoners challenge no-release policy under Trump

Eleven prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay detention filed a legal challenge Thursday against President Donald Trump, whose administration has not released or transferred anyone from the U.S. base in …


Military lawyers to sue Pentagon over cancer-linked Guantanamo housing, work areas

A group of military lawyers who work at the Guantanamo Bay prison are expected to file a lawsuit Tuesday against the Department of Defense, saying they have been forced to …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

Suicide bomber ID’d as ex-Guantanamo detainee

A British suicide bomber who blew himself up in Iraq was identified as a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, prompting questions about how his case was handled after lawmakers and the …


White House concedes it won’t close Guantanamo after all

The White House said Tuesday that the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba will still be open when President Barack Obama leaves office, conceding that a core campaign promise will …


U.S. sends 10 Guantanamo captives to Oman

The Arabian Sea nation of Oman said Monday it has taken in 10 Guantanamo captives for the Obama administration, which is in a final push to thin the detention center …


White House rejects Trump’s request to halt Guantanamo transfers

With little more than two weeks left in the Obama administration, and Congress on notice of a series of looming detainee transfers, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday for a cessation …


22 of Guantanamo’s 59 prisoners are now cleared to go

With the clock ticking toward a possible halt in detainee transfers, the Pentagon disclosed Tuesday that the Obama administration parole panel has cleared another Yemeni “forever prisoner” – raising to …


Guantanamo prisoner who published diary set free

A former al-Qaida militant who gained fame with the publication of a diary about life at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was released Monday, and returned to …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: U.S. the most civilized of nations?

For at least one prisoner, what made all this worse is that it was America doing it to him. America, the world champion of human rights. America, the nation of …


Former Guantanamo detainee’s whereabouts unclear; South American airlines issues alert

A South American airline is asking its employees to be on the lookout for a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was resettled in Uruguay after being freed by U.S. authorities.


Sept. 11 trial by Skype? Some Guantanamo hearings may be conducted by video

The Obama administration is proposing to hold parts of the Guantanamo trials by video feed and let war court judges outsource some legal decisions to secondary military judges in a …


Amy Goodman: Fight back with stronger values

What kind of alternative does the United States show Cubans on that corner of their island, Guantanamo Bay, that the U.S. controls?


President Obama said to conceal Guantanamo alternatives to avert showdown

The Obama administration withheld from Congress the names of 10 potential mainland U.S. sites to house detainees now at the Guantanamo Bay prison out of concern that the disclosure would …


Congress will take legal steps to stop Guantanamo closure, Paul Ryan says

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday Republicans are taking legal steps to stop President Barack Obama from closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a day after the president …


Grisly ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ torture scenes screened at Guantanamo war court

Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11 case screened grisly scenes of torture from the Hollywood movie “Zero Dark Thirty” at the war court Thursday in their bid to argue that …


Quieter, smaller Guantanamo as debate rages on prison’s fate

After 14 years, the detention center on the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appears to be winding down despite opposition in Congress to President Barack Obama’s intent to close …


Guantanamo prisoner refuses to leave as 2 depart for Balkans

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who protested his indefinite confinement with a lengthy hunger strike has taken the unusual step of turning down a chance to finally leave the U.S. base …


Fewer than 100 Guantanamo prisoners left as 10 leave to Oman

MIAMI (AP) – Ten prisoners from Yemen who were held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have been released and sent to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman for resettlement, officials said …


Amy Goodman: Obama’s pledge to close Guantanamo unfulfilled

Prisoners cleared for release remain in custody as Pentagon fights releases.


Charles Krauthammer: Paris accord not worth carboniferous paper it’s written on

As with the Iran deal, only the U.S. will uphold its side of the bargain.


Raul Labrador: Leave Bowe Bergdahl family alone

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador is calling for people to “leave the Bergdahl family alone” as the nation debates the prisoner swap that freed Idaho Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years …


Guantanamo trial of 9/11 plotters gets the go-ahead

MIAMI – The Pentagon on Wednesday cleared the way for a death penalty trial against five Guantanamo Bay captives charged with engineering the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Retired Navy …


Attorney general seeks placement for detainees

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asked European officials Tuesday to accept some freed Guantanamo Bay detainees, and one government official at the meeting predicted he’ll get …


Red Cross says CIA tortured captives

WASHINGTON – The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration’s treatment of al-Qaida captives “constituted torture,” a finding that strongly implied that …