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Band whose song tortured detainees plays at GITMO 'Freedom Fest'

A heavy metal band whose music was used to torture prisoners — many of them innocent men and boys — at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba performed at an Independence Day party for troops stationed at the U.S. military base.

Op-Ed: Barack Obama's criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo

President Barack Obama leaves behind a criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo Bay. This isn't hyperbole, it's legal fact, as what follows will amply demonstrate.

Op-Ed: Today is 15th anniversary of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

On January 11, 2002 Guantanamo Bay detention center opened its cells to retain terror suspects. The facility became infamous for torture and indefinite detention without any charges being laid in many cases.

Op-Ed: Obama will not keep his promise to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Washington - Obama's top counterterrorism adviser appears to have ruled out any last minute dramatic move by the president to close down Guantanamo Bay before he leaves office.

Op-Ed: Vice president Joe Biden claims Guantanamo to close by Jan. 2017

Washington - United States Vice President Joe Biden said today (August 25) that he expected the military prison in Guantanamo Bay Cuba to be closed before President Obama left office in January of 2017.

Op-Ed: Obama unlikely to close Guantanamo before his term ends

Washington - A sign that Guantanamo Bay is not set to close anytime soon are new construction contracts to build new facilities and repair old buildings at the naval base in Cuba.

Snowden docs reveal NSA closely involved in GITMO interrogations

Documents provided by exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal National Security Agency operatives worked closely with US military, CIA and other interrogators at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where detainees were tortured in the fight against terrorism.

Op-Ed: Scientists say turn Guantanamo Bay into a marine research park

Long before his historic trip to Cuba, President Barack Obama had been trying to close the infamous prison facility at Guantanamo Bay. Many Republicans have opposed this, insisting that the prison sends a strong message to would-be terrorists.

U.S.: GITMO detainee held 13 years in 'mistaken identity' case

US officials have admitted that a low-level Islamist foot soldier imprisoned for 13 years at Guantánamo Bay was arrested partly due to a case of mistaken identity.

U.S. Senate passes $607 billion defense spending bill

Washington - The US Senate on Tuesday approved a $607 billion defense spending bill that includes provisions that will make it difficult for Barack Obama to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Op-Ed: UN condemns U.S. trade blockade of Cuba

New York - The UN General Assembly for the 24th year condemned a U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. Only two countries voted against the resolution this time around, Israel and the United States.

CIA photos of 'black sites' demanded for 9/11 trials

The existence of thousands of CIA photographs of secret locations, "black sites," will likely cause another delay of trial of five defendants on trial for planning the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Harper government trying to stop Omar Khadr from release on bail

Ottawa - The Harper government is trying to stop the release of Omar Khadr on bail after a judge decided to grant bail to the 28-year-old who has been incarcerated since he was 15.

Op-Ed: British resident expects to be released from Guantanamo in June

Washington - Shaker Aamer, a Saudi with residency status in Britain, is expected to be released from Guantanamo in June. He has a British wife and four children in London.

Aussie GITMO detainee David Hicks' terror conviction overturned

Sydney - A US military court has overturned the terrorism conviction of an Australian man who was imprisoned and tortured for five years at Guantánamo Bay.

Pat Boone compares Obama to Dr. Strangelove

In a column for WorldNet Daily crooner and conservative critic Pat Boone wrote that President Obama's plan to close Guantanamo Bay will release murderers into the United States, creating a “mass invasion of illegals” that will lead to 9/11 attacks.

Current GITMO detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi publishes diary

A man currently locked up for 12 years without trial in the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay — even though a federal judge ordered his release in 2010 — has published an account of the torture he claims his American captors have inflicted.

Op-Ed: Guantanamo Bay remains American in spite of thaw with Cuba

Washington - A sure sign that Guantanamo Bay will remain in American hands for the foreseeable future is the continued investment in the facility. The most recent investment is a very expensive school.

Op-Ed: Six more leave Guantanamo but facility far from closure

Montevideo - On December 7, six Guantanamo prisoners flew to Uruguay. There were four Syrians, a Palestinian, and a Tunisian. The six had never been charged and had been cleared for release five years ago in 2009.

Op-Ed: Obama may use executive power to help close Guantanamo

Washington - Obama is to be presented with options that will allow him to finally close Guantanamo according to senior Obama administration officials. The options include using his executive power to override a Congressional ban on sending detainees to the US.

Citing Hobby Lobby ruling, GITMO detainees request group prayer

Citing the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision, attorneys for two detainees at the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay have filed a motion seeking religious freedom for their Muslim clients.

Op-Ed: Remember when Obama promised to close Guantanamo?

Washington - Many believed Barack Obama when he promised to close Guantánamo. It sounds so silly now, but in the days after his first inauguration, I didn’t think twice that our president would not keep his promise to close the offshore prison in that year.

Spanish Judge enforces torture probe against Bush and Cheney

On Tuesday, Judge Pablo Ruz at the Spanish National Court defied pressure to scrap a probe into alleged torture in the United States prison camp in Guantanamo Bay which targets former U.S. president George W. Bush.

Op-Ed: Uruguay will accept Guantanamo inmates with conditions

Washington - The president of Uruguay Jose Mujica said that he would be willing to take five Guantanamo inmates but in return he claims to have asked the U.S. to release detained Cuban spies.

Guantanamo prison Camp 7 needs replacing but no funds available

Washington - Yesterday (February 26) Marine General John Kelly who is responsible for the detention center at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base to the U.S. Congress that Camp 7 which holds 15 high value prisoners is becoming unsustainable.

Op-Ed: January 22nd is 5th anniversary of Obama order to shut Guantanamo

Washington - On January 22, 2009 President Obama signed an executive order that the United States Detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Cuba be closed no later than January 22, 2010.

Op-Ed: January 11th marks 12th anniversary of Guantanamo Bay prison

Washington - This Saturday January 11 will be exactly twelve years from the day the first detainees arrived at the United States prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Op-Ed: The debate with a Guantánamo prosecutor I wish I hadn't won

I recently got into an intense, yet respectful, Facebook debate with a US military attorney who has prosecuted Guantánamo Bay terrorism suspects. He also happens to be an old high school classmate.

US general who opened Guantánamo prison says it should be closed

Detroit - The Marine Corps general who opened the infamous US military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba has written an op-ed piece calling for its closure.

Guantánamo detainees sue Poland over CIA rendition, torture

Strasbourg - Two terrorism suspects imprisoned in the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba are suing Poland in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France, alleging Warsaw's complicity in their torture at the hands of their American captors.
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Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: Guard Force Troopers transport a detainee to the detainee hospital
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GITMO detainees participating in group prayer in 2011.
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