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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.

Op-Ed: Some Gitmo terrorists trained as double agents and paid by CIA

Not far from the administrative offices at Guanatanamo Bay there are still eight small cottages long abandoned. They were the site of a secret CIA operation in which CIA officers turned terrorists into spies and sent them home.

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) protests Guantanamo Bay force feeding

Rapper Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) took part in a demonstration in London on June 15, which briefly displayed the conditions select detainees must endure at Guantanamo Bay.

Op-Ed: US House vote tries to block Gitmo transfers to Yemen

Washington - On Friday (June 14) the US House of Representatives voted to prohibit use of federal funds to transfer detainees to Yemen from Guantanamo Bay,

Op-Ed: As N. Ireland nears G8 lockdown — the case for a permanent G8 HQ

Enniskillen - Next month, G8 leaders and their entourages descend on County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland for the 39th G8 summit, on June 17-18. Like earlier summits, an agreeable location will host the event, on the shores of picturesque Lough Erne.

Chevy Chase, Stevie Wonder talk Obama, wars, & Gitmo

According to recent interviews, Chevy Chase and Stevie Wonder, two extremely popular individuals, are not only supporters of Barack Obama but of several of his controversial policies as well.

Op-Ed: White House reaffirms ban on transfer of cleared Yemenis to Yemen

Washington - The White House declared that a moratorium on sending cleared Yemenis back to Yemen remains in place.This announcement follows immediately upon Obama's vow to do whatever he can to close the center.

Op-Ed: Obama vows again to close Guantanamo Bay

Washington - President Obama renewed his pledge to close Guantanamo today (April 30). No doubt his pledge is in reaction to a hunger strike among inmates that now involves about 100 prisoners.

Op-Ed: Feinstein urges efforts to transfer cleared Guantanamo detainees

Washington - Senator Dianne Feinstein has called on the Obama administration to "renew its efforts to transfer 86 detainees" who are still being held at Guantanamo Bay even though they have been cleared for release by a review board

Op-Ed: Talk and action on the war on terror

Should a place like Guantanamo still exist? If that sounds like a dumb question, some people are still willing to debate it. Others are taking action.

NY Times editorial board slams GITMO as a 'political prison'

The New York Times published an editorial on Thursday in which it called the US military detention center at Guantánamo Bay "essentially a political prison."

Op-Ed: Obama's shame — Hunger strikes and the human rights record

During his 2008 presidential campaign, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to close Guantanamo Bay; the infamous Caribbean prison often associated with George W. Bush's War on Terror policies.

540,000 detainee-lawyer e-mails mishandled at Guantanamo Bay

Some 540,000 emails between Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees and their lawyers were mistakenly turned over to prosecutors, prompting more questions on a justice system some see as unjust.

Op-Ed: Press barred from Guantanamo visits as hunger strikes continue

Washington - As the hunger strike among Guantanamo Bay detainees spreads and extends over months for some prisoners, reporters are being denied access to the prison camp.

U.N. rights commissioner calls for Guantanamo Bay to be closed

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called on the US to close its Guantanamo Bay detention camp, claiming that the US is in violation of international law.

Op-Ed: Guantanamo gets multi-million dollar upgrade instead of closing

Washington - Four years ago President Obama promised to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The detention is still open with detainees who may be kept there indefinitely without trial or charges being brought against them.

Op-Ed: Obama closes office devoted to closing Guantanamo

Washington - The Obama administration has decided to close the office devoted to closing the Guantanamo prison in Cuba. The special envoy associated with the office has been reassigned and not replaced.

Gitmo judge orders blackout of 9/11 plotters' torture testimony

The judge presiding over the Guantánamo Bay military commission 9/11 trial has approved a government request to censor all testimony from defendants related to their capture, imprisonment and torture.

WikiLeaks releases Pentagon prison 'Detainee Policies'

Dubbed the "Detainee Policies", WikiLeaks has released over 100 classified documents which detail the Department of Defense procedures for running infamous prisons, including Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Camp Bucca and European US Army Prison facilities.

Op-Ed: B.C. activist leaves Omar Khadr $700 in his will

Kingston - Jack Hallam, an 84 year old retired zoologist, has left Khadr $700 dollars to help pay for his education and because he thought that Khadr had been treated badly both by the U.S. and Canadian government.
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Guantanamo Bay  Cuba: Guard Force Troopers transport a detainee to the detainee hospital
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: Guard Force Troopers transport a detainee to the detainee hospital
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Moazzam Begg  former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
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Julian Assange  Moazzam Begg and Asim Qureshi.
Julian Assange, Moazzam Begg and Asim Qureshi.
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Murat Kurnaz, a major subject in the film The Guantanamo Trap
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Waves crash hard at Ferry Landing in Guantanamo Bay Oct. 25 after Hurricane Sandy swept through the ...
Waves crash hard at Ferry Landing in Guantanamo Bay Oct. 25 after Hurricane Sandy swept through the island.
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Asim Qureshi - Human rights activist with Cageprisoners Ltd.
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GITMO detainees participating in group prayer in 2011.
GITMO detainees participating in group prayer in 2011.
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