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  • Feinstein to President: Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

    01/11/2018 11:17:28 PM PST · by ransomnote · 38 replies
    senate.gov ^ | 1/11/2018 | Dianne Feinstein
    Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on President Trump to close the prison at Guantanamo: “It was 16 years ago today that the first detainees arrived at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Since then, 780 detainees have been held there. I have called on both the Obama and Bush administrations to remove and transfer all detainees and close the facility, and hundreds of detainees have been transferred or released. Today, 41 detainees remain, five of whom have been cleared for transfer to other countries and 36 who remain in legal limbo. “This prison has cost taxpayers more than $5 billion,...
  • Lawyer: ‘Sodomized’ Guantánamo captive recovering after rectal surgery

    10/16/2016 12:33:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    miamiherald.com ^ | October 15, 2016 | Carol Rosenberg
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba An alleged accomplice in the Sept. 11 terror attacks underwent reconstructive surgery for decade-old damage from his “sodomy” in CIA custody and was to be returned to his clandestine prison to recuperate, his attorney said Saturday. “All they said is there was minimal bleeding and he is recovering,” attorney Walter Ruiz, a Navy Reserve commander, said Saturday morning. In this March 3, 2005 file photo, a workman slides a dustmop over the floor at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE ASSOCIATED PRESS His client, Mustafa al Hawsawi, 48, was scheduled...
  • The Interrogation of Abu Anas al-Libi

    10/09/2013 7:08:11 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-09-13 | Wordsmith
    This image from the FBI website shows Anas al-Libi. Gunmen in a three-car convoy seizedNazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaeda leader connected to the1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa and wanted by the U.S. for more than a decade outside hishouse Saturday in the Libyan capital, his relatives said. (AP Photo/FBI) In a time when the current administration appears to favor kills over capture as well as "catch and release", last Saturday Abu Anas al-Libi (Zawahiri's man in Libya) survived President Obama's kill list to be captured instead of droned upon: Since President Obama stepped...
  • Sources: Former Guantanamo detainees suspected of joining ISIS, other groups in Syria

    10/30/2014 6:30:01 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Oct. 30, 2014 | Justin Fishel, Jennifer Griffin
    As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees released within the last two to three years are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned. The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield. The intelligence offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground inside Syria. Others...
  • Who Invited Code Pink's Medea Benjamin to Obama's Speech?

    05/24/2013 10:01:06 AM PDT · by kristinn · 54 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | Friday, May 24, 2013 | Kristinn Taylor
    "The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to."-President Obama paying homage to Medea Benjamin.SNIP ...Benjamin and the group she co-founded, Code Pink, have worked with state sponsors of terrorism, terrorist groups and domestic terrorists to undermine the U.S. and her allies in the war on terrorism. However, Benjamin and Code Pink have also worked with President Obama at the same time to accomplish some of the same goals--beginning in early 2007 when Obama tapped Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans as a fundraising host and then as a fundraising bundler for his nascent presidential campaign. Code Pink has even...
  • A few bad men: Who should be held?

    03/31/2011 7:41:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2011 | By Stephanie Hessler
    Earlier this month, President Obama issued an executive order establishing a process for reviewing whether prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay continue to pose a threat. Under this order, those who have not been charged with a crime may continue to be detained indefinitely, and may come before a review board every three years, which will evaluate whether continued incarceration is necessary for public safety. The order is a striking development because, not only has President Obama effectively adopted yet another cornerstone of President Bush’s terrorism policy, but he did so unilaterally by executive order, providing detainees solely an executive branch...
  • U.S. lawmakers keep quiet about Guantanamo tour (Rep. Allen West)

    03/09/2011 9:26:19 AM PST · by Libloather
    McClatchy DC ^ | 3/09/11 | Lesley Clark
    U.S. lawmakers keep quiet about Guantanamo tourBy Lesley Clark | The Miami Herald Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Rep. Allen West toured the secretive Camp 7 at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — where the alleged Sept. 11 plotters are held — but wouldn’t say Tuesday what he saw. “There’s nothing more I can say other than the fact I saw Camp 7,” the Broward Republican told reporters on a conference call, hours after he and a bipartisan delegation of House Armed Services Committee members returned from a daylong tour of the offshore detention camp. “It looks like a Camp 7.”...
  • Omar Khadr gets an education behind bars ['Torture' at Gitmo Update]

    03/08/2011 6:23:06 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    CBC News Canada ^ | March 8, 2011
    Omar Khadr is getting a formal education in prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to help allay fears he will return to Canada an angry and perhaps dangerous young man with a grudge against society, says his Canadian lawyer. Khadr's defence team enlisted a Canadian university professor to design a home schooling program to prepare the 24-year-old, who was born in Toronto, for his return to Canada, says Dennis Edney. Pentagon lawyers travel to the U.S. naval prison every other week to do the teaching. “We provide them with the material, and then they go to Guantanamo and sit with Omar...
  • White House Announces Resumption of Military Tribunals at Guantanamo

    President Obama announced Monday that military trials will resume for detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, saying the tribunals are an "important tool in combating international terrorists."
  • Leahy fears Gitmo will stay open

    03/07/2011 4:52:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Leahy fears Gitmo will stay open By MATT NEGRIN | 03/07/11 6:18 PM Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy warned late Monday that the White House’s order on renewing Guantanamo Bay military commissions will jeopardize the closing of the prison that President Obama has promised to shutter. In a statement released in the evening, Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Obama’s executive order “has done little to change” the damage that the Guantanamo prison has had on the American judicial system. “The process outlined in the Executive Order falls far short of core constitutional values by failing to provide judicial...
  • Gadhafi blames unrest on former prisoners at Guantanamo Bay

    03/02/2011 5:12:52 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    CNN.com ^ | March 2, 2011 | By the CNN Wire Staff
    Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi addressed supporters in Tripoli Wednesday amid international criticism of his regime and ongoing unrest in the country. Gadhafi blamed the problems on former prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who were released to Libya and then freed by Libyan authorities after they pledged to reform. However, Gadhafi said, they were actually members of al Qaeda sleeper cells.
  • Mental State Cited in 9/11 Case

    11/27/2009 8:15:40 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 699+ views
    wsj.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2009 | JESS BRAVIN
    WASHINGTON -- When five defendants are brought before a New York federal judge to face charges for the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the first question may be whether some of them are competent to stand trial at all. Military lawyers for Ramzi Binalshibh, an accused organizer of the 9/11 plot, and Mustafa al-Hawsawi, the conspiracy's alleged paymaster, say their clients have mental disorders that make them unfit for trial, likely caused or exacerbated by years of harsh confinement in Central Intelligence Agency custody. The issue already has arisen in military-commission proceedings at the military's detention facility at Guantanamo...
  • 8 U.S.C. § 1182. Inadmissible aliens (Illegal to bring Gitmo prisoners into the US)

    08/14/2009 4:03:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 633+ views
    (B) Terrorist activities (i) In general Any alien who— (I) has engaged in a terrorist activity; (II) a consular officer, the Attorney General, or the Secretary of Homeland Security knows, or has reasonable ground to believe, is engaged in or is likely to engage after entry in any terrorist activity (as defined in clause (iv)); (III) has, under circumstances indicating an intention to cause death or serious bodily harm, incited terrorist activity; (IV) is a representative (as defined in clause (v)) of— (aa) a terrorist organization (as defined in clause (vi)); or (bb) a political, social, or other group that...
  • Life in paradise as Gitmo four take a dip, eat ice cream, etc in British territory of Bermuda

    06/15/2009 10:33:38 AM PDT · by BP2 · 44 replies · 1,754+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 15th June 2009 | Sarah Titterton
    * U.S. accused of 'riding roughshod' over UK as Guantanamo detainees are sent to Bermuda in secret deal * But Washington insists deal was kept from London in an effort to protect UK's relationship with China * Bermudian opposition tables no confidence motion in Prime Minister as deal ignites political firestorm on the island * PM admits he may not have agreed to take detainees in had he known the controversy it would cause * EU agrees to take in detainees They look like ordinary tourists as they stroll along the seafront on the British territory of Bermuda, but these...
  • TERRORISTS FREE TO KILL ONCE AGAIN AS THEY SLIP THE GRASP OF GITMO'S KID GLOVES

    06/07/2009 11:04:05 AM PDT · by bluerose · 23 replies · 704+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 7, 2009 | PAUL SPERRY
    TERRORISTS FREE TO KILL ONCE AGAIN AS THEY SLIP THE GRASP OF GITMO'S KID GLOVES. The Pentagon now confirms that at least 74 former Guantanamo detainees have resumed terrorist activities after claiming they weren't terrorists. Such recidivism points up an alarming intelligence failure. These dangerous prisoners should never have been cleared for release. Why did interrogators fail to find the cracks in their stories and alibis? Why wasn't more intelligence gathered to predict they'd rejoin al Qaeda or the Taliban? In a word, politics. Gitmo interrogations have been emasculated to placate critics of waterboarding and other "torture," say two senior...
  • Guantanamo needs to be shut down (BARF ALERT)

    06/04/2009 5:04:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 251+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 6/4/2009 | Brian Gilmore
    The prison at Guantanamo must be closed. Even more important, "Gitmo" (as it is infamously known now) and everything it represents must be invalidated. This includes the military tribunal process, the human rights violations, torture, and the blatant disregard for the rule of law. This is President Obama's challenge. As Obama noted in his May 21 speech on the issue, Guantanamo and the activities that occurred there set back the "moral authority" of the United States. Closing Guantanamo would help restore that authority. But Republicans, led by former Vice President Dick Cheney, are opposing this, conjuring up fears that Guantanamo...
  • Petraeus Backs Closing Gitmo

    05/28/2009 6:27:52 AM PDT · by ksen · 119 replies · 7,773+ views
    Military.com ^ | 5/27/08
    PRAGUE -- The head of U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus, has told RFE/RL he thinks that "on balance" the expected closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and abandonment of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques will "help" U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the struggle against transnational extremist violence.
  • Live Thread: Obama vs. Cheney

    05/21/2009 7:11:47 AM PDT · by kristinn · 1,181 replies · 51,508+ views
    Thursday, May 21, 2009 | Kristinn
    Obama goes first in a few minutes. He's speaking at the rotunda of the National Archives (you think we could get Nicholas Cage on that birth certificate thingey?) on his Gitmo policy and other man-caused calamities.Vice President Cheney gets the rebuttal time. He's speaking at the American Enterprise Institute around 10:45 a.m. EDT.
  • Republicans salute Obama's military tack [basically Lindsay Graham gushes over 0bama]

    05/16/2009 7:58:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 1,161+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-05-16 | Stephen Dinan
    Even as congressional Democrats feuded last week with the CIA in what at times seemed to be a throwback to the 1970s, President Obama was headed in the other direction in what may have been his most active week yet as commander in chief. He pushed through the House a spending bill to finance the war in Afghanistan and reversed himself, deciding to fight the release of photos purportedly showing humiliating treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Obama also announced he would have some detainees at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, tried by military commissions, putting...
  • Miss Universe Describes Gitmo Tour as 'Fun' and 'Relaxing'

    03/31/2009 1:09:18 PM PDT · by batter · 32 replies · 2,150+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 31 March 2009 | n/a
    <p>Reigning Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza caused more than a few jaws to drop when she described her recent tour of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as "a lot of fun" and a "relaxing, calm, beautiful place," Reuters reported Tuesday.</p> <p>"It was a loooot of fun!" Mendoza wrote of her time at the camp, a prison surrounded by barbed-wire fence and minefields. She wrote that she went to a bar on the naval base and visited the "unbelievable" beach, Reuters reported.</p>