Tag Archives: Guantanamo

Guantanamo ‘Suicides’

In 2006 the U.S. government announced that three prisoners at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay had committed suicide. The government rejected calls for an outside probe into the causes of death. Now, nearly four years later, evidence is mounting that the three prisoners did not commit suicide, but were murdered during torture sessions. Four […]

Legal black holes

Recent reports say the detention center at Guantanamo Bay will remain open for several more months, maybe into 2011. Despite the delay, President Barack Obama likely intends to close the prison. His administration is hyper aware of its own perception and does not want to maintain a facility that so vividly represents Washington’s abuse of […]

Guantanamo not closing on time

Soon after taking office as President, Obama promised to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by January 2010. Well, now that’s not going to happen, at least on time. But I suppose it doesn’t matter much since we’re not going to stop mistreating prisoners if we close Guantanamo. As I noted before, […]

Obama embraces Soviet Communism

If Republicans want t0 compare Obama to Soviet Communists, this is their opportunity: The Obama administration has decided not to seek new legislation from Congress authorizing the indefinite detention of about 50 terrorism suspects being held without charges at at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Wednesday. Instead, the administration will continue to hold the detainees […]

It’s not Guantanamo if we call it Bagram

Instead of detaining prisoners forever without a trial in Guantanamo, Obama will just detain them forever without a trial in Bagram: Yesterday, the Obama DOJ — as expected — filed a legal brief (.pdf) which adopted the arguments originally made by the Bush DOJ to insist that detainees whom they abduct from around the world […]