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Close Guantanamo

Rather than keeping us safer, the prison at Guantanamo weakens American national security.

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September 20, 2016 My trip to Gitmo last week to observe the military commission proceedings against 36-year-old Maryland resident Majid Khan was like an episode of The Real World meets Survivor...
September 14, 2016 In the last five months, I’ve observed proceedings in all three of the cases before the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay. In May, Hadi al Iraqi—alleged former senior al Qaeda leader. In July,...
September 13, 2016 Washington, D.C.—In a letter sent today to members of Congress, Major General Michael R. Lehnert, first commanding officer at Guantanamo Bay, urged legislators to reject a bill this week that would...
September 09, 2016 By Kevin Meister Last week a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied Gitmo detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri’s petition to...
September 08, 2016 By Elizabeth Toloposky Today the Periodic Review Board (PRB) fulfilled one of the goals listed in the Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay that the Department of Defense released in February: to complete...
September 08, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the Obama Administration for completing the initial Periodic Review Board (PRB) hearings for each detainee currently held at Guantanamo Bay and urges...
September 08, 2016 Ten years ago this week, a batch of men arrived at the U.S. military prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The CIA had held these men incommunicado in prisons across the world, tortured and hidden...

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Factsheet | September 28, 2016
Download Terrorism suspects captured abroad are routinely and successfully prosecuted in U.S. federal courts. Since 9/11, at least 91 individuals captured abroad have been convicted of...
Factsheet | September 22, 2016
Download What are the Periodic Review Boards? President Barack Obama created the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) process through Executive Order 13567 on March 7, 2011. Congress...
Issue Brief | September 22, 2016
How are Guantanamo detainees approved for transfer out of the prison, and what does that process involve? This brief outlines how the current mechanisms work and how they differ from those used by...
Factsheet | September 22, 2016
Download The Department of Defense has released its plan for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Currently, 61 detainees remain at the prison, which national security...