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Close Guantanamo

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

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August 30, 2017 By Scott Johnston Michel Foucault wrote about the Panopticon—a central tower in a circular prison—as an effective means of controlling inmates due to one essential factor: the prisoners can never...
August 11, 2017 By Saadia H. Khan Last week I traveled to the U.S. Military Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to observe pretrial hearings in the case against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. As a first-time observer of the...
July 21, 2017 Washington, D.C. – In response to reports that the Trump Administration has brought al Qaeda terror suspect Ali Charaf Damache to the United States to be tried in federal court, rather...
July 14, 2017 By Camille Marrero  Two weeks ago I sat behind glass in a courtroom gallery looking at a defendant seated with his attorneys. Across the room sat a team of prosecutors, a judge, and military...
July 12, 2017 By Scott Johnston and Saadia H. Khan At the beleaguered military commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, setbacks have become the norm. Unfortunately, the agonizingly slow pace of...
July 06, 2017 This is the final installment of a five-part series on the remaining cleared Guantanamo Bay detainees. Read part one on Ridah Bin Saleh Al-Yazidi, part two on Muieen Adeen Al...
June 28, 2017 This is part four of a five-part series on the remaining cleared Guantanamo Bay detainees. Read part one on Ridah Bin Saleh Al-Yazidi, part two on Muieen Adeen Al-Sattar, and...

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Infographic | June 08, 2017
There are now just 41 detainees at Guantanamo, each imprisoned at the extraordinary cost of $10 million per year. Five detainees, however, have been cleared for transfer by all relevant government...
Amicus Brief | June 01, 2017
The executive branch is attempting to use a military commission, rather than the readily available federal courts, to try Petitioner for involvement in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 and...
Factsheet | May 30, 2017
Myth: Terrorists have traditionally been tried in military commissions. Fact: Federal civilian criminal courts have convicted more than 620 individuals on terrorism-related charges since 9/11....
Factsheet | May 30, 2017
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 then codified...