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July 11, 2013
Yesterday Senators Feinstein and Durbin sent a letter to President Obama, calling on him to exercise his authority as Commander in Chief to bring the force-feeding of prisoners at Gitmo into line...
June 25, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomed the release of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee, a bill that reflects a growing...
June 24, 2013
After wrapping up my week as observer at pre-trial hearings for the case against Khalid Shaikh Muhammad and the other alleged 9/11 conspirators, I’m still attempting to put everything in context. The...
June 21, 2013
Not a day goes by at Guantanamo, it seems, without some kind of hiccup in the pre-trial hearing of Khalid Shaikh Muhammad and the other alleged 9/11 conspirators. Every day we have been here...
June 20, 2013
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – It’s day three of the military commission of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his four coconspirators. On the agenda: attorney-client privilege. Does it exist, or not in military...
June 19, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes today’s letter from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urging the Department of Defense to stop the force-feeding...
June 19, 2013
The latest round of hearings in the Guantanamo Bay military commission trial against the alleged 9/11 conspirators veered into strange territory Tuesday when a lawyer for the International Committee...

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May 5, 2014

A year later, there are calls to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, as well as calls to extend its reach to Benghazi, Boko Haram, and beyond. While there has been a quickening pace in detainee transfers out of Guantanamo, the military commission proceedings continue to spark legal challenges and progress at a painfully slow pace. There also remains controversy over the lack of transparency and apparent mistakes in the United States' targeted killing programs.

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Letter | February 11, 2015
February 5, 2015 Representative Vicky Hartzler United States House of Representatives 2235 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Representative Jackie...
Letter | February 11, 2015
February 10, 2015 Dear Senator, I am a member of a coalition of more than 50 retired general and admirals of the United States Armed Forces who have consistently worked to find a way to...
Transcription | February 10, 2015
Elisa Massimino Keynote Address American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting Center for Human Rights Annual Luncheon Houston, Texas February 9, 2015. Thank you so much for that kind introduction...
Issue Brief | February 04, 2015
The prison at Guantanamo Bay, which now holds 122 detainees, is vastly more expensive to operate than the equivalent federal prisons. Indeed, it’s come to be called “the most expensive prison on...