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April 22, 2015
On his second day in office, President Obama signed an executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay within one year. Six years later, the prison is still open. National security leaders...
April 21, 2015
Today the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB), the group tasked with determining whether detainees are a continuing threat to the United States or can be released, held a hearing for detainee...
April 16, 2015
Today Human Rights First joined 16 other human rights and legal organizations in calling for lawmakers to oppose a new bill proposed by Representative Jackie Walorski, which would bar all...
April 15, 2015
When Senator Marco Rubio told George Stephanopoulos on ABC News that he would keep the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba open to accept new terror suspects for imprisonment, he explained...
April 13, 2015
Last week, the judge in the Guantanamo military commission case of accused USS Cole bombing plotter Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, Col. Vance Spath, ordered the pre-trial hearings halted until al-Nashiri...
April 08, 2015
This afternoon, a federal jury in Boston found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of all 30 charges stemming from the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. Dzhokhar, along with his older brother Tamerlan...
April 08, 2015
Yesterday Senator Dianne Feinstein wrote to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter asking him to end the unnecessary force-feeding of detainees in Guantanamo Bay. The force-feedings violate international...

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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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Factsheet | June 04, 2015
Last month, the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) passed their versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2016. Both bills contain unwise and...
Letter | May 20, 2015
May 13, 2015 Dear Representative, I am a member of a coalition of more than 60 retired general and admirals of the United States Armed Forces who have consistently worked to find a way to...
Issue Brief | May 13, 2015
National security experts and U.S. officials have long stated that the Guantanamo Bay detention center acts as a powerful propaganda symbol in terrorist groups’ recruiting materials. According to...
Factsheet | April 23, 2015
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN) recently introduced proposed legislation that would effectively ban all transfers out of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility for two years. Rep. Walorski’s...