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June 08, 2015
Top News Torture This week in an historic step forward toward ensuring that torture is never again the official policy of the United States, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA...
May 21, 2015
Last Friday, the House passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2016. Since 2009, the NDAA has included provisions that restrict transfers out of...
May 15, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today calls on President Obama to veto the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) if the final bill contains provisions that would increase...
May 14, 2015
As the U.S.’s annual defense funding bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) looms in Congress, it is essential to consider the harm that the Guantanamo prison does to the U.S. This year...
May 14, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Major Gen. Michael Lehnert, the first commander of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, today urged Members of Congress to reject an amendment to the...
May 11, 2015
Top News Gulf Leaders to the U.S. Gulf state leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman will meet with President Obama this week at Camp David. Last...
May 07, 2015
On Monday retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to be “put to an end … as promptly as possible.” Noting the astounding costs of the...

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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 | July 06, 2015
Representatives from the House and Senate are currently in conference, negotiating the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2016. The NDAA bills from both houses contain...
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...