The United States will face a deadline at the end of the year and will apparently no longer have the right to hold prisoners in Afghanistan. It will have to decide what to do with a group of prisoners at Bagram military base, who President Barack Obama’s administration would like to continue to hold in [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:32 pm|
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday September 16, 2014 12:45 am|
One medical professional, protesting use of torturous forced-feeding of hunger-strikers, is persecuted by the Navy, while another one, working closely with Guantanamo authorities and interrogators who tortured prisoners, is rewarded with a top job at the Navy’s main hospital. These two facts speak volumes about how low the nation has fallen in relation to acceptance of torture.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 2, 2014 8:51 pm|
A federal appeals court has ruled that the United States government can keep video and photos of high-profile Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohammed al-Qahtani secret because it is well-known that he was tortured and abused and any future release of information depicting him could be used by terrorist groups to incite anti-American violence. The Center for [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 14, 2014 4:54 pm|
Muslim American groups and individuals are boycotting the White House’s Iftar dinner and will instead be participating or supporting a protest outside the White House against United States government policies, which disproportionately impact Muslims all over the world. The Iftar is when Muslims break fast during Ramadan. In the past, the White House has held [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 30, 2014 11:03 am|
The CIA recommended prisoners captured in the Afghanistan War be imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay because officials were convinced prisoners would be outside the jurisdiction of US courts. The secret jail would potentially be able to hold prisoners forever. However, just over ten years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday June 16, 2014 1:45 am|
A partially redacted set of medical records released in the aftermath of the 2006 deaths of three Guantanamo prisoners shows that the use of “medical restraints” in the use of forced feeding of hunger striking detainees was used as a threat on hunger striking prisoners. At least one detainee was told over and over that use of “medical restraints” was due to his voluntary refusal to eat.
While Guantanamo medical authorities said the need for restraints was due to “medical necessity,” such necessity was never documented. Instead, it was clear the use of restraints was punitive in nature.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 11, 2014 11:05 am|
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other employees of the Defense Department and effectively determined that torture or abuse, which Guantanamo Bay prisoners cleared for release may have experienced, was “incidental” and within the “scope of their employment.” “Authorized or not, the conduct was [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday June 3, 2014 1:35 am|
A new report by The Center for Policy and Research at Seton Hall University’s School of Law has found that crucial medical testimony about the death of three Guantanamo detainees in June 2006 was suppressed. This was one of a number of findings, which included evidence of doctoring of documents, and lies told to Congressional representatives enquiring about the case. A recent report by Scott Horton at Harper’s also looked at one key document in the Seton Hall report that directly contradicts the government narrative of evidence. This document, too, was suppressed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 23, 2014 10:18 am|
President Barack Obama stated in a speech in May of last year that he was lifting a “moratorium on detainee transfers” from Guantanamo Bay to Yemen so his administration could review each prisoner on a “case-by-case basis.” “To the greatest extent possible, we will transfer detainees who have been cleared to go to other countries,” [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday May 17, 2014 10:18 am|
Hundreds of videos of force-feedings of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been ordered to be preserved by a United States district court judge. The judge has also ordered, for the first time, that the government halt the force-feeding of a prisoner temporarily. Until May 21, Judge Gladys Kessler ordered that the government be “temporarily restrained” [...]