GUANTANAMO
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U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay has a unique posture in the Western Hemisphere in that it is the oldest U.S. base outside the continental United States, and the only one in a country that does not enjoy an open political relationship with the United States.Located in the Oriente Province on the southeast corner of Cuba, the base is about 400 air miles from Miami, Fla.In February 1903, the United States leased 45 square miles of land and water at Guantanamo Bay for use as a coaling (fueling) station. The treaty was finalized and the document was ratified by both governments and signed in Havana in December of that same year.The most recent addition to the base is the Southern Command Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Following the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, Joint Task Force Guantanamo was tasked to stand up the War on Terrorism detainee mission... [ USN ]


Ex-Guantanamo detainee appeals conviction
August 21, 2014
Australian citizen David Hicks filed a motion to dismiss his conviction in the US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday after pleading guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan by northern alliance forces shortly after September 11, 2011....... [more]

Pentagon to transfer 6 Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay: reports
July 18, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) has notified Congress that it intends to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay, officials said Wednesday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reportedly notified Congress about the transfers last week, which are scheduled to take place as soon as next month. Th....... [more]

Guantanamo nurse refuses to force feed detainees
July 16, 2014
A nurse at the Guantanamo detention center has refused to participate in the force feeding of hunger striking inmates, UK human rights group Reprieve reported Tuesday. Word of the unidentified nurse's refusal came via a phone call from detainee Abu Wael Dhiab to his lawyer at Reprieve and was confir....... [more]

Military judge steps down from USS Cole case
July 11, 2014
US Army Col. James Pohl on Thursday stepped down from the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American service members. Pohl, the chief judge at the Guantanamo military court, stepped down in ord....... [more]

Canada appeals court rules Khadr must be transferred from federal prison
July 9, 2014
The Alberta Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in favor of former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr, ordering that he be transferred from a federal penitentiary to a provincial correctional facility. Khadr, a Canadian citizen now age 27, was captured by US forces after being found fighting in Afghanista....... [more]

Guantanamo Bay detainees file motion for religious prayer
July 7, 2014
Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees on Thursday filed an emergency application in the US District Court for the District of Columbia for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the government from depriving the inmates of the right to pray communally during the month of Ramadan. Lawyers for petit....... [more]

What the Bowe Bergdahl-Taliban Exchange Teaches Us about Closing Guantanamo
June 14, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jonathan Hafetz of the Seton Hall University School of Law discusses some of the lessons offered by the Bergdahl exchange as they relate to US policy on Guantanamo ... The Obama administration has confirmed that it will continue to pursue its longstanding goal of closing the G....... [more]

Federal appeals court dismisses Guantanamo detainee lawsuit
June 11, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a former Guantanamo detainee against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. According to the original complaint the plaintiff, Sami Abdulaziz Allaithi, was an Egyptian professor working in Kabu....... [more]

Pentagon approves war crimes trial for al Qaeda leader
June 4, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Monday approved the war crimes trial of Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former leader of al Qaeda's army between 2002 and 2004. The former CIA captive has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2007. The official charge sheet alleges, among other things, that al-Hadi was a....... [more]

Final known US prisoner of war released in exchange for Guantanamo detainees
June 1, 2014
US President Barack Obama announced Saturday that prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl had been released into US custody in exchange for five detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. Bergdahl was the only confirmed US prisoner of war from the conflict in Afghanistan remaining in enemy custody. The Obama administ....... [more]

US judge allows force feeding of Guantanamo prisoner to continue
May 25, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order late Thursday allowing the military to resume force feeding a Syrian prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, stating that "the court is in no position to make the complex medical decisions necessary" to keep the prisoner alive. In th....... [more]




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