May 8, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On May 8, 2010, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates claimed that a number of the detainees housed at the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities would pose a new threat to the US if they were returned to their home countries. Though Gates advocated closing the facility at Guantanamo earlier in his ...[read more]
October 27, 2011
by Jamie Reese
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard arguments Wednesday in an appeal by US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla to reinstate his unlawful detention suit against several government officials. Padilla, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), filed an ...[read more]
October 21, 2011
by Cody Harding
On October 21, 2010, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates released a memorandum to five senior Department of Defense (DOD) officials that limited their authority to discharge openly gay service members. Previously, many less-senior military and civilian officials had the authority to expel soldiers ...[read more]
February 28, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On February 28, 2007, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates rejected a $100 million plan to construct extensive, permanent courthouse facilities at Guantanamo Bay. The proposed complex would have included three new courthouses, high-security detention facilities, and accommodations for 1,200 lawyers, ...[read more]
February 18, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at a congressional hearing Thursday that Guantanamo Bay is unlikely to be closed because of security concerns. Responding to a question from the Senate Armed Forces Committee, Gates said that the odds of closing the detention facility are "very, very low," ...[read more]
November 7, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates called Sunday for Congress to repeal the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy before the inauguration of the 112th Congress in January. Following Tuesday's midterm elections, in which Republicans made significant gains in both houses of Congress, it is ...[read more]
November 5, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On November 5, 2009, the US Senate voted 54-45 to defeat an amendment to HR 2847, an appropriations bill, that would have prevented Guantanamo Bay detainees accused of involvement in 9/11 from being tried in federal courts. The amendment was proposed by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in response to ...[read more]
October 22, 2010
by Ashley Hileman
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued a memorandum on Thursday limiting the authority to discharge openly gay service members to five senior Department of Defense (DOD) officials. The memo is seen as a response to the uncertain future of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, arising from ...[read more]
March 26, 2010
by Steve Dotterer
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday appointed retired Navy Vice Adm. Bruce MacDonald as the convening authority for military commissions. Considered an expert in military law, MacDonald's experience as a former Navy judge advocate general played a significant role in the appointment ...[read more]
March 25, 2010
by Jonathan Cohen
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday announced changes to the enforcement of the Don't Ask Don't, Tell policy to make it more difficult to expel openly gay service members from the military. The changes, set to take effect immediately, include raising the level of who can initiate ...[read more]

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