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Here’s What The White House’s “Secret” Plan To Close Guantanamo Looks Like

Here’s What The White House’s “Secret” Plan To Close Guantanamo Looks Like

Last month, hours before a Senate subcommittee held a hearing on shuttering the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the White House circulated a two-page document to Congress that contained the administration’s plans for closing the prison. One reason the White House drafted the document, sources tell me, was to beat back criticism from some members of […]

Revealed: The 95 Media Worthy FOIA Requests Flagged For Pentagon Approval

Revealed: The 95 Media Worthy FOIA Requests Flagged For Pentagon Approval

A few weeks ago, the nonpartisan organization Cause of Action posted a story on its website about a secret Pentagon policy that calls for certain Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that may generate media attention to first be approved by the Pentagon. Naturally, I was eager to find out what FOIA requests analysts believed would be […]

Former EPA Officials: Why Hasn’t The Justice Department Indicted BP’s Top Executives?

Former EPA Officials: Why Hasn’t The Justice Department Indicted BP’s Top Executives?

Is a record $4.5 billion fine, serial environmental criminal” BP from placing profits before safety? If history is any guide, Scott West believes the answer is a resounding, “No.” West is a former veteran special agent-in-charge at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Criminal Investigation Division. In 2006, he led an investigation into BP and the oil […]

Where’s the “Pathway” For Closure Of Guantanamo?

Where’s the “Pathway” For Closure Of Guantanamo?

Last Friday, November 9, Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First (HRF), hosted a press call with retired Rear Admiral Don Guter. HRF, along with a number of other human rights and legal groups, are calling upon President Barack Obama to fulfill his January 2009 pledge to close Guantanamo’s detention facility. Admiral Guter […]

America’s Extradition Problem

America’s Extradition Problem

Not content with having the largest domestic prison population in the world, both in numbers and as a percentage of the total population, the US also imports prisoners from other countries, at vast expense. Last week, five men were extradited to the US from the UK to face charges relating to their alleged involvement with terrorism. The men’s […]

Guantanamo Scandal: The 40 Prisoners Still Held But Cleared for Release At Least Five Years Ago

Guantanamo Scandal: The 40 Prisoners Still Held But Cleared for Release At Least Five Years Ago

This exclusive investigative report by Andy Worthington was first published on his website and on the website of the “Close Guantánamo” campaign, which Worthington established in January with US attorney Tom Wilner. Register here to participate in the campaign and receive regular updates via email. One of the greatest injustices at Guantánamo is that, of […]

Guantanamo And Recidivism: The Media’s Ongoing Failure To Question Official Statistics

Guantanamo And Recidivism: The Media’s Ongoing Failure To Question Official Statistics

Last week, the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the Director of the CIA and the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, issued a two-page unclassified summary, entitled, “Summary of the Reengagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba” (PDF), which provided information about the purported “recidivism” of former prisoners. According to the […]

Guantanamo Prison’s True Secret: Jason Leopold in Conversation With Andy Worthington

Guantanamo Prison’s True Secret: Jason Leopold in Conversation With Andy Worthington

This report was written by the staff of Angola3 News and originally published on Truthout. British journalist Andy Worthington, the author of “The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison,” has been documenting the array of human rights abuses at Guantanamo for over six years now, after he personally became […]

Jason Leopold: Former Guantanamo Guard Reflects On A Decade Of Lawlessness

Jason Leopold: Former Guantanamo Guard Reflects On A Decade Of Lawlessness

This report was originally published on Truthout and written by Jason Leopold. Pfc. Brandon Neely was standing at attention inside Camp X-Ray along with three-dozen or so other active-duty soldiers attached to the 401st Military Police Company from Fort Hood, Texas, during the afternoon of January 11, 2002. A busload of about 20 “enemy combatants” […]

Deranged Senate Votes for Military Detention Of All Terror Suspects And A Permanent Guantanamo

Deranged Senate Votes for Military Detention Of All Terror Suspects And A Permanent Guantanamo

The shameful dinosaurs of the Senate — hopelessly out of touch with reality, for the most part, and haunted by specters of their own making — approved, by 93 votes to 7, the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (PDF), which contains a number of astonishingly alarming provisions — Sections 1031 and 1032, designed […]

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