Guantanamo Bay

  • A soldier stands guard in a tower overlooking Camp Delta  at Guantanamo Bay naval base in a December 31, 2009 file photo provided by the US Navy. President Barack Obama urged lawmakers on Tuesday to give his plan to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a "fair hearing" and said he did not want to pass the issue to his successor when he leaves the White House next year. REUTERS/US Navy/Spc. Cody Black/Handout via Reuters  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTX2886S
    January 14, 2017  

    In his 2008 run for the White House, President Barack Obama promised to shut down the prison for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and on his second full day as president he issued an executive order to close it within a year. Eight years later, that has not happened, though the number of people imprisoned there has dropped from 242 to 55. Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald joins Alison Stewart. Continue reading

  • U.S.  President Barack Obama (R) meets with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss transition plans in the White House Oval Office in Washington, U.S., November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTX2T2TS
    December 27, 2016  

    The period since Election Day has been characterized by major policy decisions on the part of President Obama and an unconventional transition for President-elect Trump. To discuss these active few weeks and provide context, Hari Sreenivasan is joined by presidential historian Michael Beschloss and April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks. Continue reading

  • A guard opens the gate at the entrance to Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, March 5, 2013.  REUTERS/Bob Strong/File Photo - RTX2P2D6
    December 20, 2016  

    According to a New York Times report, the Obama administration has notified Congress of its plans to transfer more than a dozen of the 59 prisoners who remain at the Guantanamo Bay detention center before President-elect Trump takes office. Charlie Savage of The New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how the president has chipped away at the prison population there. Continue reading

  • Corporate recruiters (R) gesture and shake hands as they talk with job seekers at a Hire Our Heroes job fair targeting unemployed military veterans and sponsored by the Cable Show, a cable television industry trade show in Washington, June 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo                      GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK AHEAD PACKAGE    SEARCH BUSINESS WEEK AHEAD 10 OCT FOR ALL IMAGES - RTSRJ2F
    December 2, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the unemployment rate in November hit a nine-year low, dropping to 4.6 percent, as 178,000 new jobs were added and many people stopped looking for work. Also, House lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a nearly $619 billion bipartisan defense bill that would give troops their biggest pay raise since 2010 and prohibit the Pentagon from closing bases or the Guantanamo Bay prison. Continue reading

  • A U.S. Army guard stands in a corridor of cells in Camp Five, a facility at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba September 4, 2007. This photo has been reviewed by the U.S. Military. The names and nationalities of detainees cannot be revealed and facial identification is not permitted by the U.S. Military.    REUTERS/Joe Skipper     (UNITED STATES) - RTR1TFUK
    September 10, 2016  

    The five men blamed for planning the attacks of September 11 have yet to be tried in a military commission. Nearly 15 years after that day, they remain detained at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Now, some critics are asking if federal trials based in the U.S. are more effective in prosecuting alleged terrorists. NewsHour Weekend’s Phil Hirschkorn reports. Continue reading

  • Chain link fence and concertina wire surrounds a deserted guard tower within Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Camp Delta at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba March 21, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      SEARCH "GUANTANAMO BAY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. ?? - RTSBT9U
    August 18, 2016   BY  

    An Indonesian held for nearly 10 years at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has appeared for the first time at a hearing called to determine whether he should remain in detention. Continue reading

  • FILE PHOTO -  The interior of an unoccupied communal cellblock is seen at Camp VI, a prison used to house detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, March 5, 2013.   REUTERS/Bob Strong/File Photo - RTX2L3FY
    August 16, 2016  

    On Monday, President Obama approved his largest single release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, reducing its population by 15 to a total of 61 — roughly 25% the size when he took office. Closing the facility he called a “recruitment brochure” for American enemies has long been among Obama’s priorities. William Brangham speaks with the New York Times’ Charlie Savage for more. Continue reading

  • Leg shackles on the floor of the detention center at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Photo by Larisa Epatko
    August 16, 2016   BY  

    The Pentagon announced Monday the transfer of 15 inmates out of the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — its largest transfer yet from the controversial detention facility. Continue reading

  • U.S. Army file photo of U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Handout via Reuters
    August 10, 2016   BY  

    WASHINGTON — Following a lengthy tug-of-war with Capitol Hill, the Pentagon has given a senator the first-ever, unclassified report detailing the suspected militant backgrounds of more than 100 detainees at or recently released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay — a report that will likely spur more debate over shutting it down. Continue reading

  • A U.S. Navy sailor (L) walks with soldiers in Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Camp VI at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba March 22, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTSBT9Z
    June 5, 2016   BY  

    The Obama administration is running out of time and options to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, so officials are scrambling to release as many prisoners as possible and considering novel legal strategies that include allowing some men to strike plea deals by video-teleconference and sending others to foreign countries to be prosecuted. Continue reading

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