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Out of Gitmo

February 21, 2017 // 40m
With NPR, a report on the struggle over freeing prisoners once deemed international terrorists.
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Chuck Hagel: Closing Guantanamo is an "Imperfect Process"
There's no way to 100 percent guarantee that any detainee transferred out of Guantanamo won't return to terror, says the former Defense Secretary, but "we’re talking about people’s lives here, and we’ve made mistakes."
February 21, 2017
Matt Olsen: "Politics" Kept Guantanamo Open, "Not National Security"
"Do we really want to continue to keep people forever in a prison in Cuba?", asks the former director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
February 21, 2017
How 30 "Forever Prisoners" Got Out of Gitmo
To shrink the detainee population at Guantanamo Bay, the Obama administration transferred 30 men once deemed too dangerous to let out. Who were they?
February 21, 2017
Released Guantanamo Detainee Struggles In His New Home
Are former detainees still a threat or just desperate to rebuild their lives? In partnership with NPR, correspondent Arun Rath traveled to Serbia to find out why it's difficult to relocate the men.
February 21, 2017
Trump Inherits Guantanamo's Remaining Detainees
Despite President Obama's executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, dozens of detainees from the war on terror are still there.
January 19, 2017
The 9/11 Trial: Three Takeaways from This Week in Court
The war court at Guantanamo Bay reconvened this week, with attorneys arguing a full docket of pre-trial motions in the case against the five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks.
October 14, 2016
Voices of Detainees and Dissent in New CIA "Enhanced Interrogation" Documents
New documents fill in some gaps in public knowledge about the CIA's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program that was investigated by the Senate.
June 16, 2016
A Change in Narrative at the 9/11 Trial?
Prosecutors asked Judge James L. Pohl to let the war court at Guantanamo hear testimony from 9/11 victims’ family -- before the actual trial begins.
May 31, 2016
Are the Guantanamo Tribunals Still About 9/11?
The battles playing out in the courtroom to date have been less about the criminality of the 9/11 attacks and more about how to balance the defendants’ right to material that is essential to their defense with national security concerns.
May 30, 2016
As Obama's Term Winds Down, Concerns Grow Over Guantanamo
With less than 16 months remaining in President Obama’s term, advocates for shutting down the controversial prison are increasingly on edge that it won’t be closed before he leaves office.
September 25, 2015
Why's It Taking So Long to Close Guantanamo?
President Obama has had a great summer. But one of the first items he vowed to check off as president remains undone: closing the Guantanamo Bay prison.
July 16, 2015
Voices from the "Dark Side": The CIA Torture Debate
A Senate investigation has prompted new debate on the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation" in the aftermath of 9/11. So what did key players who helped shape the policy think at the time?
December 10, 2014