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Democracy Now! has regularly covered the stories of those imprisoned at the U.S. detention facility located in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, since former President George W. Bush began the so-called "war on terror." The first captives arrived at the detention camp on January 11, 2002.

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  • In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has rebuked the Bush administration for forming military tribunals to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay. In a 5-3 ruling, the court said the military tribunals violated both the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Geneva Convention. We speak with Barbara Olshansky, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights which filed two briefs in the Hamdan case, and has represented scores Guantanamo...
    June 30, 2006 | Story
  • The U.S. has barred journalists from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. We speak with Los Angeles Times reporter Carol Williams, one of three journalists forced off the island last week as well as British journalist and author David Rose, who had his military clearance to Guantanamo suddenly revoked. [includes rush transcript]
    June 19, 2006 | Story
  • Three detainees at Guantanamo Bay–two Saudis and one Yemeni–were found dead in their cells this weekend. The military reported the men hanged themselves with nooses made of sheets and clothes. They are the first reported deaths at the U.S.-run camp. The three men had been imprisoned for up to four years and never charged with a crime. We speak with an attorney for Guantanamo detainees and former Army Chaplain James Yee. [includes...
    June 12, 2006 | Story
  • The UN Committee Against Torture also urges an end to secret CIA prisons and an end to abusive treatment and interrogation techniques against detainees. In addition, the panel sharply criticized practices in regular prisons in the United States including widespread sexual abuse of inmates. [includes rush transcript]
    May 22, 2006 | Story
  • James Yee, a Muslim Chaplain, was posted in Guantanamo Bay, in 2002, but less than a year after serving there, he was accused of espionage by the military and faced charges so severe, that he was threatened with the death penalty. Yee was locked away in a Navy prison in Charleston, South Carolina, spent 76 days in solitary confinement and was subject to abusive treatment. In 2004, the government dropped all charges against him. [includes rush...
    May 22, 2006 | Story
  • A Canadian teenager and nine other detainees are appearing before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay this week even though the legality of the pre-trial hearings remains in doubt with the Supreme Court case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld still pending. We speak with ACLU attorney Ben Wizner. [includes rush transcript]
    April 05, 2006 | Story
  • In a Democracy Now! U.S. national broadcast exclusive, we hear former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg in his own words. He was imprisoned for three years without charge by the United States at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan and Guanatanmo Bay in Cuba. We broadcast his first comments in this country since the publication of his book in Britain, "Enemy Combatant: A British Muslim’s Journey to Guantanamo and Back." [includes rush...
    March 14, 2006 | Story
  • As we focus on the case of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg, we speak with Victoria Brittain, co-author of his book, "Enemy Combatant: A British Muslim’s Journey to Guantanamo and Back" and leading British human rights lawyer, Gareth Peirce about the U.S.-run prison camp. [includes rush transcript]
    March 14, 2006 | Story
  • The United Nations has called on the Bush administration to immediately close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. In a report on conditions at the prison recently released, the U.N. says the United States should try all detainees or release them "without further delay." We speak with former military Chaplain Yee, who was falsely accused of espionage by the U.S military and faced death penalty charges that were eventually dropped....
    February 16, 2006 | Story
  • The Senate this week approved what lawmakers hailed as a bipartisan "compromise" on legal rights for Guantánamo Bay detainees that can still strip them of a federal trial. We speak with attorneys Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights and David Rivkin, who served in the administrations of President Reagan and George H.W. Bush. [includes rush transcript]
    November 17, 2005 | Story