Guantanamo Topics


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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  • As the Senate prepares for confirmation hearings on White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales as the next attorney general, we speak with retired Brigadier General James Cullen–one of 12 retired Admirals and Generals who are calling on the Judiciary Committee to scrutinize Gonzales’ role in setting the stage for U.S. torture of detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. [includes rush transcript]
    January 05, 2005 | Story
  • In a confidential report, the Red Cross concluded that the U.S. has been intentionally using psychological and sometimes physical coercion "tantamount to torture" on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. We go to Germany to speak with Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who is filing a criminal complaint charging a group of U.S. officials with war crimes in Iraq. [includes rush transcript]
    November 30, 2004 | Story
  • In a rare uncensored letter from Guantanamo Bay, British detainee Moazzam Begg writes that he was tortured and abused by U.S soldiers during detention and that he witnessed U.S. soldiers murder two detainees in Afghanistan. We speak with president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner. [includes rush transcript]
    October 05, 2004 | Story
  • A new play in New York titled "Guantanamo: Honour-Bound to Defend Freedom" portrays the plight of British detainees at the U.S. naval base in Cuba. The script is based on the spoken and written testimony of Guantanamo detainees, family members, lawyers and public officials. We hear an excerpt of a reading of Moazzam Begg. [includes rush transcript]
    October 05, 2004 | Story
  • Once a leading campaigner against apartheid, former South African Archbishop, Desmond Tutu has become a vocal critic of the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay. We speak with the Nobel Peace Prize winner about the similarities between Guantanamo Bay and apartheid in South Africa, President Bush and the invasion and occupation Iraq. [includes rush transcript]
    October 05, 2004 | Story
  • Michael Ratner, from the Center for Constitutional Rights, outlines a new report on how three British detainees were tortured in U.S. detention. The men said they were beaten, shackled, photographed naked and in one incident questioned at gunpoint while in US custody. [includes rush transcript]
    August 05, 2004 | Story
  • Yesterday in Boston the United for Justice with Peace Coalition and ACLU held a rally in Copley Square to protest human rights abuses brought on by the so-called war on terror.
    July 29, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights Michael Ratner about U.S. torture policy, ignoring national and international law and the Bush administration claim that the right to set aside law is "inherent in the president." [Includes transcript]
    June 09, 2004 | Story
  • The Supreme Court heard the first arguments Tuesday on whether the more than 600 foreigners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have a right to plead their case before a judge. We hear excerpts of the hearing and speak with the Center for Constitutional Rights’ Michael Ratner.
    April 21, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with Terry Waite, who was held captive for almost five years by Islamic militants in Lebanon from 1987 to 1991, about the conditions and legal rights of the more than 650 prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay. [includes transcript]
    March 10, 2004 | Story