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Guantanamo Topics

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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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  • Torontostar
    We’re joined here in New York by Michelle Shephard, the national security reporter for the Toronto Star. She’s been following the story of the Canadian-born Omar Khadr since his arrest as a teenager in Afghanistan in 2002. She is the author of Guantánamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr. Michelle Shephard was among the four journalists who have recently been banned from covering military commissions in Guantánamo Bay for...
    Jun 08, 2010 | Story
  • Patti-smith-democracynow
    We bring you a Democracy Now! special with the singer-songwriter, poet, artist and punk rock legend, Patti Smith, on her life, her art and her singing and speaking out. "I do things that make people upset. My political views or my humanist views have caused me a lot of censorship, but I don’t have a problem with that," Smith says. "What I would have more of a problem is if I had to look back on my life and say, 'Yeah,...
    Apr 29, 2010 | Story
  • Nsagreenberg
    A federal judge ruled last week that the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program was illegal and in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Both the Bush and Obama administrations had tried to dismiss the suit, claiming a trial could result in the release of state secrets. The ruling marks the strongest legal repudiation to date of the Bush administration’s spy program since it was first publicly...
    Apr 07, 2010 | Story
  • Chomskyweb_ok
    We spend the hour with world-renowned linguist and dissident, Noam Chomsky. In a wide-ranging public conversation at the Harvard Memorial Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Chomsky talks about President Obama’s foreign and national security policies, the lessons of Vietnam, and his own activism. "You just can’t become involved part-time in these things," Chomsky says. "It’s either serious and you’re seriously involved, or...
    Mar 15, 2010 | Story
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    A Spanish court has opened formal criminal investigations into the suspected torture of Guantánamo prisoner Hamed Abderrahman Ahmad. The court described six Bush administration lawyers, including John Yoo, Jay Bybee and Alberto Gonzales, as the "intellectual authors" of the torture to which Ahmad and four other prisoners were subjected. The probe comes as the Justice Department will reportedly clear Yoo and Bybee of professional...
    Feb 02, 2010 | Story
  • Scott-horton-dn
    New evidence has emerged suggesting three Guantánamo prisoners whom the US claims took their own lives in June 2006 died not from suicide, but torture. A six-month investigation by Harper’s Magazine indicates the three prisoners were suffocated and tortured during questioning at a secret black site facility at Guantánamo known as "Camp No." The article is based in part on testimony from a former staff sergeant who says the Obama...
    Jan 20, 2010 | Story
  • Yemen
    Although President Obama came into office last year promising to close down the infamous prison camp at Guantanamo, nearly 200 men are still imprisoned there. On Tuesday, Obama noted that the would-be Christmas Day airline bomber had received training in Yemen and emphasized his links to a Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda. He went on to announce that he had suspended the transfer of any more Guantanamo detainees to Yemen. About half of the men...
    Jan 08, 2010 | Story
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    As 2009 comes to a close, today we begin by taking a step back and putting this year of war in perspective. Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald discusses US foreign policy, including the escalation of the war in Afghanistan, drone strikes on Pakistan, cruise missile attacks on Yemen, operations in Somalia, the ongoing operation in Iraq, and much more. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 31, 2009 | Story
  • Ksm-web
    Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce today that five men accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks, including alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be tried in a criminal court in New York instead of a military commission. The move marks one of the first major steps by the Obama administration to close the prison at Guantanamo. To assess the future of Guantanamo Bay and the more than 200 men still in...
    Nov 13, 2009 | Story
  • A British court heard evidence last week that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to prevent the disclosure of details regarding the CIA’s role in the alleged torture of former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Binyam Mohamed. We hear from conservative British parliamentarian David Davis about the Obama administration’s attempts to suppress evidence in this case. [includes rush transcript]
    Aug 05, 2009 | Story