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# Guantánamo Bay

This year
Guantanamo judge rejects torture-derived confession from Al-Qaeda bombing suspect
It has the potential to set a new hurdle for September 11 prosecutions.
All time
New 9/11 trial judge won't force it towards end, but wants 'action' after nine years of hearings
The second day of hearings after an 18-month break focused on a review of the judge’s own potential biases.
Trial of accused 9/11 mastermind restarts, days before 20th anniversary
The accused have been locked up in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for nearly 15 years.
Trial date set for alleged mastermind of 9/11 terror attacks
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others in Guantanamo Bay prison camp will go on trial in January 2021.
Guantanamo 'prepared' for new inmates: US admiral
Obama had tried to shut down the detention centre.
Final acts as President: Obama moves 10 prisoners from Guantanamo to Oman
The nationality of the ten inmates are unconfirmed.
White House to transfer prisoners out of Guantanamo despite Trump's demands
Trump has vowed to “load (Guantanamo) up with some bad dudes” .
15 detainees transferred out of Guantanamo Bay as Obama seeks to close facility
Once transferred, former inmates are usually freed subject to supervision and undergoing rehabilitation programs.
Barack Obama is really trying to close Guantanamo Bay prison
“This is about closing a chapter in history,” the US President said today.
The accused '9/11 Five' remain in Guantanamo and probably won't ever get a real trial
Attempts to put them on trial in New York for the terrorist attacks backfired.
Man held at Guantánamo Bay for 13 years in case of mistaken identity
Mustafa al-Aziz al-Shamiri has been detained at the camp without charge.
Guantánamo lawyers banned from bringing detainees fast food and treats
One lawyer called the move “Petty and nasty.”
Mohamedou says he's locked up, tortured, and fighting for justice
His book is the first written and released by a Guantánamo detainee.
Opinion: What my years as a military defence lawyer in Guantánamo forced me to see
Guantánamo Bay has just marked its thirteen anniversary; its legacy is as shameful as it is horrifying.
Tortured: ‘They called a doctor to check if they could continue without killing me’
Torture survivor Juan Mendez looks back at his harrowing experience, and the challenges facing the global fight against torture, in his role as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture.
"I would still be in that black hole" - Guantanamo inmates taste freedom after a decade
Uruguay has agreed to take six former prisoners.
Poland found to be complicit in US torture programme
The ruling makes Poland the first EU member state to be held to account for involvement in the CIA’s rendition programme.
Only US soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan freed after five years
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was freed in exchange for the release of five Afghan prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
Column: The abuse a US President – and the world – chooses to ignore
In January 2009, Barack Obama signed an executive order to close the notorious detention centre at Guantánamo Bay. Five years on, detainees remain uncharged and subjected to waterboarding, prolonged isolation and force feeding.
US releases three ethnic Muslims from China held in Guantanamo Bay
The three men were sent to Slovakia as a ban remains in place on transferring any inmates to the US for any reason.
US court takes up appeal on Gitmo force-feeding
Three Guantanamo detainees want force-feeding banned as they say it is ‘inhumane’.
Column: Why is Guantanamo Bay still open?
Detainees eligible for release from Guantanamo Bay are caught in limbo: the US won’t accept them and foreign countries are reluctant to take in refugees who have been incarcerated with terrorists, writes Scott Fitzsimmons.
The most popular book among Guantanamo inmates is '50 Shades of Grey'
Rather than the Koran the most requested book by Camp Seven detainees – some of the most high-value prisoners – is the hit EL James erotic novel.
150 doctors write to Obama offering services to Guantánamo hunger strikers
The more than 100 detainees on hunger strike at the detention facility have said that they do not trust military doctors who engaged in painful force-feeding.
Group to protest Irish government 'silence' on Guantanamo Bay
Current two-thirds of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are on a hunger strike.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
Obama: Chemical weapons used in Syria, but we don't know who used them
Obama said there was no evidence to indicate when, who and how chemical weapons were used in Syria as he spoke to the media about Guantanamo Bay and Russian relations earlier today.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
Hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay prison enters seventh week
26 low-risk detainees are now refusing food – more than twice the number from a week ago – in protest at conditions.
Former CIA agent gets 30 months' jail for naming colleague
John Kiriakou told a journalist the name of a colleague who was involved in torturing suspected al-Qaeda members.
'Legal violations' caused by US military and CIA use of Shannon Airport outlined in new booklet
Irish peace groups have outlined the “aviation, human rights, and international humanitarian law” which are being violated by the use of the airport by foreign military.
Group to hold anti-war protest outside Dáil
The Irish Anti War Movement is calling for an end to US military flights out of Shannon Airport.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appears on 2,976 murder charges over 9/11
Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators appeared in public for the first time in more than three years today.
Accused 9/11 mastermind to face trial over attacks
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed could face the death penalty along with four others if convicted.
Italian court releases former Guantanamo detainee
The Tunisian had spent eight years in the Cuban facility before Italy accepted him into the country two years ago.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
Guantanamo 10 years on: hopes for closure fade, detainees remain in limbo
The notorious detention centre has now been open for ten years and, with indefinite military detention now enshrined in US law, hope is fading that it will be closed down as pledged.
Each Guantánamo prisoner costs $800k a year to keep
The price of keeping a prisoner at the notorious detention centre is more than 30 times the cost of imprisoning a person in the United States mainland.
US re-files charges against man accused of masterminding 9/11 attack
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is one of five people the US is bringing terrorism and murder charges against under revamped trial processes at Guantanamo Bay.
Al-Qaeda operative worked for MI6, according to Guantánamo files
A man accused of bombing churches and a hotel in Pakistan was working for MI6 at the time the attacks took place.