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U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay has a unique posture in the Western Hemisphere in that it is the oldest U.S. base outside the continental United States, and the only one in a country that does not enjoy an open political relationship with the United States.Located in the Oriente Province on the southeast corner of Cuba, the base is about 400 air miles from Miami, Fla.In February 1903, the United States leased 45 square miles of land and water at Guantanamo Bay for use as a coaling (fueling) station. The treaty was finalized and the document was ratified by both governments and signed in Havana in December of that same year.The most recent addition to the base is the Southern Command Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Following the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, Joint Task Force Guantanamo was tasked to stand up the War on Terrorism detainee mission... [ USN ]


Four Afghans transferred from Guantanamo
December 21, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Saturday announced the repatriation of four Guantanamo Bay detainees to Afghanistan. The prisoners, Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir, were released after a review of their cases. Although originally detained on suspicion of being associa....... [more]

Obama signs defense spending bill with provisions preventing Guantanamo closure
December 21, 2014
US President Barack Obama signed the annual federal defense policy bill into law Friday but expressed dissatisfaction over provisions that limit the his ability to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. HR 3979 authorizes a $585 billion dollar budget for Department of Defense (DOD) operati....... [more]

6 Guantanamo detainees transferred to Uruguay
December 8, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Monday announced the transferof six detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to Uruguay. This move is the result of a 2009 Executive Order issued by President Obama instructing the Guantanamo Bay Review Force to review these cases. The decision to tran....... [more]

UN report criticizes US compliance with anti-torture treaty
December 1, 2014
The UN Committee Against Torture released a report on Friday that found the US has fallen short of full compliance with the Convention Against Torture international treaty. Police brutality, detention facilities, military interrogations and the criminalization of torture itself were several of the....... [more]

DOD announces transfer of 5 Guantanamo detainees
November 21, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Thursday the transfer of five detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Three are being transferred to the country of Georgia, while Slovakia will accepted the transfer of two more detainees. In 2009 the Guantanamo Review Task Force, compo....... [more]

Defense lawyer argues Guantanamo detainee immune from war crimes charges
November 18, 2014
A US military lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee argued Monday that the detainee, who is described as an al Qaeda commander, may be classified as a soldier according to international war rules and thus exempt from prosecution. The lawyer asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Abd al Hadi al....... [more]

Guantanamo inmate of 13 years released to Kuwait
November 6, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Wednesday announced the release of Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda from the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, after nearly 13 years of imprisonment without a trial. Al Awda is a 37-year-old citizen of Kuwait who was captured in 2002 in Afghanistan for his in....... [more]

DOJ seeks stay on release of Guantanamo force-feeding videos
October 17, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a motion in the US District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to stay an order issued by the court earlier this month requiring the public release of 28 videos showing the forcible removal and forced feeding of Guantanamo Bay detainee Wa'el Dhiab....... [more]

Federal judge orders release of Guantanamo force feeding videos
October 6, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday ordered the public release of 28 videos showing the forcible removal and forced feeding of Guantanamo Bay detainee Wa'el Dhiab. Dhiab, a Syrian citizen, has been held at Guantanamo since 2002 and has been on a long term hunger....... [more]

UK prosecutors drop terrorism charges against former Guantanamo detainee
October 1, 2014
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service on Wednesday dropped terrorism charges against Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria. Begg was scheduled to stand trial next Monday for charges including the funding and trai....... [more]

No court martial for nurse who refused Guantanamo force-feeding
September 16, 2014
A nurse who refused to force feed hunger strikers at the Guantanamo detention center will not be court-martialed. Navy Captain Maureen Pennington, the nurse's commander, chose not to court-martial but recommended that the officer be required to show cause for retention in the Navy. A board will dete....... [more]




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