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As the prison-wide hunger strike continues at Guantánamo, one of the key demands of campaigners — including myself and Tom Wilner, here at “Close Guantánamo” — has been for President Obama to appoint an official to oversee the closure of the prison, toreplace Daniel Fried, the State Department official who oversaw the release of dozens of prisoners in 2009 and 2010, before Congress — and the President himself — raised obstacles to the release of prisoners.

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Five critical, 30 force-fed, 100 to 130 taking part – data that makes for grim reading as the Guantanamo hunger strike enters its 100th day. 

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Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:47

Don’t expand the war on terror

FOR years, many have erroneously claimed that the United States is embroiled in a “global war on terrorism.” It is not, and thanks to Congress, never has been.

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The hacktivist group Anonymous has announced it will mark the 100th day of the Guantanamo hunger strike with three days of massive protests, calling on supporters to join their global action both on the ground and online.

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Ahmed Abassi, 26, met with Via plot suspect in New York, U.S. says

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Canada is obstructing efforts to compensate three men who suffered torture in Syria — effectively ignoring a key recommendation from the United Nations Committee against Torture, says Amnesty International

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 16:14

New Guantanamo policy: Genital "pat down"

 

Guantanamo official confirms new policy requiring prisoners to a search a previous policy shunned.

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The quote in the title of this article is from 1984 (aka Nineteen Eighty-Four), George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, published in June 1949, which Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, described as being “probably the book I’ve read more than any other but the Holy Koran” in a recent letter to his family from Guantánamo.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 16:02

The US and enemy prisoners post 9/11

 

The US government authorised torture as a tool for obtaining intelligence post-9/11, writes Arjun Sethi.

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On Monday, the Associated Press revealed that the Department of Justice used subpoenas to obtain phone records of its editors and reporters from April and May 2012.

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Recently, the mass Guantanamo hunger strikes have intensified pressure on the Obama Administration to fulfill the president's long-delayed 2009 promise to shut down the detention center there. 

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Lawyers for a detainee at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, who is scheduled to be transferred out of the prison in December under a 2011 plea deal have asked a judge to order the Pentagon to live up to its agreement, recently unsealed tribunal papers show.

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In April 1975, Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, impaneled a special investigative committee to look into shocking accounts of CIA dirty tricks.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/14/3395417/the-dirty-secrets-of-the-cias.html#storylink=cpy
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"You never know who's watching you." - William Arkin - Washington Post reporter.

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America's allies are terrorists, warlords, and corrupt officials, plied with bounty payments and quid-pro-quo assassinations.

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MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan — The authorities in Afghanistan are seeking the arrest on murder and torture charges of a man they say is an American and part of a Special Forces unit operating in Wardak Province, three Afghan officials have confirmed.

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Lawyers for inmates say humiliating body searches instituted for prisoners who wish to talk to their representatives

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In case any doubt remains, "it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture."

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No one who has spent any time studying and writing about Guantánamo, as I have, could fail to realize that, although the terrible innovation of Guantánamo is indefinite detention without charge or trial,...

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The Associated Press is raising the alarm over news that the Justice Department secretly seized records for more than 20 phone lines tied to its reporters and bureaus.

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