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Prospects for Closing Gitmo ‘very, very low’: Gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday that prospects for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp were “very, very low” given broad opposition in Congress. President Barack Obama has so far not been able to meet his promise to close Guantanamo, but the White House said this…

Gitmo may be WikiLeaks’ next target

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly told media contacts that he has a large cache of files on the US’s detention facility in Guantanamo Bay. Reuters quotes an unnamed “contact” who says Assange has “got the personal files of every prisoner in Gitmo.” People familiar with Assange’s dealings with the…

Gitmo detainee acquitted on all but one charge

The first Guantanamo detainee to face a civilian trial was acquitted Wednesday of all but one of the hundreds of charges he helped unleash death and destruction on two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 — an opening salvo in al-Qaida’s campaign to kill Americans. A federal jury convicted Ahmed…

Fox host ponders if Obama attorneys ‘sympathetic to Al-Qaeda cause’

Fox & Friends devoted a segment Tuesday to speculating on whether Obama-appointed federal attorneys are “sympathetic to the al Qaeda cause.” At issue was the revelation from Attorney General Eric Holder that at least five attorneys appointed by President Obama defended Guantanamo inmates in legal proceedings, while at least another…

Fox News: US could send Haitian refugees to Gitmo

Just when you thought the situation at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba couldn’t get more complicated, a new report claims that the US is considering hosting homeless Haitian refugees at the suspected terrorist naval prison. Citing two Defense Department officials, Fox News reported late Wednesday that the US military is…

Maybe I’m completely wrong on this, and I’d love to hear how I am

Watching all this coverage of Obama’s speech and Cheney’s rebuttal—as well as endless tweeting and amusing digressions about whether or not “terrorists” are more powerful than superheros—I find myself feeling unusually cold about a political drama. The only thing that’s gotten really up my ass is the way the word…

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