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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2007

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April 3, 2014: The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify the 480-page executive summary of a much larger report on the detention and interrogation program started by the C.I.A. after 9/11. The report has been called both comprehensive and controversial for the level of insight it claims to offer into C.I.A. activities at Guantánamo…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 1992

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March 1, 2014: Former GTMO detainee Moazzam Begg was remanded in custody in the U.K., after being arrested on suspicion of providing terrorism training and funding in Syria. Begg spent three years at GTMO, and was released in 2005. Feb 28, 1992: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to prevent the forced return…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2002

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February 19, 2002: The Center for Constitutional Rights filed two habeas corpus petitions in the District Court for the District of Columbia. The center filed the petition on behalf of four detainees that had recently arrived at GTMO – Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal (both British), and David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib (both Australian). February…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2009

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January 28, 2014: In his annual State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his intent to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay. He called upon Congress to lift the restrictions on transferring detainees, stating that “we counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military action but by remaining true to our constitutional ideals and…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 1993

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January 15, 1993: The commencement of Operation Able Manner saw U.S. Coast Guard and naval ships patrolling the Windward Passage, with the mission of interdicting Haitian migrants trying to make their way from Haiti to Cuba by boat. The Operation lasted until November 1994: in that time over 25,000 Haitians were interdicted. January 12, 2014:…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2013 and 1972

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December 05, 2013: The Obama administration sends two more GTMO detainees to Algeria. Belkacem Bensayah and Djamel Ameziane follow two other detainees transferred to Algeria this year. Both of the newly transferred men have expressed fear of facing persecution in Algeria. December 12, 1972: A group of Haitian ‘boat people’ arrive in South Florida on…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2013 and 1991

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October 4, 2013: The Obama administration prepares to release another detainee from GTMO – the third in about as many months – after dropping its legal opposition to the release of Ibrahim Idris. Diagnosed as mentally ill soon after arriving at GTMO in 2002, Idris is not considered a threat, and will likely to be…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2013 and 2001

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September 16, 2013: The trial of five men alleged of aiding the September 11 attacks re-opens at GTMO. Officially known as United States v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak Bin ‘Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi, this military commission has proceeded spasmodically since charges were first…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2013 and 2004

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August 10 & 12, 2013: Bestselling author John Grisham condemns the ongoing incarceration of detainees that have been cleared for release from Guantánamo. In an op-ed published by The New York Times and The Guardian, Grisham highlights the story of Nabil Hadjarab, claiming that Hadjarab’s detention has been one of many “mistakes” in the war…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2013 and 1994

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July 26, 2013: The U.S. Department of Defense informs Congress that it intends to repatriate two detainees from Guantánamo to Algeria. This will be the first release of detainees in over a year, and the first repatriation in three years. July 30, 1994: The number of Cuban balseros (rafters) rescued from the sea increases dramatically.…

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