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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2004

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June 18, 2014: A federal judge ordered that the government hand over videos showing a GTMO detainee being ‘forcibly extracted’ from his cell. The detainee, Mohammed Abu Wa’el Dhiab, is understood to be on a hunger-strike, and to be removed from his cell several times each week in order to undergo ‘enteral feeding,’ which has…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 1898

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June 1, 2014: The last U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan is released by the Taliban, in exchange for five Guantánamo detainees. These detainees, all of which are understood to have connections to the Taliban, had not previously been cleared for release, and faced indefinite detention at GTMO. June 14, 1898: Although the U.S. had…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2003

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May 07, 2014: The president of Uruguay, José Mujica, reiterates his offer to accept up to six detainees from GTMO. The detainees, from Syria and Palestine, would be allowed to live freely in Uruguay, and could be reunited with their families there. There are understood to be 154 detainees still held at GTMO. May 09,…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2002

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April 17, 2014: Col. James L. Pohl, the military judge in the U.S.S. Cole bombing case at GTMO ordered the C.I.A. to disclose details of its overseas detention and interrogation program to defense lawyers. This could include details of black sites at which the defendant Abd al Rahim al Nashiri was kept before he was…

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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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