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Obama slams Congress for blocking Guantanamo closure

Jan 20, 2017 - 2:24 PM

The facility never should have been opened in the first place says US President Barack Obama in a scathing two page letter on the eve of President elect Donald Trump s inauguration

'NO JUSTIFICATION.' This file photo taken on March 10, 2016 shows the US military'€™s Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. File photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

Southeast Asian terror mastermind to stay at Guantanamo – US

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Indonesian militant Riduan Isamuddin better known by his nom de guerre Hambali still represents a significant threat to the security of the United States

This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military, shows the razor wire-topped fence and a watch tower at the abandoned 'Camp X-Ray' detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014. Mladen Antonov/AFP

Obama 'not ready to concede' Guantanamo Bay prison will stay open

Sep 08, 2016 - 6:39 PM

Obama urgently wants to close the facility before he leaves office at the start of next year but has been continually thwarted by Republican lawmakers

BARACK OBAMA. US President Barack Obama holds a press conference following the conclusion of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Vientiane, Laos, September 8, 2016. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Hambali akhirnya bersaksi di pengadilan militer AS setelah 10 tahun

Aug 19, 2016 - 10:03 PM

Dalam testimoninya Hambali mengaku tidak lagi memiliki rasa permusuhan terhadap Pemerintah Amerika Serikat

HAMBALI BERSAKSI. Napi teroris asal Indonesia, Hambali memberikan testimonial di hadapan Dewan Peninjau Periodik yang digelar di Guantanamo, Kuba pada Kamis, 18 Agustus. Ilustrasi oleh Adinda Maya/Rappler

US transfers 2 Libyans from Guantanamo to Senegal

Apr 05, 2016 - 12:15 AM

UPDATED The two men – Salem Abdu Salam Ghereby and Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour Umar – have been in the US military prison since 2002

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,  January 27, 2002. File photo by J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

KontraS desak Polri evaluasi kinerja Densus 88

Mar 26, 2016 - 7:13 PM

Kinerja Densus 88 dinilai berbahaya pasca meninggalnya terduga teroris saat pemeriksaan

TERORISME. KontraS mendesak Polri mengevaluasi dan memperbaiki kinerja Densus 88. Foto oleh Sakinah Ummu Haniy/Rappler.com

Indonesia adamant terror mastermind won't return from Guantanamo

Mar 11, 2016 - 6:47 PM

Indonesia does not want one of the country s most notorious terrorists Hambali returned home should the United States close the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention center

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

Upaya terakhir Obama untuk menutup penjara Guantanamo

Mar 11, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Menkopolhukum Luhut Panjaitan mengatakan Hambali tidak akan dikembalikan ke Indonesia walaupun penjara Guantanamo ditutup

Napi yang mengenakan seragam berwarna orange tengah melakukan wudhu sebelum menunaikan salat di penjara militer Angkatan Laut AS di Teluk Guantanamo, Kuba pada 27 Januari 2002. Foto oleh J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

Obama presents plan to close Guantanamo prison

Feb 24, 2016 - 12:24 AM

UPDATED 91 suspected jihadists remain at Guantanamo a prison that became synonymous with torture and indefinite detention

CLOSING GUANTANAMO. US President Barack Obama (C), with US Vice President Joseph Biden (L) and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (R), delivers remarks on his plan to close the detention facility for enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, February 23, 2016. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Obama to take last shot at closing Gitmo

Aug 20, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Obama s top counterterror advisor Lisa Monaco and Defense Secretary Ash Carter will submit a fresh plan to shutter the infamous 13 year old facility

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

White House finalizing plan to close Guantanamo prison

Jul 23, 2015 - 10:46 AM

US President Barack Obama made the closure of the controversial prison in Cuba a priority when he took office in 2009 but the plan has faced numerous setbacks

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

US announces transfer of 6 Guantanamo detainees to Oman

Jun 13, 2015 - 1:31 PM

The move is part of President Barack Obama s ongoing push to close the jail

HUMANITARIAN GESTURE. By accepting the detainees, Oman is extending its support to the US in closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Photo from Wikipedia

UN torture investigator accuses US of delaying prison visits

Mar 11, 2015 - 10:57 PM

An estimated 80 000 people are in solitary confinement in US prisons

Critics, defenders clash over US 'torture report'

Dec 15, 2014 - 7:20 PM

Defenders and critics of the CIA clash over the release of a US report that revealed harrowing details of America s torture of war on terror detainees

A page from the 500-page summary of the US Senate's report on CIA interrogation methods. Photo by Rappler

British MPs want access to redacted parts of CIA torture report

Dec 14, 2014 - 6:57 PM

The news comes amid growing questions in Britain about whether its intelligence services made use of information extracted by the CIA using brutal and unauthorized tactics in the years after the 9 11 attacks

The Palace of Westminister, July 2008. Mgimelfarb/Wikipedia

US torture report 'full of crap' – Dick Cheney

Dec 11, 2014 - 12:19 PM

Cheney who was vice president under George W Bush when the brutal enhanced interrogation techniques were used says the program was entirely justified

US Vice President Dick Cheney in Ankara, Turkey, on Wednesday 20 March 2002. Tarik Tinazay/Pool/EPA

CIA torture report: Global outrage, calls for justice

Dec 11, 2014 - 6:45 AM

That US interrogators tortured Al Qaeda suspects in secret jails is known but a detailed Senate report into the scandal is seized upon by America s shocked friends and gloating enemies alike

DECLASSIFIED. A page from the 500-page summary of the US Senate's report on CIA interrogation methods. Photo by Rappler

CIA torture report: UN, rights groups demand prosecutions

Dec 10, 2014 - 7:36 AM

UPDATED But the US Justice Department rejects pursuing charges against anyone involved in the interrogations saying it has not found anything in the scathing heavily detailed report that could lead to a successful conviction

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

Exposed: CIA's brutal, chilling torture methods

Dec 10, 2014 - 7:01 AM

The shocking report released by the US Senate finds that the techniques employed by the Central Intelligence Agency are far more brutal than the spy agency previously admitted to

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

US Senate report: CIA torture brutal, ineffective

Dec 10, 2014 - 7:00 AM

UPDATED CIA torture of Al Qaeda suspects was far more brutal than acknowledged did not produce useful intelligence and was so poorly managed it lost track of detainees a scathing US Senate report reveals

INTEL CENTRAL. A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. Saul Loeb/AFP

6 Guantanamo detainees sent to Uruguay

Dec 07, 2014 - 8:09 PM

2ND UPDATE Some 136 detainees now remain at the US naval base in Cuba of whom 67 are approved for release by Obama s government and that of his predecessor George W Bush

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. File Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

Saudi detainee sent home from Guantanamo

Nov 22, 2014 - 10:18 PM

Mohammed al Zahrani is the latest of 7 prisoners freed from the controversial jail in the past 3 weeks and his release comes just days after authorities transferred five inmates to Georgia and Slovakia

PROTESTING GUANTANAMO. People dressed as detainees of Guantanamo Bay detention facility protest on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington DC, USA, 14 June 2013. File Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Bin Laden son-in-law sentenced to life in US prison

Sep 24, 2014 - 12:30 AM

The 48 year old Kuwaiti who has defended the September 11 2001 attacks was found guilty on March 26 of plotting to kill Americans and providing material support to terrorists

This video grab taken June 2002 from the Qatar-based al-Jazeera satellite television channel shows a photo of Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a spokesman for the al-Qaeda network, who announced in a recorded statement that chief terror suspect Osama bin Laden, his right-hand man Ayman Zawahri and fugitive Afghan Taliban Mullah Mohammad Omar were alive and threatened new attacks on the US. Photo from EPA/ AL-JAZEERA

Guantanamo judge mulls secrecy of interrogation methods

Sep 16, 2014 - 9:31 AM

The US government urged a judge Monday September 15 to keep interrogation methods used on an Iraqi detainee while he was at secret CIA prison classified

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

Spain breaks up ring 'led by ex-Guantanamo prisoner'

Jun 16, 2014 - 3:12 PM

Spanish police arrest 8 people in a pre dawn raid in Madrid on Monday

Top US diplomat Kerry defends soldier swap with Taliban

Jun 08, 2014 - 11:40 PM

It would ve been offensive and incomprehensible to leave soldier Bowe Bergdahl behind says US Secretary of State John Kerry

SWAP. The Afghan Taliban on June 4, 2014 releases a video showing US soldier Bowe Bergdahl's release. Bergdahl was released on May 31 in a swap for five senior Taliban members held in Guantanamo Bay prison. Photo by INTELCENTER/EPA

Obama makes 'no apologies' for Taliban hostage deal

Jun 06, 2014 - 10:38 AM

US President Barack Obama repeats he had a duty as commander in chief to get US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl home

SWAP. The Afghan Taliban on June 4, 2014 releases a video showing US soldier Bowe Bergdahl's release. Bergdahl was released on May 31 in a swap for five senior Taliban members held in Guantanamo Bay prison. Photo by INTELCENTER/EPA

US sees 2014 progress in freeing Guantanamo inmates

Jun 06, 2014 - 10:12 AM

Of the 149 prisoners still remaining in the jail in southern Cuba since the weekend releases 78 have been approved to be freed without charge

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. Photo by  EPA/J. Scott Applewhite / Pool

White House defends release of Taliban detainees, Afghans upset

Jun 02, 2014 - 10:31 PM

The deal sparked revulsion among Afghans in those parts of the country traditionally opposed to the Islamists

BERGDAHL FAMILY. Bob Bergdahl (C) speaks about the release of his son Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as his wife Jani Bergdahl (L) and US President Barack Obama (R) look on, Washington, DC, USA, May 31, 2014. John Harrington/EPA

Ex-Guantanamo detainees ask French judge to probe torture

Feb 27, 2014 - 8:34 AM

Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees asked a French judge to subpoena a former prison commander they accuse of overseeing their alleged torture

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. Photo by  EPA/J. Scott Applewhite / Pool

Obama signs defense, budget bills into law

Dec 27, 2013 - 12:37 PM

Obama signs into law the compromise US budget bill and a massive defense bill that takes a step toward ultimate closure of Guantanamo

CHRISTMAS IN HAWAII. US president Barack Obama speaks to current and retired members of the US military and their families during a Christmas Day meal at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, USA, 25 December 2013. EPA/Kent Nishimura/Pool

Doctors complicit in torture at CIA, military prisons – study

Nov 05, 2013 - 10:29 AM

Report: Medical professionals helped design enable and participated in torture and cruel inhumane and degrading treatment of detainees

GUANTANAMO. In this file photo, a US soldier stands on the grounds of the now closed Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 22 August 2013. EPA/Johannes Schmitt-Tegge

Guantanamo activist force-fed at White House protest

Sep 07, 2013 - 8:00 AM

It feels like endless agony said the protester

'ENDLESS AGONY.' Protester Andrés Thomas is force-fed during a demonstration in solidarity with hunger-striking inmates at Guantanamo Bay. Photo by AFP

6 months on, hunger strike roils Guantanamo

Aug 08, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Many legal political obstacles to closing Guantanamo remain meaning dozens of detainees who have been force fed are no nearer to returning home

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. Photo by  EPA/J. Scott Applewhite / Pool

'50 Shades': Must-read at Guantanamo

Aug 01, 2013 - 5:32 PM

The erotic thriller is the preferred read of detainees in the infamous facility

BESTSELLER. EL James' erotic novel has gained notoriety as well as fans. Image from the '50 Shades of Grey' Facebook page

Mos Def in reenacted force-feeding

Jul 12, 2013 - 1:13 PM

Actor rapper joins campaign against highly disputed military procedure

PROCEDURE. Mos Def presents reenactment of force-feeding. Screenshot from YouTube (The Guardian)

Guantanamo hunger strikers ready for death - lawyer

Mar 30, 2013 - 9:57 AM

The 130 Guantanamo jail prisoners who staged a 50 day hunger strike prepares for their death

Stop censoring 9/11 hearings, Judge orders US government

Jan 31, 2013 - 11:35 PM

Judge James Pohl said the government must disconnect the outside feed or ability to suspend the broadcast from outside his court

US court overturns Qaeda propagandist's conviction

Jan 26, 2013 - 9:08 AM

The ruling could lead authorities to drop conspiracy charges against the five 9 11 plotters

Suicide underscores grim conditions at Guantanamo

Dec 25, 2012 - 9:38 PM

The suicide of a Guantanamo inmate underscores the grim reality for detainees held there for nearly 11 years without charge or trial with no end in sight to their imprisonment

WikiLeaks releases more US military documents

Oct 25, 2012 - 9:37 PM

One of the documents made public is the first prisoner treatment manual for Guantanamo Bay

US soldier watches detainees at Guantanamo. Photo courtesy of Amnesty International

Televise Guantanamo trial, lawyers urge

Jul 20, 2012 - 7:49 AM

Lawyers for a suspected Al Qaeda terrorist demand a televised trial at Guantanamo

9/11 defendants charged in Guantanamo court

May 06, 2012 - 8:37 AM

Five men accused of plotting the deadly September 11 2001 attacks in the United States were formally charged with crimes that include murder and terrorism