Biden’s Plan to End Afghanistan War Gives Some Detainees Hope for Release

The legal basis for indefinite detention at Guantánamo is to prevent combatants from returning to the battlefield. But what if their old battlefield is no more?

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U.S. to Begin Offering Vaccines to Detainees at Guantánamo Bay

The plan, initiated during the Trump administration, had been delayed after a political and public outcry.

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Military Closes Failing Facility at Guantánamo Bay to Consolidate Prisoners

The move, which took place in a secret operation over the weekend, was conceived during the Trump administration to save on costs and troops at the remote base in Cuba.

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Who Are The Original 20 Guantánamo Bay Detainees?

Starting with the Bush administration, the United States has gradually transferred all but two of the first 20 prisoners at the wartime detention facility to other nations. Here’s who, and where, they are.

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Biden Reviving Effort to Empty Guantánamo Prison

A White House announcement was short on details, and key players have yet to be assigned policy positions in the new administration.

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Judge Postpones Guantanamo Arraignments Over Covid Concerns

A military judge who was to travel to Guantánamo Bay this week ruled that the health risks the base posed were reason enough to delay the arraignments of three prisoners.

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Pentagon Halts Plan to Vaccinate the 40 Prisoners at Guantánamo Bay

The decision to vaccinate the prisoners ignited criticism over whether the government was prioritizing terrorism suspects over American citizens.

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Pentagon Official Approves Guantánamo Trial of 3 Men for Indonesia Bombings

The case was dormant throughout the Trump administration, and then a military official suddenly approved it as the first new case at Guantánamo since 2014.

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Pentagon Moves to Block Exam of Tortured Guantánamo Prisoner

In his final days in office before a new administration takes over, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy changed a regulation to sidestep court rulings requiring the medical examination.

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Pandemic Delays 9/11 Trial Past 20th Anniversary of Attacks

The coronavirus crisis has compounded other problems in the troubled case at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

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Dysfunctional Prison and Court Pose Guantánamo Headaches for Biden

The new administration confronts decaying infrastructure and a military justice system moving at a glacial pace.

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Military Judge in U.S. Held Court by Video Link to Guantánamo Bay

The Pentagon staged its first “Zoom Court” linking the courtroom at Guantánamo Bay to a secret location in the United States for a classified hearing in a military commissions case.

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Court Rejects Appeal of Guantánamo Convict Who Rejoined Al Qaeda

Lawyers paid by the Pentagon pursued the appeal on behalf of the released prisoner even as the State Department had a $4 million bounty out for him.

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Military Names Air Force Judge for Guantánamo Bay 9/11 Trial. But There’s a Snag.

The latest judge assigned to the long-running death penalty case is based in Virginia and has had a military career focused on defense work, but he has been on the bench for less than two years.

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Guantánamo Bay Navy Base Raises Health Alert and Closes Facilities

Residents received little information about the source of the health scare that halted activities at the outpost in Cuba.

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5 Were Cleared to Leave Guantánamo. Then Trump Was Elected.

The president reversed Obama-era policies on detainees, leaving in limbo five prisoners who had been judged eligible for transfer to other countries. Their fate could rest on the 2020 election.

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New 9/11 Trial Judge Steps Down, Citing Conflicts

The recusal of Col. Stephen Keane from hearing the case at Guantánamo Bay adds another roadblock to restarting pretrial hearings in the long-running case.

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Retired Colonel Criticizes ‘Solitary Confinement’ of Quarantined Soldiers at Guantánamo

Eric Kerska, whose daughter was deployed to the base, said he was alarmed by the isolation of young soldiers on their first tour as a coronavirus precaution.

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Guantánamo Forever

Does the public care about the 40 remaining inmates with no obvious end to their imprisonment?

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Red Cross Cancels Guantánamo Visit Over Coronavirus Cases

The pandemic has forced the longest absence of the humanitarian organization from the remote military prison in Cuba since it opened in January 2002.

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For Families of 9/11 Victims, Virus Further Slows the Pace of Justice

With proceedings at Guantánamo Bay upended, chances are growing that the 20th anniversary will pass without the trial of the men accused of plotting the attack getting underway.

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Biden Still Wants to Close Guantánamo Prison

The Obama administration ran into a wall of political opposition when it tried. The former vice president rarely brings up the topic and has yet to draw up a strategy but says he shares the goal.

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Senators Seek Answers on Coronavirus Protections at Guantánamo Bay

In a letter, they asked the Pentagon how the military is safeguarding troops and prisoners from an outbreak of Covid-19 given the base’s limited health care facilities.

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9/11 Prisoners May Get Video Chats to Bridge the Coronavirus Divide

With the Sept. 11 hearings delayed, prosecutors and defenders are looking for ways to let lawyers talk with the prisoners at Guantánamo Bay.

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The 9/11 Trial: Why Is It Taking So Long?

The trial of five men accused of plotting the attacks had been scheduled for early next year — almost 20 years after the hijackings. Now even that schedule won’t be met. Here are the reasons.

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