Guantanamo Bay in the Words of a Prisoner

February 11, 2016

Written by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Guantanamo Diary details his life inside the US military prison where he remains to this day. Imagine you receive a knock on the door one day as you return home from work. It’s the police requesting you visit the local police station to answer some routine...

The Time Has Come to Close Guantanamo Bay

January 11, 2016

If Obama visits Cuba before leaving office, he should announce the closure of Guantánamo Bay at the same time, says Alli McCracken. US President Barack Obama should be given props for the progress made in thawing US-Cuba relations, but there’s a piece of unfinished business that he...

A Commentary on Torture

December 11, 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques only highlights what everyone in the Middle East and South Asia already knows. What does it say about us as a country, when we have to actively debate the merits of torture? The mere fact that this is even...

If Torture Works, Is It Wrong?

October 10, 2013

Is the US willing to accept the moral consequences of a society that institutionalizes torture? In Zero Dark Thirty, enhanced interrogation techniques — so-called torture-lite of the kind practiced at Guantanamo Bay and various CIA black sites — are shown being used to extract...

Guantánamo Bay: The “Law-Free” Environment (Part 2/2)

September 17, 2013

The US government has created a “law-free” custodial environment at Guantánamo Bay. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Important in understanding the War on Terror’s true purposes is the fact that, in light of the US government’s tactics in...

Guantánamo Bay: The “Law-Free” Environment (Part 1/2)

September 04, 2013

The US government has created a “law-free” custodial environment at Guantánamo Bay. This is the first of a two part series. Much has been made of the US government’s detention policies in furtherance of its so-called "War on Terror," particularly as those...

The Future of Guantanamo Bay

September 04, 2013

Why has Obama failed to close Guantanamo Bay? Background The detention camp at Guantanamo Bay has become perhaps the most potent and divisive symbol of America’s "War on Terror," and one which then-Senator Barack Obama promised to end during his 2008 presidential campaign. Yet...