Afghans in Guantanamo

Obama Releases Names of Cleared Guantánamo Prisoners; Now It’s Time to Set Them Free

29.9.12

On Friday, as part of a court case, the Justice Department released the names of 55 of the 86 prisoners cleared for release from Guantánamo in 2009 by President Obama’s Guantánamo Review Task Force, which consisted of officials from key government departments and the intelligence agencies. The Task Force’s final report was issued in January […]

US in Talks to Return the 17 Afghan Prisoners in Guantánamo

7.7.12

Earlier this year, there was much discussion in the US media about the possibility that, as part of negotiations aimed at securing peace in Afghanistan, the US would release five high-level Taliban prisoners in Guantánamo to Qatar, where they would be held under a form of house arrest. Those plans came to nothing, but last […]

Why No Trials for Abu Zubaydah and Seven Other “High-Value Detainees” in Guantánamo?

19.5.12

Two weeks ago, when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other “high-value detainees” were arraigned at Guantánamo, in preparation for their forthcoming trial by military commission, they brought to eight the number of “high-value detainees” tried, put forward for trials or having agreed to a plea deal to avoid a trial and secure a reduced sentence. […]

How US Investigators Established that Obaidullah, an Afghan Still Held in Guantánamo, Is Innocent

29.4.12

As published on the “Close Guantánamo” website. Please join us — just an email address required. According to the US Justice Department, Obaidullah (also referred to as Obaydullah), one of 17 Afghan prisoners still held in Guantánamo, “was plainly a member of an Al-Qaeda bomb cell,” even though Obaidullah himself, and his lawyers, have always […]

Close Guantánamo: Abdul Ghani, An Insignificant Afghan Villager Held for Nine Years

31.3.12

As published on the “Close Guantánamo” website. Please join us — just an email address required. As we at “Close Guantánamo” continue our series profiling prisoners still held at Guantánamo — and specifically, at this time, the Afghans who are still held — our latest profile is of Abdul Ghani, an unfortunate villager from Kandahar […]

The “Taliban Five” and the Forgotten Afghan Prisoners in Guantánamo

23.3.12

In the last three months, much discussion has focused on the possibility that, as part of negotiations aimed at securing peace in Afghanistan, the US would release five high-level Taliban prisoners in Guantánamo. Almost entirely forgotten are 12 other Afghan prisoners at Guantánamo, who are mostly so insignificant that they have no one to lobby […]

The Case of Shawali Khan, an Afghan in Guantánamo, Sold to US Forces 10 Years Ago

23.3.12

As published on the “Close Guantánamo” website. Please join us — just an email address required. Here at “Close Guantánamo,” we have been watching with interest the ongoing negotiations regarding five of the 17 remaining Afghan prisoners at Guantánamo. In December, it was revealed that, for the previous ten months, the US government and the […]

To Mark 10 Years of Guantánamo, Stern Magazine Profiles Five Former Prisoners

29.2.12

Last week, when I cross-posted an article written for the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo by my friend Todd Pierce, I also noted that when I visited the US in January to campaign for the closure of Guantánamo Bay, I was so busy that I did not have time to cross-post other articles […]

The Complete Guantánamo Files: WikiLeaks and the Prisoners Released in 2007 (Part Two of Ten)

6.12.11

Please support my work! Freelance investigative journalist Andy Worthington continues his 70-part, million-word series telling, for the first time, the stories of 776 of the 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo since the prison opened on January 11, 2002. Adding information released by WikiLeaks in April 2011 to the existing documentation about the prisoners, much of […]

As Judges Kill Off Habeas Corpus for the Guantánamo Prisoners, Will the Supreme Court Act?

29.11.11

When it comes to Guantánamo, the prisoners held in the Bush administration’s experimental prison have mostly been abandoned by those who should have acted on their behalf in all three branches of government —  the executive branch, Congress and the judiciary. In June 2004, for a brief moment, George W. Bush’s excesses were checked by […]

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