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Charge Abu Zubaydah With a Crime or Free Him

Al-Qaida’s reported No. 3 operative is a bad guy, but he did not help plot the Sept. 11 attacks and has provided no actionable intelligence since his capture—and subsequent torture—in March 2002.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE


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Michael Ratner’s Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice

The human rights lawyer “knew that when you sue the powerful, you will often lose,” The Nation wrote. “But he also understood that such suits could prompt political action, and that … was often more important in achieving justice than the litigation itself.”

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei, a Lawyer Shedding Light on ‘Gitmo’ Prison and Prisoners

In her writings she brings to life the cruelties that the inmates have endured, and in her legal work she has succeeded in getting several men cleared and released.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE

America’s Astounding Human Rights Hypocrisy in Cuba

The idea of the United States lecturing Cuba or any other country about human rights comes down somewhere between embarrassing and nauseating.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Donald Plays His Trump Card

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists talk Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump for president. Also, should Apple assent to the Justice Department’s demand to hack the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone?

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Without Ending Immoral and Illegal Detention, Obama’s Gitmo Plan Is Just Empty Talk

Critics charge that the plan “offers no viable solution to ending what Guantanamo represents, any more than it offers either freedom or justice for remaining prisoners.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: Obama Presents Plan to Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

President Obama on Tuesday proposed to “once and for all” close the U.S. military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where 779 people have been detained over the years since the 9/11 attacks.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

A Most Unhappy New Year at Guantanamo

As the clock counts down to the new year, another clock will continue ticking, counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since May 23, 2013, the day President Barack Obama promised to free all those prisoners at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for release.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE

2015: The Year in Government Secrecy

Here’s a rundown on how this past year shaped up on the issue of government accountability (hint: not well) from someone who knows quite a bit on the subject: reporter Jason Leopold, who’s familiarized himself thoroughly on the secrecy tip as well as on the Freedom of Information Act and its uses.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE

I Am the Beggar of the World

In a striking collection of underground poetry written by Afghan women—and punctuated by photographs from the women’s lives—voices that are often silenced speak out about topics as varied as the Taliban, American occupation, sex, poverty, domestic abuse, marriage, Guantanamo and George W. Bush.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE

Close Guantanamo and Return It to Cuba

President Barack Obama has yet to fulfill the promise he made in his Jan. 22, 2009, executive order to shut the Guantanamo Bay detention camp “no later than one year from the date of this order.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

No Excuse, Says Human Rights Lawyer: Obama Can Still Close Guantanamo

How the president undermined his own plan to shutter the notorious facility by agreeing to the “defense” bill.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Robert Scheer on American Power and Arrogance: ‘It’s a Toxic Cocktail’ (Part 10 of 10)

In the final installment of The Real News Network’s series of interviews on “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer explains how an infatuation with American culture and an ignorance of American history have led to unbelievable levels of brutality and destruction.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Raul Castro Has Tough Demands to Meet Before Normalization ‘Makes Sense’

The Cuban leader just threw down some major hurdles before normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba can be realized.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE


U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of Guantanamo Detainee Should Not Stand

The conviction of Australian David Hicks, held for nearly six years, was not legally valid, the chief prosecutor says.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE

Guantanamo Diary Reveals Horrors of U.S. Torture Program

A harrowing memoir by a current Guantanamo detainee illuminates the U.S. rendition and torture program from the perspective of one of its victims. The author’s advocates struggled for six years to get the manuscript declassified.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE

The Case Against Torture

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s U.S. military-appointed attorney says in this short documentary, “How we treat people ... is a reflection of who we are as Americans.”

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Ferguson Is Baghdad Is New York Is Kabul

Whether on the streets of Baghdad or Ferguson, soldiers and militarized police forces have historically enforced control, not law.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE

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War Crimes: Is Obama Looking for a Bailout?

President Obama has saved George W. Bush’s torturers from the Hague, perhaps hoping a future executive will spare his own administration.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE

Edward Snowden: ‘The World Is Much More Unpredictable and Dangerous’ Than George Orwell’s ‘1984’

“If I end up in chains in Guantanamo,” the NSA whistle-blower tells The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill in a must-see interview, “I can live with that.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Six Points Concerning Bergdahl

Bringing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home was the right thing to do, and President Obama did it in a mostly reasonable way.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE

Taliban Releases Video of Bowe Bergdahl’s Delivery

The Taliban on Wednesday released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

‘We Needed to Get Him Out’: Hagel Defends Bergdahl Operation

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that an operation to free soldier Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners was undertaken to save his life, as the insurgents’ leader hailed the swap as a “big victory.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE


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The Five Commandments of Barack Obama

In his first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president broadcast for all to hear the five commandments by which life in his new world of national security would be lived.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE

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The Manifesto and New Morality of the 9/11 Mastermind

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the mastermind of 9/11, has released a new manifesto and allegedly come into a new way of thinking and believing.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Laura Poitras

Documentary filmmaker and government surveillance reporter Laura Poitras is a model for a new generation of investigative journalists bent on protecting their sources while uncovering government wrongdoing.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 READ MORE

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Guantanamo Prisoner’s Case Demonstrates Unfairness of Military Commissions

Guantanamo has become a symbol of U.S. hypocrisy on human rights. Lawyers handling the criminal case of Guantanamo prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri argued several pretrial motions last week. But just as they raised some fascinating legal issues, the hearings revealed the basic unfairness of the military commissions for adjudicating criminal cases.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Medea Benjamin

At the president’s counterterrorism address Thursday, Medea Benjamin used her voice to cry out against political hypocrisy and double dealing in Obama’s war policies.

Posted on May 25, 2013 READ MORE

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Three Questions Left Unanswered by Obama’s Counterterrorism Speech

The president’s address Thursday left at least three core issues in the war on terror entirely unsettled: when Guantanamo will close, who will oversee future drone attacks and when surveillance of the press will end.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE

Guantanamo Rubik

Posted on May 24, 2013 ENLARGE

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It’s Time to Support Guantanamo Detainees

Last Friday marked the 100th day of the detainees’ hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. I am not a Guantanamo detainee, but I too began a water-only hunger fast.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE

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Guantanamo Attorney Found Dead

A lawyer who represented prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay was found dead last week in what sources are calling a suicide.

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE

Yearning to Breathe Free

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 ENLARGE

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Obama Says Guantanamo Prison ‘Hurts Us’

The president failed the first time he promised to close America’s island gulag, but heading into the fourth month of a hunger strike by prisoners there, Obama renewed his commitment Tuesday to shuttering the facility.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE

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‘Gitmo Is Killing Me’: Detainee Gives Chilling Account of Hunger Strike

“I’ve been detained at Guantanamo for 11 years and three months,” Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel says. “I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE

The Terror Courts

The details about the courts at Guantanamo Bay have remained sketchy. Until now, as a new book explains how a small group of Bush-era political appointees developed a parallel justice system designed to ensure a specific outcome.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE

Jailbreak Your Smartphone, Go to Jail

As though we don’t have enough absurd laws in the U.S., a new one has passed criminalizing the unlocking of mobile devices; the U.S. is spending $400,000 a day to keep innocent people incarcerated in Guantanamo; and this Sunday is the Super Bowl, when we watch men cause one another brain trauma. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE

John Brennan, Sami Al-Hajj and the Blight of Guantanamo

A journalist’s 7-year detention by the United States should be front and center in the forthcoming confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s choice the lead the CIA, John Brennan.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE

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The 113th Congress Can’t Be Worse Than the 112th Congress

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the LA Times is reborn.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE

Negotiating With ‘Madmen’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The fiscal cliff is delayed, the 113th Congress is sworn in, the NDAA is signed, the Violence Against Women Act is killed and the L.A. Times is reborn.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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An All-American Nightmare

Torture can’t be disappeared like the body of a political prisoner, or conveniently deep-sixed simply by wishing it elsewhere or pretending it never happened or closing our bureaucratic eyes. After the fact, it can be dealt with only by staring directly into the nightmare that changed us—that, like it or not, helped make us who we now are.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE


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The Best Watchdog Journalism on Obama’s National Security Policies

Inspired by The New York Times’ expose on Obama’s “secret ‘kill list,’” we collected some of the best pieces of watchdog journalism on Obama’s national security policies.

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 READ MORE

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Facing the Truth About Torture (Video)

Earlier this month, eight members of the Bush administration were found guilty of torture and war crimes by an unofficial tribunal in Malaysia for defying international law and torturing people in the post-9/11 era. On this Memorial Day, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship urge Americans to demand a reckoning.

Posted on May 28, 2012 READ MORE

Secrecy, Wars and Civil Liberties

As Chris Hedges reported Monday, American Muslims are being dragged into jail on dubious and unclear connections to terrorism. Meanwhile, the president retains the authority to kill U.S. citizens without trial. But most Americans aren’t speaking up. Salon blogger and constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald discusses why.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

Guantanamo at 10: The Prisoner and the Prosecutor

Ten years ago, Omar Deghayes and Morris Davis would have struck anyone as an odd pair. While they have never met, they now share a profound connection, cemented through their time at the notorious U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Brennan Linsley

A Decade of Guantanamo

The indefinite detention center that has undermined American justice since the first prisoners arrived from Afghanistan 10 years ago Wednesday is still open for business in Cuba. (more)

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE

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Thought Crime in Washington

Morris Davis was fired by the Library of Congress not because of his work performance, but because he wrote a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed on his own time, using his own computer, as a private citizen. The government just did not like what he wrote.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE

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A Look at the ‘Bush-Obama’ Presidency

Essayist, Yale English professor and TomDispatch contributor David Bromwich takes a careful accounting of the “sacked” and “saved” members of the Obama administration in an attempt to reveal the similarities between his presidency and George W. Bush’s. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE

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