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From the Mouths of Hunger Strikers

The long list of Obama’s shames includes the retention and forced feeding of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, 84 of whom have been cleared for release, many of whom have never been charged. A short animated film produced by The Observer allows five of them to tell their story.

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Leaked Guantanamo Files Won’t Harm Nation, Key Manning Witness Says (Video)

A former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay prison testified at Bradley Manning’s trial Tuesday that the Army private’s disclosure of classified detainee assessment files to WikiLeaks had no value to enemy groups and did not harm American national security.

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Letter From Guantanamo

As many Americans celebrate their alleged liberties, we look to a cry for freedom from Abdelhadi Faraj, a Syrian who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 despite being cleared for release in 2010, and one of more than 100 of the detention center’s hunger strikers.

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Guantanamo Doctors Said to Be Untroubled by Force-Feeding Prisoners

Amid calls for President Obama to allow independent physicians to visit hunger striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a spokesman for the facility said Thursday that no doctors working there had balked at feeding inmates against their will.

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What Snowden Told Us This Week

The whistle-blower spoke directly with Guardian readers Monday to answer questions about his leak of NSA documents and government surveillance in general.

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Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Suffer Humiliation and Inaction

The hunger strike involving more than 100 captives at Guantanamo Bay prison has worsened since Barack Obama promised action in his counterterrorism speech last week.

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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.

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AP/Carolyn Kaster

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.

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AP/Ricardo Mazalan

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.

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‘The Face of Indefinite Detention’

A federal appeals court judge placed an emergency stay Monday on a lower court’s ruling against the indefinite detention provision of the National Defense Authorization Act, meaning the government has again made clear its intent to abolish trials for anyone it considers a suspect of terrorism.

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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.

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The Gitmo Price Tag

The Obama administration puts the cost of holding each of Guantanamo’s 171 prisoners at about $800,000 per year, or a total of $136 million taken from taxpayers’ pockets annually. That’s more than 30 times what it costs to keep an individual captive on U.S. soil. (more)

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