The Gitmo Price Tag

Nov 13, 2011
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)

Iran Frees 2 American Hikers

Sep 21, 2011
Two years after crossing an unmarked border into Iran, American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are being released from prison on $1 million bail. Convicted of espionage by the Iranians, they had been sentenced to eight years behind bars. Update: The two Americans flew Wednesday to Oman, where they raced down the stairway of a private jet and into the arms of their families. (more)
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U.S. Halts Transfer of Gitmo Prisoners to Yemen

Jan 6, 2010
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the US government has decided that now is not the best time to transfer Yemeni detainees back to their homeland from Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba More than 80 Yemeni prisoners -- almost half of the entire group at Gitmo -- will stay put for the time being, as the situation between the U and Yemen remains tense.

Freed Afghan Says He Was Sent to Gitmo at 12

Aug 27, 2009
In December 2002, Mohammed Jawad was accused of throwing a grenade into a Jeep carrying U.S. troops and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay from Afghanistan. Jawad's now home after seven years, and there's a bit of a difference between his side of the story and the Pentagon's -- namely, he claims he was just 12 years old when he was arrested.

Obama’s Coalition of the Unwilling

May 15, 2009
President Barack Obama dramatically changed course twice on May 13 when he announced he would not release photos of American military personnel “abusing” detainees, reversing the Pentagon’s statement on April 26 that it would comply with a court order -- with the president’s own prompt and emphatic support for release.

Obama Reneges on Torture Photo Release

May 14, 2009
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama went back on his administration's previous plan to release photos reportedly showing prisoner abuse at American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Team Obama may also follow in the Bushies' footsteps by detaining some prisoners "on U.S. soil" and "indefinitely and without trial," according to The Wall Street Journal.