Policy

Pentagon Transfers 5 Guantanamo Detainees to the UAE as Battle Over Closure Heats Up

Days ahead of signing a legislative freeze on Guantanamo into law, the president defiantly moves five from Cuba.

Policy

President Obama’s Last, Best Chance to Close Guantanamo

Obama needs to stick to his veto guns, hurry up and offer his plan to close Guantanamo.

Policy

Pentagon Transfers Detainee to Mauritania, Leaving 113 At Guantanamo

The Obama administration continues to whittle the military detention center’s population.

Policy

Pentagon Wraps Up Colorado Search for Gitmo North

Pending report to go to the Defense Secretary before the White House, then on to Congress.

Policy

As Search for ‘Gitmo North’ Heats Up, Lawmakers Go Full NIMBY

Even members of Congress who support Obama’s drive to close the prison don’t want the detainees coming to their districts.

Policy

White House Delays Plan to Close Guantanamo Amid Search for US Alternative

As weeks slip away, Pentagon officials say they’re only on ‘step one’ of a crucial survey of alternate locations for the detainees.

Policy

Pentagon Team Heads to Charleston to Assess Guantanamo Alternative

Amid a last push to close the detention facility in Cuba, the Obama administration is giving the naval brig in South Carolina a fresh look.

Ideas

Why Can’t Obama Get His Defense Secretary To Release This Guantanamo Prisoner?

The Pentagon, not Congress, is blocking the release of 75-pound prisoner Tariq Ba Odah, six years after he was cleared to go. Where is the president?

Policy

Jeb Bush ‘Won’t Commit’ to Ban on Torture

Bush “not struggling with” undoing President Obama’s executive order that codified the ban on enhanced interrogation techniques.

Policy

There’s One Big Problem with the White House Plan to Close Guantanamo

The Obama administration says some prisoners will have to be transferred to U.S. soil. But current law bars any such move — and by some readings, it forbids even looking at options.

Policy

White House In ‘Final Stages’ of Plan to Close Guantanamo

The Obama administration will submit the plan to Congress shortly, but warned lawmakers: We’re not bluffing on our veto threat.

Policy

Closing Guantanamo Tops Havana’s To-Do List

The U.S.-Cuba relationship may be thawing, but Congress may be the only one who can melt the iceberg that is the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Policy

Obama Names New Envoy to Close Guantanamo

The State Department is bringing in a White House legal veteran with deep Democratic ties as part of its latest push to close its detention facility in Cuba.

Ideas

Special Report: Beyond Guantanamo

President Obama has begun his final push to close Guantanamo. But America’s bigger challenge is deciding what to do with tomorrow's prisoners in a war without end.

Threats

Obama Administration Transfers 6 Guantanamo Detainees to Oman

Defense Secretary Ash Carter ends a five-month pause in transfers as the White House and Congress battle over the future of the U.S. military prison.

Policy

Defense Secretary: Plan to Close Guantanamo Is A ‘Constructive Step’

Ash Carter says he’s working with the White House on a plan that will be submitted “per longstanding request” to Congress, calling it a “good opportunity” to see if they “can actually get it done.”

Policy

White House, Ash Carter Drafting a Guantanamo Closure Plan for Congress, McCain Says

Sen. John McCain says Defense Secretary Ash Carter and White House counterterrorism official Lisa Monaco are working on a plan to close the prison, while he works for the Senate’s approval.

Policy

Expect Up to 10 Guantanamo Transfers Within Weeks

While the Senate debates freezing such transfers and keeping the prison open indefinitely, defense officials are laying plans to send inmates elsewhere.

Policy

McCain Brokers Compromise That Would Let Obama Close Gitmo

But there’s a big if: Congress has to approve the president's closure plan.

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