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Category: Guantanamo Bay detention center
May 3, 2013 at 6:33 AM

President Obama’s second attempt to close Gitmo

Plans for shutdown must be definite and lawful President Obama is correct in his understanding and willingness to end the use of the Guantánamo prison [“Gitmo closure elusive, Obama looks at other steps,” seattletimes.com, May 1]. What is needed now is a definite date. This means: release dates for the 86 detained persons already cleared for release,…

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April 18, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Guards and detainees clash at Guantánamo Bay prison

Take the prisoners out of Guantánamo What possible good reason can there be for continuing to torture young men [“Detainees confront guards in Gitmo raid,” front page, April 17]? Certainly no moral reason, no strategic reason, no economic reason. These men who have been imprisoned for 11 years and tortured, declared innocent and still not released, are…

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September 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Dick Cheney: Should Obama drop torture investigations?

Words of hypocrisy from Bush’s politicizer-in-chief Former Vice President Dick Cheney is again on the talk circuit –in conservative venues that will have him. This time his message is about how President Obama is “politicizing” things. Most recently, he’s accusing [“Reviewing interrogations ‘outrageous,’ Cheney says,” News, Aug. 31] Obama of politicizing the torture investigation. Hypocrisy is to…

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June 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Guantánamo Uighurs

Invite Guantánamo detainees here I have been following the story of the Gitmo Uighurs [“Official: Gitmo Uighurs reluctant to move to Palau,” seattletimes.com, Nation & World, June 17]. What an embarrassment for the United States. Is Congress so cowardly that a few loudmouth thugs like Rush Limbaugh can push it around? According to everyone associated with this…

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June 14, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Guantanamo Bay detention center

We’re not so brave after all Let me get this straight: The tiny island nation of Palau is willing to take multiple soon-to-be-ex detainees from Guantanamo Bay’s detention facility while some of these former terrorist suspects — but really they are not — are already in Bermuda [“6 detainees released to other countries,” News, June 12]….

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May 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Closing Guantánamo

Congressional support falls victim to fear During the presidential campaign, John McCain and Barack Obama both vowed they would close Guantánamo. Now, McCain is leading the opposition to closure [“Guantánamo consensus dissolves,” News, May 24]. McCain, all the Republicans and most Democrats are now complaining that the prisoners would be a threat if brought into the U.S….

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May 22, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Guantánamo closure

Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press In this May 14 photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire inside Camp 4 detention facility at Guantánamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. Cheney no authority on serious deliberation Editor, The Times: In his most recent frothing-at-the-mouth diatribe, Dick Cheney has accused President Obama’s decision…

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May 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Charles Krauthammer on torture

Nation of laws does not excuse torture I’m disgusted that we even have to debate the moral and legal efficacy of torture, but apparently, sadly, we do. In his column “Sometimes you do what you have to do — even torture” [Opinion, May 3], Charles Krauthammer summarizes the tortured moral logic coming out of the torture apologist…

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April 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Torture debate

One question would answer it all There is a very simple way of clearing up the controversy over enhanced interrogation: one simple question to President Obama. Just ask this: “If it would save the lives of your children, would you allow enhanced interrogation methods to be used on a terrorist?” His answer would end the discussion forever. – Ed…

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April 29, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Scapegoating torture

Injustice is devaluation of the tortured David S. Broder’s column, “The scapegoating should cease” [Opinion, April 26], attempts to discredit those who want an investigation into the Cheney-Bush torture program. Broder accuses us of wanting “the humiliation” of those responsible; of having “an unworthy desire for vengeance”; of conducting a “retroactive search for scapegoats”; and of turning…

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