Detainees at Guantanamo Bay
Dec 15, 2009 — The White House plans to transfer a limited number of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba to an underutilized state prison in rural Illinois. It will be transformed into a facility that will "exceed perimeter security standards at the nation's only 'supermax' prison in Florence, Colo.," officials say.
Jun 16, 2009 — The Southern District of New York has been handling terrorism trials for about as long as al-Qaida has been a threat to the U.S. The trial there for Ahmed Ghailani may become the model for how some Guantanamo detainees might be tried and imprisoned in this country.
Jun 13, 2009 — The tiny island nation of Palau (pop. 21,000) has agreed to take in Uighur detainees from Guantanamo. The Uighurs, Muslim separatists from western China, have been judged not to be enemy combatants — i.e., they are not a threat to the United States — but Congress won't allow them to settle here and most other countries won't accept them for fear of angering China, which regards them as terrorists and demands their repatriation for trial. NPR's Michael Sullivan talks with NPR's Scott Simon about what awaits the Uighurs in Palau.
Jun 10, 2009 — The Pacific island nation of Palau says it will temporarily resettle a number of detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay. The 17 Uighurs are Turkic Muslims from northwestern China, captured after the Sept. 11 attacks but found not to be enemy combatants. They can't be returned to China for fear that they might be executed.
Jun 9, 2009 — According to the Justice Department, the first Guantanamo Bay detainee is in New York to face trial for bombing U.S. embassies. Officials said Ahmed Ghailani arrived early Tuesday morning.
Jun 9, 2009 — The first Guantanamo detainee scheduled for trial in a civilian court in the U.S. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to involvement in the 1998 bombings at U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Ahmed Ghailani entered the plea in a federal court in Manhattan hours after being brought to New York from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Jun 5, 2009 — President Obama says he has not asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel to make "hard commitments" on allowing terrorism suspects from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be transferred to Germany.
May 22, 2009 — Two different views on national security were presented Thursday, in a pair of speeches in Washington. President Obama argued that protecting the country does not have to come at the expense of core values. Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush administration's approach to fighting terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks.
May 22, 2009 — President Obama laid out his plans for handling Guantanamo detainees Thursday. Some human rights groups say Obama's policies are too similar to those of the last administration. Conservative critics say the new administration is making Americans less safe.
May 22, 2009 — President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney each presented a vision about how best to keep America safe. The two men gave speeches about a mile and 30 minutes apart Thursday, but at times it seemed as though they were debating. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank talks with Steve Inskeep about what the two had to say.