Since 2002 the United States has maintained a military detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Detainees from around the world are brought there as "enemy combatants." Some have been released. Detainees have the right, per ruling of the US Supreme Court, to challenge their detentions in federal court.
President Obama pledged during his 2008 campaign to close Guantánamo, but that has not happened yet. Where to send detainees who will not be tried but whom the government says cannot be released remains an obstacle. Where and how to prosecute the suspected enemy combatants is another. Congress will not allow Guantánamo detainees to be transferred and held in the US, unless they are awaiting trial.
Former President Mujica, an ex-guerrilla who was once tortured in jail, agreed to take the prisoners earlier this year. He said he was doing it 'for humanity.'
The Taliban released a propaganda clip of the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Some hope the exchange can create an opening for peace.
Guantánamo Bay continues to release a trickle of detainees – very few of whom return to the battlefield.
The first civilian trial of a Guantánamo detainee prompted questions about whether civilian court is the best place for alleged terrorists.
Mohammed al-Adahi, a Guantánamo detainee, has been held without charge since 2002. A US judge ordered his release, but an appeals court reversed that, and the Supreme Court declined the case.
Defense attorneys for Guantánamo detainees stand up for due process despite hate mail, threats, and Dick Cheney's daughter.
Attorney General Eric Holder said the possibility of capturing Osama bin Laden alive is 'infinitesimal.' He spoke in response to sharp questioning Tuesday by House Republicans about prospective risks of some day putting the Al Qaeda leader on trial in a US civilian court.
Republicans may back closing the Guantanamo Bay prison if the Obama administration decides to try alleged 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed by military tribunal.
President Obama wants to ship Guantanamo Bay detainees to a rural Illinois state prison. Why are locals welcoming the detainees?
The Obama administration says it won’t hold the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other Al Qaeda suspects in Manhattan after all, mainly because of security costs and community backlash. But to some, it's another political misstep.
Lawyers for Guantánamo detainees want surveillance records. An appeals court ruled Wednesday that agencies could refuse to confirm or deny the existence of such records for national security.
The Obama administration's announcement Sunday that 12 Guantánamo detainees would be sent to other countries followed news that some detainees would be transferred to an Illinois facility. The president set a Jan. 22, 2010 deadline for closing the Guantánamo Bay prison, but seems unlikely to meet it.
President Obama wants to house some Guantanamo detainees in an Illinois prison. But bringing the detainess to the US will likely broaden their legal rights. 'How much?' is the unanswered question.
Illinois' Republican lawmakers oppose the Obama administration's decision to transfer some Guantanamo detainees to a prison in the state - and a recent poll shows a majority of Illinois voters do, too. But Democratic leaders are behind the move, citing new jobs.
Obama signed the Military Commissions Act of 2009 Wednesday. Critics say it is an improvement over past efforts but still offers only second-class justice to Guantánamo detainees.
Standish, Mich., is dependent on its prison, which is about to close. It says it still wants the Guantánamo detainees to fill the void, but opponents are pushing to recall members of city council.
Afghanistan's Bagram is becoming the new Guantánamo, one legal scholar said at a gathering of the American Constitution Society.
Federal officials scouting for alternative prisons for detainees toured a maximum security prison in Standish, Mich., that may close due to budget cuts.
The Chinese Muslims, deemed no threat to the US, were released for resettlement and arrived Thursday.