Detainees at Guantanamo Bay
December 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.
June 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.
June 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.
June 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.
June 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.
June 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 21, 2009 A few years ago, Spain's National Court was given the power to investigate torture and other serious crimes anywhere in the world, even if no Spanish citizens were involved. The ruling has triggered a flood of international suits, including two cases regarding Guantanamo detainees.
May 21, 2009 At the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, there is little outward indication of the turmoil swirling around Washington about its future. But guards say detainees keep asking whether the camp is going to close — a goal President Obama is facing growing opposition on.
May 20, 2009 The Senate votes overwhelmingly to block funding to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, pledging to keep a tight rein on the purse strings until President Obama announces details of what will be done with the 240 detainees being held there.