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Getting Back on Track to Close Guantanamo

book_alt2 icon Report The closure of Guantanamo is within the reach of the Obama administration, but it still must take certain steps to get the detainee population down to zero, writes Ken Gude.

By Ken Gude | Tuesday, November 10, 2009

An Important First Step in Actually Closing Guantánamo

The trial of a top Al Qaeda official in a U.S. court is a major step toward closing the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, writes Ken Gude.

By Ken Gude | Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Out of the Torture Photo Box

Transparency can be achieved without a photo release, but only with full public account of torture investigations, writes Ken Gude.

By Ken Gude | Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Obama’s Right to Detain

Civil rights groups say the United States must charge or release Guantánamo detainees. But Obama has a third choice, explains Ken Gude.

By Ken Gude | Friday, May 29, 2009

Back on Track to Close Guantánamo

President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney outlined two very different approaches to Guantánamo yesterday, writes Ken Gude.

By Ken Gude | Friday, May 22, 2009

Obama Can’t Keep Torture Under Wraps

No matter how badly the Obama administration wants it to, torture is not going to go away, writes Ken Gude.

By Ken Gude | Thursday, May 14, 2009

Don’t Try Bush Officials for Torture

John Bolton is right that Obama should quash Spain's prosecution of Bush officials--just not for the right reasons, writes Ken Gude in the Guardian.

By Ken Gude | Monday, May 11, 2009

Obama Can’t Turn the Page on Torture

We need a non-partisan investigation into America's use of torture. Otherwise, it will continue to haunt us, writes Ken Gude on The Guardian's "Comment Is Free" blog.

By Ken Gude | Monday, May 4, 2009

Bush Administration Got the Guantanamo it Wanted

Ken Gude writes about Karen Greenberg's The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days for the TPMCafe Book Club.

By Ken Gude | Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bush’s Willing Torturers

We now know that legal opinions were merely retroactive cover. The Bush administration's first instinct was toward abuse, writes Ken Gude in The Guardian online.

By Ken Gude | Thursday, April 23, 2009

We Have Become Our Enemies

The more we learn about the Bush administration’s torture regime, the more outrageous and inexcusable it becomes, writes Ken Gude.

By Ken Gude | Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Opening Up Bush’s Tortured Logic

New memos reveal how the Bush administration approved torture. The world needs to know that America condemns it.

By Ken Gude | Friday, April 17, 2009

Obama Shows Leadership on Torture Memos

Yesterday President Obama exercised good judgment and responsible leadership when he released Bush-era memos providing legal justification for certain types of torture, writes Ken Gude.

By Ken Gude | Friday, April 17, 2009

Pride and Providence

President Obama wants to restore American global leadership to its post-WWII bearings, write Spencer P. Boyer and Ken Gude. That’s exceptional.

By Spencer P. Boyer and Ken Gude | Thursday, April 9, 2009

‘Enemy combatants’ no more

Late Friday, the Obama administration took another step toward following through on its intention to significantly change US detention policy by dropping the Bush administration's favoured description of the Guantánamo detainees as "enemy combatants". What follows in a filing in US district court, however, is disappointingly similar to the Bush administration's assertion of detention authority.

By Ken Gude | Saturday, March 14, 2009