Tracking the 'guidelines' for who's sent to Guantanamo Bay


U.S Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has offered new “guidelines” for transferring detainees from the battlefield to Guantanamo Bay, the controversial Cuba-based navy site used to detain terrorist suspects.

The memo comes three months after President Donald J. Trump announced he would reverse the previous administration’s plan to close the controversial naval base. As a presidential candidate, Trump promised to keep Guantanamo Bay open and fill it with “bad dudes.”

This WikiTribune news stub is dedicated to reporting on which detainees are sent to Guantanamo Bay, and how their release is decided, if it is ever.

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Who is detained in Guantanamo Bay?

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How are detainees are treated?

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  • United Nations special rapporteur Nils Melzer claims torture still happens at Guantanamo. Without naming his source, Melzer says that alleged 9/11 co-conspirator Ammar al-Baluchi is being interrogated with techniques banned under international law. The Pentagon has strongly denied the allegations.

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How are detainees released, if ever?

  • Periodic Reviews is the program that gives detainees, who do not face charges, a chance to be transferred or possibly released. The initiative was established by former President Barack Obama via executive order in 2011, but did not begin until 2013. The Attorney General and Department of Defense govern the process, which can take several years.
  • Guantanamo Bay inmates can petition U.S. federal judges to hear their case after the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that it was unconstitutional to deny habeas corpus to prisoners, even if they are deemed to be enemy combatants.

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