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  • WebMemo posted June 14, 2005 by Jack Spencer, Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., James Phillips, Alane Kochems No Good Reason To Close Gitmo

    While billions are victim to the regular abuse and tyranny of governments such as those of Sudan and China, much of the world's media and non-profit "human rights" resources focus on the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Not a single person has been killed at the facility since it opened, and yet the drumbeat of criticism grows by the day. Criticism and even…

  • WebMemo posted July 5, 2007 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The War on Terrorism: Habeas Corpus On and Off the Battlefield

    Congress is considering legislation to extend habeas corpus rights (i.e., the ability to challenge the legality of detention in a civil court) to unlawful enemy combatants. Granting terrorists rights to which they are not entitled will not make the world a safer place and will not win over America's enemies and critics.[1] Worst of all, it will make armed conflicts…

  • Issue Brief posted February 25, 2015 by Ana Quintana Six Issues the U.S. Should Not Concede to Cuba During Normalization Talks

    The U.S. and Cuba will hold the second round of normalization talks on February 27 in Washington, DC. This follows the U.S.’s attempt in late January to negotiate the terms of reestablishing diplomatic relations with the Castro regime. In those talks in Havana, Cuban officials made it clear that the regime will not change its political or economic system, despite the…

  • WebMemo posted February 10, 2012 by Charles "Cully" Stimson The National Defense Authorization Act and Military Detention of U.S. Citizens

    FYI: Heritage WebMemos are getting a new name. Beginning February 13, 2012, they will be called Issue Briefs.  For the 50th consecutive year, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 provides funding and authorities for the U.S. military. It also includes several policy provisions regarding the handling of al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists.…

  • WebMemo posted July 13, 2007 by Steven Groves, Brian W. Walsh Dispelling Misconceptions: Guantanamo Bay Detainee ProceduresExceed the Requirements of the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Law, andCustomary International Law

    Human rights activists, liberal media outlets, and Bush Administration critics have derisively characterized the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the "gulag of our times,"[1] a "legal black hole,"[2] and a "stain on our nation's character."[3] One need not dig too deeply into the facts, however, to discover that the detainees held at…

  • WebMemo posted February 27, 2006 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The UN's Guantanamo Folly: Why the United Nations Report is Not Credible

    A new report from the UN Commission on Human Rights concludes by calling on the United States to close its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay "without further delay."[1] The report, issued by a body that counts Sudan, Cuba, China and Zimbabwe as current members, alleges torture at the Guantanamo facility, and demands that "all persons found to have…

  • Commentary posted November 9, 2006 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A Tour of Guantanamo Prison Shows America at Its Best

    GUANTANAMO BAY -- At least two detainees at the holding facility here skipped lunch today because they're on a hunger strike. Which is a pity for them -- the food was delicious. By contrast, the steady stream of news about "Gitmo" tends to leave one with a bad taste. On the day I toured the facility, lawyers for 100 detainees were in…

  • Commentary posted October 6, 2006 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Myths of Guantanamo

    Guantanamo Bay isn't run by the CIA, the FBI or private contractors. It is run by men and women in the armed services. They are the guards, the administrators, the doctors, the engineers, the lawyers and the chaplains. They're the ones in charge. And their work is hardly hidden: The Pentagon has invited a steady stream of reporters, politicians, human-rights groups…

  • WebMemo posted October 17, 2011 by Charles "Cully" Stimson Common-Sense Principles for Detainee Policy

    Congress will soon debate proposed detainee legislation. Both the House and Senate have several detainee-related provisions in their versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012—the main funding bill for the Department of Defense for the next fiscal year. And as in years past, this debate promises to be heated. Given the relative broad agreement…

  • WebMemo posted June 22, 2007 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Gitmo Debate Misses the Point

    Revised September 20, 2007 Recent press reports detail an internal Bush Administration debate over whether to close the mil­itary detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Whether to close the facility is not at the heart of the issue of how the U.S. treats detainees and prosecutes the war on terrorism. Regardless of where detainees are held, the U.S.…

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  • Issue Brief posted February 25, 2015 by Ana Quintana Six Issues the U.S. Should Not Concede to Cuba During Normalization Talks

    The U.S. and Cuba will hold the second round of normalization talks on February 27 in Washington, DC. This follows the U.S.’s attempt in late January to negotiate the terms of reestablishing diplomatic relations with the Castro regime. In those talks in Havana, Cuban officials made it clear that the regime will not change its political or economic system, despite the…

  • WebMemo posted February 10, 2012 by Charles "Cully" Stimson The National Defense Authorization Act and Military Detention of U.S. Citizens

    FYI: Heritage WebMemos are getting a new name. Beginning February 13, 2012, they will be called Issue Briefs.  For the 50th consecutive year, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 provides funding and authorities for the U.S. military. It also includes several policy provisions regarding the handling of al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists.…

  • WebMemo posted October 17, 2011 by Charles "Cully" Stimson Common-Sense Principles for Detainee Policy

    Congress will soon debate proposed detainee legislation. Both the House and Senate have several detainee-related provisions in their versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012—the main funding bill for the Department of Defense for the next fiscal year. And as in years past, this debate promises to be heated. Given the relative broad agreement…

  • WebMemo posted June 7, 2010 by The Heritage Foundation Homeland Security: The Heritage Foundation Recommendations

    There have been at least three attempted terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in the last year and a half: the November 5, 2009, shooting at Fort Hood, Texas; the attempted Christmas Day airline bombing over Detroit; and the failed car bombing in Times Square in New York City. All three were perpetrated by men with ties to al-Qaeda and radical Islam. But despite a clear…

  • WebMemo posted April 20, 2010 by Jack Park Terrorist on Your Street?

    On March 22, a federal judge in the District of Columbia ordered that Mohamedou Ould Slahi, one of the most dangerous terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay, be released. Although the Obama Administration has decided to appeal the decision, if the court’s order stands several issues will have to be addressed, including where Slahi will go, and, if no other country will…

  • Special Report posted September 24, 2007 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Steven Groves, Janice A. Smith Treatment of Detainees and Unlawful Combatants: Selected Writings on Guantanamo Bay

    Contents Introduction James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Chapter 1: Dispelling Misconceptions Steven Groves and Brian W. Walsh Chapter 2: The War on Terrorism: Habeas Corpus On and Off the Battlefield James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Chapter 3: Gitmo Debate Misses the Point James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Chapter 4: U.N. Rapporteur Scheinin Issues…

  • WebMemo posted July 13, 2007 by Steven Groves, Brian W. Walsh Dispelling Misconceptions: Guantanamo Bay Detainee ProceduresExceed the Requirements of the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Law, andCustomary International Law

    Human rights activists, liberal media outlets, and Bush Administration critics have derisively characterized the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the "gulag of our times,"[1] a "legal black hole,"[2] and a "stain on our nation's character."[3] One need not dig too deeply into the facts, however, to discover that the detainees held at…

  • WebMemo posted July 5, 2007 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The War on Terrorism: Habeas Corpus On and Off the Battlefield

    Congress is considering legislation to extend habeas corpus rights (i.e., the ability to challenge the legality of detention in a civil court) to unlawful enemy combatants. Granting terrorists rights to which they are not entitled will not make the world a safer place and will not win over America's enemies and critics.[1] Worst of all, it will make armed conflicts…

  • WebMemo posted June 22, 2007 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Gitmo Debate Misses the Point

    Revised September 20, 2007 Recent press reports detail an internal Bush Administration debate over whether to close the mil­itary detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Whether to close the facility is not at the heart of the issue of how the U.S. treats detainees and prosecutes the war on terrorism. Regardless of where detainees are held, the U.S.…

  • WebMemo posted June 7, 2007 by Steven Groves U.N. Rapporteur Scheinin Issues Wrong Opinion on U.S. War on Terrorism

    Last month, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism visited the United States for the stated purpose of reviewing its counterterrorism practices for compliance with its treaty obligations, such as those in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention…

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