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8th July 2017 – Quoted by Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

Trump officials signal intent to begin refilling Guantanamo

David B. Rivkin

The Trump administration appears to be making its first moves toward fulfilling a campaign promise to fill the Guantanamo Bay prison camp with “bad dudes.” more...

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

Obama’s summer Gitmo dump: Official says transfer of 24 detainees planned

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration’s race to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will reportedly speed up this summer with the transfer of 24 suspected terrorists to other nations. more...

2nd March 2016 – Quoted by Duane Bean - IJ Review

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Arrested in Spain for Leading an ISIS Recruiting Cell

Bill Roggio

Hamed Abderrahaman Ahmed, a former Gitmo detainee released in 2004 to Spain, was arrested for leading a ISIS recruiting cell. more...

1st March 2016 – Quoted by Fox News

Ex-Gitmo detainee nabbed in Spain latest on growing list of terrorists returning to battle

Bill Roggio

A terror suspect nabbed last week in North Africa is the latest in a mounting and alarming list of former Guantanamo Bay detainees to return to the battlefield, say experts who have tracked Gitmo prisoners in and out of the facility for the last 14 years. more...

24th February 2016 – Quoted by Howard Altman - The Tampa Tribune

Obama’s Gitmo closure plan yields stinging criticism in Tampa Bay area

Thomas Joscelyn

President Barack Obama’s pledge Tuesday to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer detainees to a facility in the United States drew sharp criticism from Tampa Bay area members of Congress and from a Tampa man who once ran the facility. more...

16th February 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Military Tells Congress It Can’t Send Gitmo Detainees to U.S.

Thomas Joscelyn

Just as President Barack Obama is planning to send Congress his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison this year, leaders of the military say it will not transfer any detainees to the U.S., unless the law prohibiting such transfers is changed. more...

10th December 2015 – The Long War Journal - Quoted by FOX News

Prophecy Realized: Ex-Gitmo Detainee, UBL Aide Resurfaces on Battlefield in Yemen

A hardened Al Qaeda fighter who served as Usama bin Laden's jack-of-all-trades before spending a decade at Guantanamo Bay made a military prosecutor's prophecy come true when he resurfaced on the field of battle in Yemen, where he is one of the terror group's top leaders. more...

23rd July 2015 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

New Book Asks: Negotiate With Terrorists?

Jonathan Schanzer

A one-time senior aide to former British prime minister Tony Blair is calling for Western powers to negotiate with the extremists of the Islamic State militant group and, in a book just published in the United States, argues that history suggests governments nearly always end up talking to terrorists. more...

25th February 2014 – Cited by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Five top Gitmo Parolees Who Returned to Terror

Thomas Joscelyn

About 170, or 30% of released Guantanamo Bay detainees have gone on to engage in terrorist activities, and many have been Killed, died in fighting or were... more...

25th February 2014 – Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Latest to be Suspected of Terrorism

Thomas Joscelyn

The arrest of a former Guantanamo prisoner in England on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism is the latest example of a failed release program that is setting free unrepentant... more...

1st November 2013 – Quoted by James Gordon Meek and Rebecca Bluitt, ABC News

Al Qaeda’s ‘Great Escape’ Plot? Hundreds of Terrorists Freed

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Hundreds of suspected terrorists have been freed in a series of brazen jailbreaks that U.S. counter-terrorism analysts now suspect may all be part of an al Qaeda... more...

22nd October 2013 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Anas al-Liby’s Health Care During Terror Trial Could Gouge Taxpayers

Jonathan Schanzer

Libya’s beleaguered Prime Minister Ali Zidan is likely to be hit by more political fallout from the U.S. nabbing two weeks ago of an al-Qaeda suspect off the streets... more...

26th September 2013 – Quoted by Tim Johnson, McClatchy

2 Former Guantanamo Detainees Gave Left El Salvador

Thomas Joscelyn

Two former prisoners from Guantanamo who were transferred to El Salvador 17 months ago have quietly slipped out of this Central American nation. more...

29th May 2013 – Quoted by John Podhoretz, The New York Post

‘I Hate My Policies’

Thomas Joscelyn

Attorney General Eric Holder says (or had his flunkies say) he only understood the severity of his own actions against Fox News reporter James Rosen when he was sitting... more...

7th May 2013 – Quoted by The Associated Press

Woman Who Ran Secret Prison Bypassed As Top Spy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

One of the CIA's highest-ranking women, who once ran a CIA prison in Thailand where terror suspects were waterboarded, has been bypassed for the agency's top spy job. more...

15th March 2013 – Cited by Bruce Oswald, United States Institute of Peace

Copenhagen Process Tackles Delicate Topic of Detainees in Military Operations

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

During the ongoing conflict in Mali, French troops, pro-government forces and rebels have all taken prisoners, according to news reports. In some cases, those who have been detained by pro-government forces... more...

13th February 2013 – Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

The Unending Gitmo Nightmare

Thomas Joscelyn

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama proposed bringing greater transparency to the war on al Qaeda and creating a new group to research alternatives to fossil fuels. One thing he didn’t... more...

4th January 2013 – Quoted by Richard Sisk,

Afghan Jail a ‘Tougher Problem Than Guantanamo’

With more than five times the number of prisoners than the detention facility on Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. jail next to Bagram Airfield is just one of many factors affecting the degree to which U.S. forces... more...

13th December 2012 – Quoted by Benjamin Wittes, Lawfare

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the Future of Preventive Detention

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a chapter in this new book, entitled “The Future of Preventive Detention Under International Law” (see pp. 257-266). more...

20th November 2012 – Quoted by Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact

A Slow Expansion of Policies Begun Under George W. Bush

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Barack Obama got Osama Bin Laden -- but has he kept his 2008 promise to "address the problem in our prisons, where the most disaffected and disconnected Americans are being explicitly... more...


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22nd February 2013 - 9:30 AM

Policy Under Fire: How Should the US Handle the Non-Criminal Detention of Violent Non-State Actors?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Dawit Giorgis, Raha Wala and Ben Wittes

Militant fighters have been captured during the war in Mali. This raises questions about whether the American and European positions on preventive detention rest on shaky foundations. Does the fact that Western nations don't do preventive detentions in some way encourage killing rather than capturing enemy forces?

15th October 2012 - 10:15 PM

Is Al-Qaeda Dead? An Experts Debate

In Collaboration with the New America Foundation

While some counterterrorism analysts and officials say that U.S. military efforts over the past 11 years have resulted in the defeat of al-Qaeda, others argue that the terrorist organization is more durable than that. The successes won by the CIA drone program in Pakistan’s tribal regions and the symbolic killing of Osama bin Laden might be tempered by the growing strength of al-Qaeda's affiliates in countries such as Yemen, Somalia, and Libya. On the other hand, many point out that al-Qaeda has failed to carry out a large-scale terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11.