Guantanamo Bay

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

  President Obama wants to close Guantanamo Bay.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock she’s still reviewing the plan. 


It was 14 years ago this week that the first prisoners arrived at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention camp. Seven years ago, President Barack Obama took office promising to close the prison that had opened under his predecessor, President George W. Bush.   

Bruce Miller, a professor at the Western New England University School of Law is president of No More Guantanamos, a national public education and advocacy group.  He spoke this week with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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Civil liberties activists this week marked the 13th anniversary of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The group Pioneer Valley No More Guantanamos  hosted British investigative journalist Andy Worthington at  programs in Springfield and Northampton.  Worthington has researched and written about the prison since 2006.   He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

6/18/14 Panel

Jun 18, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Ray Graf and Legislative Director of NYPIRG, Blair Horner.

Topics include:
Benghazi Capture
Malcolm Smith Mistrial
Iraq Update
GM Hearing

    Should the U.S. have traded Guantanamo prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the conversation has become muddled in silly politics.

5/16/14 Panel

May 16, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao and political consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
NYT Firing Abramson
NYT Digital Picture
Net Neutrality
Guantanamo Report
VA Panel

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A Connecticut attorney who went to observe the military courts at Guantanamo has written an e-book about what he saw. Charles Church practiced law for many years before moving to Connecticut where he focused on human rights, and his book My Week at Guantanamo’s War Court, now available on Amazon came about after he observed the legal proceedings.

She interrupted the president during a foreign policy speech in may to demand the U.S. close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and President Obama responded by saying she is worth paying attention to. Medea Benjamin, the co-founder of Code Pink, will be at the Troy Public Library at 100 second street this Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. to talk about drones, Yemen and Guantanamo. Media Benjamin stopped in to WAMC this morning for an interview with Brian Shields.

5/1/13 - Panel

May 1, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.


  • The President vows to close Gitmo
  • Syria Update
  • Poll shows support for public surveillance
  • Morning After Pill easier to obtain

    In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. rounded up hundreds of suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and around the world. Many ended up at a special military detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

No TV broadcast of Guantanamo 9/11 trial

Jan 3, 2013
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A military judge has denied a request to allow television broadcast coverage of the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal for five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Defense lawyers requested TV coverage of proceedings at the U.S. base in Cuba. But the Defense Department had authorized only closed-circuit broadcast to several military bases in the northeast U.S.