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The Bush administration shipped detainees to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Bagram air base in Afghanistan, and secret locations around the world, to avoid U.S. and international laws regarding the capture, detention and treatment of prisoners.  Hundreds of men have been held in indefinite detention for years on the president's say-so, without court oversight.  Politicians' statements that these men are "the worst of the worst" have skewed public debate and caused millions of Americans to regard the closing of Guantánamo Bay prison, and even the transfer of detainees to U.S. super-max prisons from which no one has ever escaped, with trepidation.

Join us in engaging American communities in a fact-based debate about the holding and treatment of detainees.  Read the materials on this website.  We will be adding more information weekly and posting new articles daily.

Bringing Justice to All “Guantánamos” is Up to Us

Nancy Talanian

Guantánamo Bay prison and a network of other offshore detention and interrogation centers established to be outside the law are both a black mark on the U.S. and a historic opportunity for the American people to right our country’s course.

Supporters celebrate passage of Amherst Town Meeting resolution 11/04/09

Supporters celebrate passage of Amherst Town Meeting resolution 11/04/09

(l-r) NMG Director Nancy Talanian, Select Board Member Gerry Weiss, and Lead Petitioner Ruth Hooke

News Release: Amherst (MA) Special Town Meeting Approves Resolution to Welcome Cleared Guantanamo Detainees

November 4, 2009On Wednesday evening, Amherst Special Town Meeting approved a resolution welcoming one or two cleared Guantánamo Bay detainees to the community once Congress lifts its current ban. It is the first municipality in the nation to do so. 

Watch "Justice Denied: Voices From Guantánamo"

Got 10 minutes? Watch this new video by the ACLU, featuring interviews with five former Guantánamo detainees:

  • Ruhal Ahmed
  • Moazzam Begg
  • Omar Deghayes
  • Shafiq Rasul
  • Bisher al-Rawi


Laws, Policies and Treaties Affecting Detainees

To learn about the laws, policies and treaties that apply to the U.S. government's holding and treatment of detainees, choose from the menu to the left.

Also see Holding and Treatment of Detainees.

Holding and Treatment of Detainees

To learn about the holding and treatment of detainees at Guantánamo Bay and other offshore prisons, choose from the menu to the left.

Also see Laws, Policies and Treaties Affecting Detainees.

Strength Through Peace of Fort Collins, CO

Center for Justice, Peace, and Environment


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Fort Collins, CO 80522
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Guantánamo and Roses

Nancy Talanian


U.S. government officials today inspected a Michigan prison to determine its suitability for current Guantánamo detainees.  (See Feds to tour Michigan prison where Gitmo detainees could go.)
More and more it appears that President Obama plans to close Guantánamo by moving the detainees to a prison on the U.S. mainland, as though the Caribbean location were the problem, and not the unlimited “preventive detention” without charges or court oversight.  Such a move, if it takes place, would feed the growing misperception among Americans that the detainees at Guantánamo are all inhuman terrorists who are too dangerous to bring to mainland prisons, much less charge and try or release.