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"More Than 150 International Organizations Call on Biden to Close Guantánamo on 21st Anniversary," by Elise Swain, The Intercept, January 11, 2023
"Surgeons Rushed to Guantánamo as Prisoner’s Condition Deteriorates," by Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, November 12, 2022
"U.S. Releases Guantánamo’s Oldest Prisoner," by Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, October 29, 2022
"Guantánamo Judge Weighing Hearsay Statements in U.S.S. Cole Bombing Case," by Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, October 29, 2022
"Sept. 11 Case Awaits Biden Administration’s Reply on Plea Deal," by Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, October 23, 2022
"Opinion: US courts must stop shielding government surveillance programs from accountability," by Patrick Toomey and Alex Abdo, The Guardian, September 26, 2022
"Libyan Held at Guantánamo Bay Is Approved for Transfer," by Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, September 23, 2022
"Prosecutor Who Sought to Use Evidence Derived From Torture Leaves Cole Case," by Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, September 14, 2022
"New photos of the first people incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay were never supposed to be seen," by Jane Clayson, WBUR, July 27, 2022
"Guantánamo Prisoner Said He Was Waterboarded; Agents Omitted It From Memo," by Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, July 28, 2022
"Guantanamo detainee cleared for release after 20 years of detention without trial," by Ellie Kaufman, CNN, July 20, 2022
"Guantanamo Detainee Files Suit for Release Following Completion of 10-Year Sentence," by Tia Sewell, Lawfare Blog, July 11, 2022
"The Endless Shame of Guantanamo Bay," by Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, July 06, 2022
"Guantánamo Bay Prison’s First Covid Outbreak Shrouded in Secrecy ("," by Elise Swain, The Intercept, June 17, 2022
"Iraqi at Guantánamo Bay to Plead Guilty in Afghan War Crimes Case," by Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, June 10, 2022