Posts by Taylor Hall

Terribly and terrifyingly normal: killing time in Guantanamo Bay

(Aug. 24, 2015)

You expected some sort of unsettling psychic footprint from the terrorist masterminds and torture incidence rate. Instead you eat fajitas and drink craft beer at the base’s Irish bar, O’Kelly’s. Continue reading

Parents of kidnapped journalist weigh in on new U.S. hostage policy

(Aug. 24, 2015)

Faced with an upsurge in journalist kidnappings, President Barack Obama issued a new executive order in June that allows families to offer ransom money without fear of prosecution and establishes an interagency fusion cell to improve U.S. hostage recovery efforts. Continue reading

Military trial inches on for alleged al-Qaida commander

(Jul. 24, 2015)

It’s been more than 3,000 days since alleged al-Qaida commander Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi was transferred to the U.S. military’s detention facility here. Continue reading

Thawing U.S-Cuba relations have ‘no impact’ on naval base

(Jul. 24, 2015)

Normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba will not immediately impact the American naval base at Guantanamo, officials said this week. In other words, for now, it’s business as usual. Continue reading

Conflict of interest issues throw wrench in hearing for alleged war criminal

(Jul. 22, 2015)

Military court hearings ground to an indefinite halt Wednesday after an Iraqi prisoner accused of war crimes petitioned for a new lawyer, citing conflict of interest issues. Continue reading

Gitmo hearings for top al-Qaida commander delayed

(Jul. 21, 2015)

It has been eight years and three months since alleged senior al-Qaida commander Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi arrived at Guantanamo Bay. Now much-anticipated hearings related to his alleged war crimes charges have been delayed two more days. Continue reading

There’s a sweeping changeover happening among the U.S. military’s top brass

(Jul. 16, 2015)

There’s a sweeping transition happening at the highest level of American military leadership, and two of the new kids on the block – the nominees for chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — are already shaking things up. Continue reading

United Airlines shut down after computer glitch

(Jul. 09, 2015)

Bill Graham had just boarded a United Airlines flight to Boston at Washington Dulles International Airport when United experienced an airline-wide computer glitch, grounding 3,500 flights nationwide. Continue reading

July 4 terror threats an annual but necessary ritual, experts say

(Jul. 06, 2015)

Parades, fireworks and barbecues are annual July 4 traditions. So are reports of terrorist threats. And that makes Americans less likely to take them seriously even though this year’s situation is new, experts say. Continue reading

Senators, inspector general slam OPM chief on data breach failures

(Jul. 01, 2015)

Senators grilled Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta Thursday on details of the fallout from her agency’s massive data breach. Continue reading