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Zawahri vows al Qaeda to free Guantanamo inmates

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri slammed U.S. treatment of hunger striking inmates at Guantanamo Bay and said the group would spare no effort to free them, according to an audio recording posted on the Internet on Wednesday. Full story

Guantanamo prisoners clamor for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

(Reuters) - The "Fifty Shades of Grey" series of erotic novels are the favorite reading material among "high-value" prisoners at the Guantanamo detention camp in Cuba, a U.S. congressman said. Full story

Guantanamo prisoners clamor for 'Fifty Shades of Grey': report

(Reuters) - The "Fifty Shades of Grey" series of erotic novels are the favorite reading material among former CIA captives held at the Guantanamo detention camp, the Huffington Post quoted a U.S. congressman as saying. Full story

Looking back at the week in politics

   NBC’s Mark Murray joins NewsNation to reflect on political headlines of the past week.

House fails to restrict NSA’s surveillance

   The House came within twelve votes of passing legislation that would have limited the capabilities of the NSA’s massive surveillance program. Women for Women International’s Zainab Salbi and the Center for Constitutional Rights’ Say-Na Kadidal join the NOW panel to discuss.

NBC Politics: Abu Ghraib break-out gives Guantanamo closing foes new argument

Four-and-a-half years into his presidency, Barack Obama remains stymied in his effort to close the Guantanamo prison for detainees captured in the war against al-Qaida.A hearing of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday made clear that for now, there remains a very wide g … Full story

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U.S. lawmakers blast Guantanamo's $2.7 million per prisoner cost

Senate panel shows deep divisions on Guantanamo

Full-body pat-downs resume at Gitmo

U.S. appeals court reinstates new Guantanamo detainee searches

Guantanamo hunger strike numbers drop

U.S. judge rules against new Guantanamo detainee search policy

Gitmo genital searches halted

Senior lawmakers push Obama over Guantanamo force-feeding

Gitmo force-feedings continue into Ramadan

Leaked Gitmo 'baseball cards' had little value: WikiLeaks trial witness

Video

  Prisoners at Guantanamo may see process

Rachel Maddow reports on the news that some prisoners held at Guantanamo are now eligible for “parole-board-style hearings” to decide whether or not it is necessary to keep them in prison.

  Two federal judges condemn treatment of Gitmo detainees

Shane Bauer, an investigative journalist who was imprisoned in Iran for 26 months, attorney Pardiss Kebriaei, and Dr. Stephen Xenakis talk with Melissa Harris-Perry about force-feeding during the period of Ramadan, hunger strikes as a tactic., and whether there are specific policy changes short of r

  The Mos Def video you have to see

Rapper/actor Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, accepted an invitation from a prisoner rights group to undergo the same force-feeding reportedly experienced by 45 people at Guantanamo Bay every day. Melissa Harris-Perry shares Bey’s response afterwards.

  Judge points to Obama on ending Guantanamo force feeding

Rachel Maddow reports on a hunger strike by California prison inmates over solitary confinement issues, and a judge pointing to President Obama to end the force feeding of hunger striking inmates at the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

  Guantanamo hunger strike highlights inmates' plight

Rosa Brooks, former counselor for the Under Secretary of Defense, and current professor at Georgetown University Law Center, talks with Rachel Maddow about the tricky legal circumstances of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, the ethical considerations for doctors treating the hunger striking inmates t

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The guard tower stands at the entrance to "Camp Five" and "Camp Six" detention facilities at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2012.
The guard tower stands at the entrance to "Camp Five" and "Camp Six" detention facilities at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2012.

The guard tower stands at the entrance to "Camp Five" and "Camp Six" detention facilities at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2012.

National Religious Campaign Against Torture religious leaders end their 24-hour fast to bring attention to their call to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, in Washington
National Religious Campaign Against Torture religious leaders end their 24-hour fast to bring attention to their call to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, in Washington

Virginia Farris (L-R) of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and Sandy Sorenson of the United Church of Christ join National Religious Campaign Against Torture executive director Rev. Richard Killmer in ending their 24-hour fast to bring attention to their call to close the prison at Gu

Feinberg blows the shofar as religious leaders join the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in ending their 24-hour fast to bring attention to their call to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, in Washington
Feinberg blows the shofar as religious leaders join the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in ending their 24-hour fast to bring attention to their call to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, in Washington

Rabbi Charles Feinberg blows the shofar as religious leaders join the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in ending their 24-hour fast to bring attention to their call to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, in Washington, July 24, 2013. Also pictured are Rev. Amanda Poppei of the Unitarian

Feinberg offers bread to other attendees as religious leaders join the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in ending their 24-hour fast to bring attention to their call to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, in Washington
Feinberg offers bread to other attendees as religious leaders join the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in ending their 24-hour fast to bring attention to their call to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, in Washington

Rabbi Charles Feinberg offers bread to other attendees as religious leaders join the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in ending their 24-hour fast to bring attention to their call to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, in Washington, July 24, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STAT