Gov. Romney: No Doubt We Should Keep Gitmo Open
Muntadhir Al-Zaidi, after his impressive display of shoe throwing at President Bush in Iraq, is the newest member of the Gitmo Dodgeball team.
Gene Healy discusses the Gitmo detainees on BBC News 24 UK
First comedy show for Gitmo Dave. Hope to have many Gitmo Dave videos in the future. Covering the illegal movement by the Cheney Bush criminal imprisonment of innocent Muslim men.
Gene Healy discusses the Gitmo detainees on BBC News 24 UK
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It’s been two years since President Barack Obama signed the executive orders to shut down the United States detention camp at Guantanamo Bay --
PRES. BARACK OBAMA, JANUARY 2009: “We then provide the process whereby Guantanamo will be closed no later than one year from now.” (The New York Times)
-- but the doors to the controversial base remain open, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be closing anytime soon.
The New York Times reports Defense Secretary Robert Gates is dropping some heavy hints about lifting the 2009 ban on military commissions to prosecute Gitmo detainees --
-- putting Obama and his lost promises at the center of a storm of criticism -- and uncovering some unexpected support.
While the Obama administration has not shut down the detention camp as promised, its population has been reduced. C-SPAN lays out the current picture.
“779 people have been detained, 559 detainees have been transferred, 174 remain in the facility, and 6 detainees have died while in custody.”
Congress has been adamant about its opposition to Gitmo’s closure -- even going so far as to make it nearly impossible to transfer detainees to U.S. soil, as Mr. Obama once suggested. But a writer for AntiWar.com says, that doesn’t let the president off the hook.
“...the notion that innocent people could be detained eternally simply because Congress didn’t like the idea of letting them go is nonsense. President Obama is clearly complicit in keeping the facility going, and his feigned interest in closing it is only ... giving the false impression that any such effort is ongoing.”
But renewed Gitmo attention may be the last thing President Obama needs as 2012 draws closer. On RT’s Alyona Show, a guest from The Young Turks voices her frustration -- painting the picture of an alienated liberal base.
ANA KASPARIAN: “It does make me sick to my stomach because, if I could recall, back in 2008 when I voted for Obama, I voted for a progressive, I voted for a liberal -- I did not vote for a neocon, and a lot of his foreign policy stances are looking more and more like the Bush administration’s. He’s looking like a neocon.”
An opinion piece from the Brookings Institute says Obama has let the issue get out of his control -- and if he isn’t keeping old promises, he needs to articulate a new road forward.
“...he should stop pretending … Obama badly needs to change the conversation about Guantanamo. If he is going to be stuck with it, he might as well make it his own.”
The writer goes on to explain - the Gitmo of today isn’t what it was under the Bush administration. Detainees have access to lawyers and are frequently visited by journalists -- and he says Obama should use the new face of Guantanamo to move forward.
Meanwhile, former Vice President Dick Cheney went on NBC’s TODAY Show to -- wait for it -- support the Democratic Commander-in-Chief.
DICK CHENEY: “He obviously has been through the fires of becoming President and having to make decisions and live with the consequences... I think he's learned that what we did was far more appropriate than he ever gave us credit for.”
So what do you think? Has President Obama backpedaled too far, or is he simply responding to the security needs of the United States?
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President Obama has lifted a two-year freeze on military trials at Guantanamo Bay - or GITMO. That’s the two-year freeze he put in place- on his first day in office.
Now the media is trying to figure out- what’s with the 180? We’ve got perspectives from New York Daily News, American Thinker, PBS, Fox News, and BBC.
Mr. Obama signed an executive order that will establish a system to hold terror suspects at Gitmo indefinitely- despite a campaign promise to close the prison.
Conservatives say he’s seen the light-
“President Obama proved it is never too late to do the right thing... [T]he President at least seems to finally acknowledge reality...”
...while liberals say- flip flop alert.
“Won't anyone call this guy a liar to his face? The administration is trying to pretend that they have indeed, changed policy when they haven't.”
But Scott Shane of The New York Times tells PBS - the President hasn’t changed his mind about Gitmo- he’s just cornered by political reality.
“Since Congress has essentially banned the administration from bringing any of these 172 detainees left at Guantanamo to the United States for trial, the administration really had no choice but to if it wanted to have trials, to renew military commissions down at the base in Cuba.”
Fox News contributor Laura Ingrahm adds- promises made on the campaign trail often prove too big to keep.
“When you become president you realize things are a lot more complicated than they are on the campaign trail and if you have to keep together an independent coalition and bring more conservative democrats into your fold then you have to do the right thing.”
President Obama says he still ultimately wants to close Guantanamo Bay. BBC editor Mark Mardell points out- it was probably humiliating for the president to backtrack on this issue- but it’s best to get the embarrassing stuff out of the way before the election season.
“...it is hard to disguise the fact that Mr Obama's lofty ambitions have been in a two-year-long collision with the mood of the country...Just under two years away from another election...he has recognised that for many, safety beats ideals, hands down, every time. It is a symbolic compromise with the political reality in America.”
Under the new order, Gitmo detainees will receive- within the next year- an unclassified review of the reasons they’re being held. The Justice Department says the order applies to at least 48 of the 172 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
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June 26 is the UN's official day to show support for victims of torture. ANP caught up with Washington Independent reporter Spencer Ackerman to see an exact replica of a Guatanamo Bay detention cell.
The Red Cross International Committee interviewed "high-value" prisoners at Guantanamo. In a report submitted to the CIA it said, "..abuse constitutes War Crimes, placing the highest officials in the US government in jeopardy of being prosecuted".
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George Bush could receive the same punishment he gave to Saddam Hussein... imagine that...
More at http://www.theuptake.org. After the site and interior of the secret detention center in Denver, developed in anticipation of the DNC, was exposed, the Sheriff's Office decided they may as well give the media a tour to reassure public sentiment. Undersheriff Bill Lovingier showed TV, newspaper, radio, and new media around the facility, walking through the process a detainee would face.
One change made to the facility because of the media coverage and resulting community outrage is the removal of razor wire on the interior holding pens.
Lovingier explains the change and why the extra security is needed within the facility not just to prevent people from escaping, but also to prevent protest and counter-protest groups from clashing violently while being held.
The ACLU has raised a concern about the process, saying Colorado law requires lawyers to meet with their clients within the detention center. Lovingier sidestepped a question about this, saying only "you're correct, that is what the ACLU has said."
A former US military prosecutor, who resigned rather than continue bringing cases against terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay in a system he found "defective" and "immoral," has spoken out for the first time in an interview with the BBC.