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  • Loretta Lynch Confirms: It Is Illegal to Transfer GITMO Detainees to the United States

    02/24/2016 12:37:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | February 24, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    Testifying in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee Wednesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch reiterated that transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay Prison to the United States is against the law. From the Washington Times: Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday that federal law flatly prevents President Obama from sending of the the detainees from Guantanamo Bay to U.S. territory, hurting his ability to follow through on his new closure plan. "That is the state of the law," she said, pointing to the most recent defense policy law passed late last year, which cleared Congress on a bipartisan vote and which Mr. Obama...
  • U.S. general: Obama 'aiding and abetting the enemy'

    02/24/2016 5:37:36 AM PST · by detective · 16 replies
    WND ^ | 02/23/2016 | Greg Corombos
    President Obama is urging Congress to approve the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, allow for the transfer of remaining detainees to the U.S. and try them in U.S. courts. In calling for the policy change, Obama said the move would save taxpayers money without compromising security. In fact, Obama argues that America is less safe because of the facility.
  • The Terrorists Freed by Obama

    01/16/2016 5:43:09 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 Jan, 2016 | STEPHEN F. HAYES and THOMAS JOSCELYN
    The Obama administration in recent days has proclaimed a "milestone" in its efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after achieving its long-held goal of reducing the remaining population to fewer than 100 detainees. With the expedited release this month of 14 detainees, the total now stands at 93. This is nothing to celebrate. In reducing these numbers, the White House has freed dangerous terrorists and set aside military and intelligence assessments warning about the risks of doing so. The Obama administration has deceived recipient countries about the threats posed by the jihadists they've accepted. And President...
  • US military to limit media access to Guantanamo Bay prison

    12/17/2015 6:07:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2015 6:21 PM EST | Ben Fox
    New limits are being imposed on media access to the detention center at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the commander of the military's Southern Command said Thursday, outlining rules that will limit what journalists can see and how often they can visit the already highly restricted site. Journalists will be allowed to visit the center on tours that will be organized once per quarter, lasting no more than a day, and they will no longer be able to visit inside the two detention center camps where a majority of the 107 current prisoners are held, Marine Corps Gen....
  • U.S. military looks into moving some Guantanamo detainees to military sites: media [w/in CONUS]

    08/15/2015 11:21:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/15/15
    The U.S. Department of Defense is sending a team to military installations in Kansas and South Carolina to investigate the possibility of relocating some Guantanamo Bay prisoners to U.S. soil, media outlets reported on Saturday. Fox News and CNN said the Pentagon on Friday notified the U.S. Congress that the team was already visiting the disciplinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and would then survey the naval brig at Charleston, South Carolina, in the coming weeks. Republicans, who control Congress, swiftly condemned the idea of moving detainees into the United States and close to major military posts, according to Fox...

    07/02/2015 1:50:22 PM PDT · by Will88 · 99 replies ^ | July 1, 2015 | Frances Martel
    While President Obama described the embassy as “not merely symbolic” and a move representing the liberation of the American people from “the past” in a speech this morning, the Cuban government issued a statement refusing to reestablish full diplomatic relations with the United States until America gifted the territory of Guantánamo Bay to Cuba and ceased broadcasting radio and television news reports into the island, which constitute the only way many Cubans have of receiving trustworthy international news.
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • 'Free to go': Omar Khadr out on bail

    05/09/2015 6:16:59 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 28 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | May 07, 2015 | By Colin Perkel
    EDMONTON - Omar Khadr arrived at his new home Thursday after almost 13 years behind bars — four of them as a convicted war criminal — and asked Canadians to give him a chance to show he's worthy of their trust.
  • SFC Christopher Speer Is Dead; Omar Khadr Is Free

    05/09/2015 5:10:08 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 8, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    A Canadian judge ruled this week that former Gitmo detainee Omar Khadr poses no public safety threat. Tell that to the children of Sergeant First Class Christopher J. Speer and the surviving American soldiers who valiantly fought Khadr on the battlefield. In 2012, Khadr pleaded guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty and guilty to five charges related to the killing of Speer, a 28-year-old medic with the U.S. Special Forces. This young American hero died in Afghanistan in 2002 during an ambush by al-Qaida operatives. Just days before he gave his life, Speer had fearlessly walked onto a minefield to rescue two...
  • NCIS investigation reportedly shows Bergdahl had 'deliberate plan' ...

    04/07/2015 7:51:22 AM PDT · by don-o · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | Qpeil 7, 2015
    A 2009 NCIS investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s activities while in Afghanistan reveal that there is clear evidence Bergdahl was “going over to the other side with a deliberate plan,” Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer said on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night. Shaffer, a former military intelligence officer and Fox News contributor, said two senior sources told him that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigation included a forensic review of his computer, which show Bergdahl’s apparent intent to travel to Uzbekistan. “He was going to go off to Uzbekistan,” Shaffer told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. “He had made contact...
  • DNI: 'Confirmed' That 116 Former Gitmo Detainees Returned to Terror or Insurgencies; If More Are Re

    03/07/2015 7:53:11 AM PST · by ColdOne · 7 replies ^ | 3/7/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Full title............DNI: 'Confirmed' That 116 Former Gitmo Detainees Returned to Terror or Insurgencies; If More Are Released More Will ( - The Director of National Intelligence released a report this week indicating that the United States has "confirmed" that 116 detainees "transferred" out of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, subsequently reengaged in terrorist or insurgent activities. The report also warned: "Based on trends identified during the past eleven years, we assess that some detainees currently at GTMO will seek to reengage in terrorist or insurgent activities after they are transferred." The DNI first publicly warned more than four years...
  • Democratic lawmakers visit Cuba amid changes in US relations

    01/17/2015 5:55:23 PM PST · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/17/2015 | ap
  • Meet Sarah Palin’s Preferred Candidate, the Nutty Rand Paul ... (Debbie Schlussel Alert)

    02/02/2010 8:35:43 AM PST · by goldstategop · 116 replies · 2,717+ views
    Debbie Schlussel ^ | 2/02/2010 | Debbie Schlussel
    In my view, his presence on these shows alone should disqualify him, but Sarah Palin thinks he’s just wonderful because Sarah Palin doesn’t think. She’s a dummy, and it’s time her blind worshipers woke up to that, but they refuse to awaken from their slumber. Does it not bother her that, as the Sultan points out, Rand Paul compared the U.S. military to Hitler? Hellooooo . . . ? Either Sarah Palin supports Rand Paul’s nutty views against torturing terrorists and siding with Iran against America or she’s just ignorant and uninformed beyond belief. I vote for both, which is...
  • Obama Warmly Legitimizes Cuban Dictatorship

    12/24/2014 4:28:54 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Cato ^ | December 24, 2014 | Nat Hentoff
    I have long been reporting on Castro-ruled Cuba and, indeed, was there not long after Fidel Castro had taken over the country. What became clear, as the number of Castro’s political prisoners increased, was that his revolutionary Cuba was a dictatorship, like the regime he had ousted. After I wrote that, a member of his administration rebuked me for my rank ignorance. I responded by saying that he knew that if I were a Cuban in Cuba, I would be in prison. Later, at the United Nations, I was one of a number of reporters interviewing Che Guevara, the young,...
  • Cuba’s Fidel Castro Condemns ‘Primitive’ Accusations of Russia’s Role in Boeing Crash

    08/05/2014 12:00:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies ^ | August 5, 2014
    BUENOS AIRES, August 5 (RIA Novosti) – Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro dismissed Tuesday accusations of Moscow’s alleged role in the deadly Malaysian passenger plane crash as “primitive.” “Accusing the Russian Federation of destroying the Malaysian Boeing during the flight is horrifying primitivism,” Castro wrote in an article published in Cuba’s Granma newspaper. “Neither President Vladimir Putin, nor Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov nor other Russian leaders could have ever done such a stupid thing,” Castro stressed. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17. All 298 people on board,...
  • Paul: Trade With Cuba 'Probably a Good Idea'

    12/18/2014 9:19:23 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 30 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | DEC 18, 2014, 11:54 A.M. E.S.T.
    WASHINGTON — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and that the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked." Paul became the first potential Republican presidential candidate to offer some support for President Barack Obama's decision to try to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. The president's surprise announcement on Wednesday was slammed by several potential GOP candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who said it amounted to appeasing the Castro regime. Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of...
  • Rand Paul backs Obama on Cuba

    12/18/2014 3:05:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    WDIV-TV / CNN ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Sen. Rand Paul broke with the field of Republicans considering a 2016 presidential run on Thursday, calling President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba a "good idea" since the American embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked." Paul, a likely presidential candidate, made the remarks in an interview with News Talk 800 WVHU's Tom Roten, just a day after his potential competitors for the Republican nomination -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz -- slammed the decision to normalize relations as a dangerous move. Rubio and Cruz are sons of Cuban immigrants. Paul...
  • Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba

    12/18/2014 6:21:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 77 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 18, 2014
    Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the latest potential presidential candidate to weigh in on policy changes to Cuba and the libertarian leaning Republican's position splits from other Republicans who are also considering a presidential run. Paul told Tom Roten of News Talk 800 in West Virginia that the 50-year embargo "just hasn't worked" and normalizing relations with the island nation is "probably a good idea." "If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn't seem to be working and probably it punishes the people more than the regime because the regime...
  • House GOP rallying around Boehner's concern about Obama's purported

    10/11/2014 4:12:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Fox ^ | October 11, 2014
    House Speaker John Boehner has denounced any potential White House effort to close the Guantanamo Bay prison facility, saying that such a move is "dangerous," could result in terrorists being relocated into the United States and that overriding Congress is another example of the Obama administration’s “legacy of lawlessness.” Boehner made the statement Friday, following a Wall Street Journal story stating the White House is “drafting options” that would allow Obama to close the detention facility in Cuba by overriding congressional restrictions on bringing detainees into the U.S. The White House has responded to the story, reportedly based on information...
  • Remember the traitor Bowe Bergdahl? Obama’s waiting until after the election to declare him a POW

    10/10/2014 9:31:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/10/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Here we go. It looks like Barack Obama is getting ready to double cross us again. According to a report on the site Obama is waiting until after the mid-term election to declare the traitor Bowe Bergdahl a Prisoner of War. This designation would change him from a traitor who should be executed to a “hero” POW who is eligible for back pay, a promotion and an honorable discharge which will entitle Bergdahl to a variety of benefits that have been designed for genuine heroes. In spite of the mountain of evidence proving he is a deserter, has...
  • Obama Weighs Options to Close Guantanamo

    10/10/2014 9:52:53 AM PDT · by yoe · 36 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 10, 2014 | Carol E. Lee , Jess Bravin
    The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding a congressional ban on bringing detainees to the U.S., senior administration officials said. Such a move would be the latest and potentially most dramatic use of executive power by the president in his second term. It would likely provoke a sharp reaction from lawmakers, who have repeatedly barred the transfer of detainees to the U.S.
  • Bob Bergdahl now tweeting for more Guantanamo releases [Dad of kid who was released for Taliban]

    06/01/2014 7:08:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    twitchy ^ | 6/1/14
    Only hours after appearing at a press conference to give thanks for the freeing of his POW son in exchange for five top Taliban leaders, Bob Bergdahl returned to Twitter to promote a Guardian video in which family members lobby for the release of five Tunisians held at Guantanamo Bay. Earlier, Bergdahl had apparently deleted a tweet reading, “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners.”
  • Judge orders temporary halt to forced feeding of Guantanamo detainee

    05/17/2014 5:12:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 17, 2014 | by RICHARD A. SERRANO
    A federal judge in Washington has temporarily banned U.S. military officials from force-feeding a terror prisoner at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, at least until she can review his medical records and screen videotapes of authorities forcing him to eat during his ongoing hunger strike there. If U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler permanently bars the military from forcing all hunger strikers to eat, the Pentagon would have to come up with a new way to secure the health and safety of many of the 150 detainees who are on hunger strikes.
  • Rep. Wolf Vows: No Gitmo Prisoners Will Be Transferred to U.S.

    11/10/2013 12:10:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 8, 2013 - 3:28 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Responding to President Obama’s latest reaffirmation of his 2008 campaign pledge to close the military prison now housing 164 terror suspects at the Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, veteran Republican Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) vowed that the House will block any administration efforts to transfer prisoners to the U.S. mainland. “The House’s position is firm. You’re not going to transfer prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. Period,” Wolf said in a statement to …
  • Muslim holy period to be celebrated at Guantánamo

    08/07/2013 10:28:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 7, 2013 4:50 PM EDT | Ben Fox
    Guards were preparing to serve the first in a series of special meals Wednesday to prisoners at Guantánamo Bay to mark the end of the Muslim holy period of Ramadan, which this year brought a lull in a long-running hunger strike. The military planned to serve lamb, bread, dates and honey as the last daylight fasting period of Ramadan ends, followed by three traditional holiday dinners on Thursday, said a spokesman for the prison, Navy Capt. Robert Durand. There will also be a special hour-long prayer for the holiday known as Eid al-Fitr in addition to the five daily prayers....
  • Al-Qaida branch confirms its No. 2 killed in Yemen

    07/17/2013 4:56:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 42 replies
    The Yemen-based branch of al-Qaida confirmed on Wednesday that the group's No. 2 figure, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, was killed in a U.S. drone strike.
  • This is not the President Obama we voted for - Candidate Obama promised a different kind of...

    05/19/2013 12:30:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies ^ | 17 May 2013 | Heather Long
    You can argue that Republicans have blocked President Obama from doing just about anything. You can argue that he's had bad luck. You can argue that he isn't always the greatest orator. But you can't argue away that the Department of Justice took the unprecedented step of seizing phone records from the Associated Press. Or the flimsy rationale justifying drone attacks abroad and at home. Or the bizarre step the Pentagon has taken to expand the ability of the military to intervene in state and local matters. Or the fact that Guantanamo Bay is still open years after Obama vowed...
  • Colorado editor advocates sending NRA ‘monsters’ to Guantanamo

    05/03/2013 5:24:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 81 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 5/3/13 | David Codrea
    “I now agree that it’s fruitless to give the benefit of the doubt to people who are so obviously corrupt, so clearly malevolent, so bent on hurting innocent people for their own sick gain,” Aurora Sentinel editor Dave Perry wrote in an April 25 editorial. “No more due process in the clear-cut case of insidious terrorism. “When the facts are so clearly before all Americans, for the whole world to see, why bother with this country’s odious and cumbersome system of justice?” he asked. “Send the guilty monsters directly to Guantanamo Bay for all eternity and let them rot in...
  • Half of Guantánamo prisoners on hunger strike

    04/21/2013 11:27:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2013 11:54 AM EDT
    The U.S. military says just over half of the prisoners at Guantánamo Bay are on hunger strike. … Army Lt. Col. Samuel House says 16 of the 84 prisoners are being force-fed and five have been hospitalized. He says none of the hospitalized men have life-threatening conditions. …
  • Guards, detainees clash at Guantanamo Bay

    04/13/2013 11:41:22 AM PDT · by occamrzr06 · 41 replies
    FoxNews/AP ^ | April 13, 2013
    The U.S. military says guards have clashed with prisoners amid a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, leading officers to move detainees from communal to single cells at Camp 6.
  • NBC: 'Hopes' of Gitmo Terror Detainees Were 'Crushed' By Obama's Failure to Close Prison

    03/22/2013 9:52:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    MRC ^ | Friday, March 22, 2013 | Kyle Drennen
    In a report for Thursday's NBC Today, investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff reported on plans for a $150 million renovation of the Guantanamo Bay prison still housing 166 terror detainees and sympathetically described how "despite improvements in recent years" of the facility, "the detainees' hopes of getting released were crushed when President Obama stopped talking about closing it." Isikoff noted that some of the detainees were "engaged in a hunger an attempt to regain attention." A sound bite played of new the commanding general of the prison expressing his frustration with President Obama: "Nothing in the inauguration speech about closing...
  • 9/11 trial begins at Guantanamo with protest by defendants [Updated]

    05/05/2012 10:30:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 5, 2012, 10:14 a.m. | Richard A. Serrano
    The arraignment of accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four top Al Qaeda lieutenants opened Saturday in a heavily guarded island courtroom with the so-called “Gitmo 5” launching a silent protest, refusing to cooperate, listen to translations or even answer fundamental questions about a process that could end their lives. The long-awaited trial began with defense lawyers speaking for the alleged terrorists and arguing that the protest was over their clients’ anger about alleged CIA torture and mistreatment at the prison on the southern rim of Cuba. … (Updated at 10:14 a.m., May 5:) Three hours into the...
  • Top CIA al-Qaida Interrogator: Obama, Pelosi 'Reinventing The Truth'

    04/30/2012 12:15:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 30 Apr 2012 12:03 PM
    The retired CIA officer who oversaw the tough terrorist interrogation program using waterboarding and other techniques says his methods saved lives by thwarting plots against the United States. During an interview Sunday night on “60 Minutes”—just days before the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of Navy SEALs—Jose Rodriguez also lashed out at President Barack Obama for calling waterboarding torture and criticizing its use, and at congressional Democrats like former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for dodging responsibility over the issues. … … The highly charged interview came in the same week Republicans harshly criticized the administration...
  • Justices won't hear detainee's appeal (GUANTANAMO BAY prison is better than home?)

    07/18/2010 1:18:14 PM PDT · by TopQuark · 7 replies
    The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the United States to return to Algeria two Guantanamo Bay prisoners who asked to remain at the prison camp because of fear they might be tortured at home. Justices on Saturday declined to hear the appeal of Aziz Abdul Naji, held at Guantanamo since 2002 after being captured in Pakistan. That ruling follows the high court's decision late Friday that allowed the U.S. government to proceed in sending another Algerian detainee home. The detainees had argued they would be harmed by the Algerian government or unaffiliated armed Islamic militants if they were...
  • Obama Issues Directive to Shut Down Guantánamo (Blast from the past!)

    01/20/2010 10:53:11 AM PST · by TankerKC · 6 replies · 376+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 21, 2009 | MARK MAZZETTI and WILLIAM GLABERSON
    WASHINGTON — President Obama signed executive orders Thursday directing the Central Intelligence Agency to shut what remains of its network of secret prisons and ordering the closing of the Guantánamo detention camp within a year, government officials said.The orders, which are the first steps in undoing detention policies of former President George W. Bush, rewrite American rules for the detention of terrorism suspects. They require an immediate review of the 245 detainees still held at the naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to determine if they should be transferred, released or prosecuted. ...snip...The order on Guantánamo says that the camp,...
  • Obama Budget Seeks $100 Million To Close Guantanamo Det. Facility

    05/07/2009 10:20:14 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 25 replies · 813+ views JONES NEWSWIRES ^ | May 7, 2009 | Corey Boles, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
    Obama Budget Seeks $100 Million To Close Guantanamo Detention Facility WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- U.S. President Barack Obama's budget requests $100 million to help close the Guantanamo military detention facility, after House Democrats stripped out a similar request from a bill to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through the rest of fiscal 2009. The president had included a request of $80 million to pay for the closing the prison in an $83.4 billion war funding bill submitted to Congress last month. The revised $100 million request was included in Obama's $3.6 trillion budget for fiscal 2010, details of...
  • U.S. Rep. Rooney says Gitmo may have to stay open as terrorist prison

    05/04/2009 2:02:45 PM PDT · by prismsinc · 7 replies · 688+ views
    TCPalm News ^ | 05-04-09 | Jim Turner
    Congressman Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta, agrees with President Barack Obama — It’s time to determine the fate of those being held, some as long as seven years, at Guantanamo Bay. But after a fact-finding mission to the detention facility at the eastern tip of Cuba on Friday, Rooney said that rather than relocating any of the suspected terrorists to American prisons if they are found guilty, maybe the facility could be used as a prison. “The one thing, as we discussed down there and merits further discussion, is that right now it’s a detention facility. There are 248-plus people and only...
  • Obama to Release First Wave of GITMO Terrorists onto American Streets

    05/04/2009 2:15:40 PM PDT · by locke22 · 38 replies · 2,428+ views
    House of Rep ^ | 05/04/09 | Old Glory Radio
    Washington D.C. May 4th 2009 - Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA took to the House floor this afternoon and blasted the Obama Administration and the plan to release the first wave of GITMO terrorists onto American city taxpayer expense. The Uyghurs, pronounced Wheegerz, are the Muslim group of terrorists the Chinese were so concerned over during the recent Olympics. They were picked up on the battlefield in 2001 and have been active jihad warriors even prior to 2001. There are almost two dozen of the Uyghurs, members of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement and have all received Taliban and a-Queda...
  • Gitmo officer: Casual questions paid off

    02/18/2008 4:57:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 95+ views
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Interrogators got intelligence from detainees that helped U.S. troops in Afghanistan attack Taliban fighters last summer — and they did it through casual questioning and not torture, the military's chief interrogator here said. In a rare interview, Paul Rester complained that his profession has gotten a bad rap due to accounts of waterboarding and other rough tactics used by the CIA at "black sites."
  • Gitmo Goes to Court -- The judiciary has no business managing how we fight wars abroad

    12/06/2007 5:01:53 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies · 201+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 6, 2007 | David B. Rivkin Jr.and Lee A.. Casey
    The Supreme Court heard a spirited argument yesterday on whether foreign enemies, captured and held overseas, are entitled to the protections of the United States Constitution. Since the founding of our republic, the answer to that question has always been an unequivocal "No." If, after hearing Boumedienne v. Bush, the court makes up new rules, it will mark an unprecedented expansion of judicial power into areas--the conduct of foreign affairs and war making--the Constitution reserves to the president and Congress, the elected representatives of the American people. The Boumedienne case is as much about the Supreme Court's willingness to constrain...
  • Bush wins over Republican rebels for CIA interrogations

    09/22/2006 6:49:15 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 7 replies · 500+ views ^ | September 22, 2006
    Washington, Sep 22: US President George W. Bush won over rebel Republican lawmakers in a deal that would allow his CIA programme of capturing and secretly interrogating terrorist suspects to continue. Bush's aides worked out the agreement with three leading US senators from his own centre-right party in days of tense negotiations, apparently salvaging a key part of his anti-terrorism agenda that he refused to publicly acknowledge until two weeks ago. "I'm pleased to say that this agreement preserves the single most potent tool we have in protecting America and foiling terrorist attacks, and that is the CIA programme to...
  • No quarter in dealing with terrorists (With Islamofascists)

    09/21/2006 12:32:40 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 5 replies · 603+ views
    NewsJournalOnline ^ | Sep, 21, 2006 | KARL WEINBERG
    No quarter in dealing with terrorists By KARL WEINBERG COMMUNITY VOICE On the subject of how to treat terrorists once caught in our fight against Islamofascists, the mainstream media would have us believe that we are torturing the captives by using sleep deprivation, loud rock'n' roll music, female interrogators and such. Many Americans, including me, do not believe this is torture at all. Instead, we believe that much harsher treatment should be used to get information from these terrorists. While the U.S. Supreme Court, Sens. John McCain and Lindsay Graham have said these terrorists are covered under Common Article three...

    10/18/2005 9:18:29 AM PDT · by FilmCutter · 29 replies · 1,543+ views
    NEW REVELATIONS BY AMERICAN SOLDIERS OF ABUSE IN IRAQ FRONTLINE Presents “THE TORTURE QUESTION” Tuesday, October 18, 2005, from 9 to 10:30 P.M. ET on PBS Boston, MA -- Another American soldier has come forward to reveal abusive interrogation techniques by military personnel in Iraq. Tony Lagouranis, a former Army interrogator at Abu Ghraib and member of a special intelligence team in Iraq, has given FRONTLINE a firsthand account of his involvement in the harsh treatment of prisoners. “It’s all over Iraq,” Lagouranis told FRONTLINE. “The infantry units are torturing people in their homes. They would smash people’s feet with...
  • What You Don’t Know About Guantanamo Bay—And What the MSM Won’t Tell You - (true story!)

    07/12/2005 2:08:20 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 1,080+ views
    It is perhaps not as widely known as it ought to be—in light of the hyperventilating criticism of our alleged treatment of detainees at the U.S. military’s detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba—that there has never been a single death recorded at the center known by the military as “GTMO” (pronounced gitmo). It is perhaps also not as widely known that many of the detainees at GTMO do not complain of their treatment. In fact, many detainees report that conditions at GTMO are better than those they suffered fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq prior to their being captured:...
  • "I Support Guantanamo Prison Policies" - Latest FREE Bumper Sticker Designs

    06/21/2005 2:02:54 PM PDT · by · 23 replies · 1,199+ views
    ConservativeImage ^ | 6/21/5 | Red Fox
    'Cause they stand on a wall. And they say "Nothing's gonna hurt you tonight. Not on my watch." Guantanamo prisoners are treated nicer than U.S. Navy SEALs in training. I support Guantanamo Prison policies. Hypocracy in Action.
  • GITMO Cartoon (redux)

    06/18/2005 8:10:52 AM PDT · by Blumtoon · 9 replies · 454+ views
  • GITMO Cartoon

    06/17/2005 10:30:45 AM PDT · by Blumtoon · 6 replies · 450+ views
  • U.S. fueling fire in the Arab world

    05/21/2005 2:15:05 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 60 replies · 1,478+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 21 May 2005 | Mansour El-Kikhia
    Newsweek has retracted the story, but the damage is already done. Like many Arabs and Muslims, I believe the incident did take place. I read reports in Arab media of similar incidents long before Newsweek's article came out. [. . .] I can't speak for all Arab Americans, but I do find it difficult to believe the administration's denials. It has a long track record of telling whoppers that would make Pinocchio's nose longer than an elephant's trunk. This leadership fabricated stories to promote foreign military adventures as well as harass and imprison innocent people. It currently promotes torture and...
  • Cuban Dissident Calls for Referendum

    07/25/2004 12:51:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 476+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/24/04 | AP
    HAVANA -- A former political prisoner whose case was highlighted by President Bush urged Cuba's government Friday to hold a referendum on whether to change the communist island's political system. In a 10-page report called "The Cuba We Want," Leonardo Bruzon Avila and fellow dissident Carlos Rios Otero called for the referendum and laid out a plan for Cuba's transition to a multiparty, democratic system and free-market economy. The report was delivered Friday to the offices of Cuban Justice Minister Roberto Diaz Sotolongo. There was no public reaction by the President Fidel Castro's government to the recommendations. The proposal echoed...
  • Ex-General to Oversee Guantanamo Trials

    12/30/2003 12:23:40 PM PST · by Dog · 6 replies · 192+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 30, 3:02 PM (ET) | By ROBERT BURNS
    Ex-General to Oversee Guantanamo Trials Dec 30, 3:02 PM (ET) By ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON (AP) - A retired Army general will oversee military tribunals for suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including approving charges, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Chosen for the job was John D. Altenburg, Jr., who retired as a two-star general in 2002. His last military assignment was assistant judge advocate general for the Department of the Army. None of the 660 suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay has been charged, and although the Pentagon has not said when it expects to begin military trials, the first...