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White House: Debate over EITs a “distraction from the broader picture”

Posted by: ST on May 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm » 7 Comments

Obama’s favorite word rears its ugly head once again: The chain of clues that led to the Abbottabad compound where Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces early Monday began with human intelligence. Senior administration officials have said key members of bin Laden’s inner-circle were flagged by post-9/11 detainees under interrogation, and that […]

 

Holder DOJ reversal in the works on civilian trial for KSM and other 9-11 co-conspirators?

Posted by: ST on April 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm » 6 Comments

Fox News is among the multiple news outlets reporting that the US AG Eric Holder has reversed course and will announce later today his decision to have confessed 9-11 terrorist mastermind KSM and other hardcore 9-11 Gitmo detainees tried in front of a military commission rather than in civilian courts: The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks […]

 

Reality bites: Obama administration prepares to resume BAU at Gitmo

Posted by: ST on March 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm » 6 Comments

Right on the heels of the Politico story I wrote about earlier in which we learned that this administration was taking a more aggressive approach than past administrations when it comes to prosecuting so-called “whistleblowers” who leak information to the press that could jeopardize our national security comes this story on the “restarting” of Gitmo […]

 

Obama admin preparing executive order authorizing “parole board” of sorts for Gitmo detainees

Posted by: ST on December 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm » 3 Comments

Another symbolic but for all intents and purposes meaningless gesture from Team Obama who are essentially doing the same thing candidate Obama blasted President Bush for on the issue of indefinite detention: WASHINGTON — President Obama’s advisers have been drafting an executive order that would set up a system for periodically reviewing the cases of […]

 

Scott Brown to Joe Biden: Don’t lecture me on military law

Posted by: ST on February 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm » 17 Comments

The week is not starting off on a good note for the VP. First, former Veep Dick Cheney yesterday blasted various Obama admin counterterrorism arguments Biden has been making on the past couple of weeks on issues like Iraq and the so-called “Christmas Day bomber,” and now, Biden has Senator Scott Brown (R-MA!) to contend […]

 

Brennan: 20% recidivism rate for Gitmo terrorists “isn’t that bad”

Posted by: ST on February 15, 2010 at 9:25 am » 10 Comments

ABC News’ Jake Tapper reports on some disturbing comments made over the weekend by counterterrorism “czar” John Brennan on the recidivism rate for Gitmo detainees: Comments by John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, at the Islamic Center at New York University on Saturday, are drawing fire and have prompted at […]

 

Robert Gibbs: KSM will be “tried, convicted, and likely executed,” will “meet his maker”

Posted by: ST on January 31, 2010 at 4:31 pm » 19 Comments

Via MSDNC: WASHINGTON – Accused Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is likely to be executed after being tried and convicted, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Sunday. Gibbs spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The Obama administration has begun looking for places other than the heart of New York City to prosecute Mohammed […]

 

“Senior” Obama admin official claims that Gitmo recidivism rate is Bush’s fault

Posted by: ST on January 7, 2010 at 7:11 pm » 12 Comments

Plum Line’s Greg Sargent excitedly reports on an unverifiable claim he received from a “senior Obama administration official” on the issue of Gitmo recidivism: One of the big stories of the morning — echoed widely by the news orgs and on the right — is that new government stats show that 20 percent of Gitmo […]

 

CIA agents’ identities exposed to terrorists by Gitmo lawyers and the ACLU

Posted by: ST on August 21, 2009 at 9:36 am » 13 Comments

I am speechless (via Stop the ACLU): Detainees Shown CIA Officers’ Photos Justice Dept. Looking Into Whether Attorneys Broke Law at Guantanamo The Justice Department recently questioned military defense attorneys at Guantanamo Bay about whether photographs of CIA personnel, including covert officers, were unlawfully provided to detainees charged with organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, […]

 

Senate rebukes Obama on Gitmo

Posted by: ST on May 20, 2009 at 12:54 pm » 8 Comments

No plan, no money, they say: The Senate voted on Wednesday to yank money for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp from a war spending bill, delivering a setback to President Obama in his efforts to shutter the prison by the start of 2010. By a vote of 90-6, the Senate approved an amendment that […]