Thursday, December 26, 2013
Word is out that the president signed the "new and improved" National Defense Authorization Act which the president claims will allow him to release a bunch of the men at Guantanamo. You will note that not having the "new and improved Act" did not stop Obama from releasing 5 men over the last two months....sigh. Anyway you can read about it here.
Posted by H. Candace Gorman at 5:53 PM
While we await the president's signature on the relaxing of transfers out of Guantanamo (he could have released most of the men without that provision but now he will have no excuse....) let me share some stories that surfaced over the last week or so: The first commander of Guantanamo called for its closing. You can read about it here. One of the men being "tried" in the military commission was kicked out of court for daring to mention the secret detention sites in other countries. Read it here. Prisoner Shaker Aamer discusses the censoring of books at Guantanamo. Read it here. Child soldier Omar Khadr continues his battles agaist the repressive Canadian government of Harper. read it here.
Posted by H. Candace Gorman at 4:05 PM