Posts Tagged ‘Guantanamo Bay’

CNN: Bush takes aim at Obama policies; “Government does not create wealth.”

Friday, June 19th, 2009

CNN:

(CNN) - In his most critical comments to date of the Obama administration’s policies, former President George Bush Wednesday warned against the nationalization of healthcare, government overreach in the country’s financial system, and the potential effects of closing the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay. (more…)

KC Star: Obama may revive Guantanamo military courts

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The Star:

Officials said the first public moves could come as soon as next week, perhaps in filings to military judges at the United States naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, outlining an administration plan to amend the Bush administration’s system to provide more legal protections for terrorism suspects.

Continuing the military commissions in any form would probably prompt sharp criticism from human rights groups as well as some of Obama’s political allies because the troubled system became an emblem of the effort to use Guantánamo to avoid the American legal system.

Fidel: How can I help Obama?

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

LA Times:

How’s this for hope and change: U.S. officials flying to Cuba, not to interrogate prisoners at Guantanamo Bay but to meet with the Castro brothers in order to ease the 50-year tensions between the two nations.

The aging, ailing, cigar-smoking icon Fidel Castro had three members of Congress visit with him today in Havana, which resulted in the bearded one asking, “How can we help President Obama?”  In an effort to improve the relationship between Cuba and the U.S., Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) were the first U.S. officials to meet with the 82-year-old former dictator since his intestinal surgery in July 2006.

AP: Guantanamo worse since Obama election: ex-detainee

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

AP:

A freed Guantanamo prisoner has said conditions at the US detention camp in Cuba have worsened since President Barack Obama was elected, claiming guards wanted to “take their last revenge”.Binyam Mohamed, the first detainee to be transferred out of Guantanamo Bay since Obama took office, also said British agents “sold me out” by cooperating with his alleged torturers, in his first interview since release which was published Sunday.

Mohamed, a 30-year-old Ethiopian-born former British resident, gave further details of what he has called the “medieval” torture he faced in Pakistan and Morocco, as well as in a secret CIA prison in Kabul and at Guantanamo.

“The result of my experience is that I feel emotionally dead,” he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper. “It seems like a miracle my brain is still intact.”

Far from improving, Mohamed said conditions at Guantanamo have worsened since Obama was elected in November.

HT Drudge.