Barack Obama's first presidential order was to close Guantánamo Bay. Even George W. Bush agreed. But as he began his second term in January of this year, the special envoy for closing Guantánamo was dismissed without a replacement, and 166 prisoners are still there. More than half are on a hunger strike and, last week, military guards put down an uprising. We hear what classified documents reveal about inmate behavior and abusive treatment of prisoners being held without charge. Is there still a "war on terror" requiring military tribunals? Will there be future "enemy combatants" too dangerous to handle in America's court system?
(Special thanks to Leilia Thayer for help in producing this discussion.)
Charlie Savage, New York Times (@charlie_savage)
Pardiss Kebriaei, Center for Constitutional Rights (@theCCR)
Thomas Pickering, Hills & Company
Cliff May, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (@CliffMay)
Jennifer Daskal, Georgetown Law Center (@jendaskal)