Will President Obama Ever Close Guantanamo Bay Prison?
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Candidate Barack Obama said there was a better way to treat suspected terrorists than indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay. Now he's announced the first suspect to face a military tribunal there under his administration. We hear the pros and cons. Also, NPR chief resigns after "sting" video. On Reporter's Notebook, tomorrow's Capitol Hill hearing into alleged Muslim-American extremism have been called a "witch hunt." We hear an assessment from a Muslim-American leader.
Banner image: Vice President Joseph Biden (L) and retired military officers watch President Barack Obama sign executive orders to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay Cuba in the Oval Office at the White House on January 22, 2009 in Washington, DC. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
NPR Chief Resigns after 'Sting' Video ()
Vivian Schiller has resigned as the chief executive of National Public Radio after yesterday's release of a videotaped interview of James O'Keefe with NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation) who disparaged conservatives. Paul Farhi reports for the Washington Post.
- Paul Farhi: Washington Post
Suspected Terrorists and Guantanamo Bay ()
The first prisoner to face a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay during the Obama Administration will be Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the bombing of the US destroyer Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American sailors. President Obama says he still wants to close Guantanamo, but that Republicans have tied his hands. The President's latest moves have effectively formalized the indefinite detention he criticized as a candidate. Some inmates have been held at Guantanamo for more than ten years. We discuss national security, the law, human rights and partisan politics.
- Dafna Linzer: ProPublica
- David Remes: attorney
- Ken Gude: Center for American Progress
- Shibley Telhami: University of Maryland
Peter King's Hearings on Radical Islam in America ()
New York's Peter King will open committee hearings tomorrow on what he calls silent extremism among Muslim-Americans. The Republican Congressman says his hearings will be "thoughtful, meaningful and very fair." But he's been accused of a witch hunt comparable to the famous McCarthy hearings into Communism in the 1950's. Edina Ledovic is Director of Policy and Programming at the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles.
- Edina Lekovic: Muslim Public Affairs Council
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