FROM Carol Rosenberg
Annual Cost of Keeping One Prisoner at Guantanamo In January the military prison at Guantánamo Bay will be ten years old. About 171 prisoners remain from the 779 who've been housed there. The operating costs are $140 million a year, and the Obama Administration claims that's $800,000 per inmate. Barack Obama's first order as President was to shut down Guantánamo. Congress said no, and the Pentagon is planning for the next 10 years of operation. That's according to Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Heral d, who's been reporting on the prison since the first inmates arrived there.
Victory for Bin Laden's Driver at Guantanamo Sentencing In America's first war-crimes trial since World War II, a six-officer military commission found Osama bin Laden's former driver guilty of supporting terrorism. The prosecution asked that same jury for a sentence of 30 years. Instead, it gave Salim Hamdan 66 months in prison…with credit for 61 already served. Carol Rosenberg is in Guantánamo Bay for the Miami Herald. Jonathan Mahler is author of the new book, The Challenge : Hamdan versus Rumsfeld.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.