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.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.