FROM Christopher Boucek
Should Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Be Sent Home to Yemen? Late today, President Obama said he still plans to close Guantánamo Bay , where half the 198 remaining prisoners are from Yemen. But, since Yemen is now tied to the failed airline-bombing attempt on Christmas Day, he won’t send more any Yeminis home. So, where will they go?
Should Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Be Sent Home to Yemen? At least one Yemeni detainee sent home from Guantánamo Bay by the Bush Administration reportedly joined al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The Obama Administration has deemed Guantánamo such an important terrorist recruiting tool that it calls shutting it " a national security imperative ." But what to do with 198 prisoners still there, about half of whom are from Yemen, where the Christmas Day bombing attempt reportedly began? If they're sent home, will they start plotting against the US? What about "re-education?" Does it work in Saudi Arabia? Could it work in Yemen? We hear about the history of repatriating detainees and what a growing controversy could mean for closing Guantánamo Bay.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.