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.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."