FROM Dafna Linzer
Suspected Terrorists and Guantanamo Bay The first prisoner to face a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay during the Obama Administration will be the alleged mastermind of the bombing of the US destroyer Cole in the year 2000. The President says he still wants to close Guantanamo, but Congress has tied his hands.
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.
Obama Administration Eyes Gitmo North in Thomson, Illinois Yesterday, government officials toured the Thomson Correctional Facility , an unoccupied state prison 150 miles northwest of Chicago. It might be the next stop for prisoners now held at Guantanamo Bay. Then again, it might not.
Closing Guantanamo: Easier Said than Done Closing Guantanamo Bay means finding another place for some 200 prisoners Donald Rumsfeld once called "the worst of the worst." But many were scooped up in sweeps or handed over for money. Judges picked by the Bush Administration say 30 should be released right away. Cases against many others are so weak that the Pentagon and Justice Department are competing for plea agreements in courts or military tribunals. In the meantime, the Obama Administration wants them housed on American soil. But where? Yesterday, government officials toured the Thomson Correctional Facility , an unoccupied state prison 150 miles northwest of Chicago. We hear about the possibilities and the politics.
Human Rights, the Law and the Ongoing Threat of Terror Waterboarding was stopped before the end of the Bush Administration. Humane treatment of prisoners was required by an act of Congress, and rules were laid out in the new Army Field Manual of 2006. President Obama has proclaimed that torture is contrary to America's founding documents and fundamental values. But controversy over so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" continues.
Human Rights, the Law and the Ongoing Threat of Terror Waterboarding was stopped before the end of the Bush Administration. Humane treatment of prisoners was required by an act of Congress. Rules were laid out in the new Army Field Manual of 2006. Candidate Barack Obama excoriated prisoners' "harsh interrogation" in what George Bush called the "war on terror," criticizing the indefinite detention of suspects that Bush said could not be tried as well as "rendition," sending them to be questioned in other countries. President Obama has proclaimed torture as contrary to America's founding documents and fundamental values. But controversy over so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" continues. Are the Obama White House and the CIA now embracing both those policies? Is the US still sanctioning torture? We look at the politics and the realities of national security.
Iran's Ahmadinejad Announces Release of British Captives Iran today abruptly announced the release of 14 men and one woman captured in disputed waters a week and a half ago. Britain did not concede they trespassed on Iranian waters. Tony Blair said the release was accomplished without confrontation or negotiation. Was there a deal or did Iran provide a surprise "gift" to the British people, as its president claimed? Was the US involved in a swap for Iranians held in Iraq?
Iran Defies UN Atomic Agency Despite UN Security Council demands to suspend the enrichment of uranium, Iran has increased it. That's the official word today from the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA also says Iran won’t allow sufficient inspections to determine if it's pursuing nuclear weapons. Dafna Linzer is National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post .
Intelligence Report Warns that Iraq Is at Risk of Further Strife Sixteen US spy agencies have produced the latest National Security Estimate, or NIE, on Iraq. A two-page unclassified summary was released today in the midst of debate in Congress over the President's New Way Forward . Its predictions are not optimistic. Dafna Linzer reports on national security for the Washington Post .
US Authorizes Military to Kill Iranian Operatives in Iraq The Senate today confirmed General David Patraeus, President Bush's choice as his new Iraq commander. The vote was unanimous , but objections from both parties have not changed the President's mind about increasing troops in Iraq. The President also confirmed reports that he's ordered soldiers to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq. We get an update from Baghdad from Dafna Linzer, who broke the story of the President's order in the Washington Post, and Borzou Daragahi who is in Baghdad for the Los Angeles Times .
Negroponte to Become Second in Command at State Department John Negroponte is the career diplomat who was named America's first Director of National Intelligence in 2005. Now, he's reportedly stepping down a notch to be number two at Condoleezza Rice's Department of State . He'll be replaced by retired Vice Admiral Mike McConnell .
IAEA Outraged at House Committee Report on Iran's Nuclear Capabilities The International Atomic Energy Agency says a congressional committee report on Iran's nuclear development is not just "incorrect," but "outrageous and dishonest." The report , released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, says Iran's nuclear capabilities are more advanced than revealed by either US intelligence or IAEA . The IAEA responded with an angry letter listing five major factual errors, a story broken by Dafna Linzer in today's Washington Post .
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?