FROM David Remes
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.
The Legal and Political Implications of the Hamdan Verdict In America's first war crimes trial since World War II, a military court delivered a split verdict today. Salim Hamdan, once the driver for Osama bin Laden, was convicted of supporting terrorism but acquitted of the more serious charge of conspiracy. The same jury is about to begin the sentencing phase of the trial. Hamdan's case, regarded as an important test for the Bush Administration's latest version of military tribunals, will likely be appealed as debate continues over US standards of fairness and justice. We hear about the sentencing process at Guantánamo Bay and the prospects for some 80 other detainees.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.
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?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?