Does the US Still Need the Prison at Guantanamo Bay?

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Barack Obama's first presidential order was to close Guantánamo Bay. Even George W. Bush agreed. But as he began his second term in January of this year, the special envoy for closing Guantánamo was dismissed without a replacement, and 166 prisoners are still there. More than half are on a hunger strike and, last week, military guards put down an uprising. We hear what classified documents reveal about inmate behavior and abusive treatment of prisoners being held without charge. Is there still a "war on terror" requiring military tribunals? Will there be future "enemy combatants" too dangerous to handle in America's court system?

(Special thanks to Leilia Thayer for help in producing this discussion.)

Credits

Guests:
Pardiss Kebriaei - Center for Constitutional Rights - @theCCR, Jennifer Daskal - Georgetown Law Center - @jendaskal, Thomas Pickering - Hills & Company, Charlie Savage - New York Times - @charlie_savage, Clifford D. May - Foundation for the Defense of Democracies - @CliffordDMay

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Caitlin Shamberg, Kerry Cavanaugh