In 2008, candidate Barack Obama accused George W. Bush of abusing the power of the presidency to establish the prison at Guantánamo Bay. Now President Obama's accused of doing the same thing -- to close Guantánamo down. It's all about the authority of the Commander in Chief. But, Congress says the remaining inmates are too dangerous to be held in American prisons and has made the transfer illegal. The White House says executive action is "not off the table," which could light a political firestorm in time for next year's presidential campaign.
Guantánamo, the Constitution and Presidential Politics
- Molly O'Toole - immigration and security reporter, Los Angeles Times - @mollymotoole
- Morris Davis - US Air Force (retired) - @ColMorrisDavis
- David D. Cole - American Civil Liberties Union / Georgetown University - @DavidColeACLU
- Jean Casella - Solitary Watch - @solitarywatch
- Charles 'Cully' Stimson - Heritage Foundation - @cullystimson