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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?
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.