I have asked the Department of Defense to designate a site in the United States where we can hold military commissions. I am appointing a new senior envoy at the State Department and Defense Department whose sole responsibility will be to achieve the transfer of detainees to third countries. I am lifting the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen so we can review them on a case-by-case basis.President Obama, during his lengthy speech today on counterterrorism. Obama also stated his continued support for shutting down the facility, saying that “there is no justification beyond politics for Congress to prevent us from closing a facility that it should — should have never been opened.” source
I’m going to go back at this. I’m going to reengage with Congress to try to make the case that [Guantanamo] is not something that’s in the best interests of the American people.President Obama • Restating, over four years after his initial promise as President, that he wants to close America’s detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This is an issue which Obama gave a push early in his first term, but the effort fell apart in light of a politically reluctant congress, after which the question of how to deal with the now 166 detainees still housed at Guantanamo largely passed by the wayside. But now, Guantanamo detainees have taken matters into their own hands, with a majority of those 166 embarking on a grueling hunger strike, emaciating themselves to the extent that some have been force fed with tubes to keep them alive. Of all the possible outcomes at Guantanamo, a big chunk of those still there starving themselves to death is a macabre endgame that nobody wants to see. And as that risk has increased, so too has media attention to the situation. source
We are disturbed by the Administration’s decision to bring Sulaiman Abu Ghaith—a foreign member of al Qaeda charged with conspiring to kill Americans – to New York for trial in federal court. The Obama Administration’s lack of a war-time detention policy for foreign members of al Qaeda, as well as its refusal to detain and interrogate these individuals at Guantanamo, makes our nation less safe.A statement from Sens. McCain, Graham and Ayotte • Denouncing the Obama administration’s decision to try Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a former spokesperson for al Qaeda, and son-in-law of the deceased Osama bin Laden, in a New York civilian court. The trio of Senators (who seem to be something of a clique since Ayotte’s election in 2010 — all three also teamed to oppose Susan Rice’s possible Secretary of State nomination) urge instead stashing him in Guantanamo, where the customary rules and rights of trial would not apply. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said much the same: “At Guantanamo, he could be held as a detainee and fulsomely and continuously interrogated without having to overcome the objections of his civilian lawyers.” Which obviously sounds like a sweet deal, if you’re into that sort of thing. It will be interesting to see if the administration stands resolute on this issue — they once promised a New York City civilian trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, but were stymied by restrictions on transferring detainees out of Guantanamo, engineered by the congressional GOP and codified by the President’s signing of the 2011 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). source
This is alleged to be the suicide bomber in Bulgaria, who died when his backpack exploded on or near a bus of Israeli tourists. He’s a white dude with shoulder length hair. Take that, racial profilers.
Update: Might be a wig.
Update2: He was a detainee at Gitmo from 2002 to 2004. Also, might not be a wig after all.
Update3: Let’s add an allegedly to Update2.
Update4: Born in Sweden.
As pointed out in this post dug up by the up-and-coming conservative Tumblr Poor Richard’s News, "There was no independent confirmation of the veracity of the information." It’s certainly worth looking into this deeper, but take care — facts are still fluid.