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Guantanamo Bay

Terrorism & National Security

Guantanamo Makes Us Weaker and Must Be Closed

Report 21 May 2009
Today President Obama spoke at the National Archives where, surrounded by the documents that contain the principles that founded America, he confirmed the need for America to return to these principles and values by closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
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Terrorism & National Security

On Guantanamo, GOP Disparages Men and Women Who Keep Our Communities Safe

Report 7 May 2009
Today, John Boehner and the Republican House leadership are introducing legislation to keep Guantanamo detainees from being transferred to facilities in the United States. They claim that this serves American security. But the reality is that our criminal justice system has a long history of holding hardened terrorists successfully, including the perpetrator of the first World Trade Center attacks, numerous 9/11 conspirators, the Shoe Bomber and Timothy McVeigh. But John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and other Republicans in Congress continue to claim that the men and women who run our prisons and help keep America safe can’t do their jobs.
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Diplomacy

Conservative Myths about Barack Obama's Foreign Policy

Report 28 April 2009
Conservatives have persisted in pushing various myths about President Obama's various foreign policy achievements. This document outlines the various conservative claims and definitively refutes their hypocritical, baseless claims. In reality, President Obama has achieved many foreign policy goals in a remarkably short period of time.
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Terrorism & National Security

The Tragic Legacy of Abu Ghraib

Report 24 April 2009
Five years ago, Dan Rather of CBS News reported systemic abuse of prisoners under U.S. control at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The shocking photos not only brought shame to the United States but served as a tremendous recruiting tool for Al Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents.
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Terrorism & National Security

Eight Years of Tortuous Failure

Report 21 April 2009
Last Thursday, the Obama administration released classified Bush-era legal memos in an effort to turn the page and provide transparency on the policy of torture pursued by the Bush administration. In response, Bush administration officials, worried about their failed reputations and legacy, vigorously attacked the Obama administration – claiming that revealing Bush-era torture techniques makes America less safe. With the release of these memos, conservatives have revealed their true colors, moving the debate from whether “enhanced interrogation” constitutes torture to simply arguing that torture works and that the United States should torture.
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Diplomacy

50 Days: Obama's Foreign Policy Dramatically Different than Bush

Report 10 March 2009
Fifty days into the new administration, a close examination of foreign policy shows dramatic changes on three broad fronts, with early table setting steps giving way to action abroad and at home.  Not everything can or should change overnight, but skeptics' assertions that Obama' foreign policy is a continuation of Bush's is not supported by the facts.
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An Extraordinary Beginning

News UPI.com 24 February 2009
Terrorism & National Security

The Extent of Bush’s Detainee Debacle

Report 23 February 2009
Attorney General Eric Holder’s visit today to Guantanamo Bay as the leader for the task force on handling detainees is a step toward turning the page on the failed detention and interrogation policies of the Bush administration – and a reminder of just how massive and complex the task will be.  .  It’s time to return to policies that both keep us safe and embody the best of American values.  The Obama administration’s review of the detainee situation and its commitment to close Guantanamo within a year is a major step towards this goal. 
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Diplomacy

A Powerful First Month of Symbolism and Substance

Report 20 February 2009
One month into his tenure, President Obama has demonstrated that he will transform several hallmarks of his campaign into a coherent approach to the world. A clear message has been sent, and received enthusiastically, from tv viewers in the Arab world to citizens on the streets of Ottawa.  Ultimately, they will be judged less on these early diplomatic actions than on their ability to produce results
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Terrorism & National Security

Facts and Myths about Guantanamo and Torture

Report 22 January 2009
Today, President Obama is signing a number of Executive Orders that will end the Bush administration’s practices of torture and enhanced interrogation techniques, close secret CIA prisons around the world, and close down the prison at Guantanamo over the next year. We need a clear break with Bush's failed policies, and we need to clear away harmful myths about them.
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