Processing Distortion: “On Guantanamo, Little Changes Despite Obama’s May Speech”

Peter B. Collins Presents Andy Worthington

Since Obama's May 5 speech, very little has changed at Guantanamo. British journalist Andy Worthington notes that while two Algerians were released in August, and in early October the Pentagon named its Special Envoy for Guantanamo (and Parwan in Afghanistan), very little else has changed since Obama lamented the hunger strike and blamed Congress. Worthington points out that the president can use an existing waiver process on some or all of the 84 men who have been cleared for release since 2009--some far longer. We also discuss about 46 men Collins calls "zombies", who will not be charged or tried but held indefinitely, and the obvious improprieties that have marked the early stages of the trials of Khalid Sheikh Muhammed and 4 co-defendants.

* Andy Worthington is an acknowledged expert on Guantanamo, and his book The Guantanamo Files identifies almost all of the 776 people who have been incarcerated there since 2002. He is based in London, a founder of Close Guantanamo, and his website is here.

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  1. tonywicher says:

    Obama has shown until now that he is completely under the thumb of Wall Street, but even Wall Street does not want the U.S. to default on its debt, according to Elizabeth Warren who has said that even she sees eye to eye with Wall Street on this issue. Since Congress has failed in its constitutional responsibility to fund the government, and its approval rating is under 10%, would this not be an opportunity for Obama backed by Wall Street to assert executive power? PRC says Obama can invoke emergency powers granted the Presidency under the Bush administration. Some have suggested that Obama can simply invoke the 14th Amendment, but Obama has already said he will not do this. If Obama were FDR I would be saying fine, assert executive power in the national interest, in the interest of the American people. But Obama cares only for the interests of Wall Street. The only real solution is to re-institute Glass-Steagall, which will bankrupt Wall Street while preserving what is left of the real economy. This Obama is under strict orders to avoid at all costs. Without it, Obama can keep the government open and raise the debt ceiling, but we will still be headed for a catastrophic crash, just delayed for a few more weeks or months.

  2. CuChulainn says:

    this analysis gives strong support to Sibel’s views as expressed in the final Gladio B interview

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