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  • Benedict Cumberbatch says he wants Guantánamo Bay closed after working on ‘The Mauritanian’

    04/07/2021 3:35:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 88 replies
    NME ^ | 5th April 2021 | Elizabeth Aubre
    "I feel quite strongly that Guantánamo doesn’t have a place in our world"Benedict Cumberbatch says he wants Guantánamo Bay closed after working on ‘The Mauritanian’ "I feel quite strongly that Guantánamo doesn’t have a place in our world" Benedict Cumberbatch has said he wants Guantánamo Bay closed following his work on recent film The Mauritanian. The film, which is being produced by SunnyMarch – an independent film and television company that Cumberbatch jointly owns – explores the experiences of Mohamedou Ould Slahi who was incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay for 14 years without charge. After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the...
  • Terrorists Released From Guantanamo Bay To Make Room For Parents Who Protested At School Board Meetings

    10/07/2021 3:19:14 PM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 10/07/2021 | Babylon Bee
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Terrorists are being released from Guantanamo Bay in order to make room for parents protesting their children's education, sources at the State Department confirmed today. Dangerous terrorists from the Middle East, Europe, and Fresno are being released in droves as their cells are needed for this far greater threat. "See you later, Bob!" said one guard as he sent Bob the Bombin' Terrorist Guy out of the prison facility on a helicopter. "Good times playing cribbage and all that—I'll get you next time! Have a good one!" The guard then waited for the next load of detainees to arrive,...
  • FBI declassifies and releases long-sought Operation Encore document about probe of possible Saudi government 9/11 complicity

    09/12/2021 7:05:24 AM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    FloridaBulldog.org ^ | 11 Sept 2021 | Dan Christensen
    The FBI, complying with President Biden’s recent executive order, made public late Saturday night a previously classified April 4, 2016 “review and analysis” report about Operation Encore, the bureau’s highly sensitive investigation of possible Saudi complicity in the 9/11 terrorist attack.The 16-page report is nevertheless heavily redacted in ways that will likely disappoint members of the 9/11 Families who have pushed to learn more about Encore since its existence was first disclosed in December 2016 in documents released to Florida Bulldog amid Freedom of Information Act litigation.For example, the names of many persons who were interviewed by FBI agents during...
  • 4 ex-Guantanamo Bay Inmates Obama Freed in Exchange for Army Deserter Bowe Bergdahl Named as Top Commanders in Afghanistan's New Taliban Government

    09/08/2021 4:44:12 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 42 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 9/7/21, updated 9/8/21 | By Keith Griffith and Rob Crilly
    Four top members of the Taliban's new interim government are former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were freed by the Obama administration in a prisoner exchange for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl. They were members of the hardline 'Guantanamo Five' who were traded to free Bergdahl from the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in 2014. The Taliban on Tuesday announced the appointment of Acting Director of Intelligence Abdul Haq Wasiq, Acting Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs Norullah Noori, Deputy Defense Minister Mohammad Fazl, and Acting Minister of Information and Culture Khairullah Khairkhah. The four men, who also took part in direct negotiations with...
  • 4 prisoners Obama exchanged for Bowe Berghdahl now in senior Taliban posts

    09/07/2021 3:57:37 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 7,22021 | By Kyle Morris
    Four out of five Guantanamo detainees whom former President Barack Obama released in exchange for former U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2014 now hold senior positions in the interim government created by the Taliban in Afghanistan. According to the Afghan television network TOLOnews, the Taliban-formed government gave leadership positions to Khairullah Khairkhwa, Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, and Mohammad Fazl; all of whom were released in a 2014 deal between the Obama administration and the Taliban to free Bergdahl, whom the Taliban had held as a prisoner since 2009. On Tuesday, the Taliban announced that Khairkhwa would serve as...
  • Taliban appoints fmr. Guantanamo prisoner as defense minister, report says

    08/24/2021 12:11:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    American Military News ^ | AUGUST 24, 2021 | RYAN MORGAN
    The Taliban has appointed former Guantanamo Bay detainee mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir as acting defense minister, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing Al Jazeera. According to Guantanamo Bay transfer documents, Zakir (who also goes by Abdullah Gulam Rasoul, Abdullah Rasoul and Ghullam Rasoul) was captured in Afghanistan on November 28, 2001, and he arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on January 11, 2002. Zakir was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay from 2002 to 2007. According to a January 2012 report by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), Zakir was transferred to a prison in Afghanistan in December 2007 after a review board determined...
  • Government Promises To Wrap Up War On COVID As Quickly And Efficiently As The War On Terror

    08/02/2021 8:26:38 AM PDT · by DFG · 9 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 08/02/2021 | Babylon Bee
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday that the Biden administration is committing to wage a war on COVID that will be as fast, efficient, and effective as the war on terror. “Today, the Biden administration is pleased to declare an all-out war against COVID," Psaki said. “If the war on terror has taught us anything, it’s that if we set aside our political differences and spend a few dozen trillion dollars, there’s no end to what we can achieve in just 20 short years." The plan is entitled “Two Decades To Stop The Spread,” and the crux...
  • To Free Cuba, Make Guantanamo the New Ellis Island

    07/20/2021 10:24:53 PM PDT · by TBP · 17 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | July 19, 2021 | Ira Stoll
    The people of Cuba are demonstrating extraordinary bravery by rising up for freedom and democracy against their brutal communist dictatorship. President Biden is reacting with a disgraceful display of foreign policy clumsiness. There’s no better demonstration to the world that freedom and democracy beat the so-called socialist paradise of Cuba than hundreds of thousands of people voluntarily picking up and leaving. The incoming immigrants would enrich America. Cuban-Americans whose families arrived in earlier waves of migration have been distinguished contributors to American life. They include Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, members of Congress Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, and Maria...
  • Biden quietly moves to start closing Guantánamo ahead of 20th anniversary of 9/11

    06/09/2021 6:07:27 PM PDT · by 4Runner · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 9, 2021 | Carol E. Lee and Courtney Kube
    The administration hopes to transfer a handful of the remaining terrorism suspects to foreign countries, the people familiar with the discussions said, and then persuade Congress to permit the transfer of the rest — including 9/11 suspects — to detention on the U.S. mainland. Biden hopes to close the facility by the end of his first term, the people familiar with the discussions said.
  • Biden quietly moves to start closing Guantánamo ahead of 20th anniversary of 9/11

    06/09/2021 3:48:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    NBC News / Comcast ^ | June 9, 2021 | By Carol E. Lee and Courtney Kube
    WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has quietly begun efforts to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, using an under-the-radar approach to minimize political blowback and to try to make at least some progress in resolving a long-standing legal and human rights morass before the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. After initial plans for a more aggressive push to close the facility — including rebuffed attempts to recruit a special envoy to oversee the strategy — the White House changed course, sources said. The administration has opted to wait before it reaches out...
  • Will Biden Close Guantanamo 'War On Terror' Prison?

    05/26/2021 7:25:57 PM PDT · by bitt · 16 replies
    ibtimes.com ^ | 5/21/2021 | paul handley
    The approved release of three detainees locked up in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for nearly two decades has raised expectations that President Joe Biden might try to close the notorious US military prison. A high-level review board on May 17 signed off on the release of the oldest of the 40 so-called detainees still at Guantanamo, 73-year-old Pakistani businessman Saifullah Paracha, as well as two others. Despite being arrested and secretly rendered to the US military prison on the Caribbean island between 2001 and 2003, the three were never charged -- like most of the others still there. Tarred by accusations...
  • Exclusive: Biden aides launch review with eye to shutting Guantanamo prison - White House

    02/12/2021 8:38:52 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/12/2021 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration has launched a formal review of the future of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, reviving the Obama-era goal of closing the controversial facility, a White House official said on Friday.
  • Americans Voted To End War In Syria, But This Unelected Bureaucrat Lied To Overrule Them

    11/18/2020 1:04:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 18, 2020 | Willis L. Krumholz
    One factor in a bunch of Americans opting for Donald Trump in 2016 was his promise not to start a new war in the Middle East — but the D.C. establishment secretly kept troops in Syria, and lied about it to the president.Defense One, a subsidiary of The Atlantic, came out with a story last week about a man named Jim Jeffrey. If you haven’t heard of him, don’t feel bad, but he’s pretty important in Washington, D.C. Under his fancy title, he’s been appointed to oversee the U.S. fight against ISIS and what are supposed to be the limited...
  • Congressional Candidate’s Violent Message Resurfaces: When GOP ‘Extremists Go Low, We Stomp Their Scrawny Necks’

    09/11/2020 12:28:06 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 51 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 09/09/2020 | Rudy Takala
    Democratic congressional in North Carolina recently called on his audience to “stomp” on the necks of Republican “extremists,” according to Twitter messages that resurfaced during a debate between candidates for the seat. “Screw they go low, we go high bullsh*t,” said the September 11, 2019 tweet by Moe Davis. “When @NCGOP extremists go low, we stomp their scrawny pasty necks with our heels and once you hear the sound of a crisp snap you grind your heel hard and twist it slowly side to side for good measure. He needs to know who whupped his ass.” Davis, a retired Air...
  • Appeals court rules due process rights don't apply to Guantanamo detainees

    08/28/2020 6:24:35 PM PDT · by bitt · 8 replies
    /thehill.com/ ^ | 8/28/2020 | Harper Neidig
    A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that foreign detainees at Guantanamo Bay do not have the right to make due process claims in court. The decision from the three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Due Process Clause of the Constitution does not apply to those held at the military base. Judge Neomi Rao, who was appointed to the court by President Trump, wrote in the decision that "the Due Process Clause may not be invoked by aliens without property or presence in the sovereign territory of the United States." The decision rejects the...
  • Duckworth vows to block over 1,000 military confirmations until Pentagon proves Vindman will be promoted

    07/02/2020 2:26:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 106 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2020 | Louis Casiano
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Thursday announced her intention to block Senate confirmations for 1,123 senior U.S. Armed Forces promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms he will not block the "expected and deserved" promotion of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Vindman, an Iraq War veteran, served on the White House National Security Council and was thrust into the limelight last year when he testified about President Trump's July 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that became the heart of a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. Vindman said he listened to the call and filed a whistleblower complaint over concerns...
  • Former U.S Navy Seal Dr. Dan Barkhuff wants to know if @realDonaldTrump is a coward who can't stand up to Putin or if he's complicit.

    07/01/2020 11:31:26 PM PDT · by robowombat · 68 replies
    Twitter ^ | June 30, 2020
    Former U.S Navy Seal Dr. Dan Barkhuff wants to know if @realDonaldTrump is a coward who can't stand up to Putin or if he's complicit. Well, Donald, which is it?
  • MAN SHOVED BY BUFFALO RIOT POLICE DELETES SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER EXPOSED AS COP-HATING RADICAL AGITATOR

    06/09/2020 7:50:29 AM PDT · by Zenyatta · 61 replies
    Rair Foundation ^ | 6/9/2020 | Renee Nal
    Martin Gugino, 75, was shoved while approaching riot police in Buffalo causing him to stumble backwards and hit his head, resulting in a melt-down of intense fury on social media. Far from being an innocent old man as being portrayed by some, it turns out that Gugino is a longtime hard left agitator. At the time of this writing, it appears that Guginos Facebook and Twitter accounts have been deleted. The accounts, which were researched by RAIR Foundation USA, revealed a seasoned leftist activist who had a self-described “obsession” with Cuba. Gugino has ties to radical socialist Catholic Worker Movement,...
  • Ret. Gen. John Allen Says Donald Trump Could Cause 'Civil Military Crisis'

    07/31/2016 7:23:57 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 87 replies
    abc ^ | 31July16 | Nicki Rossoll
    Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen said that if Republican nominee Donald Trump becomes president and follows through on some of the things he’s said on the campaign trail, the U.S. could face a “civil military crisis, the like of which we’ve not seen in this country.” "When we swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution, which is a document and a set of principles and it supports the rule of law, one of those is to ensure that we do not obey illegal orders," Allen told told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on "This Week."
  • FBI: Florida man scouted terror targets and attack weapons (deported from Saudi Arabia to US)

    05/27/2020 3:52:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/27/20 | Curt Anderson
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man is charged with providing material support to the Islamic State extremist group, including attempting to buy multiple weapons and scouting potential targets for an attack in the Tampa Bay area, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. A criminal complaint charges Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, a 23-year-old U.S. citizen, with attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. The charge carries a potential 20-year prison term. **SNIP** According to the affidavit, Al-Azhari scouted a number of targets in the Tampa Bay region, including beaches, parks and even the Tampa FBI field...