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John Brennan: Obama still committed to closing Guantanamo Bay

President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser said Thursday that the administration had not abandoned its pledge to close down Guantanamo Bay and announced that no new prisoners would be sent to the controversial detention facility. “We’re not going to bring people to Guantanamo,” Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan told…

White House threatens to veto bill containing ‘worldwide war’ provision

The White House threatened Tuesday to veto the National Defense Authorization Act because of controversial provisions, such as section 1034, which would authorize the United States to use military force anywhere there are terrorism suspects, including within the U.S. itself. “The Administration strongly objects to section 1034 which, in purporting…

Supreme Court refuses ‘extraordinary rendition’ torture case

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would not hear the case of five men who said they had fallen victim to a Central Intelligence Agency practice called “extraordinary rendition,” in which suspects are sent illegally to other countries to be tortured for information. The men, some of whom…

Top Democrat ready to kill effort to ban ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

The top Democratic and Republican senators on the Armed Services Committee are set to strip repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy from the National Defense Authorization Act, according to two news reports. “Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and John McCain of Arizona, the top Democrat and Republican…

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