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Gitmo detainee cleared of terror suspicions, sent home to face ‘reprisals’

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WASHINGTON — US officials said Thursday an Algerian national who was held at Guantanamo and cleared of terror suspicions by a US judge more than a year ago was repatriated, despite his objections.

Saiid Farhi had contested the move, fearing reprisals in his home country.

The Pentagon said in a statement that President Barack Obama’s administration “coordinated” with the Algerian government to “ensure the transfer took place under appropriate security and humane treatment measures.”

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It said the release came after a comprehensive review of Farhi’s case.

Farhi had tried in vain to contest his repatriation before the US federal justice system, even turning to the Supreme Court, which declined to examine his case in July.

US District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ordered Farhi’s release in November 2009, noting he had expressed fear of being charged, sentenced and executed if he returned to Algeria.

With Farhi’s departure, 173 detainees remain at the special detention center at the US naval base in Cuba that will celebrate its ninth anniversary on Tuesday.

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The Center for Constitutional Rights said Thursday it was “deeply concerned” for Farhi’s safety in Algeria, “including the threat of persecution by private terrorist groups against whom the Algerian government cannot assure his protection.”

The human rights group also urged the Algerian government to “immediately” disclose information on Farhi’s whereabouts and well-being.

It was the second forcible repatriation to Algeria after Abdul Aziz Naji in July last year, which was similarly critiqued by human rights advocates. The New York Times at the time called the transfer “an act of cruelty that seems to defy explanation.”

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‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’

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The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."

Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"

"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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‘Brett Kavanaugh’s penis is back in the news’: Bill Maher breaks down the latest Supreme Court scandal

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HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher broke down the latest scandal facing the United States Supreme Court.

"Brett Kavanaugh's penis is back in the news," Maher said. "The New York Times kind of tripped over his dick on this one."

Maher suggested the report reflects poorly on Kavanaugh's manhood.

"The problem is the woman, the victim, has no recollection of it happening -- which isn't really a ringing endorsement of his penis," Maher said.

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‘It’s all up to Republicans’: Columnist wonders when the GOP will stand up to Trump

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President Donald Trump's burgeoning scandal with Ukraine has one columnist wondering when Republicans will put country before party.

"I was going to write today about how House Democrats are handling the impeachment question. But the truth is, it’s largely irrelevant. As long as Republicans are united in opposition, President Donald Trump will stay in office," Bloomberg Opinion columnist Jonathan Bernstein wrote. "That’s not to say that there aren’t bad and worse choices for Democrats, but they’re not the ones who have the real decision to make."

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