Holder Goes to Gitmo
By Carrie A. Johnson
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. traveled to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, this morning to get a "first hand look" at the facilities he will help shutter as the nation's top law enforcement officer.
Holder will receive briefings from military officials about the case histories of the 245 inmates who remain there as well as the charges pending against many of them before military commissions were suspended. He will tour the facilities, including the center where trials are held. In one of his first actions upon taking office last month, President Obama issued an executive order directing officials to close the prison within one year.
Accompanying the attorney general is a team of Justice Department lawyers including Kevin Ohlson, Holder's chief of staff; Matthew G. Olsen, a deputy attorney general for the department's national security division who has been named executive director of the interagency task force that will review case files on detainees; Amy Jeffress, a former D.C. federal prosecutor who has been named national security adviser to Holder; and Lisa Monaco, a onetime chief of staff to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III who will advise the deputy attorney general about intelligence and national security issues.
Posted at 12:15 PM ET on Feb 23, 2009
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