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Attorney General Reflects on His Visit to Gitmo

By Carrie A. Johnson
Two days after returning from a trip to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told reporters this afternoon that he remains determined to shutter the scandal-plagued facility within a year, despite a series of legal and diplomatic hurdles in his path.

In an executive order issued shortly after President Obama assumed office, Obama put Holder at the helm of an interagency task force assigned to review the status of some 245 detainees who remained at Guantanamo Bay. The task force will work to figure out whether detainees can be released, tried in U.S. courts or processed through military commissions. Obama directed the closure of the prison within one year.

At a Washington news conference this afternoon, Holder said the task of reviewing inmates' files "will not be an easy" one.

"It's going to take us a good portion of that time to look at all of the files that we have to examine, until we get our hands around what Guantanamo is, and also what Guantanamo was," the attorney general said.

Holder went out of his way to praise commanders of the facility and said he did not witness any mistreatment of inmates, many of whom have complained through defense lawyers that they had been subjected to harsh interrogation techniques, sleep and temperature deprivation, and practices akin to torture.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 25, 2009; 4:18 PM ET
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Another man trying to dispel the precendences that have been set by former administrations for decades?There are homegrown terrorists in the United States,throughout administrations,courthouses,cop shops,and numerous other venues that should be housed in military type facilities instead of allowing those of us who risk our lives to protect the Unites States and our children from these people to be terrorized in our homes,schools,and on the streets.In case there is a definition that is needed for that big word-Terrorism-a good Webster's dictionary has the definition and homegrown can be replaced with grassroots if that word suits the fancy of those not so familiar with the reality of wartime politics.

Posted by: formerheap | February 26, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of whether he personally saw any abuse, was he asked about the allegation mistreatment that has INCREASED since Obama took over.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

ATTENTION: ATTY. GEN. HOLDER


DOMESTIC TORTURE VIA RADIATION WEAPONRY APPROVED BY BUSH DOJ
IS A FAR WORSE SCANDAL -- AN AMERICAN GENOCIDE YOU MUST STOP.

Mr. Attorney General:

You MUST dismantle the ongoing 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK'...

... coordinated multi-agency action "programs of personal destruction" manned by security/intel/revenue agents, local police nationwide, citizen vigilantes fronted by government-funded community policing and anti-terrorism programs.

IT IS DAY 37 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DOMESTIC TORTURE VIA RADIATION WEAPONRY CONTINUES.

FEDERALLY-ENABED COMMUNITY GANG STALKING, SURREPTITIOUS HOME ENTRIES AND VANDALISM OF 'TARGETS' CONTINUES.

WHAT DO GATES, BRENNAN, BLAIR, MUELLER AND SULLIVAN HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS?

WHAT HAVE THEY TOLD OBAMA, BIDEN, NAPOLITANO, PANETTA, HOLDER AND GEITHNER?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (IF LINKS ARE CORRUPTED/DISABLED):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 25, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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