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Front Page: Bush to Keep Guantanamo Open, Obama Leaving Campaign Trail, Saudi Arabia Charges 991 Al Qaeda Suspects

  • Bush to Keep Gitmo Open:
    Though he'd previously stated a desire to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Bush has now decided not to do so, and did not consider proposals from the State Department and Pentagon to transfer the prisoners elsewhere. His current view appears to be that closing the prison would involve too many political and legal risks. It will remain open for the rest of his term.
  • Obama Leaving Campaign Trail:
    Barack Obama is canceling almost all of his campaign events on Thursday and Friday to go visit his suddenly gravely ill grandmother in Hawaii. According to a spokesman, ''Sen. Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has always been one of the most important people in his life, along with his mother and his grandfather." He's going so he can "spend some time with her.''
  • Saudi Arabia Charges 991 al Qaeda Suspects:
    Saudi Arabia has charged 991 suspected al Qaeda militants with attacks that left 164 dead and that seem to range back to 2003, though specifics aren't yet clear. The country has been reluctant to charge militants in the past, fearing retribution from local sympathizers. A spokesman said, "In the past few years, the kingdom has been the target of an organised terrorist campaign linked to networks of strife and sedition overseas," before linking that campaign to al Qaeda.


Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
Obama's grandma Toot is so sweet. Hope she recovers soon.
stephley stephley 8 years
" the prisoners of Guatanmo Bay are indeed convicted criminals, what did they expect, a day spa? It is prison." No Ellie, they are NOT convicted criminals. There has been ONE full trial since the United States began sending what the Bush Administration claimed are suspected al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners to Guantanamo in January 2002. The U.S. Supreme Court keeps ruling that the prisoners at Guantánamo have the constitutional right to habeas corpus, enabling them to challenge the basis of their detention, and the Bush Administration keeps trying to ignore the Supreme Court.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
My prayers go out to Obama and his family. I really hope his grandma recovers, at least so she can see IF he is elected president. I'm sure she is proud of how far he is come nonetheless. I really hope people don't give Obama grief for postponing his campaign.
miss-ellie miss-ellie 8 years
I hope Obama's grandmother is alright. He made a good choice to postpone for a few days. On another hand, there is no reason why Guatanamo should close. That would just be plan chaos and absolutely ridiculous. Why should we release all of those terrorists and other criminals? People are worried about them "telling" the press about what goes on.. the prisoners of Guatanmo Bay are indeed convicted criminals, what did they expect, a day spa? It is prison. (I am not saying people should be treated like dirt though.)
indielove indielove 8 years
Read that she broke her hip recently. I don't think she has much longer, it's unfortunate and extremely saddening. Sending out positive thoughts and prayers that she pulls through and that Obama will be able to spend as much time with her on his visit as possible.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
God Bless the people who work for Hospice, I worked there for a month and i couldnt handle it. I still work with terminally ill patients but they only make up about 10% of my caseload, as opposed to 100%.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
my wishes to his grandma...hope she comes out ok. :(
stephley stephley 8 years
CG, I meant they're dangerous to Bush and Cheney's freedom - in that they could tell what happens at Guantanamo and all their other secret prisons. Of course by grabbing them and throwing them into secret prisons for years, I imagine we have made a number of them far more dangerous than they ever would have been otherwise - but I don't think that justifies holding them forever.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i agree, his grandmother must be so proud of him, and it's lovely that he's taking the time during this crucial time to be with her
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I think Obama's grandmother is in hospice, so it's not likely she will recover. This sounds like a goodbye visit. I just hope that if he wins, she can see it. And I hope she got/gets the pleasure of casting a ballot for him (not because he needs it, at least in Hawaii, but because that would be such an joyful thing).
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
steph, if they are dangerous shouldnt we keep them in there?
stephley stephley 8 years
I bet the people in Guantanamo are dangerous - if they're released, they could bear witness against Bush, Cheney and company and the abuses they've imposed on people that were never charged with any crimes. It is a shame that Obama's grandmother is so critically ill this close to a such a potentially stellar moment in their lives.
zeze zeze 8 years
"Go Saudi Arabia" ---- ya I'm not ready to get on that bandwagon just yet.... Guantanamo is just bad policy, regardless of whether you think it is okay or not, it is bad policy and has done more damage then good - it would have been smart to shut it down a loooong time ago. I hope Obama's grandma gets better, this must be a ridiculously proud moment in her life.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I hope that he and his grandmother have the best time the possibly can and that she gets well. If anyone says anything regarding him stopping his campaign for that they are heartless and should be called out, but I doubt if that will happen.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well there's been so much debate about that prison that i don't know what the right thing to do is. i think that for now it's probably a better move - but perhaps there should be new people in charge down there and a watchdog since that's the place that we get ourselves in to the most trouble with international prisoners and violent means. i think that it's the right thing for Obama to do - to be with his family - and based on how the campaign is going, i don't think that it'll impact where he is in the polls either. there's so much advertising that his team is doing on his behalf that he's not going to be out of sight. i hope that things get better for their family and our prayers are with them. that's a big change for SA isn't it? to charge folks when they haven't historically. i wonder what the change is really being spurred from - since it's not a normal action from their government.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I'm jumping the gun a little on this one, but it would be a shame if she didn't live to see him [Obama] become President (assuming that he will, hehe).
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I just read that they call his grandmother Toot. There are pictures and a campaign ad she appeared in. I never saw that ad.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Go Saudi Arabia! :cheer: I hope Obama's grandmother get's better. I heard just a snippet about this on the radio (I only heard the part that he was going to Hawaii), and I thought "Wow, he must be pretty confident in a win to take a vacation with 14 days left. Why not postpone this for 2 weeks and one day, and then really celebrate." Now this trip makes sense.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Wow poor Obama, I hope she gets better soon. I can't imagine adding that stress to the massive stress of campaigning.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I hope his grandmother recovers. CG, he'll probably be critized for not spending enough time with her.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I agree just leave it open till his term is up. Aw poor grandma! I hope she recovers, I hope no one give him a hard time for postponing his campaign.
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