Of nearly 780 detainees brought to a military prison at Guantanamo Bay, most have been sent back to their countries without charges being filed. Nine died in detention. After 5 Yemeni prisoners were released to Estonia and Oman yesterday, 122 now remain, and more than half could be released if the Obama administration finds a country that will take them. Sandy Hausman spoke with Michael Lehnert, a retired Marine General who served for many years in Virginia before building the prison at GTMO.
During the last two years of the Obama administration, the president appears determined to make good on one of his first campaign promises -- to close Guantanamo Bay. The Virginia-trained general who built GTMO reflects on what happened there, shared little-known details about life at the island prison with an audience at the University of Richmond.
Major General Michael Lehnert had completed many challenging assignments in more than 30 years of military service, but none quite like the order he got in January of 2002.
Virginia is rarely a trendsetter when it comes to legislation. Attorney General Mark Herring, who was out front on the issue of gay marriage, says he’s taking a wait-and-see approach to reforming marijuana laws, but several factors could accelerate change.
This month, the Virginia legislature will consider a bill to decriminalize marijuana, but before it can be debated it must clear a committee co-chaired by long-time Williamsburg Senator Tommy Norment.
A new poll commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project shows 60% of Virginians think it’s time to decriminalize marijuana, and three out of four voters think seriously ill people should have legal access to medical marijuana.