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.
Major General Michael Lehnert spent years commanding U.S. Marines in Virginia – but he also spent a hundred days at Guantanamo Bay – building and running a prison for alleged terrorists captured in Afghanistan.
Legal experts told the Bush administration that GTMO was not American soil, so our legal protections would not apply there.
Lehnert told an audience at the University of Richmond that he often disagreed with the White House.
Congress is back in session and some Virginia lawmakers are already causing a stir at the Capitol.
The first day of the congressional session is filled with pomp and circumstance. Vice President Biden poses with senators and House Speaker John Boehner puts on a smile for pictures with the hundreds of members of the lower chamber.
In all that flurry two new lawmakers were sworn in to represent northern Virginia, Democrat Don Beyer and Republican Barbara Comstock. She says the new GOP majorities are rolling up their sleeves.
Now that President Obama has announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba, some people are planning a trip, and students from the University of Virginia could be among the first to visit since the White House announcement. A look at what they’ll be doing and why.
Even before the administration said it would end a trade embargo on Cuba, 26 students from the Darden School of Business were packing their bags for a week of sun and research. They leave from Miami early next year on board a charter flight.