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Letters and Politics - August 29, 2013 at 10:00am

Letters and Politics, for August 29, 2013 - 10:00am

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Letters and Politics - Barbara Lee on Syria

Democratic Representative Barbara Lee on potential attack on Syria.

Eugene Rogan, Director of The Middle East Center at St Antony's College, on the history of Syria.

 

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Do you think that one news

Do you think that one news item - which you feel is proObama - should shut down an entire radio station since they live or die on donations? This seems to be your hope.

You are stating the administration does not want to close Guantanamo as they claim, is this right? I hope that's not true, (it seems so cynical and ugly), but if it is true, then it must be known and the reports to the contrary criticized. But I wouldn't want to destroy a news station that I love over it. What is the old saying: "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

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Comment left on Facebook: "I just heard in the news intro to 'Letters & Politics' on KPFA, the news department repeat the absolutely outrageous fiction that President Obama has sought to close Guantanamo since he entered the presidency but has been 'thwarted' by the U.S. Congress. This is by far the worst of the KPFA news department's many acts of amplifying neo-liberal apologism for the unacceptable Obama administration and Democratic Party. This now moves from mere apologism into parroting outright lies put out by the administration and the Democrats. If I do not hear KPFA news announce a retraction of that outrageous statement, I will never -ever- donate to the station again, and will begin actively encouraging every progressive I know to stop donating to KPFA,

In January 2009 - two days

In January 2009 - two days after taking the oath of office - Obama signed an executive order, instructing the military to close Guantanamo. In December 2010, as part of a spending bill, Congress blocked closing Gitmo. That same month it blocked the transfer of detainees to the U.S. for trial. In 2011, Congress again blocked the transfer of detainees out of the prison to a planned facility in Illinois unless the Defense Secretary could certify they wouldn't engage in terrorism after their release. That didn't happen. At the same time, Congress again prevented the release of prisoners to the U.S. The House also voted to keep it open in June of this year. While many argue, with good reason, that Obama could and should have been more creative in his use of political sway to close the prison, it's fact that Congress thwarted his efforts on multiple occasions.

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