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May 21st, 2009
08:44 AM ET

Obama, Cheney & Guantanamo Bay

A guard talks with a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, earlier this year.

A guard talks with a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, earlier this year.

We’ll soon hear from President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney in
back-to-back speeches on national security and the future of Guantanamo Bay.

We also want to hear from you. What should happen to the terrorism suspects at Gitmo?

Leave us a comment and we’ll share them in the CNN Newsroom from 11am — 1pm ET.


Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (343 Responses)
  1. Cecilia Bruck

    If we do not bring Guantonamo prisoners into the US we are missing a golden opportunity to show the rest of the world who and what we truly are as a country. We are a nation of laws, so I hear. These laws are suppose to apply to rich, poor, religious or non, pink or blue. That is who and what we are. Why are we allowing the terrorists to win by changing that? Our legal system of innocent until proven guilty, and freedom of religion or not, is what has made this country great. Furthermore, if we can handle the Jeffry Dahmers of the world we can handle this. Are we going to send the men who wanted to bomb the jewish temple in NY to Guantonamo because we cannot handle them here? Come on, get real folks.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  2. H. Lee

    Leave it open. Let the clowns rot. Their only goal is to kill Americans and did not sign on to any conventions, which to any one with any common sense would realize it.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  3. Dan Leahy

    The only reason Cheney's statements are even noticed is that the corporate media (that's you, CNN) continue to cover them. The man is a patent liar and a war criminal. He has zero credibility, except with the right wing and the media establishment. Giving him air time for his lies and scurilous charges is irresponsible.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  4. Berry

    President Obama is in a difficult situation, one that he inherited, and one that he is handling with grace and common sense.

    Guantanamo Bay is a blot on our nation's honor. Shut it down. Those prisoners who must be incarcerated can be held in our Supermax prisons.

    We can no longer hold prisoners in outdoor cages like animals. Enemy or not, threat to our security or not, we must treat them humanely, in concert with our agreement with the Geneva Conventions.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  5. don gattin

    the idea of putting the detainees at a super max facility can't be done. look at the super max prison's in place now. pelecan bay and marrion federal prison are near or at max population now. Besides the fact these poeple have not been convicted of any crime yet. I suggest we use the current location as a temporary facility till the detainees that are convicted of a crime are convicted then transfer those people to a federal facility like any other convict. and those found to be not guilty or their cases are dropped should be sent back home. As a country we don't hold people in custody for years without due proceess. We ARE NOT THE USSR or China.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  6. Pam Cook

    I would return the money! When these things happen, we need only think of the person who made a simple error and of the implications in their life as a result of their actions. Our honest response, in simply helping them correct their mistake is a privilege of trust between us – this is the simple answer all of humanity is asking, "Why are we here". We are here to help and to even inspire one another – we all find the opportunity in the most unexpected situations!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  7. don gattin

    Is it Mr. Cheney position that the people we have detained there should stay there for ever? Sir that's something the sadam would do. We should be better than him. We dont throw people in jail and throw away the key without convicting them of a crime.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  8. Rick D. Parma ID

    Cheney and ultra conservitive republicans have used the "scare the people thing" to death. How could a President (Bush) who sat in front of a bunch of kids {...} for about seven whole minutes during a terrorist attack make Anyone believe the Republicans are the party of a safer America. Cheney, I really hope, repesents a very small faction of Americans. Hopefully Jon Stewart can use this mornings Cheney rant to get some laughs. Comedy is the only relevent context of a Cheney speech.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  9. Janet Glazier

    What's the big deal bringing the Gitmo prisoners to the U.S. They're already here and The U.S. is already on top of it.We have Manson,the Uni-bomber ...locked up and they aren't a threat to us anymore.Cheney is just talking out his rear end.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  10. tiggs

    bullets are cheap....line up all the detainees...one bullet a piece outta do it.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  11. Acyn In Los Angeles

    Aren't they more like pows than detainees. Where do we store pows? Im assuming a military prison or on location of capture (Afghanistan). I think the amount of crazies calling the senate phone lines are skewing the reality of public opinion. I live in california and I wouldn't have any problem with them being incarcerated here. Im sure california would welcome some much needed funds in storing them. I also feel that if many of these detainees were given fair trials and the american public knew more about them rather than referring to them as a statistic, the likelyhood is less americans would be fearful once knowing more. Also I think a majority of them would be freed due to insufficient evidence.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  12. Leanna Archer 13 year old CEO

    I think Detainees at Guantanamo Bay should be tried in the country that they had commited the crime to. If they were just caught for past crimes then the country that was more affected should commit them first then if they are ever released , the other country would then do the same.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  13. Marq

    I do not want to hear from Dick Cheney - ever again! Why is CNN giving this has-been, war monger/criminal a platform?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  14. Suzanne Richard

    Why the heck wouldn't we put them in our prisons? Don't we have military prisons? Even if we don't, they are our prisons. What are they going to do, blow up the prison? Please get over yourselves and stop making an issue out of nothing.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  15. Ethan B.

    Before we start locking these suspected terrorists up again, why don't we charge them with a crime, then proceed in an international court where the detainees can have a proper and fair trial. Then we can worry about whether or not to put these guys in a max security prison, which could probably hold them without a problem anyways.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  16. William

    I think that the detainees should be brought home to American prisons so that America doesn't have to keep spending it's precious money on a foreign prison. They shouldn't be able to live in a tropical country for what they did anyway.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  17. Sharon in Oregon

    We can't ship these guys overseas. We don't even know if they're guilty of anything. Bush & Cheney are responsible for this mess. The U.S. (Obama) has to clean it up. We have lots of dangerous criminals incarcerated here.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  18. Ian Johnston

    Just rig up Alcatraz again and send the 120 terror suspects there. No neighbours to make unhappy.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  19. Larnell

    keep in mind that the majority of these gus were picked up and not charged with anything, imagine you going to walmart and picke up b the military and kept for years.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  20. Daniel Morgan

    Please stop your sensationalist idiocy. Dick Cheney is irrelevant. Newt Gingrich is irrelevant. There are things of actual import going on in the world. Every time I leave the US and watch the BBC or CNN International I am reminded of how pathetic your US coverage is.

    Grow up already.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  21. Marlon, Florida

    Seriously, now we all know if Osama Bin Laden was caught alive right now we would want him brought swiftly to the U.S to be brought to justice. This is a false argument. It is not as if these detainees would be released into the streets.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  22. Brian Damage

    Why are we detaining prisoners outside of our borders in the first place? So we can break or bend the law and get away with it because it's not American soil? Is it okay to torture our prisoners as long as its outside our borders? Is it legal to hold them indefinitely without due process because they are on an island that doesn't exactly belong to us? Are we safer with them behind chained ink fences only swimming distance away from our border than we would be with them in American military prisons?

    This is just ridiculous. And to torture them and let them go, no wonder so many of them return or turn to terrorism in the first place. I'm sure their first impression of "America" left a lasting impression on them.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  23. Debbie

    If Guatanamo Bay must close, I say we send them back to their own countries. Let them be responsible for their own.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  24. Joseph Fantauzzy

    I believe that the terrorists should be transferred to countries who would put them in. I live in Brooklyn and the scare of 9/11 was devastating so just transfer not release so they could make another terror attack.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  25. Ali

    The American people need to wake up and stop this ridiculous fear of "terrorists in their backyard." If the terrorists are brought to prisons throughout the US, we're not housing them in our elementary schools. They will be sent to prisons that house monsters like them. If we can incarcerate the likes of Charles Manson, Timothy McVeigh, and others, what makes American's think that our penal system is not capable of controlling these individuals.

    And if they are released, they are not being released to the town playground. They are going to be deported to their nation of origin. People need to think before they develop these unwarranted fears.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  26. Chris DeJong

    What is the US waiting for? We need to process the detainees and give them their deserved sentences or release them to their respective countries. They don't need to be brought to the US to do that.

    Guantanamo is the legacy of the Bush administration. It is a reminder of a policy that is so un-American that it smacks of Fascism.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  27. Mario

    These prisoners are not your typical delinquents. They are enemy combantants who will be more than happy to decapitate anyone who dissagrees with their views. The should remain in GITMO!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  28. Pat

    What I want to know is...why is the media even covering Cheney's speech? Obama is the President...not Cheney. Cheney is only doing this to cover his own butt and the media is buying it. I think we should trust our President's decision when it comes to Gitmo and stop this continuous Cheney coverage.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  29. Kathleen Davis

    Maybe closing Guantanamo means exposing that those who went there became terrorists after incessant torture and that is too dangerous, not the people themselves. During WW II, Nazi officers were housed in maximum security in Colorado. Wasn't there a danger that while they were detained in the US they would reach out to Nazi sympathisers as some fear that these pisoners would? Lastly, why is the media legitmizing Cheny as a sort of "opposition government" rather than someone clearly voted out of office?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  30. Larnell

    have them charge and tried in court if the are innocent let them go and we owe them mone for false arrest if they are guilty, put them in lenvensworth.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  31. Ted

    We should not bring the detainees from Gitmo to the U.S. Many of these men are hardened terrorist. In a regular prison population, these men could start a movement or recruit other terrorist that could take a foothold here in the U.S. If they were able to escaped it could be a big problem. Keep them where they are.

    Ted
    CA

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  32. Sandy

    For goodness sake!! Hey guys, the campaign is over. We are moving in the right direction contrary to what you want. Why would we want to hear from Dick Cheney on anything? They lost for a good reason. The media keeps trying to pull them up to be relevant and to watch CNN and MSNBC create this dog and pony show is "SAD". Why don't you just let the country heal and move in the right direction. Truth is, you don't care about anything but a good battle, even it it does mean the repeat of the last 8 years. Now we know for sure why this mess we are in has been allowed to continue. Why don't you focus on the things that will stop this madness instead of debating it over and over again. The decision was made in Nov. You need new blood on your station to move on. It is pretty embarassing to me as an American to say that our country is not capable of holding trials and keeping hardened criminals behind bars. Are we cowards? My Lord, are we that weak anymore. What kind of signal does that send to our enemies? They must be laughing the butts off at us all because you need a new campaign. We have a President, act like it for a change.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  33. Fernando Sanchez

    What does it matter where we transfer the detainees? A jail is a jail. Are they going to break out of a high seciruty jail which holds murderers, rapists and homegrown terrorists? Or are we afraid they will brainwash the other inmates and convert them all? I don't think so.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  34. Pat Morlan

    What should we do with prisoners at Guantanamo? How about we first find out if they are guilty of anything? Wouldn't that be nice? How about instead of labeling them terrorists we find out if they actually are terrorists. For the ones who are terrorists we can then use our legal system to try them for their crimes. Those that are proven to be guilty should go to prison. We have so many prisons in this country that I'm sure we can find a place for a few more prisoners. And despite the fear mongering from our politicians these people will not endanger our citizens sitting in prison. Can we please stop letting FEAR guide us on every decision that our country makes. Let's use some common sense for a change.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  35. Kenya Smith

    I feel that Obama should close Gitmo. The detainees should be sent back to there countries and not be allowed back in the US. And if they should try to come back there needs to be serious punishment waiting foe them.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  36. Juan Fernandez

    It does not matter if they stay here or not it's a prison right. What's important to know is if they will socialize with regular prisoners because they could influenze the prisoners and make us citizens release early and probably make missions.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  37. Steph

    Let's remember how we got to "Gitmo". The former president and vice-president threw a lot of people they gathered up in various operations onto a U.S. military base in another country – Cuba.

    How was that a "plan"??????

    Now Prresident Obama has to deal with a very bad situation, but not one that he created. So why is this his fault????????

    Since CNN anchors constantly editoralize about the news rather than just reporting it, you should remind all your viewers how the Gitmo situation was created and by whom.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  38. Marlene

    The detainees should be tried in the US. We look foolish to the rest of the world. We talk a good game about terrorists and what they do, but we are telling the world, we will fight them but in your country. How can we expect others to trust and respect us, when we say to them it's okay to have Gitmo, and do what we are doing, but if they the same thing we would be shouting at the tops of our lungs. This is why we are not liked around the world, we make rules for others to obey, but we change the rules when we don't like them. On another point why are you guys giving so much time to Cheney, he has no credibility.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  39. Michael Wilson

    I really dont see a problem with having the Guantanamo detainees here.
    As long as they are spread out through out the country in supermax prisons. I am concerned about them having access to our legal system.
    If they are tried and sentenced {if found guilty] using a military tribunal then the housing is of minimal concern. No one has ever escaped from SuperMax.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  40. R.L.Q.Fogarty

    I SUSPECT THAT ALL OF THOSE DETAINEES HAVE GROWN TO HATE AMERICA EVEN MORESO WHILE THEY HAVE BEEN AT GITMO.
    If released, it would be a matter of time before they returned with a vengeance. Gitmo needs to exist and those detainees need to remain there if they are found to be guilty and a threat to the U.S. It's naive of our president to think that this whole problem of teorrism is just going to go away if Gitmo is closed and prisons are freed. They are there and I expect they will return. Keep America safe. Keep Gitmo open.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  41. John Juergens

    It seems to me that since we captured and brought the terrorists to Guantanamo we are responsible for them. If some of them are still a threat, then we need to detain them, not try to foist them off on other countries. As where to put them, since Geo. Bush brought them here, why not house them in an existing or new facility in Texas, preferably close to his ranch in Crawford.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  42. Deb Smith

    I think the terrorist suspects at Guantanamo after they are tried and convicted should move in to the White House with Barack Obama and his family. It appears he has no regard for the people of this great country and so therefore should take some of the medicine he's trying to ram down this countries throat. We don't want them anywhere in our borders, he sees it differently....so let him take them! Also he is so tough on the methods used to protect this country....tell me what he would have done if one of his daughters had been kidnapped....what lengths and methods would he have used to get them back!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  43. Rick

    What's the problem with bringing the 'terrorists' to the United States??
    I'm quite sure our 'prison population' would treat them with the same 'respect' they give child molesters and rapists!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  44. Linda Owens

    Put these prisoners in one of our super-max facilities along with the Unibomber and all the others who no longer pose a threat to the public or the world.
    Please allow our President to fulfill his promise and let the humiliation of Guantanamo fade into oblivion as soon as possible.
    Linda
    Boston, MA

    May 21, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  45. Jesse Dwyer

    Why don't we just reopen Alcatraz? It was designed to hold the worst of the worst and did a pretty good job of it. Besides, I doubt all of that Al Qaeda training in the middle of the desert included swimming shark infested waters for several miles.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  46. Bill Byam

    Gitmo should remain open and in FULLFORCE until a plan is presented to remove them from our counttry.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  47. Steph

    I should have included in my previous post the following:

    Democrats sure wanted Gitmo closed last January, so why don't those in Congress come up with a plan instead of just objecting???

    I'm sick of Congress whining and objecting and having no alternatives.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  48. George Nadin

    Guantanamo prison should remain open. We do not need terrorists inside the continental limits of the United States. Has President Obama completely forgotten what happened on 09/11?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  49. Jo Anne Smith

    First off they need to be tried. Everyone has the right to a trail. Those found "not guilty" should be sent back to their own country. Those found "guilty" can be put where they should be. SUPER MAX. in Florence, Colorado or any other SUPER MAX facility in the US

    Actually it's a no brainer...We have the capabilities to handle these Terrorists.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  50. Carl Clark

    The men being held at Guantanamo Bay should be tried in U.S. courts of law, just as others accused of crimes against the country are tried. In the mean time, they should be held in maximum security prisons on U.S. soil, where they will have access to legal counsel.
    The idea that these men are "too dangerous" to have any rights is ridiculous. The Bush Administration's policies, which have chipped away at the rights of all Americans, have no place in society. The fear tactics employed to bolster support for the so called war on terror and the dissolution of our basic Constitutional rights have aggravated me to no end.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  51. 5abijatt

    Guantanamo detainees, in my opinion, should be taken back to their respective jurisdictions and should be tried by a jury of peers. This may be looked down upon by many people, however, many, if not most, of the detainees are completely innocent. They are just the victims of bounties and quotas. What scares me is the possibility that these detainees, having been tortured relentlessly for many years, may actually default to such terrorist activities as revenge.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  52. Walter McFadden

    I suggest all Gitmo detainees be transported to where they were originally detained and dropped off. Many miles from the USA..

    May 21, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  53. Sharon Moore

    Of course the former VP is constantly talking it up....never saw or heard him during eight years of criminal intent!......Now he can't stay off TV or in the press, because he wants to divert attention from his past deeds....he should be under a prosecutorial microscope, not the media lens....and, oh by the way.....you in the press just feed into his current plot to avoid prosecution! Shame on you for making him suddenly so important. Ask him how many dollars Haliburton and its subsidiaries ripped off the USA...also in the name of fighting terrorism!
    This is all just too disgusting.
    S Moore, Chicago

    May 21, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  54. Randy

    The terrorism issue is a worldwide issue and our forces in the Middle East are allied coalition forces. My suggestion is a military tribunal as was held at the end of WWII for Nazi war criminals. Each terror suspects fate determined on a case by case basis. Nato allies need to share in this responsibility.

    I think Gitmo should be closed and detainees found guilty should be held in military prisons until their trial.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  55. gary boyle

    I'm writing in regards to were to put the prisoner's in gitmo! As some one who spent a few years locked up in the supermax federal prison in marion illinois.You could not ask for a better and more secure isolated place to house terrorist then marion or the new supermax in colorado. The politicians don't know what they are talking about when they say not in our back yard! marion is in the middle of a wild life refuge. and as secure as gitmo! if not more so !

    May 21, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  56. Diane Mays

    If they are sent anywhere besides another prison, I think the president should ask himself a fair question, " would I want these people living next to me, and would I feel safe with my children living next to them?"

    May 21, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  57. Deborah Wright

    There is only one Commander-in-Chief at a time. There is great harm done by giving weight to Cheney by continuing coverage of his justifications for OVERSTEPPING his former and current political position. I think he "protests too much" ! Sadly, his strategy to disrupt and distract public opinion from the need to change BACK to normalcy is working [with you help].

    May 21, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  58. steve thorne

    hey tony, we have plenty of room out in the Mojave desert why not build a maximum security prison out in the middle of no where.hold the terrorist at gitmo and when the prison is built send them there.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  59. brian webb (Palm Springs)

    Guantanamo Bay must be closed as it is shameful and not in keeping with our morals. Why not renovate Alcatraz and house all the detainees there. It's safe and secure and in the USA and can be monitored by human rights groups.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  60. j. harris

    Return the prisoners to the country of their origin and let their current government finish their punishment. The war against Americans will never be over for them, so get them off our soil.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  61. Dick Carney

    Tony,
    I live 40 miles from the Federal Supermax prison in Colorado. There are many dangerous people there and it doesn't keep me awake at night for one minute. Every state in this country has secure prison systems that are entirely sufficient to hold anyone we have in Guantanamo. If our elected officials would get out to their homes now and then they'd realize that the American people don't have a problem with putting dangerous people in our prisons, even those from Guantanamo.
    Dick Carney

    May 21, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  62. Renee

    This has never happened in the state of this country, at least while I've been alive. That you have two wars going on and a threat of potential wars in the middle east. That you would have a former vice president attacking a sitting president within 6 months of his presidency over national security.

    Had Gore done this with bush in 2001, what would the public, and cnn have to say about Gore, after we were hit, on 9/11.

    This is applauding. It is racism. It is fearmonging, It is hate for this country, and everything American.

    Where has the protocol, the professionalism, and just respect for the office of the presidency gone, in this country.

    This is unbelievable. And the media is covering it like a sports EVENT.....UNBELIEVABLE

    May 21, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  63. Demarcus Jackson, from Columbia, TN

    The reason why Cheney's favorable rating is improving is because not a single journalist or media outlet is seriously questioning this man. In every interview that I see him in, Cheney is allowed to just rant and talk on without any follow-up or hardcore questioning of the stupid words coming out of his mouth. CNN, MSNBC, and, of course, FOX News, are just letting this man talk and talk, without any serious analysis of what he is talking about. Cheney and Bush allowed this nation to get into the mess that it is in right now and for 8 years journalist did NOTHING! It appears that the tradition of just letting Cheney and Bush squeak by the media is continuing.

    Guantanamo Bay should be CLOSED!!! The prisoners held there should be allowed to reside in prisons here in the United States. Our prisons are the best in the world and they manage to hold over 1 milion criminals, so why not terror suspects? It is just ridiculous that we are debating this issue.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  64. Chuck haggard

    Gitmo should stay open. period. These are Terriost caought on the battle feild. I still cry , and still have nightmares of 9/11 !!!! Chuck Haggard , Morristown TN

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  65. tom

    I feel the goverment should send all the prisoners from Gitmo to Illinios, Barack's home state and let them deal with it. Maybe ,but Maybe the Democrats are finally realizing we are at WAR and George Bush was trying to protects the citizens of the United States. Lord knows Slick Willy didn't care. He should have nip it nip it in the bud. Wake up people.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  66. John Johnson

    Why is it such an issue of where to place the prisoners in Gitmo.
    We live daily with imprisoned MURDERERS,SEX OFFENDERS and
    ETC.neither of them escape,and as far as security is concerned,
    Blacks,live in fear daily in their neighborhoods of GANGS,where
    is the concern there,and there are also CRIMINALS still on the street
    that has not been caught,where is the concern there.
    There was a Pastor and his wife,married for over 55 yrs.killed in New Orleans,La.,last week due to their or a family member about to testify
    against a Gang CRIME,where is the outrage there.
    This is just a few things the Americans should think on when they
    claim to be concerned about the SAFETY of Gitmo detainees.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  67. ondeck in Iowa

    We don't need the great and powerful Oz to come out from behind the curtain and give his opinion on ANYTHING. He slinked around in the shadows for 8 years pulling the strings on what has been the most unlawful administration in our history – how disingenuous for him to pretend the country's well being is behind his motivation for coming out of the closet. Obama was elected because the American people trust his judgement – by the way the penetentiaries is the US are secure enough to hold detainees who I fear far less than the prisoners in there now. Let Obama do his job and zip it DICK.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  68. AUGUSTINE, Statesboro, GA

    I appreciate the effort of congress to ensure that President Obama makes the right decisions when it comes to National security. I believe he will come up with good plans.

    However, I do not understand this "Not In My Backyard" argument. Do we not already have dangerous terrorists already in US prisons. If these four terror suspects caught yersterday are convicted, are they not going to be in prison in the US. Are we going to send them to GITMO.

    Many European countries like Britain have seen terror attack. They do not have any kind of GITMO. Does that make them less safe than the US.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  69. ArmyO

    We all have to realize that terrorists at Gitmo are not Americans. They are terrorists arrested while attempting to kill American soldiers, innocent civilians and public officials. You can't allow them to come into the United States. It's like putting the fox in the hen house. Has anyone considered why other countries won't allow Gitmo detainees back into their country? You try the prisoners, find them guilty or not guilty and dispose of the cases. You keep Gitmo open and hold those convicted there. The rest are released just as any other case. I know when I redeploy soon, I'd rather be fighting new terrorists and not the same ones I've already identified and sent away. Just a soldiers opinion.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  70. Bernice Langsford

    Just how many prisnors have been released from Gitmo? How were they kept track of? After 5 years of isolation What could they possibly know? How many men are we talking Of? If Bush and Cheney would of heeded the Security Memo on August 8th, we would not of had 9-11 and this whole mess would have been advoided.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  71. cheryl casey

    Should new people have brains! OMG, any 'avid skiier' sould know that Mt Hood is not in Washington! And Chinook Pass is not a ski area! Just because there is snow there, does not mean we ski on it!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  72. Laurie Elizondo

    Good Day, I hope you are well! Tony, obviously President Obama does remember 9/11. Need I say more.... ! These people want to do us harm, they hate us, they hate our way of life. Aren't you all reporting statistics of how many of those terrorists, have been released and gone back to terrorist acts? And now, we have our own home grown terrorists. Where does the President want to put these people? " NOT IN OUR BACKYARD", as his fellow Democrats are saying! As a citizen of this country, I object to them being housed, or even tried in this country. They do not have "HUMAN RIGHTS", when they came and KILLED over 3000 people. A lot of people do not like Dick Cheney, but he does make some sense. Thank you, for a wonderful job you at CNN do!!!

    Respectfully,
    Laurie

    May 21, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  73. Pat English

    We absolutely need to keep Gitmo open. It is ridiculous to think that alleged terrorists should have the same constitutional rights as US citizens. Are we to bring these people to the US to be tried. Only to have them get off on technicalities. It is time we took a tough stand on terrorists President Obama. Stop acting like Chamberlain.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  74. Daniel Torrey

    The detainees should be tried in courts-martial or civilian federal courts. Any Military Commissions trial will never be free of the suspicion that such trials were somehow influenced in order to obtain convictions at any cost. Therefore, the only way the U.S. can regain international credibility, as well as abide by the highest standards of justice, is to prosecute terrorism suspects in previously established courts in order to ensure that such trials are independent and impartial.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  75. Mona Moorman

    I think people need reminded that these people at Gitmo are not innocent bystanders they are "Prisioners of War" they were picked up on the battlefield. Therefore they have no rights to a trial until the "War" is over and can be held indefinately in detention camps. Call it what you will, what is happening in Afganastan, but I bet our Soldiers on the ground there call it "War".

    Did you ever see the movie Saving Private Ryan? Tom Hanks after catching an enemy soldier, he let the Sharp Shooter go and in the end he was back on the battlefield and released the final shot that took Tom Hanks out. Don't kid yourself things like that do happen on the Battlefield.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  76. Mario Bueno

    It’s amazing that terrorists are getting so much concern about their imprisonment when we as American’s have children incarcerated for life without the possibility of parole. Where are our priorities?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  77. Pete Bostwick

    Mr. Obama's approach to the enemy combatants held at Gitmo is misguided and naive. These people were captured on the battlefield, trying to kill US and coalition forces. They would be lucky to be treated according to Geneva Convention protocols, but definitely should not be accorded any rights within the US judicial system. The "War on Terror" is still exactly that, no matter what semantic twist the administration applies to it. Keep these people at Gitmo until or unless it can be determined they no longer present a threat to us or our allies.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  78. Justin S.

    Perhaps most entertaining to me, besides the fact that many prisoners at Guantanamo have yet to even be charged with a crime, is the idea that detainees cannot be brought to prisons here because of the danger posed to AMERICANS. With this same logic, aren't all Cuban citizens at risk right now? Or is a temporary, hastily built detention center more secure than a supermax prison? Or do we not care about the "safety" of Cuban citizens because they are citizens in a Communist country? The argument against fair trials and keeping prisoners in the US just furthers the idea that Americans have little concern about people in other countries.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  79. David Flora

    Tony,
    Regarding the inmates at Gitmo, the best solution is........GITMO! The facility is reportedly working well, and it should remain open! Obama has
    reversed campaign promises, so he should reverse this one, too. Americans do not want those terrorists on our soil. They do not have rights under our Constitution! It is foolish to release them back in the Mid-East also, as they resume their terrorist activities. Keep these terrorists at GITMO until the war is over!

    David

    May 21, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  80. FERN - STATEN ISLAND

    TERRORISTS ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE LAUGHING AND HIGH FIVING EACH OTHER. WHY? BECAUSE THEIR JOB IS TO TERRORIZE US AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING. DICK CHANEY IS DOING THEIR JOB FOR THEM.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  81. Wayne in Avondale

    Why is anyone listening to Cheney?
    Ask him about all his statements on WMD!
    Remember what he said about a "mushroom cloud"?
    Recall what he said about Iraq's connection to al Quaeda?
    Why don't reporters ask him these questions?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  82. Shola NJ

    Gitmo got to stay.We cannot in the name of respecting human rights or trying to be politicaly correct,continue to risk the lives of Americans.In as much as we try to protect our democracy by promoting and protecting human rights,we should not continue to endanger the lives of the citizens of the U.S.A.These people as we all know are terrorists,they should continue to live in isolation in Guantanamo bay.
    They are not be allowed to set their feet on a land of freedom like
    ours.These terrorist are haters of what America stands for.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  83. J.J. McKay Ocean City, Maryland

    who needs to approve my comment? It was sent at 10:27am...

    May 21, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  84. Amy Deaver

    As a Democrat, I have agreed with Mr. Obama 99% of the time, but the closing of Gitmo is a mistake......the prisoners there killed our citizens without cause, let's remember how we felt on 9-11-2001.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  85. Rich Trav

    These detainees are not super human. But by treating them that way, we strenghten their image and their cause. I am dissapointed in those who insist that they should not be held in the US. If there isn't a state with the guts to accept them, then send them to Iraq, Afghanistan, or a prison ship in international waters.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  86. Ashleigh Piccinino

    Hello:

    Here's my opinion on the whole GITMO situation. I think that after the terrorists are tried for the crimes they commited they should be put to death. I'm a Christian but we don't need those terrorists in the U.S. or anywhere else.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  87. john james

    I would recomend sending the detainees at GITMO home. Load them onto a boat send them around the Cape up the eastern coast of Africa with just enough fuel to make it off shore from Semalia.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  88. cheryl casey

    RE: Alabama Police beating of rollover van driver (unconcious). How dare the police chief justify his force by saying that they have come so far in the area of police brutality! This kind of behavior, running rampant in our country, is less that humane! To say that it is better than it used to be just highlights the fundimental brokeness of our law enforcement system! It it obvious that these police 'bullys' are just waiting to get a few punches in. We see it time and time again on tapes like these. And, I have to wonder, how stupid are these guys if they behave this way knowing that they are being taped? How do these guys get these jobs anyway? This is way I would be ashamed if any of my children became police personnel.
    It is just disgusting!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  89. Jeff Trillet

    Come on people, let's stop being so shallow & acting like we stand on some moral high ground with this Gitmo/waterboarding thing. Let's bring it closer to home...if your son/daughter was kidnapped, and a place like Gitmo, where waterboarding is practiced, existed to find the child, would you not then agree? Get real. There are people out there who are willing to kill you. If torture will prevent this...I say cut 'em to shreds.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  90. Rich Trav

    I agree with Cecilia Bruck. We have and do imprison some of the worst criminals on the planet. So why do we give suspected foreign terrorists super human status? We strengthen their image and their cause.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  91. Kevin

    I think that some people are blowing this problem out of the water. I agree with Berry about how they are being held. I think that some things that Obama should do is to sign the Kyoto Accords and to follow UN POW/captive laws. I think that we should give the remaining detainees danger levels and have the lower threat detainees that are known terrorists be judged by a fair tribunal. If we show compassion and decency to the detainees we might turn some of the opinions of the terrorists and other countries.

    We must dig ourselves out of the legal pit that we have dug ourselves into. We need to show the world that the US is not full of greedy people who want things their way every time but just normal people.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  92. Phil Williams

    President Obama is attempting to undo the ad-hoc military tribunals for captured terrorists and enhanced interrogation techniques setup by the Bush Administration with complete disregard for the “rule of law.” Obama’s argument is simple: the detainment, interrogation, prosecution and sentencing of suspected terrorists must comply with the Constitution of the United States and any of our nations laws governing such actions. Showing the world that no matter how many terrorist attacks take place upon our nation, we as a people will always adhere to the “rule of law” and not on “legal opinions” that have no legal basis or precedent.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  93. Celestin

    Hello,i will return the money but on one condition.i must be compensated

    May 21, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  94. Mr. Don Wong

    All the inmates at Gitmo should have been executed a long time ago. No US soil or courts. Why waste American tax dollars. Hang them ASAP.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  95. R.L.Q.Fogarty

    AT THIS TIME THE PRESIDENT IS VERY CLEARLY ADDRESSING THE ISSUES SURROUNDING GITMO, HOWEVER, WHAT IS DONE IS DONE AND NOW WE DO HAVE TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF HAVING THOSE PRISONERS DETAINED THERE FOR YEARS. Releasing them on American soil would be a huge mistake. As Americans, we live by our Constitution and Bill of Rights, but others don't, including teorrists. They have no investment in our country and one goal in mind for themselves and that is to harm America. We cannot make the mistake of releasing these people on American soil. If we are to release them at all, release them to their own government.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  96. Wayne in Avondale

    President Obama is proposing the "radical" idea that "we the people" and our elected officials must abide by the law!

    Imagine that!

    May 21, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  97. Carrie A

    I don't see your comment in the queue - please resend!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  98. Brenda S.

    I believe we should close Guantanamo Bay & send the detainees to that high security prison in Montana that is just sitting empty & Montana is willing to take them. This will also help the economy there in Montana. These detainees need due process.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  99. Walter McFadden

    I suggest that the detainees being held at Gitmo be returned to the place they were originally detained and dropped off, far from the USA.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  100. Celestin Muyembo

    All the inmates at Gitmo should have been executed silently rather than making the whole world to know they are still alive.They should be set Free reason being that the imates have right to live though they have committed several attrocities.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  101. Rich Trav

    That congressman who said that Fort Leavenworth Federal Prison is inappropriate because it is the same location as the US Army Command & General Staff College, has probably never been there. They are two seperate facilities. For anyone to insinuate that our most senior army officers are afraid to be near terrorists, is insulting to me and every other graduate of that college. In fact, it insults every American who wears or has worn the military uniform. I would have very much liked the opportunity to closely study my adversary when I took the course.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  102. Kay Ann Davison

    Why is this so heard? Close Guantanamo, try the prisoner in what ever court the Government wonts to use, if convicted lock them up in a max-security prison. If not guilty send them back to their own country.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  103. Deborah Wright

    There are some detainees that have never been on a battlefield. Some, because of appearance or assumed affiliations, were apprehended and detained at GITMO. We citizens are so uninformed about the policies put in practice by Cheney-Bush that we can not have an intellectual debate. Instead, we fuss and argue throwing slurs and name-calling. Nothing is gained and the division grows wider.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  104. J.J. McKay Ocean City, Maryland

    Tony- Close your eyes and envision a jet bomber circling over lets say Saudi Arabia at 30,000 ft. where on this plane there are no bombs but a tribunal is taking place for one of many Gitmo POW’s, At the end of the trial if/when he is found guilty would be sentenced to immediately be returned to his homeland and in this case its Saudi Arabia. You open the bombay doors he falls/jumps out and you say “Welcome Home” comrade ! Next ! The chance of him rejoining a terrorist cell and returning to the U.S. to kill Americans? None !
    JJ “Hitman” McKay/Ocean City, Maryland

    May 21, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  105. rebecca franklin

    Cheney and Bush did not protect us from another attack after 911- the anthrax attacks came after 911. As to Guantanamo, George Bush in his blithe and unthinking ignorance, and unconcerned about our country despite his protestations to the contrary, created an impossible situation that has no clear or logical solution. But,hey,he doesn't have to worry about it anymore! And please stop giving the paranoid,delusional,and no-longer-in-power Cheney airtime. He's a broken record and almost destroyed our country. Why do his comments merit any more of our time? He needs to go home and take his power-madness with him.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  106. Wayne in Avondale

    Why doesn't Cheney tell us that he and Bush ignored the CIA
    warning that "Osama bin Laden Determined to Strike IN U.S"?

    Richard Clarke warned Bush/Cheney/Rice about bin Laden?

    Remember: Bush/Cheney/Rice were in charge when the
    attack happened.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  107. Derrick

    How can those that argue for the torture terror tactics and defy the President on the closing of Guantanamo Bay say that their fight is for national security? If the fight is truly for national security then join the fight rebuilding America so that there aren't any home grown terrorists. Join the fight to help stop and counsel troubled individuals from killing their family members and strangers.

    Why don't they join the fight in national security by worrying about the release of child molesters and rapists back into our communities instead of so-called terrorists.

    If America was the vocal point of that administrations theme, and not war mongering, the economy might not have been derailed.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  108. R.L.Q.Fogarty

    PRESIDENT OBAMA PROVIDES THE "UNIFYING FACTOR" FOR AMERICANS. There is no doubt that our president is a strong communicator. His message is loud and clear and what I would describe as a unifying factor. His message for a strong America, one that leads and guides America through our "timeless" Constitution is very effective. His delivery comes with a sense of a desperately needed common and higher consciousness of what is wrong and right for America in general.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  109. Ken

    President Obama makes sense and is trying to dispose of a problem, Gitmo, that was generated by the poorly conceived policies of Bush/Cheney. We should support him - noone could do better under these circumstances. Bush/Cheney did immeasurable harm to the country; the country should do everything possible to distance ourselves from the incompetent and illegal prior administration. CNN and other news media should not give Cheney a continued platform to sensationally defend failed policies.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  110. Phil W.

    Dick Cheney needs to just go away. He had his chance, now he is just covering his missteps. Hey Dick: Go hunting with someone who is just as bad a shot as you. Goodbye, and shutup!
    Phil W.
    Myrtle Beach, SC

    May 21, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  111. Susan from Georgia

    Cheney is speaking a little to late and looks like he is only trying to protect his self and his guilt in the situation. It also appears that this is a almost disgrace to President Obama. Cheney is not our VP anymore. I feel he does not have the right to speak so contridictory against the President and is a attempted slap in the face to what the President has brilliantly spoken to the public about his feelings on the Gitmo situation.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  112. Nitah P

    There are no, I repeat "No Weapons of Mass Destruction" In saying this, I have listened to President Obama and now I am listening to (RET) Vice-President Cheney go back in Time again of the terrorist acts against America and why he is coming out to speak and once again he has "Forgotten" there were no reason for us to go into Iraq at the time under false pretense. For those of us whom was called up as Soldiers and Contractors to work to Serve our Country did so. I can't believe that he will continue to come up and not move forward in our Future as a Renewed Recovering America but to instill his "Scare" Tactic of let's not forget the Terrorist will come back again......and now about the leaking of the "Memo" did he forget that this information has already been out and if you followed politics and know where to go you can find it? This is Nonsense and that is only my opinion as a American Citizen and I believe in Freedom of Speech, now he states about our Enemy watching...well if noone has brought it to his attention the Enemy is watching the "Infighting of a (RET) Vice-President attack our President or shall I say "Defend" his actions. There is always more than one interpretation of any situation and everyone in America and International have their opinion of this. My God, what are we doing to ourselves, Let"s just separate the country of people and instill the "Scare Tactic again that we are not going to be Safe, Cheney please go into Retirement and let the New Administration and allow Secretary Gates, his staff and the rest of the New National Security Staff do their jobs and protect America our homeland and the troops in country. In my opinion, this is why we are where we are today; "Too Many Chiefs" & "No Indians to lead" Cheney you are retired....That my opinion for today. Thank you for this opportuntiy.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  113. Susan Sanchez

    I suppose the only reason that Cheney is having to finally face the media and the public on what actually happened during the previous administration is because everyone knows what a horrible speaker Bush is and that Bush would make the previous administration look even more guilty.

    President Obama is absolutely right in his decisions on this Gitmo matter and we should support him more by not allowing Cheney or anyone else to come on air immediately after the President. I think this is a insult to the President's authority and his decision.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  114. mike holloway

    Cheney Just confessed arrest him he is a lier and should be put on trial. His USSR point of view on the world is right out of communist actions in the cold war. WE ARE AMERICA we stand for something. This is a black eye on our country. This is a crossroad in our history to we fall to the depth of communist point of view or to stay that beacon on the hill. One more thing Dick is another example of a personal wimp trying to be tough using other people's lives toe to toe he or any of the Bush adminstration are wimps without any personal backbone.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  115. Steph

    Cheney's speech seems disingenuous.

    Here is a man who was exceedingly contemptuous of transparancy and information sharing while in office, who now displays an urgency to clarify why he ordered torture and demands release of documents that his administration could have released to the American public had they wanted to.

    We should all ask ourselves what has changed in 4 months to make it acceptable to release documents that Bush and Cheney wouldn't release.

    We should all ask ourselves if 4 months after leaving office Mr. Cheney is more truthful and honest than when he was in office. Why should we believe him now? What's made him more honest and truthful than he was?

    When you look at this logically and rationally, Cheney's actions today seem to be about covering himself from litigation AND moving the debate to put the Obama administration on the defensive through more lies and distortions on the part of Mr. Cheney.

    Hopefully none of us will fall for the ruse that Mr. Cheney is perpetrating upon us.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  116. Ken

    What's with the constant, unreasoned ridiculing of Europe?

    May 21, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  117. Karen in Florida

    Enough already. CNN what are you thinking.....giving equal time to this evil, fear-mongering, corrupt ex-President?

    May 21, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  118. Shelly Gorham

    I am so sick and tried of seeing our government have to explain every move they make to our pansy ____ political correct people. They act to secure us and make us safe. I am a democrat and I do want them to do what every they need to keep another 911 or worst from happen. If people keep up this PC CRAP they will not have to worry any more about the Mexican speaking English because we will be required to speak a foreign language.... like Chianness or worst. DO you not understand they will be on your front door and not be knocking to do horrible things to you, your children and family. Take your blinders OFF PC people or we all will be sorry and it will be to late. Quit letting the cameras go to war and stop telling the people everything!

    May 21, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  119. Raymond Lewis

    If suspected terrorist are tried and released here hold them until they can be deported. Many sex offenders, who were released from prison years ago, are still being detained. How/where do other countries deal with their captured terrorist?

    May 21, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  120. christa

    I am so tired to see Cheney and his corrupt ways. He should be quiet and go away. We need to indicdt him. I also want to know how much his personal fortune grew, through the war in Iraq, because of Haliburton. There were no biddings for most of the other companies, because the president, him and the repulicans gave most of it to Haliburton. I get physically ill, when I see Cheney. How many young lives were lost, because of his lies. I wished those families could sue him and I do not like suing, but he derserves it

    May 21, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  121. Phil Williams

    If the Buch Administration kept America so safe for the last 7 years, why didn't the 5-deferment Vietnam draft-dodging former Vice President Dick Cheney not mention Iraq?

    May 21, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  122. lee

    How dare Cheney say anything about the way Obama is handling the
    inherited mess Bush and Cheney created. Cheney hid for eight years after helping manufacture the lies to begin an unnecessary war which
    cost hundreds of billions of dollars that should have been spent in the states. He has been responsible for creating more fear in this country than any terrorist. Of course creating fear is the only way Republicans can get votes.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  123. Alex Antipa

    Hi Mr. Harris,
    I fail to understand why the networks, both liberal and "fair and balanced" are giving Dick Cheney face-time? This man spent his time during the Bush administration hiding the background while he pulled the strings and undermined the values of our constitution all under the auspices of fear of our enemies. We will always have enemies, we will always have fear, we will always the choice of how we deal with that fear and only the weak reduce themselves to the level of that enemy. Cheney represents everything that has taken our conservative party out of step with the will of the US. My question to your editors is why you allow him to continue promoting the agenda of our past president? This is not something we've every done in the past. Is this relevant to the current running of our country or is it undermining the new directions set by our current country?

    Listen to Cheney's fear mongering and loathing of our enemies. "Never forget those who attacked us on 911....." Do we hate the Japanese still for Pearl Harbor or have we spent years examining the injustices of our own Japanese relocation policies?

    Cheney is not "news", he's "olds". Regardless of my opinions of his moral structure, the networks are doing this country a disservice by allowing him to attack our effort to rebuild our own morality.

    May 21, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  124. Joyce

    In trying to watch CNN to determine if FOX is really "fair and balanced", I have found overwhelmingly that CNN is biased in favor of the current administration and a liberal slant on EVERYTHING and diabolically opposed to anything that represents a different or opposing viewpoint. FOX will consistently get my viewing time due to this blatant bias. During Vice President Cheney's comments, the typed phrases appearing on the screen were an "interpretation" of what was being said, not a quotation. For example, Mr. Cheney used the term "enhanced interrogation" whereas our 'interpreter' wrote 'waterboarding'. Another statement that was misstated in CNN's brillant interpretation was 'those who use harsh techniques should be "proud".' This was not said, but rather those who obtained information that kept us all safe should be PROUD. Where is your journalistic integrity? Report the news and leave the interpretation to the listener. Do not allow "interpreters" to insert their own bias. Be fair or take on a new name for your programming, like "The View".

    May 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  125. Billy

    Funny how VP Cheney had this invite and President Obama hustled to pre-empt him at the last minute with an unscheduled news conference

    May 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  126. Savanah

    At this time the President has made it crystal clear that he took an oath to uphold the Constitution of America along with the Senate and the House of Representatives. AMERICA DOES NOT TORTURE!!!! Why does former VP Cheney feel the need to show his face after President Obama speaks. He was in office for 8 years and Americans never saw him . Former VP Cheney should go on vacation somewhere. The Republican's ran this country in the ground and now they are trying to defend their actions. The Republican Party is pitiful!!!!!!!! Thank you President Obama for being honest with the American people.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  127. Tommy Brewer

    I find it interesting that Dick Cheney would hold a press conference, yet George Bush has remained conspicuously quiet...makes me wonder, who was actually leading our white house during the debacle we have come to know as the Bush administration.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  128. Floyd

    I want to know what's so wrong with bringing the Guantanamo inmates into America. They'll be in a freaking high-security prison, people.. it's not like they'll be living in your subdivision.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  129. Chris

    Why are earth are we still seeing Cheney on television if he is so concerned about sending mixed message to the world? Simple, he can't stand the idea that history may prove him a failure. Instead he'll continue to back seat drive as the new administration tries to repair the damage he and his minions have done.

    Fade away Dick. Just fade away.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  130. Sandy Rosser

    The prisoners at GITMO should be held under military tribunal until such time as their own countries return to democratic law, then returned to their own countries for trial and sentencing. At no time should these criminals be given the same legal rights as American citizens. To do so demeans and demoralizes the men and women of the United States.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  131. Steve K

    I say we use the death penalty by lethal injection on the most dangerous gitmo terrorists.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  132. Lynn Kern

    Gitmo should be kept open and no one from there should be released into the USA. Any trials should be through the military.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  133. Adam

    I feel that the plan President Obama just outlined in his speech sounds completely reasonable and would support it 100%!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  134. Pamela

    These are extraordinary criminals committing extraordinary crimes so they deserve extraordinary punishment and detainment. They should not be allowed into our country.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  135. Karen Alexander

    The detainees should be spread out in several different countries–INCLUDING THE US. Those terrorists are no different from murderers and rapists, and bombers that we already have in our prison system. If we don't take any of them, then other countries won't feel that they have to.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  136. Sue Webb

    We should keep Gitmo open and leave them there! We can't have these murders running around loose. They will take more victims! If put into US prisons they will spread their doctrine and create more terrorists out of the inmates.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  137. Cody

    On the issue of what to do with the GITMO detainees, I suggest loading them all up on a C-17, and taking them out to some location in the middle of nowhere. Then, let the U.S. Air Force conduct target practice.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  138. Mark A.

    Leave the detainee's at Gitmo!!! Obviously no other country in the world wants them so why should we spend more taxpayer dollars to house them here in our domestic prisons? Last I checked, we still have an overcrowding issue in our prisons. Or did we forget to report that because it's not convenient to the President's plans? Oh, and the election in November had nothing to do with VP Cheney's speech you shameless liberal/socialist!!!!! Wouldn't it be nice if CNN would just report the news and let us make our own judgments?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  139. Brian

    Why can't these terror suspects be sent to the World Court and tried for crimes against huminity?
    Aren't there crimes against all people not just US citizens?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  140. Vince

    The argument about where to place the prisoners is absurd. We have thousands of killers, rapists and vile people in prisons all over the United States, but for some reason these men are a huge threat for us to keep? It makes no sense. It's another side effect of our cultural demonizing of Islam. We view them as the lowest of low.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  141. natalie

    Do not close Gitmo. These people are combatants, not US citizens.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  142. ed

    I'm tired of Mr. Cheney's crusade to look after his own self-interests and the same old rhethoric and scare tactics. Interestingly, in Candy Crowley's reports today on Mr. Cheney she used the phrase "he believes" over and over in contrast to "he knows" and if you look at the definition of belief vs. knowledge the difference is clear. Perhaps Candy was using a bit of rhethorical emphasis to highlight that Mr. Cheney's comments have no real substance.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  143. Terri

    Remind the world that 911 happened on Dick Cheney's watch. How safe did he make us by ingnoring intellegence that the terrorist Bin Lauden was going to strike. How dare he come out in the open now when he hid from the American public for 8 years.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  144. James From ABQ

    We are the most powerful nation on the planet. If other countries can arrest, tried, and place terrorist in their prisons, I think our great nation can do the same with absolute safety for our citizens. It seems we are currently doing this now. If we can't then we should send the four terrorist arrested today in NY to China or Israel because they are more capable to handle these prisoners.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  145. John Bocskay

    Americans won't realize what a true American Dick Chaney is until years to come. Shut down Gitmo ? You must be on drugs! Do you want these criminals living in your community or next door to you ?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  146. Ben OBEWU

    Dick Cheney, have to keep quite. If he know they were doing the right thing, why didn't he run for election to continue BUSH's programms. Cheney is the republicans' worst problem.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  147. SKIP TAYLOR

    Watching Cheney openly admit to "war crimes violations" and listening to his treasonous comments made me want to see a couple of officers walk into the room and arrest him on the spot. This should make every American's blood boil. His "free speech" and "actions he thought needed to be implemented" now need to be stopped.
    Time to take off the gloves.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  148. Bill Capon

    President Obama should stop pandering to the far left wing of his party.

    The last thing we need is terrorist prisoners brought into the US mainland, but then, after almost 8 years, we still have not secured our boarders!!!

    US Security First above Political Parties!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  149. Jim

    The president made a strong, compelling case for closing down the Guatanomo Base and finally bring this sordid chapter in American history to a close by bringing the detained to trial. Our Constitution has been defiled by those who used Guatanomo Bay as they thought it was beyond American Justice. The Supreme Court and now the President have spoken. It is now up to the Senate to do what is right.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  150. Catherine

    I could really care less what Cheney thinks at this point. If there is confusion its because he didn't do the job of explaining or convincing the American public when we was in office. I seriously feel ill listening to him and to see him receive airtime, or to even hear about his poll numbers – is he running for office? – is obscene and disrespectful of the current President. I didn't believe his policies of fear and hate kept me any safer, and that's why I voted for the other guy. I am sick of watching this representative of the party that trashed our economy and constitution stand up as a representative of 'doing things right' – how do you say that with a straight face? Disgusting. CNN's participation in it is really scary. No other news channels covered Cheney's speech. It just makes me wonder what your reporters were doing when we needed real questions answered under the last administration. Is CNN making up for poor coverage when Cheney was VP by airing his speech today. Conflict of interest???

    May 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  151. agneta owen

    Chaney mentioned in his latest speech that the local taxpayers do not want to pay for detainese in the local prisons. Don't the taxpayers pay for GItmo? Which would be less expensive in the long run?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  152. James Wahler

    What we should do with Gitmo detainees is waht they were trying to do to us, KILL THEM!

    Terrorists deserve no quarter or 'right' from US laws or Geneva conventions

    They are not soldiers, and generally are nothing more than savages.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  153. robert clinton holmes

    i firmly beleive that gitmo should be closed and the prisoners(that we are gonna prosecute)should be moved to AMERICAS super max prisons . If we do this we know 2 things ....1. they are gonna be treated in a manner that our great country would treat any other prisoner and most importantly that they wont be able to recruit ,mastermind or be involved in any terrorist activity since as we know they are locked down for 23 hrs a day and have limited contact with the outside world.I mean is that not the reason we built supermax prisons in the first place? was it not to house prisoners too dangerous to be housed in any other prison?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  154. Max

    Give them a trial, whether it be there or here. You can't expect to imprison anyone who opposes the US, imprison them indefinately, and then when trial is brought up refuse to take any responsibility. The US imprisoned them, the US is going to have to house and try them...

    May 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  155. MG Young

    If their going to have all the benefits of criminals in the US, let them be placed in the general population of inmates in our prison system!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  156. Vinnie Uppl

    America must do whatever it takes to keep the country secure. Torturing those who wish to kill innocent people is not unconstitutional. Republicans have done everything wrong except they kept us safe after 9-11.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  157. Scott Lindquist

    The Republicans have been very effective in once again SCARING THE HELL out of people about putting terrorists in Federal Prisons. What nonsense. We have far more dangerous prisoners already in confinement. I think this is more an issue of "We don't want ISLAMIC terrorists in our backyard." Where was the outrage for all the terrorists that are now in prisons. This is all political hype and shame on the Democrats for not having the courage to do what's right.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  158. BIGTEX210

    Cheney presented a very good argument. However, Cheney is the same person who made his friends in Houston, Texas extremely rich off of the US mission in Iraq. I have a hard time believing anything he says right now. He sure wants to talk a lot but he doesn't want to talk about KBR and Halliburton does he?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  159. Randall

    The President is still trying to poop scoop all the worldwide fun the last administration left behind. The more he finds, the more there seems to be. If he can't get with the new program, the self appointed merchant of the defense of torture needs to be wormed. Or sent to the doghouse.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  160. Bruce

    All of this arguing over the past is useless. No detainee should ever set foot on U.S soil unless its in a supermax prison. We will never improve our future while living in our past. Pres Obama needs to quit looking back and start looking forward. Another attack will happen and when it does how will we proceed. I'm sorry I don't feel sorry for any of the detainees or what happens to them. The bottom line, do whatever it takes to keep our country safe.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  161. mephillipsr

    My father was a WWII Vet, I am a VietNam Era Vet, my son is a Dessert Storm vet and all three of my brothers are vets.
    When the Bush adminsration order water boarding they shamed us all, we are the United States of America, we do NOT Torture!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  162. Judy Self

    Pres. Obama is doing a stellar job on this issue. HIs speech was reassuring to me. His plan is well thought out, the facts stated clearly, his thinking laid out in a forthright manner, and our moral equalibrium restored. The end does not justify the means in America. Otherwise we will be just like the terrorists' countries. We must reset and keep the standards our forefathers put into our constitution.

    Dick, go away....stay away! You are a very large part of the ills this country is suffering today, and I believe your policies and actions on torture have enhanced the terrorists motivation to kill Americans, not dimished them.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  163. Bill

    After watching Cheney, his knowledge and justifications for such interrogation acts like water boarding I have a new found respect for him. With terrorism, it's us or them. Why would we not use every available legal means to get the job done? I heard Obama say he rejected water boarding and something to the effect that he was responsible for the safety etc....I think Obama has to stop thinking he is Superman. Perhaps it can be chalked up to his inexperience. Closing Guantanamo? What an absurd election promise that has now come back to haunt him.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  164. Pam

    What to do with the detainees: Divide them into three groups–place one group in Texas close to each and every member of the Bush family; place a second group in Wyoming among the Cheney family and the third group in New Mexico with the Rumsfeld family. These men started the problem–let them take full responsibility.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  165. Jeremy

    Cheney, and most Republicans, don't get it. Their ideology, their anger, their fear mongering ways were REJECTED by the American people in November. In a deafening voice we proclaimed that we had enough of their deceitful ways. Yet, true to form, Cheney refuses to treat the American people as if we are intelligent beings. Atleast President Obama talks the the American people as if we are smart enough to see through the garbage.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  166. Max

    Also remember that many of these detainees haven neither been charged nor convicted of anything...

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  167. Grant McLaren

    Shut Guantanamo down!
    We must remember that this is Cuban territory. The US government has been treating Cuba and the Cuban people with dissrespect for decades yet we put our prisoners on their soil. Let's give Cuba back to Cuba, and move the prisoners to facilities in the New York area!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  168. Gilbert West

    I can't see any other reason for former VP Dick Cheyney's speech than to keep alive the lies that have been told in the past. If "water-boarding and other forms of torture were so valuable in gathering information that would "keep us safe," then why don't they answer the most obvious question? i.e., Where is Osama Bin Laden? Where is Mullah Omar? Where is Ayman Al-Zawahiri? The truth is that these torture sessions were no more than the acting out of inborn hatreds of those who committed the acts. American people are not fools... nobody hates you because of your values... They hate you because of your injustices toward them. Period.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  169. Jeff Johnson

    It was about time for Mr. Cheney to defend the lies being told. I just want the truth from all of our politicians, but especially from our media. CNN you take sides, its disgustingly obvious, thats why you have significantly fewer viewers than FOX. Everybody has an agenda, but you are blatant followers of the left!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  170. bill lambert

    We do not need guantam prisinors in US. We also need to continue torture techniques if not make them better to ensure a safe country. Cheney is tough on these matters and knows what he is talking about.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  171. Ariel Ungerleider

    President Obama's speech clearly identified the Constitutional challenges that he faces daily in dealing with Gitmo. The U.S. should not be holding people prisoner for years without due process under the law. If we cannot find evidence to convict we must not keep detainees. Otherwise, we are just as pathetic as the regimes that capture and detain US troops and civilians.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  172. Dustin

    Leave them at Gitmo. If they must be tried now, set up and facilitate U.S. trials at Guantanamo. These people are not victims or minor offenders, they are threats to the security of the United States. If one of these prisoners is released (for whatever reason) and subsequently attacks the U.S. I'm sure Bush/Cheney haters will be singing a different story. The fact is that administration ran 2 terms without another attack. I, for one, am grateful. Keep Gitmo open and keep capturing individuals who threaten our security.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  173. Ann

    What is up with you people? Why would you want to bring these terriosts into the U.S.? They are already here. Why bring more? I think that they should continue with the way it has always been dealt with. Just think of all terriost attacks that has been stopped by capturing and holding these prisoners. I think Obama needs to tend to other important issues that face our nation instead of jumping into something that he obviously knows nothing about.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  174. Richard

    Thanks to CNN for letting the viewers hear both sides, unfiltered.

    Now I feel fully justified in selecting Obama in the voting booth. Not only was his review thorough, it addressed the future with information behind the decision making process being used, but again focused on where we are going. Unfortunately, the former Vice President feels his role is to justify the past, not provide solutions he would have used if still in office.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  175. Diane Thompson

    President Obama outlined his plan dealing with the prisoners currently at Guantanamo. This is the plan that should be followed. The facility should be closed. Obama's plan follows our constitution and rule of law. We elected him to give us the change we need.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  176. johnchristopher

    As President Obama juggles the challenges of following a corrupt and moronic administration, he has to endure the same stupidity and blather that has dominated the past decade.

    Cheney needs to be indicted for war crimes along with the rest of his cronies and leave the business of cleaning up their mess to an intelligent leader – Barack Obama.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  177. Dee H

    Gitmo should not be closed. These detainees have never had it so good. They have it better than in their own countries. At least at Gitmo they can eat good food and bathe.By the way - weren't we attacked BEFORE Gitmo? Wasn't that the result, not the cause? One more minor detail - When we do get attacked again from this exercise in political correctness, who will Obama blame this time?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  178. Andi Gooch

    I am in total agreement with Dick Cheney!! I think Obama has been to hasty with his understanding of national security. Your title of this article should be Obama vs. Bush administration. Obama needs to stop worrying about his position and comparing him self and get to work. Stop being on "US" magazine. I am GREATLY concerned for our safety. The enemies are circling/scheming – while our country is in dispute – PLEASE . . . let's have some by partisan!!! I think Obama was on the defense and Cheney had it RIGHT ON!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  179. Rose

    Whatever we do with them, lets not bring them onto US soil. I have heard it said that our prisons are secure, but do we want terrorists to mix with our own prison populations with their anti-social tendencies?

    Is there at least some chance that we will be breeding more terrorists, amonst this alienated population.

    Why not leave them in what is a secure and seemingly humane place isolated from any chance of future mischief, until at least some plan for their future detainment and or release becomes actionable.

    As to what the rest of the world thinks, A, who cares, and B, why has no other country come forth with a plan to reform them?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  180. S Beahn

    If the terrorists are brought into American prisons, they will have the opportunity to recruit more terrorists from the prison population, they will be afforded Constitutional rights that were not considered when the lives of so many good Americans were taken on 9/11, and if they are released, where to? New York? LA? Your back yard or mine?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  181. Dave

    Moving the detainees to the US should'nt be an issue. People act like there are no terrorists in the US prison system, when in fact there are many. I'm from Minnesota and we had that blind sheik from the first WTC bombing at a prison in Rochester, no problems, no big deal. People have to get off this "not in my backyard" mentality. If you look hard enough, there are unwanted things in everyones back yard, but that doesn't mean they're all a threat.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  182. James

    I find the former Vice-President's position completely convincing and his logic flawless.

    In fact, inspired by his courage, I am moved to reveal my own private efforts to prevent the migration of Pterodactyls to North America, which while heretofore secret, has nonetheless labored tirelessly over the last 7 years to protect our environment from a dangerous invasive species.

    If you look back on my organization's record to date, you will see that not a single Pterodactyl reached the shores of America under our watch: Proof positive of our effectiveness.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  183. Pete B.

    Cheney-bashing has become something of an art, but–despite his evident attempt to enhance the VP position–this is a highly experienced and bright guy. The points he made in response to Obama's address remain pertinent, and help illustrate the fact that Mr. Obama has precious little background in Intelligence or National Security affairs. Pres. Obama has a looooong way to go to grow into this office.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  184. Isaac

    I think we should re-open Alcatraz Prison on Alcatraz Island, which is currently a national park. This should address the concerns of sending the detainees to states that do not want them.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  185. andy

    Put the gitmo detainees in Leavenworth so cadets can look out the window and remeber what we're fighting for. Cheney is despicable. It's common knowledge that the only confessions you get with torture is whatever you want. This is why our well-researched and practiced interrogation manual uses techniques based on trust. It's extremely plausible that the only reason the Bush administration tortured people was to try and get some bs justification to go to war in Iraq. As Jesse Venture said, "Give me Dick Cheney, a waterboard, and 2 hours, and I'll have him confessing to the Sharon Tate murders." Cheney, Bush, Yoo, and the rest of the lot should be in jail.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  186. Richard

    When are you and other news groups going to invite REAL experts to discuss torture? You know, the people who have studied/explored the process and asscoiated results. I'm tired of hearing mere opinions!!!

    PLIP, Richard – Vancouver.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  187. Sinaga

    The Terrorist have no Country, they do not have human character (kill other human using jihad/ moslem religion as their reasoning).
    We have a war against country or countries, we're not in war against terrorist. We should eliminate terrorist, they do not have human ethics nor characteristics
    We can not apply human Law to terrorist. Leave them in Guantanamo forever.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  188. dolores

    Send those detinees to their homeland. We don't want them here. A little waterboarding is more humane than them cutting our heads off. What's the matter with Americans? This is a war. They don't play fair & I am not wanting to "get along" with our fellow man when it comes to their hatred of us.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  189. Pete

    Why bring terrorists on US soil in our prisons and give Al Queda a great reason to save their "heroes" by attacking....naive at best

    May 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  190. malcolm

    After listening to and hearing Mr. Chaney's statements, I can only say God bless America that he's the former Vice President. If ends justify the means, when someone is arrested/indicted for a capital crime, let's just torture the "TRUTH" out of them.

    After Mr. Chaney's statements, I'm now convinced that we should investigate and indict any members of the Bush administration who acted outside the law. This behavior is not conducive to a free society. If we fall to level of terrorist in using their tactics and justifications, we've lost our morale compus to lead and maybe to survive as a nation...the end does not justify the means...remember our policies towards American Indians, remember slavery America, remember the treatmennt of Asian Americans during WWII. I guess Mr Chaney can justify that also, after all, look at the benefits enjoyed by those enpowered.

    Wake up America! Once the first link is forged, the rest follow in line..

    May 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  191. carol raia

    How will all of you "Liberals" feel when we are attacked on Obama"s watch because he let down his guard? Terrorist's who did harm to us deserve whatever they get. How would Danny Pearl respond if he could? The very people we want to give "rights" to would kill each and every one of us if they had the chance.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  192. Marc

    As a northern neighbour, I applaud the debate today between Obama and Cheney, It shows the clear value of the United States. You have always maintained the right to express opinions. Which ever side is right is irrelevant, the strength of your country is that you can debate it in the open. While I disagree with many of America's choices, I do believe in your democracy.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  193. Olaniyi Fatungase

    Hey Toni,
    I think the decision Pres. Obama pronounced this morning might be dangerous path for his success in the future. Any slight adverse action on the home land by these criminal gangs will draw back his goals. Pres. Obama should allow the security team to foster without interference. Listen to the congress.. Don't bring these elements here.. I do not object to Guan. closure, but TOTALLY disapprove of comming to America just like that. Why are we kicking the ball right and left. Close the Guam and send the crazy boys out to there country. If they like they take them, or leave them, that's thier problem. Period.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  194. Marilyn

    I can understand President Obama not wanting to use waterboarding, but upon hearing the Supreme Court ruling concerning these detainees' rights, I ask myself, "What about the rights of the thousands killed in 9-11?" Please, Mr. President, keep Gitmo open so we can at least keep an eye on these detainees. I don't want them living near me or my kids!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  195. Kelly Oldenburg

    I think Obama is going to learn that pleasing his left-wing party will put our country in danger. Cheney has shown that he did keep us safe for seven and half years. Septembe 11th plot was planned will Clinton was president and only occurred after Bush and Cheney were in for 7 months. They proved that all these other terrorist attacks (four or five )occurred on Clinton's watch and September 11th occurred because of his weaked policies for defense. The same will happen with Obama. I think though that Obama is realizing this and that is why he has flip-flopped on so many issues in regards to the terrorists. Let's see if Obama can keep us safe for the years he is in power. We may not like Cheney and Bush but they did prevent and keep us safe. If Cheney is lying why will Obama not release the memos showing how they kept us safe. Obama has also kept the power to use this interrogrations if a bad situation occurrs so this shows he must think they work. Obama did not think things through on the closing o Gutamano and I think looks reckless now.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  196. Rayshaun

    I agree with Obama in that the terrorists suspects should ultimatley be removed from guantanamo, however sufficient time should be allowed for an adequate substitute here in the U.S. I also agree that our values and constitution should never be tampered with and underminded even if doing so would be the easier approach. Shreading our consitutuon would send a very dangerous precedence in the world and ultimately make us less safe not more. I'm not sure why Dick Cheney believes what he does but it is scary.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  197. Vitali L

    Hi, I have been tracking the changes the president makes and the way he chooses to place his name in the history books. However, I think that his run toward changing policies and agencies in the name of political fame leaves him blind to the real issues: are we really safe and how the information will be retrieved in the future. The president mentioned how we should not look in to the past history and concentrate on the future. I disagree, we learn history in schools, colleges and universities for a reason and the reason is simple the past has a tendency to repeat. The terrorist world does not play by the rules we abide by. The government must be able to transform it’s shape to provide safety for it citizens.
    Thank you!
    Vitali L.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  198. John Merrell

    I believe that detainees accused of acts against the US should be prosecuted under US law, but I am uncomfortable with this question. What happens to those who may be acquitted in federal courts? We've been assured that these are bad people, right?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  199. fredrick dawkins

    the question before us is whether to bring the terrorist to the U.S. and if that is the ? bring them to the US let them stand before the people they wanted to destroy and allow them(us) to exact justice. Afterall we are americans fair, just, and honost (lol) they tried too do away with us they are "DONE"

    May 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  200. Pat Costello

    Jesse Ventura said to give him 1 hour alone with Cheney and some waterboarding gear and Cheney would confess to anything. That is the drawback to torture. I say move the suspected terrorists into our supermax prisons and let them "mingle" with the "general population". That might glean some unexpected intel. Nuff said...

    May 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  201. Dave

    Go ahead and move these guys to our prison system, put them in general population and just like Jeffrey Dahmer, the problems will be solved.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  202. Rudy

    After closing Gitmo, our government needs to bring all incarcerated individuals to this country holding them while deciding to either prosecute them on whatever charges they may find or deport them back to their country, if they accept them back. Violating the law ie: Habeas Corpus is ‘not’ the answer. Example the ‘Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case’

    May 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  203. Rich Trav

    Bush/Chaney asserted that their actions kept us safe from another attack and the proof is that we haven't had another attack. That is like my assertion that I have been eating a single M&M every day since 911 to prevent cancer. And guess what, it worked. To date I am cancer free.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  204. Jim

    The US holds possession of numerous small islands some of which are uninhabited. A Guantanamo type facility should be established on one of these. The location should be kept secret. Human rights monitoring teams could be rotated in and out to check their treatment. In no way should these terrorist be given a home in a prison here in the US where they can subvert the views of others, nor should they be given a voice in a US court. Too much media attention have been given them as it is. They need to be isolated and forgotten just as thousands of murderers, rapists, and other violent criminals are in other prisons.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  205. Roger Boyer

    I think that Obama's Narcissitic personallity is showing up again. Does he not realzie he was Harshly scorned by the US Senate yesterday in their vote of 90 Against and only 6 Democratic Senators For the funding to shut GETMO Down! He just will not accept that he has been defeated in this matter and will not get to keep a campaign promise that he never should have made in the first place! Those terrioist that comments such horrific crimes are right where they need to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Each American should think how they felt on the day of the 911 attack and thank God and the previous administration for the Security of America since then.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  206. Jack Pausman

    It's bad enough that the fox will do whatever it can to get into the hen house – why on earth would you open the door for him?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  207. Marilyn

    Why, after being barely visible for the last eight years, is Dick Cheney looking for face time on television now? What's up his sleeve?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  208. jerry

    Dick Cheney's comments on waterboarding are inconsitent with the supreme court 's decision it is also against our moral fiber. If Cheney thinks waterboarding was such a great interagation technique, why wasn't it used on Mcviey or nichols to find out wether thier were more people involved. My personel opinion is cheney is a criminal who ranks up there with hanoi's torturing of Senator McCain.

    SHAME ON YOU WHO THINK ITS OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    VIETNAM VET

    May 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  209. Clinton Hebert

    Hypothetically Speaking: YOUR DEAD along with hundreds or even thousands of americans plus many close family members...

    Then the Government and/or American People learn that waterboarding or ANY TORTURE to terrorists would have saved all those lives. Remember that this includes your life along with your children, mother, father, brothers, sisters, etc...

    What would you allow to save your own LIFE ???

    Do you believe that this war fought fair by the terrorists? Do the terrorists go by the rules of the Geneva Conventions?

    We can all talk about what we believe is right but actions speak louder than words. Please put yourself in the shoes of the victims.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  210. T. Quesada

    Leave Guantanamo OPEN. We do not want the terrorists on U.S. soil were we have so many liberal judges that would probably release them. The most important thing is to keep Americans safe. I agree with Cheney that terrorists will not look at the U.S. in a more favorable light if we close Gitmo and no longer use waterboarding. President Obama is leaving the option open to use waterboarding, doesn't that say something?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  211. Larry Denman

    I just listened to both the President, and former Vice President. Mr. Cheney appears to want things both ways. He saluted the President for not releasing materials that might lead to a truth commission, then turns around and says the documents need to be declassified. In past days it would be said he speaks with forked tongue

    May 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  212. FAYE

    I can't beleive Cheney is still trying to sell this story........Bush and Cheney have broken so many of our laws.I give Bush credit at lease he has sense enough not to stir a stink pot.Cheney only looking out for his legacy.......and we will remember........the dark side did not win.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  213. Ralph

    If indeed almost every country where these detainees come from do not want them back. And if indded more than 1 or 2 resolveare back killing people, then why would any sane individual think bringing them to this country is an acceptable plan! After all is that not the idea of being terror generating people, no matter where they are or were born. Come here and punish America as a part of their ideas.
    Now we are planning to bring them to THIS country, the target of their plans. Which will allow their support people to help see them. Which will only strengthen their resolve! While at the same time we we give our enemies greater access to our country, THEIR TARGET!
    Our economy is weak, can we afford to give ANYONE a blank check for an eternal bill, to do what ever changes to our nations security. No government plan ever lasts for 2 to 5 years, and goes away! Some body wants to spend A LOT of money that will be paid by our grandchildren!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  214. Brian

    If both man are claiming their truth to us, then just release the documents and let the people decide the truth.
    The President should have no fear of the truth these documents would expose.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  215. Mary Smith

    We listened to yet another well delivered but empty speech by our current president but yet again we have no clue as to what his actual plan is. Pres. Bush told us he wanted to close the prison but he couldn't until he knew what he could do with the inmates. Obma made a mistake by not having a plan but still announcing what he thought the public and the world wanted to hear. Now he's in trouble so to resolve it he pulls out his ever faithful Let's All Hate Bush card. Frankly I'm sick of it. War is hell and mistakes are made and it's time we hear exactly what this president is going to do and how he is going to handle this very important issue. I do NOT want any of the inames brought to the US. I do not want them to have the same rights that I have and I want to know they will not now or in the future be given these rights!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  216. Disgusted

    Amazing. I thought Cheney was out of office? How did he get airtime yet again, just to foist the same useless tired arguments on us? Then again, it was good strategy to let him dig a bigger hole for him and his worthless, thieving, negative, burnt-out Republican party. Sorry Mr. Cheney, physically torture someone long enough and they'll tell you they're Santa Claus.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  217. Rick Wheeler

    Like it or not, pursuing violent criminals is a dirty business. Liberal minded politicians should stay in their climate controlled offices and continue to enjoy the luxuries afforded by the aggressive tactics at Guantanamo. Those terrorists are not Americans, in fact they have a deep-rooted desire to kill ANY American, including the misguided Americans who support and represent them. Let the liberals put down the rifles, pick up their bibles and pursue suspected terrorists around the world; all the while obeying every local traffic regulation. Then we will see how long it takes before 9/11 is known as the second worst act of terrorism to occur on U.S. soil.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  218. Joan Weytze

    I have an idea for a cartoon. Cheney is standing in a field, waving a cape (with the word Gitmo on it). A bull (with the name Jihadist on it) is pawing the ground, getting ready to charge. Cheney says, "The longer I wave this cape, the safer we'll be."

    Just because there have been no successful attacks on US soil since 9/11 doesn't mean that Gitmo and waterboarding is making anyone safer. On the contrary, unfairness on the part of a government tends to provoke a reaction, even revolution.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  219. Gary Smith

    Mr. Cheney is lost in a dream world. Does he seriously believe no one on earth was aware of the, Cheney-Rumsfield-Bush cabal, tactics, until after President Obama took office? Is he unaware of the super-max prisons in this country? I would feel sorry for Dick Cheney if it were not for the fact that he has been devious since the Nixon administration. PS. I would have preferred Nixon over Bush as president of the last eight years. Thanks, Gary

    May 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  220. Del Wiggins

    They should bring da prisoner's to da states ... My first reason is da people controlling Guantanamo is probably tired of being there just like our troops in Iraq . Second is what kind of country is scared to house criminals . If we don't bring them we are showing weakness , remember our country is da safest place in da world . My Third reason is it's a huge wast of money join them wit da rest of da confine population ..

    We live in A Goldmine Nation ... Think !!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  221. Michael

    It seems to me that if Cheney were so sure of the rightness of the policies of his administration, he would've released the documents that he talked about today himself. Did he or Bush do that? No. Back then, he insisted that the information was too sensitive to be released; now, he says they should be. Which is it? Seems as if he isn't so sure which way to go. Also, he talks of protecting America since 9/11, and critiquing that missing just one bit of info can lead to disastrous consequences. Does he realize how bad he's making himself and former Pres. Bush look with those statements? Does he remember all the info he had before 9/11 that he and Bush missed? Seems to me that he's the wrong person to make a comment on missing information designed to keep us safe.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  222. Ross

    Unfortunately, Obama will not understand the ramifications of the moves he is making until we are attacked again. I love how Cheney revealed the strategy of the Obama Administration of changing the name of the threat instead of dealing with it. Hoping the American public will forget that people are still out there that would love to kill more innocent Americans. Obama is so blinded by his ideology that he is incapable of making the right decisions to protect this country. What do you think the American public will think of Obama's recent moves, releasing top secret documents regarding our interrogation stratagy, threatening our intelligence community with adherence to prior administration policies, cutting defense budgets, closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility with no plan for how to do it, and reaching out and apologizing to some of Americas worst enemies around the world, if we are attacked again?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  223. Morrele Rust

    Why move the prisoners from Gitomo to the U.S. just to put them in ANOTHER facility? Gitmo is MORE secure plus they are well taken care of there. Saying they are abused is totally untrue. I feel safer knowing they aren't on our soil and won't be released in the U.S.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  224. David M. Gage

    Close Gitmo?

    If “Yes” Where Should We Move the Criminals?

    Obviously, the new administration is trying to prove that they can meet their commitment to change on at least one of their campaign issues and so they want to take the easiest one first and try to close that well known American war prisoner base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The campaign promises were easy but doing it will take more than simply having a few mixed statements being made by the speech experts in the world – those attorneys. So, if they are going to be moved to where can they be taken? Here it is important to make certain that two issues are properly dealt with: first, we must lower the costs to the American taxpayers and second, we must also make certain that this group of murder loving criminals cannot hurt any of us any longer. We certainly do not want them on American soil as this will only entice others in their groups around the world to find a way to come and get them while at the same time harming many more innocent Americans. Well, how about taking the old Russian/Soviet, British and French approaches, and drop them off in places like Siberia, Australia and French Guyana? Simply find a place from where they cannot easily manage to get back to civilization while at the same time there exists a way for them to live out their lives in an environment where the only ones they can kill would be themselves. Now, the above places are really no longer available so what about finding one or two new ones. There are some places on this planet that would still work. Taking them to the Moon or Mars would be far too expensive and they certainly are not worth it. There are islands, like those around Ellesmere Island in Northern Canada or how about one of those more tropical islands that can be found in the South-Central Pacific, like Kingman Reef or Palmyra Island.

    Now, the location selection would require that these criminals could be dropped of on the island with few trees, as we do not want them to be able to build boats of any kind, and also on an island which would be far enough away from any neighbors so they could not even think about swimming to freedom. We would have to include things like three months of food supplies, fishing equipment and maybe one copy of Encyclopedia Britannica as they will most likely have to learn the different options that they would have when trying to learn how to take care of themselves for the first time in their lives. Neither the Mother of America, the US Government, who is paid for by the US taxpayers or their own mothers for that matter will be there to take care of them any longer. Finally, only certain experts in the Department of Homeland Security Agency should know the final destination choice and this site would only be made public 100 years to the day after the last member of the entire group has been dropped off.

    Taking this approach would do two things: First the Obama Administration could prove that they are not following the past methods of violent reciprocation and are handling the related mental illness issues with a Maternal Care approach. Second, the delivery of this group to such a remote self-care site would eliminate the lifetime imprisonment financial liability which in the past has only continued to hurt the American taxpayers.

    Well President Obama, can you repeat this: “So let it be written. So let it be done.”

    *********************

    Please note: Those of you who find this as being a very different way to view current issues might like to also take a look at the site http://www.democraticroad.com. This site has many articles which are far more serious and includes an 869 page document, True Freedom: The Road to the First Real Democracy, which actually is the first truly democratic constitution ever written along with the needed explanation.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  225. Shirley - Jacksonville, FL

    Kudos to VP Cheney. Regardless of what the Dems are saying, President Bush kept us free from additonal terrorist attacks. We must continue to do whatever it takes to continue safeguarding America's safety.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  226. JustMe

    Of course most could care less if the terrorists rot or anything that is done to them that would kill all of us if they could BUT just common sense would tell us that Obama is correct in that it would be a great recruitment tool for terrorists getting MORE to join them as torturing them would only incite more anger more hatred and more terrorists to join their cause! And add to that fact that they are trained for such things as torture and don't mind dying for their cause so more times than not they would be making up things, lying, most any information they would give. Cheney, many in the news media is only inciting fear and would stop it if they really cared more about what really keeps us safe than promoting politics, bickering and fear!!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  227. Richard Casper

    First, I want to say that Former Vice President Dick Cheney is the devil,
    satan, or lucifer, who during the previous administration stayed in hiding and is now raising his ugly head to spread negative dialogue in his own behalf.
    As far as Guantanamo, a place of utmost controversary and disdain, we should continue our efforts to close this facility. This facility has gone against the true values of this country and is part of our economic drain. There are many places, contrary to some belief, in this country that will and can house these prisoners, regardless of how violent we say some of them may be.
    President Obama is trying to give us (country) our dignity back in the way we deal with and process combatence. He is also doing an excellent job of relieving us from the scare tactics that have prevailed in this country over the past 8 years.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  228. Roger Boyer

    I send alot of comments on this site and I don't think any of them have been posted. Always get the "Your comment is awaiting Moderation" Do you have your Moderation Policy posted somewhere for the public to see???? If you are not going to post views that are not the views of the CNN views..........let me know and quit wasting both of our time.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  229. Doris

    Former Co-president Dick Cheney is a pompous, arrogant,power hungry, greedy draft dodger. If his adminstration did such a good job, where is Bin Laden, the true mastermind of 9/11? How many millions did he earn last year from his Iraqi interests? He should go quietly to his ranch, count his money and keep his mouth shut. Why do you give these people air time? My son didn't have daddy's money to hide behind, like W or a wife to conveniently get pregnant. He served his country with honor in Vietnam. The Bush-Cheney administration is responsible only for the financial situation this country is in right now.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  230. Al

    #1 there no bad guys we can't hold, #2 just look at history. The 1950's whenthe government said the Russians are going to get you. The whole thing is about war criminals trying to CYA. Just Don't let are younger folks grow up with thses lies.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  231. Eugenie Throckmorton

    The Germans in WWII were the ultimate in evil and liberally employed tortured. German prisoners were housed in the U.S. and put to work–some traversed my father's farm, cleaning irrigation ditches in New Mexico. Some of the higher echelon were even employed in our missile programs. Our 51 states are quite capable of shouldering their responsibility in safely securing the prisoners now held in Guantanamo Bay. Our states' leaderships should stop reacting so irresponsibly.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  232. Hejnsdorf

    I heard speach given by former Vice President Dick Cheney.
    Some of the assertions given during this speach are an insult to common sense and people's intellect.
    1 I quote"Dictators like Saddam Hussein who had ties with terrorists". Yes,maybe so ! but what about Iran and Syria and not against Iran or in Syria? What were and what are the countries most supporting terrorism? Why start a war against Irak based on such false allegations that Powell lost face after his speach in the UN ?
    2 Speaking about interrogation techniques: "Informations in a way that could only profit Al Qaeda". In what way saying that America will not admit torture as interrogation techniques can profit Al Qaeda ? Since when informations given under torture have proven to be reliable ? Most of the time they are not. On the contrary, clever interrogation methods and debriefing have proven to be efficient.
    3 If it is true that there is a cost for US taxpayers to pay for the support of terrorists who will be enforced and trialed on american soil. If not the US taxpayers, who has paid until now for the support of these inmates in Guantanamo ?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  233. Beth

    The American people have the right to view the memos with the results of successful interrogations with the terrorists at GITMO. The American must demand the knowledge of attacks that were thwarted as a result of good intelligence by the CIA.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  234. serge

    It is not justice for americans, or justice for us, It is justice for all. Cneney does not seem to understand what this means. He wants some to be more equal than others. Listening to his twisted logic would be funny were it not so sad.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  235. Jack Love

    I am a yellow dog Democrat and I have always despised Dick Cheney.
    Today's speech by Cheney was an out of the ball park home run. I couldn't agree more with the substance of his speech The most dangerous folks in the world are religious fanatics. They are not reasonable people and you can't deal with them. To close Gitmo and move these fantics to our prisons is to give them access to proselytize our prison population. These dangerous proselytes will then be released to wreak havoc on the American public. This is a huge mistake. Their isolation is imperative. Cheney was also right when he condemned giving away our interrogation techniques to the enemy. Enemies they are and enemies they will remain. Keep them locked away in Gitmo.
    Jack

    May 21, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  236. shirley simms, Maryland

    Afetr reading quite a number of the responses I am shocked to see how politically immature a number of the respondents are. This is the future of America?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  237. Chris Sperring

    President Obama wants to do a near 180 degree turn from the national security policies of President Bush. Before he continues on this path he should sit back and think about things. From 1993 when the first attack on the World Trade Center occurred to 2001 when the towers finally fell to Al Qaeda there were five terrorist attacks on Americans at home and abroad. Eight years under Clinton and only months into Bush’s term, thousands of lives had been lost to terrorists. What has happened since 9/11; nothing. There has not been one single attack on Americans, outside of the two wars, since Bush began his national security policies. Granted, overall I did not like George W. Bush. He stepped on constitutional rights which in no situation can be forgiven. But give credit when credit is due. Under his administration not one more life was lost to Al Qaeda.
    As stated, President Obama wants to almost completely reject everything the Bush administration did to keep us safe. Why should we do this? We have been much safer and protected this decade under Bush than the previous under Clinton. The issue, as it is now, should not be about right and left. It should be about what works. Common sense tells everyone, do not change what works. Despite his numerous flaws, Bush and his policies on national security succeeded. Forget the flaws in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. There are no flaws in what have worked this last eight years. Even Obama has admitted that terrorists are still trying to attack us. They have failed under Bush. If the Bush policy kept us safe and made it so that terrorists did not succeed as they did nearly half a dozen times before, why change them now?
    Obama also spoke today of our principles and values in our constitution. He announced how much he studied and taught the constitution and a student, teacher, and lawyer. Why then is he doing more in just over one hundred days than any other president to trample on that document? With all of his study I am sure he realized why the document was written in the first place. It was written to keep the federal government from gaining too much power. The founders worried about just this type of President. It has been shown that the idea the government is not the answer to everything is successful. This is what our founders believed in and that is the basic principle that the constitution was written to uphold. Obama wants a basic takeover of business and healthcare. This goes against every principle we were founded on and have fought for since the revolution. The point is, if he is going to speak and preach about how we need to continue to follow the constitution and follow our principles, and then he must practice what he preaches. Stop using empty words about what we stand for. If that is what you truly believe than why do your actions suggest otherwise? That document is the reason we have survived that last two hundred and thirty three years. I stood up when Bush began to move away from the constitution and I will continue to do it. If you forget your past you have no future. Whether you believe it or not we are very easily beginning down the road where our constitution and our rights will no longer be a viable document for our government to follow. Why wait until that day to tell the government to stop?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  238. ken jones

    Where do the Gitmo jailbirds go? In the 19th cenury a spy by the name of Aaron Burr was found guilty of spying and was sentenced to spend his life on a small frigate off the coast of our country never to return home. for more info, Google "A Man Without a Country."

    May 21, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  239. Andrew Chawke

    Here is the solution for the Gitmo prisoners who cannot be prosecuted or released. Drp them off in a small boat in the Gulf Of Aden and Special Op.s can take care of the rest!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  240. Barbin

    There's no reason not to bring the detainees into the U.S. Why don't we have a prison just for trhem? I think the President gave cogent and information remarks and we should whole heartedly support him. That way he won't have to have an apologist when his term in office is completed, unlike Dick Cheyney who'se become the apologist for his President.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  241. Michele

    I could not be more angry at the Democratic "leadership" in Congress. Talk about turning tail! If we can't handle keeping prisoners in any of OUR prisons–and lord knows we have enough of them–WHY would any other country volunteer?? We managed to keep our home-grown terrorists (McVey et al) and serial killers under wraps-this is such crap. If we don't trust the security of our own maximum facilities–well then THERE'S an issue for the "Homeland" folks! We can send our troops overseas for what amounted to a pack of lies in Iraq–but we NIMBY prisoners of the ilk we ask our troops to face head on?? Shame on us, shame on our congress.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  242. Roger Boyer

    Has anyone ever considered that if the detainees are sent to the US that some of their group may break them out. These are terriorist and not just common thugs. If they can help to kill 3000 people at one time, surely they have the knowledge and assets to break a few out of local prisions.

    Roger Boyer Arkansas

    May 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  243. Kitaka Donovan

    I watch and listened to both speeches by Cheney and President Obama. The simple disagreement is not really there, because the focus on their argument is not really about methods and content but rather the sequence base on priority. The confusion has to do with the element of time and war. War is fought on multiple fronts through multiple types. The president as we all know doesn’t have the luxury to look at each problem or solve each problem separately due to the limits with respect to time. When the president solves a problem he has to many times solve it in combination as to what is the best solution that satisfies multiple problems equal in importance in the best way possible within the giving parameters of time. The truth is, that each individual problem is not solve in the most effective way when in isolation but when put in the broader context then it is.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  244. Vitali L

    my post is "awaiting moderation", why?

    May 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  245. Del Jones

    I worry more about the terrorists who are in and coming to our Country because of our open borders more than being fearful of those we have already detained.
    We do (or are supposed to) live by the rule of law in the US so bring them here and try them or send them back to their own country. For every one we have in custody, there are thousands to take their place.
    Del Jones
    TN

    May 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  246. Joe Watson

    I don't see a problem with putting the Gitmo detainees in prisons here in the United States. We have many hardened criminals in our prisons already (e.g. Charles Manson). This is just more fear mongering by Cheney. He and Bush created such a mess in their eight years in office, and now he has the nerve to try to defend this mess. He was silent for the eight years he was in office; he should just keep his mouth shut now while Obama cleans up his and Bush's messes.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  247. BlindedByTheObvious

    Is it only me who sees the hypocracy of Dick? When you prosecuted others including your own millitary officers for waterboarding, but now suddenly its ok because Bush/Cheney say it is ok? What about restricting freedom, in the name of freedom? WOW no wonder people around the world take issue with the way the US is behaving. Of course it is Cheney's interest to make as much noise as he can, and deflect attention from things like, false information to start the war in Iraq, no bid contracts to many shaddy corporations as well as the lack of planning for after the initial invasion. If we all turn our backs and quit analyzing what he says, and concentrate of what he did, the truth will be exposed.

    Peace

    May 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  248. Ken

    Pres. Obama is wrong, pure and simple, keep the bad guys in Cuba, why bring them here. Most of these men where taken prisoner in snatch and grab without due process which is not needed. They hate the USA and want nothing more then to destroy us. Keep them locked up for the rest of their lives, a problem is then solved.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  249. Eric Schorr

    I wrote about this exact problem almost three months ago in March for the Roosevelt Institute in Washington D.C. the country' foremost academic think-tank. In a nutshell my fifteen page, condensed policy paper proposed how this issue would become one of the most difficult to deal with for the United States, but I also outlined a possible solution that no government official or individual has yet to propose. It is a combination of three separate elements that make up a Triangle of policy. Detention, international prosecution, and finally rehabilitation. For anyone interested in my piece, written back in March of 2009, months before this blowup, feel free to respond. President Obama needs new innovative policy to handle and solve this problem, of which he is not getting from his advisers or congress. Look to the students Mr. President, our imaginations and innovations can sometimes lead to the answers.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  250. Raghib

    How times have changed. We can bring mass murdering Nazi's here as prisoners and try them or deport them back to Germany for war crimes, but we can't figure out what to do with a hand full of terrorist.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  251. Dustin

    We should keep in mind that we don't have the luxury of trial and error in this case.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  252. Marie Frocke

    Obama lacks the experience and foresight that is necessary to keep America safe. Obama must stop degrading the CIA, he is not King Barack. It is not necessary to waste taxpayer's dollars to close Gitmo and have dangerous TERRORISTs on American soil. Review and change how the terrorist cases are processed. Cheney is absolulely correct.
    Thanks, Marie

    May 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  253. Douglas Ware

    CNN can have more integrity as a source of news and journalistic values.

    CNN reports the result of their drummed up polls AS IF they are the voice of the American people. Your duty is to include appropriate disclaimers.

    Also, some of your newscasters are so obviously interested in ratings and salary more than filling the role of someone who informs the public. It is sad to see this.

    Profits before country, objectivity and truth?

    CNN is powerful and therefore has an almost sacred responsibility.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  254. michael

    Four suspect terrorists were arrested some moments ago planting bombs at a synagogue; Would those terrorists arrested be taken to guantanamo or detained in US prisons? How does all the terrorists and hardened criminals presently detained in American prisons affect the safety of Americans? The answers to these questions could give us a clue to deal with the transfer of guantanamo detainees.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  255. Joe Anthony

    What are we afraid of... a few ignorant foreignors in our jails. If we cannot protect ourselves from them here, what makes us think we can anyplace else. Sounds to me like Cheney's praying for another attack on America to justify his mistakes of the past. Don't let Cheney continue to lead us down the path of fear...that's what got us into this mess to begin with. Cheney essentially ignors Iraq in his speech, which is the biggest foreign policy disaster in the history of this country...his illegal torture techniques pale compared to this. He's mainly just trying to change the subject and con the public again.

    Joe Anthony
    Fort Myers, FL

    May 21, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  256. David Wesley

    We are, indeed, a nation of laws. A president, or anyone else, assuming that he or she has the right to contravene a law, even for some worthy cause, is the antithesis of the concept of law. It would be like a man with a sick wife deciding to rob a bank to pay for her radiation treatments and shooting someone in he process. She might get her radiation but at great cost to the fabric of society. Cheney is jeopardizing the ability of the new administration to do its work in the name of attempting to justify the illegal activities he was involved in. He certainly has the right to speak out, as an American. But, like a person in a crowded theater who can't irresponsibly yell, 'fire' when there is none, he should not be raising up unsupportable accusations in a time when the country needs unity around a wide range of issues.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  257. Cheryl Matysek

    Let Obama tour GITMO, "interview" the detainees himself, stay for a week or two to see how they are truly being treated, THEN let him decide what is in the best interest of OUR country, not just his political career.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  258. Brad B

    We are constantly being told what a strong country the USA is and yet we can't manage to find a way to securely imprison terrorist detainees from Gitmo? Either we are or we are not... which is it?

    And why are we listening to EX vp Cheney?!? He's a BIG part of the reason we voted so overwhelmingly for change! If he really wants to help he should just take them hunting.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  259. William

    Bring those Gitmo prisoners here. Put them in the hardest prisons, San Quentin, Pelican Bay, Joliet, Attica etc. Release them in general population. Take away all their privledges. Our hardest core prisoners will deal with them accordingly. That's worse then "waterhboarding" being in with those guys. And guards can't watch all prisoners all of the time. Food? They eat what everyone is fed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Maybe put them in Pink clothes so they can be easily identified.

    William
    S. Carolina

    May 21, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  260. Sheree Stebbins

    Please, please, please send the detainees to Michigan, preferably the Upper Peninsula. Michigan has prisons sitting empty, one which I believe is a brand new supermax never opened. Put no one but detainees in a prison so there is no one there to recruit.
    We are now begging the Mich. DOC not to close a camp in Iron County because it would be devastating to our already dire economic circumstances. -Sheree, from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

    May 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  261. Robert Klayton

    Apparently the Obama administration is being less than honest. Remember those torture documents released by Obama? Well much of the information was redacted. And NOT redacted to prevent the terrorist to know how we interrogated. They were intentionally redacted to prevent the American people from knowing the results of water boarding.

    The number of lives saved and the number of attacks prevented. Each and every instance of how it helped to keep us, the American people safe, were blacked out so it could not be read.

    Worse yet, Cheney requested Obama to release the full transcripts without being censored and Obama refused. I looked it up and it is TRUE! Obama’s administration has refused to release how many lives were saved or the number of terrorists attacks were prevented.

    I think it is clear the Obama administration has something to hide and we can’t go on their “word” that it did nothing to help us.

    I think the most shocking statement was what the news media has not revealed (maybe they didn’t know) is that there were only three terrorist waterboarded. That’s right… only 3. And one of them cut off the head of an American with a sword multiple chopping id his neck until his head fell off.

    So now they want to close Gitmo because 3 of the hundred were water boarded.

    Something is fishy here and we need to get to the bottom of it. Just like Pelosi covering up with lies, something isn’t right here and Obama is keeping quite.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  262. Linda from Minnesota

    Why do we have to hear from Chaney at all! His leadership is over...thank goodness! I agree with President Obama...we are dealing with the previous administration's mess and unfinished business. This country has new leadership which is far better leadership. Every time CNN airs Chaney in the news...you give undo credence to his blubbering. Enough...please! We have a new president with far better ideas and methodologies!

    May 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  263. BlindedByTheObvious

    I guess religious fanatics would know that there is nobody more dangerous then religious fanatics. LMAO @ the irony...its ssssooo yummy.

    Peace

    May 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  264. Wasim

    It's a shame, when you abuse animals, you jutifiably got to jail, yet when you commit torture and WAR crime killing thousands, there is no justice !
    Gitmo prisoners should be given a fair trial and those who are considered innocent(that would be majority) & no threat to US, should be send back to their native countries.
    Those found guilty (very few) either should be held in max prison in US or held in prison in their native country under US supervision. That would be cost effective and the argument of them being threat to US population in the mainland will no longer be valid.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  265. scott stodden

    Im a die hard Democrat and I beleive in my opinion that after everything we've heard so far that it wouldnt hurt to leave the Guantanamo prison open. I myself and Im sure many other Americans do not want these terroists in the United States where they could have the chance to harm us again. As long as we can as Democrats make sure that torture no longer happens again why cant we leave them at Gitmo? These are the terroists who worked closely with Osama Bin Laden, drove cars for him and maserminded the attacks on our country on that fateful day we all remember so well called 9/11. President Obama it is my plea, Im begging you to please not to let these terroists into our country, that is a scary situation, leave them at Guantanamo and make sure no more torture happens at Gitmo, dont put us in danger. Thats not only my opinion

    May 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  266. Colette

    I wonder how many here were in NY on 9-11, or are in an area of real threat. I can imagine the fear from watching on TV, but it was different being there. Until you take a train through tunnels in NYC everyday, or drive over a bridge where there have been confirmed threats and plans that were stopped – remember the plan they stopped to blow up the NJ tunnels to flood downtown? No because those things aren't covered. Try going to work one day seeing several more police on your subway platform and you know there is heightening of security from a possible threat, not just a drill – these people were planning this for years during Clinton – Bush is not perfect don't get me wrong – but I finally stopped saying a prayer every time my train went into Penn Station through the tunnels where they targeted and we just had an attempted attack in NY the other day – Obama puts this country at risk with this fighting and releasing information – just protect the country and let the economy get back to normal. The DOW is down today – let's see what happens. Cheney should have been speaking out a lot more over the past 8 years – I thought he blew Obama away, it actually had meaning and got a point across. Not from any high horse.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  267. Landon Black

    Sandy {...} First, our interrogation methods HAVE saved countless lives. Second, you really need to reconsider your comment about Bush/Cheney being "irrelevant". Who, may I ask you, is more qualified to make judgment on a president than a former president? Back to the interrogation issue, can you honestly tell me that you would put the comfort of a murderous anti-American above the lives of American citizens? Given the opportunity these men would decapitate you.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  268. Laurel Mann

    Cheney got it right. I am embarrassed that our President is making us look like fools internationally. Our enemies must be dancing in the streets. It is amazing how the sentiment in congress has changed since 9-11. We were not worried about the rights of the terrorists then. And what about the rights of all the people who died on 9-11? What about the rights of the people we charged with keeping our country safe by getting information from terrorists? Now we criminalize them? Some of the same people in congress who were calling for measures to keep us safe from that happening again are now railing against the methods used and saying they are appalled. I am sure the detainees were thinking "fairness" when they were engaged in terrorist activities. That is the bad thing about taking the high ground – it leaves it wide open for the belly-crawling unprincipled who want to bring this country down.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  269. John Vida

    Everyone has a comment and an opinion, but before any can be valid, one must ask him or herself one simple soul searching question... If tomorrow the president announced building a new prison for these detainees in the town where you, your family and children live... what then. The truth be known is that, one, if not in Gitmo, then it will be in someone’s neighborhood. Two, money is tight and an existing detention facility is already running, instead of the multi millions for a new one. And three, no country will take these men... Obama tried and found out the harsh truth. When one looks honestly, only one answer develops, and members of the Presidents own party are speaking up with their votes and funding to keep them there.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  270. Carl O. Bennett

    I listened to the speeches of President Obama and Mr. Cheney the former Vice President. I think Mr. Cheney just wasted his time making a speech that was futile. Mr. Cheney and President George W. Bush made their decisions on keeping this country safe, by doing what they they saw fit to do. Mr. Obama is now in charge and he should be allowed to do what he sees fit to protect this country. So whatever Mr. Cheney, Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity says, will not make a difference because Mr Obama has to do what Mr Obama has to do to keep us safe. These disgruntled Republicans should shut up and let the Commander in Chief, follow the laws of this country and the constitution to do what is right for this country and it's people.

    May 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  271. Landon Black

    Jack Love, I couldn't agree more.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  272. jack

    Why should anyone responde here...CNN just edits all the opinions!!! Put mine back on!!! You seem to just keep the ones that line up with the liberals! Is this freedom of speech? You may not have agreed with my opinion but DONT just keep the ones YOU agree with!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  273. Michael Sanford

    Mr. Cheney is nothing but an old man trying to ride side saddle . He is retired and should stay that way. I perceive his speech as nothing but sour grapes. The Bush administration did what they thought was right(very questionable)and it is now time for President Obama to be given the opportunity to show that this country under his leadership will deal with this issue in a moral and just way. These prisoners have been held long enough without resolution. If they are guilty, put them in our own prisons, we don't need the extra expense of running a questionable facility like Gitmo.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  274. Marc

    To Jack Love,

    What exactly is a yellow dog Democrat?

    By your logic then, "The most dangerous folks in the world are religious fanatics", you should put all those Southern Baptists who voted for Cheney in jail!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  275. Shelly Gorham

    If people think we don't torture they needs to go back over their history books. I am not for torture like the out of control guards did in Guantanamo but some form of torture is a necessity for our security, Don't think people all over the world would abide by our laws. Our soldiers are being treated terribly and shot at by children and worst while we put things on facebook like our soldiers are not heroes. These people are walking around free because of the soldiers......it makes me sick that we have Americans like that.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  276. Ann in Oregon

    This debate is so hot because it cuts right to the question of whether or not Cheny broke the law. (he says "no" Obama says "yes", but is willing to forgive and forget ) The only way this can be resolved is in the courts. If Cheny continues to push the point in defence of his actions he will push the pubic to demand that the court decide. Obama may have no choice.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  277. Demarcus Jackson, from Columbia, TN

    I use to be a Republican and one of the top reasons I became an independent and voted for Obama was because Bush, Cheney, and most right-wing conservatives screwed this nation so royally! I cannot believe that we are still giving Cheney's arguments for national security any sort of credible weight. Bush-Cheney had their chance and failed miserably at securing this nation. Obama is barely 100 days into this administration and we cannot give him the benefit of the doubt? Are you kidding me with this. I wholeheartedly support Obama's national security policies, especially his policy toward Guantanomo Bay and his speech today, my support is even stronger. Guantanamo Bay must be closed. It is a shameful blimish on this nation and cannot exist any longer.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  278. John Franz

    Shocking to me that the former VP, who aligns himself with radical Christians who see the US as the new "chosen" people of God, who truly believed that their mission was to convert the world to their doctrine and rule over the end times, can even attempt to justify the actions of the Bush administration. How can these self professed born agains claim their own faith when their own Savior was mocked, tortured and murdered simply because of his faith. How do they justify the lies and greed that has led us to this saddest of places in our history. I do not envy the job the President has ahead of him, trying to undo so much damage. He has my unyielding support.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  279. William

    You "Do Gooders" haven't a clue what you are talking about giving sympathy to them. These guys would cut your n**s off without you even knowing it.
    DID YOU FORGET..................they MURDERED over 3,000 innocent Americans on 9/11. I was there, now retired from FDNY.. I saw bodies without faces or limbs. Children dead. Humans with no heads. Legs, hands, elbows, feet not connected to anything identifiable.

    You jerk's better wake up. Before you know it you'll be speaking Muslim as America's first language.

    William
    Columbia, SC

    May 21, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  280. Kathy

    President Obama provided a clear, honest explanation of the unlawful practices of the past and how he intends to bring America back to our values and the rule of law WHILE FOCUSING ON OUR SAFETY AND SECURITY AT HOME AND ABROAD. We (Congress, people and media) need to back the President and preserve our values, and loudly reject Cheney's distortions of the truth and warped views of the past. Part of our support for the President should include siding with him to move forward and use our resources to solve our many current challenges rather than getting mired down in revenge for the past. It is time for Congress, the American people and the media to stop Cheney's efforts to derail the truth and America's constitution by speaking out that we trust President Obama to provide us with maximum national security while keeping American values, and emphatically reject Cheney's lies and tactics of the past and present. Enough, let's freeze Cheney out and start cleaning up the mess he left.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  281. Jason

    Today President Obama stated some facts on his personnel belief on the detainees at GITMO. The truth is that it is a very awkward legal situation. At the same time it is the better of two evils. Regardless of how he wants to break down the categories of the personnel be kept at GITMO there is still a problem with the plan on how to close the holding facility. No one really wants to keep a known terrorist in their community and no one wants to be subject to the many possible situations or even grant rights of American people to terrorist wanting to cause harm to Americans and their allies. Giving terrorist the same rights of American citizens is just wrong no matter how noble the intent. Giving any person an honest and fair hearing is all that is needed, not the same protection as other Americans. There is no doubt that some of the information acquired on terrorist has been gathered in ways that would not stand up by normal US laws. Some of the information is hearsay from creditable sources should be allowed to stand in any hearing given for these detainees. In my honest opinion is that in the end each of these detainees should have the following actions taken against them. This is a plan far from perfect and not as easy as it looks or sounds; regardless it is a plan not an idea.
    1. records and information reviewed
    2. given a fair hearing with representation
    3. Conviction, release, or determination of danger to US and allies
    4. Rehabilitate those possible and release to friendly countries willing to assist in rehabilitation
    5. Those not convicted and still deemed too dangerous for release, detained with regular records reviews on individual cases every 36 months until deemed safe for release to friendly countries willing to assist with rehabilitation
    6. Those found ready for release due to incense or lack of sufficient evidence should go to friendly countries willing to assist with rehabilitation.
    7. If for any reason a person is not released because of guilt, danger, or unwilling acceptance by friendly countries, the US should simple announce why and who they are to the whole world. Let the facilities be open for inspection for all agencies that would like to inspect them as needed.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  282. rick St Thomas

    Given the coverage after the presidents talk I can only conclude that the entire staff at CNN did not hear or see this speech. Maybe they were all out to the bathroom or getting a snack off the lunch truck.
    It was in a word "brilliant". I thought after Obama's speech Cheney would not even bother to show up for his speech as it was rendered irrelevant. Why does CNN elevate the former VP of a totally discredited
    administration equal status to the president? It also shows that president Obama can play hard ball if it's required.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  283. Denise

    Report the news. Dick Cheney blew away Obama today. Obama doesn't have a clue on how to keep this country safe. Even the democrats think he is crazy. Tony's comment on cheney needing to realize that americans voted for Obama does not mean that his choices are to be believed at no cost. {...} Let's see if Pres. Obama can keep us safe like Bush's administration did. Don't forget 9/11 and get thaT head out of the sand. Open your eyes and actually use your brain. This country need to think and stop following blindly. We are better and smarter than that. Don't let yourselves be brainwashed anymore. Think! If you can just think!! {...} You are to report the news not your crazy ideals.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  284. clare palmer

    As a west indian ,i can understand what President Obama is saying
    CHENEY has just arose fron his pressophobia ,he knows the time of his charges for tortour is at hand so he is fighting for his polotical character,he is on tape today identifying some of the persons they punished .the guys left the usa economy in a mess,he must talk and debate about the economy.aren't these guys supposred to be cousins.am i seeing some type of jelousy -–i am vice president,why you have to be higher than me.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  285. John F. Darcy

    Isn't it just wonderful that Mr. Cheney is now the shining defender of the CIA and it's patriot operatives who practiced torture based upon the "cooked books" legal findings of Hoo and Bibey (Squat? Sure...what color would you like?) Just wonderful when you consider that when no WMD were found in Iraq it was the CIA that Cheney scapegoated as th cause of war. So what is the former VP up to? Let me tell you. He's a) looking to avoid being prosecuted and b) begun laying a foundation for a right-wing run for an Imperial Presidency...maybe even a third party effort that could put Gingrich in the White House if the right captures the hearts of the blue color populists!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  286. E J Arias

    I have read most of the posted comments so I ask to those US citizens afraid of having suspected terrorists in their on States: is the mighty US incapable of keeping these people secured in Max security? My opinion is that individuals such as Cheney and his supporters continue to influence and administer fear to the US people and incredibly enough the media (including CNN) give him the tools to do so.He is liar and a terrorist and should be try for his crimes. To all US citizens, stop living in fear. ENOUGH, you are "the home of the brave and the land of the free" act like it.
    I am Nicaraguan born and now a US citizen.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  287. Demarcus Jackson, from Columbia, TN

    The idea that U.S. Prisons cannot house violent suspected terrorists from Guantanamo is just absolutely stupid. Our prisons currently house terrorists. Additionally, they house murderers, rapisits, serial killers, organized gang members (Nazis, Northern Mexicans, etc.), not to mention several domestic terrorists. It just foolish to think that our prisons are not equipped to handle run-of-the-mill terrorist. Are our prisons such pieces of crap?

    May 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  288. John Q

    If the foundation of this great nation is its rule of law and fairness would not the views of the former VP indicate a victory for the terrorist? The American Rule of Law is one of the principles the terrorist hold against us.

    The Chaney view of the result justifies the means is the approach our enemies have taken. Question: If water boarding was not illegal why were WWII US military officers prosecuted for it in the Philippines?

    May 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  289. Al

    Super max prisions like the one at colorodo inmates have no or very little human contact. there is NO !!! inmate to inmate contact. So stop the scare tactics. The Bush admin. is filled with WAR CRIMINALS, and a media that dosen't do its homework before it runs its mouth is no help at all. PLEASE STOP

    May 21, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  290. Michael Wilson

    Could some one please explain to me the reason for this irrational fear of housing Guantanamo detainees in supermax prison in the US. They dont know the surroundings, have no support systems here and even in the most unlikely chance one did escape these are not super humans just bab people and probably not as bad as some of the others in the same prison.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  291. Sally Woodward-Volz

    Fact: We were not safe under the Bush administration; 9/11 HAPPENED on the Bush/Cheny watch, making bigger government by adding a homeland security department (we had the FBI and CIA-what happened to civil defence), TSA (we had underfunded and underutilized air marshalls program)$$$$ opening an offshore prison so that you can hold "combatants" with no exit stratagy nor prosecution (sounds to me like setting up a political disidant camp-Hitler did this, North Korea, Myamar – it doesn't make me feel safe) and starting unrelated war was their fearful and self justified response. US tax dollars still support all of this and it IS IN ALL OF OUR BACK YARDS-the world is our back yard.
    A flight was allowed to leave the country to Saudi Arabia after 9/11 while my comercial flight was grounded; what was that about?
    It is President Obama"s promise to follow the law of the US and the international community regardless of the response of those who will never respect nor follow the law. Contrary to the belief of some Americans a large part of the world disagrees even irrationally hates a nation built on Christian values with a capitalist financial system and democratic government...they are free to do so even within our borders and we have to suffer the consequenses to retain those institutions or join them, it is called persecution.
    The detainees should be prosecuted, killed, imprisoned or let go. Not imprisoned indefinitely without a sentence on my tax dollar and tortured against my values. Even though we are at war we found time to court marshall our own soldiers. Cheny did not state the Bush /Cheny plan for the Gitmo prisoners, keep them , feed them, house them, take good care of them, escourt them to prayers, care for their medical needs until they die of natural causes or waterboard them to death; is that a deterant? Who are we protecting? I say see if they can survive and flurish in a max security prison-is that the fear, a new and dangerous gang or that the known and "hardened" terrorists wil be abused/killed by other prisoners?

    May 21, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  292. Ernie Schwaegerl

    President Obama said our principles and the spirit of the Constitution should never be compromised for expediency. I couldn't agree more! Then, in the last 5 minutes you have a spokesman onscreen who repeats the mantra that we don't have time to investigate the blatant lawbreaking of the past administration because we have "too much to do" looking forward! To me that is the very essence of "expediency"!!

    If laws were broken, they need to be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Weatherboarding cases have been prosecuted in the past with some perpetrators (Japanese soldiers) actually executed for the crime.

    It is sheer hypocrisy to let the war criminals of the past administration off the hook for nothing other than "expediency"!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  293. Deano

    Kyra:

    When you were interviewing David Axelrod, I don't understand why you made such an issue that Guantanamo detainees would be housed with American felons if placed in American prisons. You seemed to be implying that somehow this would be a major risk from a security perspective. But you offered no rationale for why this would be the case. Your argument seemed to be more based on emotional reasoning than exercising any critical thinking on the subject. I think our society is already vulnerable to too much emotional reasoning on key issues of the day, which is not leading to the most rationale decisions. I would hope network news professionals would use a little more criiical thinking when discussing the controversial issues of the day.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  294. Gloria

    I listen to the fear from thr media, first these criminals will never see a regular cellblock, there are unit s called SMU(Special Management Unit), where the inmates will be placed and kept away from the regular population, visit the Oregon State Max Pen . One of the best in the country. How can you not feel there are not terrrible people in this country. Read the book by Ann Rule on Brutus he is there and will be for life. This man hung women from meat hooks in his garage,cut them to pieces, used their body parts as paper weights,then weighed them down with auto parts in the river. This man has been there since the early 70's. What about little Jessica in Florida. They are pure evil. These prisoner's are no meaner than what is already there. We will pay for the torture we have done at some point if this does not get addressed in this country. i am writing you for my first husband was killed in Vietnam in a POW camp. He was tortured to death. Not one person was ever held accountable. I was the one who had to explain to my children what happened. I know in my heart my former husband would want me to make sure this never happened to anyone else. Torture is wrong and our new President is right. Vice President doesn't have a voice in this matter. He needs to go home.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  295. warren american

    the president is clueless he is too busy trying to look the part i hope that when the next terrorist attacks they hit the whithouse and i hope biden pelosi are there do us a favor please

    May 21, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  296. Mac

    The Radical Right once again is able to frame the conversation around the idea of fear, which is the ONLY show in town, so far as they are concerned. I with the Dems would grow a spine. At least our president has one.

    May 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  297. Robert Keegan

    Who cares where they are locked up as long as they stay locked up? And if they somehow are released, wouldn't they be instantly deported and/or constantly monitored?

    We already lock up all sorts of really bad people (uni-bomber, spies, terrorists..etc) in our prisons. So whats with all these states refusing to imprison them? I haven't heard the reason yet. I have no problem locking them up here.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  298. warren american

    obama administration is full of crooks spend somemore of my childrens money oh wait what would whitewater hillary do america is less safe now that clowns like obama are in charge

    May 21, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  299. Robert

    I have to admit that I am not a big fan of Cheney but after listening to his speech, I also have to admit that I have lost site of what this was all about. It’s easy to get caught up in politics and not realize what it is all about… it is about us, the American people and having those represent our hopes, ambitions and desires.

    After Pelosi lied to us, talking down to us like we must be complete idiots with her hype, I expected to hear the Obama administration come out or at least calm her down. This lady is 3rd in charge. But nothing happened. I know he doesn’t want to use his political capital but this is as important as anyone that is three steps away from the presidency saying any department of the government lies to congress and they can’t be believed.

    Now that Cheney has reminded us of what Bush was doing right after 9/11, I have to admit that it was probably every bit of a change that Obama is doing. It was just secret and had to be. Major changes going on in the background and not simple changes such as bailing out a hand full of companies.

    Yes, I think we were protected by Bush and those changes. I hope Obama cleans his hands of politics and starts thinking about us the US citizens. His pay-back to his far left supporters should be over by now… it is now time to govern and forget about payoffs by keeping promises that he now knows will place us in danger.

    In my opinion, he should kick out Pelosi, and release all the torture documents so we, the American people, can know if it helped or hurt us. No longer are we happy to accept any administrations claims without proof.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  300. Only Intelligent one here

    Obama got schooled by Cheney!!! Obama needs to go buy the book "Running America" for dummies! Liberal pukes! Your disregard for this country is sickening!

    May 21, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  301. Robert

    I also say, give these liberals what they asked for. Their children are now going to live in poverty paying off all those companies that should have gone bankrupt and probably California for wasting their spending on every from of government and regulation possible.

    Now they need the Gitmo criminals in their area. Nothing like having a lot of criminals with their head together teaching each other how to spread death and destruction around this nation.

    Their children can think them for their cult following of Obama, simply because they wanted a ‘change.’

    “Mommy who did you vote for when I was little and defenseless to protect me, your American idol or someone who cared about me?”

    May 21, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  302. Greg

    We have been watching CNN and MSNBC since the election. We had great hope that you would pursue a model of news delivery and journalism that we could rely for the future of our nation and the future of our family. A model that would give us the complete facts, in full context and help lead us to a real understanding of the issues of the world. Media , grade F, you have failed. Your “who can be toughest” model is a loser.

    Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan, you are republican operatives and destructive partisans, who are living in the “Ronald Regan past” and the “Newt Gingrich of 1994.” As a nation we are paying for you and the generation of Dick Cheney who have forgotten who we are as nation and you have learned nothing from the past. Your party culture is slash/burn, run/gun, confuse/disrupt, hope for failure, divide and rule. Dick Chaney and his daughter are out there for one reason “to save his butt”. You are framing all the wrong questions for the next generation and they will be fighting a 100 year cultural war world wide because of it.

    Your deliberate decision to create and maintain your tragic model of delivering the news enables cultural war for your own selfish benefit (air time sensationalism) to the detriment of our country. Your “warfare”, you must “destroy the other guy no matter what” model, is a national tragedy and contributes to our cultural bankruptcy. You never focus on the complete facts or the logical explanation but focus always on the attack to fill your air time and ratings.

    You have become caricatures of your selves who don’t listen. You and your producers decide at the daily production meeting what sensationalism you are going use to fill your air time with that day, despite any reality. You are not listening because you in your hearts are narrow, small destructive "quasi journalists." We cannot believe you or trust you to deliver our information.

    We are fully aware of your destructive, narrow, shallow techniques and strategies of; “1 hour news cycles”, “producers, that we never hear, talking in news readers ears the ya-but questions”, “fighting/dueling strategists”, “rank exaggeration”, “ambulance chasing”, and “30 second sound bites by politicians in some hallway”.

    Republican or Democrat we are educating our children to recognize these techniques, reject them and seek the real information elsewhere.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  303. Randall

    @Vitali L Maybe you said p""p like I did?

    May 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  304. Vietnam Vet

    Both Obama and Cheney gave good speeches with clear positions. I disagree with two of Cheney’s. 1. He still believes war powers gave the administration nearly unlimited power. 2. He believes the ends justify the means. I believe neither war powers nor the info obtained justify morally wrong “enhanced interrogation”.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  305. D Shomo

    I think Cheney should do what W Bush is doing that is not doing anything or say anything. Somebody needs to remind him that hes not in charge any more and nobody gives a hoot to what he has to say. He should have done all these talking while he was still in office instead of leaving W Bush to face all the criticism from all the mess that the both of them made.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  306. Sarah

    The president's ideas are sound. This is a mess created by the policies of the Bush and Cheney Administration. They don't seem to care or notice that Americans and people of many nationalities continue to die around the world because of their advocacy of torture, pre-emptive war, and disregard for the lives and rights of non-Americans. Far more Americans have died because of their policies than died on 9/11. President Obama has a solid plan and direction for turning that continuing loss around and making the world safer for everyone, which will include Americans.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  307. Spencer Ensign

    This president we now have has "NO CLUE" how the real world works. This arrogant child with "NO EXPERIENCE" is on a road to destroying every American value we have enjoyed for over 233 years.
    We have a "FREEDOM of life" that the rest of the world does not have. We are the most generous country in the world, pouring out more money and resources to help those countries in need then all other countries combined. It is imperative that we do whatever it takes to protect these freedoms. "Whatever it takes means just that." We don't cut heads off; we don't pull fingernails out or crush and break bones. The types of interrogation efforts we have employed are "child’s play". I am ashamed at how our government, Republicans and what are now Socialists act on both sides of the isle. Democracy is about working together…well it is suppose to be. We desperately need to get back to that. However, egos and arrogance among our elected leaders will never allow this to happen.
    Then, reading the comments submitted to CNN…99% they just don’t get it.
    I am a registered Democrat and not very proud of it any longer.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  308. C.johnson-kansas

    It is refreshing to have a president that is intelligent and can give and articulate speech. Forest Gump and his non shooting sidekick had their chance. They were an embarrassment to this country. Our foreign allies laughed at us. Cheney needs to be quiet and go away. We are sick and tired of of what they have to offer. Look where they left this country. Cheney and Bush should absolutely be ashamed of themselves. But of course we know they have no conscience.

    CJ in Kansas Registered Intensive Care Nurse.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  309. Daryl J.

    Could someone please provide clarification on President Obama’s comments concerning Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Is the President seeking to close the entire Guantanamo Bay Naval Base or simply the detention center located on the base?
    Thanks

    May 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  310. Jimmy Terral, San Diego,Ca.

    (1) I am a Democrat and I think our President Obama can make some good change for our country.
    (2) I thank "DICK" Cheney pussed President Bush into the Iraq war for "greed" and Haliburton Co. that he was conected to.
    (3) Now for Gitmo, In my opinion we should keep the terrorists detainees and war crime prisoners at Guantanamo Bay without torture but for lawfull interrogations and in isolation !
    Our US prison's have gangmember prisoner's that run there out of prison gangs from lock-up that can happen with the terrorists too! plus thay can recrut help from dumb-unamerican inmate's ! Thats not good.
    We need the Guantanamo Bay Detintioncenter !
    Look at the pitcher's of Gitmo the place is much nicer then our prison sistem and a lot better then where thay came from.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  311. Randall

    Sorry, moderator. I mistakenly thought a slight sense of humor might fly. My bad. I'll consider this one my third strike. Thank you.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  312. Cathye Browning

    We have seen more of Chaney now that he is out of office than we ever did while he was in office. Stop bashing our President and stand aside and let him run our country. He is the "one" that "we " the people voted for. Your chance ended Jan. 20th,2009. Obama is a very smart man and tuff if the Republicans feel they have lost out. Besides– this old world needs a big CHANGE & some younger methods.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  313. Landon Black

    D Shomo, Cheney's opinion counts for more than yours ever will.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  314. Jim

    I would like to thank Rick Sanchez for always interpreting the news for those who might not get the "nuances". Just like we know that if you study and teach constitutional law, you would know so much more about interpreting the complicated Constitution of the United States.
    We should should continue to depend on the educated and highly degreed professionals to tells us what we should focus on.

    We should elect lawyers into government office because they have a better understanding of everything and are smart.

    We should trust all the highly educated financial experts on Wall street and the Highly esteemed and educated CEO's of America's large conglomerates.

    Most of these people make decisions based on what is best for the American people and not economic or financial interests.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  315. Joyce Jones

    Prisoners of Guantonoma should be housed in America . We had German prisoners here during World War 11 , respected their rights and provided for their care. Many of the German prisoners came back to the States (with their families sometimes) to visit the prisons where they were held. They voiced appreciation for the care they were given and the manner in which it was given. At least that`s the way it was in BBrady and Brownwood, Texas. We as Americans accepted our responsibility during World war 11 and we need to do so now.
    Those opposed sound like a bunch of Weinies. Shape Up.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  316. Joyce Wynes

    What makes me upset is that Cheney and others say that we don't want the terrorists in prisons on US soil. No wonder other countries dislike us. Who gives us the right to take prisoners and then hold them in other countries, putting those citizens of other countries at risk? How selfish and egotistical of us. And then for each state to say that they don't want the terrorists (if they are indeed terrorists) in their state prisons is just crazy. If we don't want them in our country then we shouldn't take them as prisoners.

    Cheney made the statement that if we had them in our country in our prisons, the US citizens would have to pay for them with our taxes. Who pays to keep them in Cuba? Duh! But to get back to the beginning, if they are our prisoners, we should have to have them in the US and stop acting like spoiled brats

    May 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  317. Jaycie

    Wake up, Rick! Are you not aware that on your own network a story about an unused high security prison in an area where jobs are desperately needed is offering to take at least 100 of the detainees right now??? So much for NIMBY! And are you NOT aware that right now, today at this moment prisoners at Gitmo are being tortured? Please read the very detailed article by Jeremy Scahill on the Truthout.org website which has received very little attention from the mainstream press. It is a sickening, stomach churning description of how detainees are being treated, despite the President's attempt to end our practice of torturing prisioners.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  318. don gattin

    here is a idea Mr President if those detainees that are too dangerous to be released charge them with terroristic threatening that carry's some heavy time. I disagree with putting these people in federal prisons is too dangerous. putting these people in a super max facility means they get no contact with anyone.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  319. Joe Anthony

    Why do you give such s jerk like Cheney air time? He's right out of the old KKK mold. We've got to move past this type of vengeful thinking. The world is too big for us to think we can be effective being a bully to the world. I never liked bullies when I was a kid and I like them even less as an adult. My experience with bullies (and I've taken on many of them in my life protecting the little guys they pick on) is that they're all a bunch of cowards when they face someone their own size...which is true is spades with Cheney and Bush. Both ran and hid when it came to putting their own butts on the line. They are only brave when they stand behind others who do the real fighting. The only reason Cheney thinks waterboarding works is would with him. He would admit to anything if it was him being tortured–the problem is of course it would all be lies just like his speech today.

    Joe Anthony
    Fort Myers, FL

    May 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  320. Lloyd Payne

    Well the two speaches are done and clearly President Obama has already in just six months demonstrated that he is one of the greatest presidents in our history. Dick Cheney on the other hand has once again demonstrated that the Bush-Cheney administration was the worst, most evil, most wicked and most corrupt in our nations history.
    Disgracing America and in fact probably solely responsible for 9-11 ever happening. What should we do with the Gitmo Detainees? Exactly what our President has said and definately not what cheney said. Actually Bush and cheney proably should be imprisoned for the rest of their lives for the destuction and harm they brought to our beloved nation. Thank you President Obama and as I know you will keep America safe and restore our dignity and freedom.

    May 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  321. Jim

    I would like to thanks all the insightful people who educate themselves about world history and pay attention to international news who notice that American policies of unprovoked war and inhumane treatment of suspected war criminals is what has caused Muslims to kill people.

    Beheading nuns, girls, boys, men, women, journalists, etc. because they or their people offended your culture and god is what reasonable people do.

    May 21, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  322. BlindedByTheObvious

    If the Bush/Cheney policies were kept, there would not be many children left as they would all choke to death on emmisions by the biggest profiteers, like Exxon and other crimminal corporations who put profit and personal gain before good health or anything else. They use the Bush's and Cheney's of this world to increase profits while slowly but surely killing your children. This generation is the first to have shorter life span than their parents. Now there is good government for you. I notice the wealthy have all the medical benefits while the rest of you may or may not get the care you need to live.

    Peace

    May 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  323. Landon Black

    I want all of you who consider our interrogation techniques cruel to think about this, dismemberment is much worse. Those "poor victims" took my friend, ripped him apart piece by piece and scattered him down a highway. I NEVER want to hear about the U.S. being cruel to prisoners again. If I had it my way they'd all get Columbian neckties!

    May 21, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  324. Pam Cook

    How many Americans have been captured because of what we believe in and have acted upon, perhaps to the degree that another country or culture feels their safety has been threatened. How do we feel about their encarceration, interogation and care? I support bringing the prisoners we have held in Guantanamo Bay to our country, to be tried in our court system, with respect, as each of us would want to be treated and tried.

    Thank you, President Obama for your intent for the U.S. to honest up and end an era of classified military action that has been inhumane and maintained on foreign soil. Please hold accountable all Americans who have made these choices at whatever level they were employed. We do them no favors by looking the other way – you know, over our borders so to speak.

    May 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  325. Bill upstate NY

    I have to say that Cheney is acting just like Hitler did condoning the torture of Jews to find more Jews stating that they were bad for the country. Except his is attacking Muslims as being the ones bad for the country.
    It is not important what they obtained from people torturing them it is immoral and they should be in jail for condoning it,
    as should all of the ones that tried to rewrite the laws to make it fit their sick ideology. Cheney and Bush claim to be religious but act like they are not. What they did violates every religion in the world except Satanism. I Know where they are going and who they have to answer to. They will burn a long time.

    May 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  326. JEFF VAUGHN

    dear tony what is all the beef about guantanamo bay. senators and governors saying we can not have them in our backyard.i live in alton.illinois just 4 day's ago.a man from columbia illinois was put in jail 4 murdering his wife and 2 sons.i'am 24 min away from st.louis mo. were a man was convicted of murder. over hamburger. so that's what's in my backyard.crime is all over america put them in a supermax prison. and we all can call it aday!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 at 8:08 pm |
  327. Mario Bueno

    Place them in our prison system, there are over 2000 juveniles in U.S. prisons, they didn't build a prison for the children so just place them in our prison and have them vist the open yard
    too.

    May 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  328. Rolland

    Please stop covering Dick Cheney!!! Look Ahead, not back...Sure we'll remember the past, but Cheney and the Bush Administration was an 8 year mistake we're supposed to learn from.

    What has this useless V.P. ever done for the Unite States than make his own oil company rich...

    To give credibility and coverage to such a despised individual is to discredit CNN as a trustworthy news source

    May 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  329. Kwan You

    After Pearl Harbor bombing, Unites States, by the President Roosevelt's executive order, rounded up hundreds of thousands of American citizens of Japanese decent and confined them in internment camps because the US justified that these Japanese Americans were potential terrorists and therefore dangerous to the nation. Confining them in camps in isolated areas would save American lives. Was this confinement right thing to do, and how is Guantamo different from the internment camps during WW II?

    May 21, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  330. Netty C. Jurburg

    Shocking was the one sided interview that Anderson had about the enhanced interrogation techniques after invterviewing Liz Cheney. Vice President Cheney is right. His daughter was right, in my opinion and many other Americans. I don't think if we had elections right now that President Obama would win. We were all blinded by his 'speeches'.
    After the interview with her, Anderson interviewed 2 people with the SAME view point. I have never seen such blatant one sided reporting. Of course we all know that CNN does this, ;however, this was over the top.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  331. Morrele

    David Gage.......right on!!! I'm glad to see Cheney speaking up as it is about time. Obama talks about the constitution but he has already stepped on the constitution in other issues...i.e. the bailouts. I hope American people will wake up before it is too late to save our country.

    May 21, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  332. margaret Taylor

    Go Obama!!! We're behind you!

    May 22, 2009 at 12:51 am |
  333. Rob Hamlin

    Gitmo Bay deal is not so tough.
    Problem is legal rights and who is in charge of the courts.

    Why not take a federal court district and pass a law stating that Gitmo is now fully under all civil laws as if the persons were in, for example, Minnesota. So, this gives the court a presence in GITMO. With the use of Video links the prisoner can stay in GITMO and the judges can stay in,again for example, Minnesota. Lawyers can be in GITMO and they would have unrestricted access to prisoner to prepare cases etc...

    Does this sound logical?

    May 22, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  334. donald

    Obama is our leader and a very smart man. I think if he makes up his mind he knows what hes talking about. He dont do things alone he talks to all the leaders analyzes them and makes the best desision from there. The only thing i wish is he would do something about the gas prices. But all in all he is a great pres. and history made. Thanx donald

    May 22, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  335. mario g

    cheney had been vice president for 8 years. in the last 4 months, he spoke more than the last 8.

    May 22, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  336. TIMO DEAN

    Several reasons why I do not want any of the Gitmo terrorists brought to the United States for trial are 1) I do not want our tax dollars spent on a huge defense team of lawyers defending these terrorists and 2) I do not want our tax dollars spent on new or expanded facilities to house these terrorists and 3) I do not want their cases to be thrown-out or dismissed because of some kind of technicality as is the case with too many trial cases in the US today. All too often, the probable guilty persons do not pay a penality for their crimes because of some kind of legal mumbo-jumbo screwup. And lastly, and this has been raised before by others, but is worth repeating... so what are you going to do with them if they are found to be not guilty? Let them live in the US?

    What is so wrong with keeping the terrorists at Gitmo as opposed to bringing them to the US? Why not conduct their trials at Gitmo? One of the politically correct statements made by several pundants is "everyone deserves a fair and speedy trial" and that statement is true. But take a look around the US and see just how "speedy" most trials are. Very few, if anyone receives a "speedy" trial. Time and time again the time span between when the accused is arrested/jailed and their trial is years... YEARS. Then to add to this mess, again all too often, there are several months between when they are "found guilty" and the actual sentencing by the judge. Why?

    Why? Better yet, the real question should be...why do these terrorists deserve BETTER treatment than US citizens?

    Thank you for allowing me a forum to get this off my chest.

    May 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  337. Curt

    This Gitmo thing is real simple. President Obama is WRONG again.
    Vice President Cheney is 100 percent RIGHT. The Number one consideration always has to be American Safety and Security.
    Guantanamo needs to stay open to house the terrorists. And President Obama is Wrong on Enhanced Interrogations, we need the information using any method to gather the intelligence from these terrorists. The key word is TERRORISTS. No rights to them. When are Americans going to wake up and do the research. Stop beleiving CNN,MSNBC,NBC, ABC,CBS., They only tell part of the story, gather info from other sources. Then make an informed opinion.

    May 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  338. Landon Black

    CNN why are you censoring everyone who isn’t liberal? Are you afraid of a little political challenge to your left-wing propaganda? I’m sorry to be the guy who has to break it to you, but the sun doesn’t shine from Obama’s every orifice.

    May 22, 2009 at 7:03 pm |
  339. serge

    Now that you mention it... I don't care if the prisoners are held at gitmo, as long as their rights are the same as any other prisoner. They are entitled to a fair trial and if we cannot come up with the evidence then we should not be holding them. We made a bad mistake by surpassing our legal limits with these people and we will have to pay the price. It is just the way things work. We will come out on top if we repent and correct our ways. why should people be affraid to admit that we were wrong. This is a better way to show the east that we are trying to be a spiritual nation. One that is out for the good of the whole planet. It would not bring more jihad but support from other nations. Come on america......lets clean up our act.

    May 24, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  340. Nadine Powell

    I am excited about President Obama’s pick of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. She appears to be everything the President was looking for and what the American people need on the Supreme Court; a well-qualified female Hispanic judge. May she be all that the Nation needs. If the Republican party nitpicks during the confirmation process, it will show once again that they are determined to be an “exclusive” party instead of an “inclusive” party. Congratulations President Obama – Brilliant!

    Nadine Powell
    Black female Democrat

    May 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  341. Cote

    We have them safely housed right now. Let's stop and THINKI for a moment before we add them to our already overflowing prisons. Are we going from the frying pan to the fire?

    May 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  342. dan

    finally got to watching the Obama vs Cheney address on my dvr....

    Cheney logic gives me a headache. I can't believe anyone applauded his statement. That only proved to me what a poor job our educational system is doing.

    Cheney's saying Obama's not releasing information obtained by torture because it will justify Bush and Cheney breaking the law to obtain information?.....Then why didn't Bush and Cheney release this information while they were in office? They did just about everything else they could to make their lives easier, why not this?

    Maybe, more than likely, he knows there's a reason Obama or any president can't release the information, or did he just admitted that he and Bush kept things classified that shouldn't have been?

    Have to hand it to him, he's got balls and he's a really good liar. He's a professional fabricator of imaginary fears and conspiracies that can't be disproven, but can be used to persuade the public to do whatever he wants, in other words a typical politician.

    FYI folks, just because something can't be disproven, doesn't mean it's true. I can't believe so many people fall for this crap.

    Thank God for Obama. Finally a rationally thinking human being who cares and possesses a limitless energy. It's a miracle anyone like this could break through all the corruption and bureaucracy to become president.

    Like anybody reads these things.

    July 12, 2009 at 5:21 am |
  343. Michael

    The opening or closing of Guantanamo Bay Prison is a complex and arguably political issue as well. I would like to know if the prisoners currently in Guantanamo have or have not admitted their guilt? If they have admitted their guilt then, in my opinion they should be tried in Guantanamo Bay as enemy combatants, spies , saboteurs ! If they claim they are innocent civilians who were falsely arrested and detained then the answer becomes more more cloudy.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:18 am |