Generals, Admirals Back Obama On GTMO Closure

How’d you spend your morning? I interviewed a bunch of retired generals and admirals in town to support the Obama administration on closing Guantanamo. They met with Attorney General Holder yesterday and have a bunch more meetings over the next 36 hours. And they include:

"He was very attentive," said ret. Army Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, one of 15 retired flag officers who met with Holder yesterday, and who are scheduled to meet with Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn Tuesday afternoon and Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair Wednesday morning. "We expressed our views to the attorney general, and he did express the fact that he shared those goals with us," said Taguba, who became famous in 2004 for investigating detainee abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. "There is a joint deliberative process of reviewing all those [Guantanamo detainee] cases again to ensure that they haven’t missed any of the options that they’re trying to develop toward that plan" to shutter the facility by January, a plan vociferously criticized by congressional Republicans.

I’m not going to lie, it was pretty cool to meet Taguba. And they came away with the impression that Holder is with them on zeroing out preventive detention:

Ret. Army Gen. David M. Maddox rejected the assertion, made by Obama in a May speech, that some detainees at Guantanamo could be neither responsibly charged nor released, and must be held instead in a form of indefinite detention. “Our goal is the number that remain in that category at the end should be zero,” said Maddox, a former commander of Army forces in Europe. He said he was “impressed” to hear that Holder “shared that goal.” In his May speech, Obama pledged to “exhaust every avenue that we have to prosecute those at Guantanamo who pose a danger to our country” before considering preventive detention; reportedly, the Obama administration has decided against seeking a new law granting it additional preventive detention powers.

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