AirTalk for May 18, 2011

Family visits at Gitmo?

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A U.S. military guard tower stands on the perimeter of the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Pentagon is considering granting visitation rights for the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay. According to The Washington Post, the International Committee of the Red Cross has been in secret talks to allow family visits. Up until now, some detainees have been allowed video phone calls with their families, but no in-person visitation. Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) -- who chairs the House Armed Services Committee -- is against the proposal. He warns that it "would create major security concerns for our nation." Would allowing more contact with family members create a national security risk? Or could it be avoided with strict protocols? We’ll talk with a couple security experts about the risks, real or imagined. Should these detainees be allowed family visits regardless of the risks?

Guest:

Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford University; associate professor of international security studies at the United States Military Academy

Marc Thiessen, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute¸author of “Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack”


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