In the newsroom: Guantanamo decisions coming soon
Published: April 27, 2009
In case you missed it yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the administration is "relatively close" to a decision on what to do with detainees being held at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay. Since Obama promised back in January to close the prison, the most talked-about locations for prisoners have been Camp Pendleton in California, Fort Leavenworth in Kansas and the Naval Consolidated Brig in South Carolina, but the AP story says the first wave of prisoners could head to Virginia. Expect more details later this week.
Here are the other headlines from the weekend:
** The House Armed Services Committee has a hearing on Pakistan security later this week. But who knows if the government there will be functioning past tomorrow; They're still trying to reclaim towns taken by the Taliban last week.
** Our Mideast bureau is working on a piece about the Status of Forces Agreement between Iraq and the U.S.; It looks like some exceptions will be made on the language requiring all combat troops to be out of major cities by July. Meanwhile, a recent raid may have violated terms of that SOFA.
** From our sports section -- They didn't get drafted, but Navy seniors FB Eric Kettani and WR Tyree Barnes were signed by the New England Patriots last night and will get an invite to training camp this summer. But there still isn't any exception for them to get out of their five-year committment to play football professionally, so it's unclear what their next step towards a pro career will be.