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Profits were -- -- will be close I don't know whether one year from now but make no mistake.
We will close Guantanamo prison.
Which is damaged our national security interest and become a tremendous recruiting tool for -- Qaeda we have.
Succeeded -- it on.
Delivering a lot of campaign promises that we -- One where we've fallen short is closing -- time.
I wanted to close it sooner we have missed that it.
It's not for lack of trying.
It's because politics -- different.
But are trying again the president is starting out with promises to check get -- now there's new move to close the terrorist detention -- have been just happening this week.
Of course this campus is located at Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba.
The administration today naming a new State Department envoy to revive the project his name is Cliff Sloan -- He's a high powered lawyer and informal advisor to secretary see John Kerry.
He is served in senior government positions for both Republicans and Democrats.
Today's announcement comes as a pretrial hearing gets under way in the case against the alleged masterminds at 9/11 and four co defendants the worst of the worst if you will.
All being held at gitmo joining us now is defense attorney John a -- -- still war.
And former federal prosecutor Fred TC cities are two interesting things happening on one day John and starting with you.
Hadn't had a -- impact each other so we're having this national debate about closing -- -- -- pretrial hearing is beginning what's the potential.
Impact I think it's very distracting the most important thing right now is to have that trial for the 9/11 mastermind with out.
-- it being unfettered by anything else that's going on to -- what we are resurrecting the argument to close my time abate.
This week to me is a little bit astonishing I.
It probably will not have an impact.
On the actual trial itself but they start moving at lightning speed and that we know so far Obama -- -- -- -- -- of the the government in general Fred is not known for -- they have had many conduct -- take Connecticut Palestinian did an Israeli glaciers pace wooden -- but could it could have possibly happened -- we could be -- trial.
And be moving these guys in shutting down.
The prison -- that without possibility what if that happened.
Well I mean obviously technically it's a possibility but I gates and it's not gonna happen -- -- and even if it did indeed even if lightning struck and this somehow happened very very quickly.
I mean obviously in the middle of the trial it's not gonna get shot down in moved so.
The trial will continue and it think it started again this trial has been in you know has been -- -- happening either so.
I mean this is kind of a tortoise race to the it to the finish line I'm hoping that the trial win.
It's so -- -- things is happening today John as this is at a pretrial hearing about.
Evidence the attorneys for -- -- alleged mastermind of 9/11 and some of his buddies.
Want access to.
What is essentially a special committee put out by the red cross and take a look at how prisoners are being held around the world.
And made bad reports about how these prisoners are being held the defense attorneys want this information.
Can they get it should they get it and what impact would have on the trial I don't think they should get it whether they can get it or not I guess we're gonna have to wait for the judge to decide that.
-- to neither -- the red Herring the -- I'm RC is they are just to make sure.
That prisoners of war are kept humanely OK we get that how those records whether they all -- whether they aren't.
How those records and what -- backed.
The outcome of this kind trial to many is a complete.
Did connect what do you what do the lawyers was quoted saying that they want to know whether the up prisoners look at -- -- -- that they were ranked.
Maybe that will mitigate the fact that that.
They're punishment at the end of today if they are found guilty why I don't think that's.
Actually went right to say that if I -- this is what writers is saying that that reports about their client's treatment -- -- yield mitigating information that might spare.
Might spare these men for -- -- -- if they're convicted now innocent until proven guilty read this is the court.
Court of law right -- so could it could this information change that.
Highly unlikely candidate is there are mitigating factors -- -- respect to whether or not someone gets to death penalty in the law sets them down and I've never seen a case where the mitigating factors whether or not you've been kept -- -- comfortable jail -- on the giving access to cable TV so.
I don't see -- getting angry again -- not gonna get the only way the only way the conditions under which these men were held.
Could ever be relevant was if there was a confession or statement that some on what it used that -- made.
Then arguably -- case can be made that the conditions would be relevant as to whether or not the statement was made.
Freely or voluntarily -- made as a result of the rest a correction.
But we've seen nothing like that -- guess what.
They're not currently and then I get number we have seen Fred right outbursts in court friend from some of the -- we Ross and -- know this hunger strike that's happening.
Inside -- and their and dozens and dozens of prisoners are being force -- because they're protesting being held there.
This is becoming even more of a political issue Freddie gets what are the questions our audience might have -- Is what should be your expectations here we've -- -- -- waited so long.
For justice will justice ever our -- actually in this situation.
Well it you know -- -- -- I have no I don't have the luxury of not believing in our justice system that's what I do for a living in -- to do your -- question is.
You have to be patient like I said this move -- -- case.
And and an even though it's -- justice delayed is often justice tonight it will not be in this case is a big case and I'm optimistic and confident that these guys will get convicted.
Johnny your thoughts on that I agree and this is not this is such a huge case that.
The US isn't gonna lose on a technicality I promise you correct that doesn't isn't what what -- we are watching for -- donning it and as this pretrial hearing starts out this is one issue about this committee the other one is about any sort of classified information.
That might be shared in court.
That these men that are on trial would would hear and -- how to navigate that issue because allegedly.
They -- they're the ones that planned and funded.
The 9/11 attacks so what about those issues how -- -- figure those issues out and that is one of the issues -- I'm hearing whether -- -- that these prisoners will be allowed to hear that type -- -- I think national security.
-- -- Everything and right at the judges Smart pill mill grade and they won't be allowed to hear that -- demanding that -- Purity -- it did it this is not a fishing expedition for them to gather information should they can somehow disseminated to their friends but what I feel different at work that night I'm not saying I Iranian of the gitmo trials are all new -- would they be able to appeal on any of those grounds.
Well they can but the question is whether or not -- dignity that the decision rendered him -- made a difference.
And quite frankly they can appeal but at the end of the day helping to launch of my favorite restaurant and you -- supersize your extra value meal it's harmless.
-- it ain't gonna happen it's not going to be any appeal issue.
And he super sizing hot lately frat or is that the Pentagon does have a losing only ten -- -- because I want it happens I have created with a great track.
Shot and -- straight heading into the -- I believe that waiting so long.
Here and it's just wondering are we really going to get now this -- it really gonna happen so it looks like we will get at least you'll get yeah I agree right -- different agencies thank you.
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