Presidential Remarks on Detainee Treatment and Trials

President Obama, speaking at the National Archives, defended and reaffirmed his pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility,… read more

President Obama, speaking at the National Archives, defended and reaffirmed his pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility, saying that the prison “has weakened American national security.” The president argued that harsh interrogation methods such as waterboarding hindered rather than aided anti-terrorism efforts. He stated that detainees can be securely held in U.S. maximum security prisons and that no detainees who would endanger Americans will be released. He outlined a five-category classification system for dealing with remaining detainees. The president also defended his decisions to declassify Bush administration interrogation memos and to withhold photographs of detainees' abuse by members of the U.S. military. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Presidential Remarks on Detainee Treatment and Trials

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Program ID:
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White House Event
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Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 21, 2009
Last Aired:
May 24, 2009

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  • May 21, 2009 | 11:40am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 21, 2009 | 8:35pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 21, 2009 | 8:57pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 21, 2009 | 9:29pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 22, 2009 | 12:12am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 22, 2009 | 5:28am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 24, 2009 | 11:11am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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