David Welna

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Federal Judge Clears Lawsuit Against CIA Torture Program To Proceed

Monday, April 25, 2016

The lawsuit, on behalf of three men, accuses two psychologists based in Spokane, Wash., of devising and overseeing an "experimental torture program" as a "joint criminal enterprise" with the CIA.


The Next Encryption Battleground: Congress

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The top Republican and top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel are floating a bill that would mandate cooperation in encryption cases, but critics say it creates a dangerous "back door."


At Nuclear Summit, Many Leaders But No Breakthroughs

Friday, April 01, 2016

The fourth and final nuclear security summit is underway in Washington this week. But Vladimir Putin isn't there. And North Korea has thumbed its nose at the gathering by firing a cruise missile.


If Detainee Population Shrinks Further, Guantanamo May Have To Close

Friday, April 01, 2016

President Obama wants to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but Congress disagrees. There are 91 detainees left, and the Pentagon will soon transfer more. Accelerated transfers may help Obama's cause.


Obama Opens Final Nuclear Security Summit In Washington, D.C.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Russia is not participating in this year's Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., this week. It's the final such event of the Obama administration. Critics are underwhelmed with what the president's nuclear security push has accomplished, and it isn't clear whether the event might continue on into the administration of the next president.


Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Defends The 'Smart Power' Of Economic Sanctions

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew granted NPR an exclusive interview to lay out his vision for the role of sanctions in U.S. foreign policy and national security. He touted what he called the success of sanctions on Iran but also conceded they are not a panacea and should not be overused.


Republicans Challenge Plans To Close Gitmo After Brussels Attacks

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

President Obama's plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay got its first formal hearing in Congress. Republicans said after the Brussels attacks, allies wanting to close the prison are likely reconsidering. And if the Guantanamo prison is a recruiting tool for terrorists, they asked, would not an American lockup have the same effect? Officials also confirmed that released detainees have killed Americans.


Families Of 9/11 Victims Confront Painful Memories At Gitmo War Court

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Every time the war court in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, holds hearings in the capital case of five alleged Sept. 11 conspirators, relatives of victims of those attacks attend as guests of the Pentagon.


Obama's Cuba Visit Raises The Question Of Guantanamo Bay's Future

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Americans have had it for more than a century, longer than any other U.S. military base abroad. Obama wants to close down the detention facility. So what are the plans for the military base?


Obama Proposes Plan To Close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

President Obama sent Congress a proposal for how the U.S. could close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and move its occupants to the U.S. It's expected to make little headway again...


Sept. 11 Trials Postponed After Suspects Request To Fire Lawyers

Friday, February 19, 2016

This week's military commissions of Guantanamo Bay detainees slogged or ground to a halt when the accused tried to fire their attorneys โ€” again. Then excerpts shown from torture scene...


At Guantanamo, Another Legal Step Post Sept. 11 Attacks

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Putting the five men accused of plotting the attacks on trial is a long process. On Tuesday, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, another round of seemingly endless pre-trial war court hearings gets underway.


Trial Date Still Pending For 5 Accused Of Plotting Sept. 11 Attacks

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Military commissions resume this week at Guantanamo, even as President Obama maintains his vow to close the prison, with or without Congress.


Fact-Check: Could The Next President Bring Back Waterboarding?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

As national security has come to dominate the 2016 presidential race, the GOP contenders in particular are being pushed to define where they stand on a contentious matter: how suspected terrorists should be interrogated. Specifically, they've been asked about the currently banned use of waterboarding โ€” a simulated drowning technique ...


Defense Secretary Ash Carter Convenes Anti-ISIS Coalition Partners In Brussels

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is convening his counterparts from more than two dozen anti-ISIS coalition partners in Brussels on Thursday. Carter aims to goad them into stepping up the...


GOP Presidential Candidates Bring Torture Back Into The Spotlight

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The GOP presidential hopefuls are trading attacks on the use of water boarding and other such harsh interrogation techniques. Donald Trump vows he would revive those techniques as pre...


Why The U.S. Still Has No Viable Alternatives To Russian Rocket Boosters

Monday, February 08, 2016

When it comes to launching top-secret military satellites, the Pentagon relies almost entirely on rocket engines made in Russia. The U.S. has been using Russian rocket boosters for the past 2 decades.


Pentagon Gets ISIS Metaphor Wrong, Critics Say

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter's metaphor for ISIS is that of a cancer that must be excised before it can metastasize. Critics say the description misunderstands the nature of the problem.


Pentagon Transfers 10 Gitmo Detainees To Oman

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Pentagon on Thursday transferred 10 detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Oman in the largest single transfer to a single country under the Obama administration. There are also reports...


U.S. Navy Sailors Detained By Iran Ahead Of State Of The Union Address

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ten U.S. Navy sailors are being detained by Iran after Tehran said they drifted into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf. The reports came ahead of President Obama's final State of the Union address.