David Welna

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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 — 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.


Did Obama Achieve Last Year's National Security Commitments?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How has President Obama done on the national security commitments he made in last year's State of the Union address? With tape from that speech, NPR looks back on some of the president's pledges.


Obama Directs The Pentagon To Study Gun Safety

Thursday, January 07, 2016

The White House has ordered the Pentagon to study gun safety in an attempt to field new technologies that make weapons safer. But the military services don't have any desire for safer...


'Forever Prisoner' Writes Book About Guantanamo; He's One Of 107 Still There

Monday, January 04, 2016

Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Slahi wrote the book, Guantanamo Diary, describing what he'd been through. He's in such a legal limbo that he hasn't been able to receive his own copy of the book.


Should American Women Have To Register For The Draft?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Pentagon has lifted its ban on women in combat jobs, prompting debate in Congress about whether they must register for Selective Service just as men must.


House Report Says White House Misled Congress On Bergdahl Swap

Thursday, December 10, 2015

House Armed Services Committee Republicans are blasting President Obama over the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees in a deal that also freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.


Republicans Reject Proposals To Bar People On No-Fly List From Buying Guns

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

They say Democrats are trying to score political points and have thrown their weight behind a GOP alternative that requires a judge to block such gun sales.


Government Suspected Of Wanting CIA Torture Report To Remain Secret

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

A Senate panel released a redacted synopsis of the 7,000 page report. Copies of the full classified report sent to federal agencies have gone unread. Some fear the report may never be made public.


Report Calls For Investigation Into CIA's Post-9/11 Interrogation Program

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Human Rights Watch issued a new report Tuesday examining the legality of the CIA's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program. It is expected to challenge the Obama administration'...


Public Opinion Matches Partisan Divide Over U.S. Ground Troops In Syria

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

After the Paris attacks, the debate over the use of U.S ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria has deepened. Polls indicate the politicians reflect a similar split in public opinion.


Paris Attacks Revive Demands For Expanded Surveillance Powers

Friday, November 20, 2015

National security officials and policymakers are pushing for tougher surveillance laws. Much of their effort focuses on forcing tech firms to give law enforcement access to encrypted smartphone data.


Colorado Town Ponders Accepting Guantanamo Detainees

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The White House will soon send Congress its proposal to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A Colorado town that hosts a federal and state prison debate taking in the detainees.