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Benghazi point man explains why he wasn’t at hearing

May 8th, 2013
05:13 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

Congressional hearings Wednesday on the September 11, 2012 Benghazi, Libya attacks were missing a key player in the affair.

Thomas Pickering, former ambassador and a top State Department official, is the author of the after-action report on the attack, which left four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.

The chairman of the House committee overseeing the hearing, Congressman Darrell Issa, said Pickering had refused to attend.

Pickering called Issa’s statement “colossally misinformed,” in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.  FULL POST


Filed under:  Latest Episode • Libya

How one detainee got trapped in legal limbo at Guantanamo

May 8th, 2013
11:18 AM ET

By Samuel Burke & Ken Olshansky, CNN

The vast majority of the 166 detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay say they would rather starve than spend another day in limbo.

One of the more than 100 men now on hunger strike is an Afghan man in his early thirties, known only as Obaidullah – a prisoner with no charges filed against him.

His only daughter was born just two days before he was taken into custody. She'll be eleven this summer, and has never met her father.

In March, Obaidullah wrote a detailed account of his hunger strike, which the U.S. Department of Justice recently declassified.

"I'm losing all hope because I've been imprisoned at Guantanamo for almost eleven years now, and I still do not know my fate," he wrote.  FULL POST


Filed under:  Guantanamo • Latest Episode