January 14th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Guantanamo Bay: What should happen to the inmates?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Pentagon says 61 former detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay have resumed what they call terrorist activities since their release.

A guard stands his position at Camp V on the US Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

President-elect Obama says he'll close the prison as soon as his first week in office. He admits there are issues to work out if he does so, primarily the threat that the suspects still in custody there pose to the safety of the American people. There are about 250 of them including 2 of the alleged conspirators of the 9/11 attacks. They can't simply be released.

Perhaps the Pentagon is trying to emphasize that very point with the information they released. But it lacks details like what actions the detainees have taken since their release, where they are now and why they were released in the first place. Human rights advocates are skeptical of the report.

President-elect Obama's haste in closing the prison is an attempt to make a clean break from the Bush Administration's war on terror. Yesterday, when asked about Obama's plans to close Guantanamo, President Bush told CNN's Larry King that signing the paper is one thing but actually doing it is more involved. President Bush said he wants the base closed too, but it's a complex matter.

Here’s my question to you: If President-elect Obama closes the Guantanamo Bay prison, what should be done with the inmates there?

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Filed under: Guantanamo Bay • US Military
January 14th, 2009
05:01 PM ET

Should Bill Clinton’s Financial Affairs Prevent Hillary’s Secretary of State Confirmation?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Senator Hillary Clinton intervened 6 times in government issues that directly affected companies or individuals who became donors to her husband's foundation, according to the Associated Press.

Should the Clinton Foundation's ties to foreigners affect Hillary Clinton's nomination?

This raises obvious questions about the potential for ethical conflicts that could arise in her official business as Secretary of State. Christopher Hitchens at Slate.com calls into question whether Hillary Clinton should have been nominated for the post at all.

The article points out that everyone around the world knows that you can get the former president's attention through his foundation. Not a problem in itself but when you factor in that he's the confidant to the would-be Secretary of State, someone she's sure to rely on since she has no foreign affairs track record of her own, it can become one.

The foundation has agreed to disclose its list of confidential clients and every year new donors from foreign states could be subject to the scrutiny of Obama administration lawyers.

Here’s my question to you: Should the foreign financial affairs of Bill Clinton's foundation be enough to prevent Sen. Hillary Clinton's confirmation as Secretary of State?

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January 14th, 2009
12:53 PM ET

Should Tax and Housekeeper Problems Cost Geithner the Treasury Job?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Timothy Geithner, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Obama's pick for Secretary of Treasury, hit a road block yesterday on his path to Washington to lead the nation through the current economic crisis.

Geithner's confirmation hearing is now rescheduled for after the inauguration.

His confirmation hearing turned into a closed door meeting between members of the Senate Finance Committee and the would-be Secretary. At issue, were Geithner's failure to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes while he worked at the International Monetary Fund and employing an immigrant housekeeper who had expired work papers for three months.

The President-elect and his aides chalked these problems up as honest mistakes. They were quick to point out that all back taxes, interest and penalties have been paid and filings were amended.

As Treasury Secretary, Geithner will ultimately oversee the IRS, so his tax mistakes conceivably could be an issue.

Some members of the committee said they still support Geithner, who's been widely praised for his experience. Others aren't willing to give him a pass just yet.

As for the housekeeper, she's married to an American and has her green card now.

Geithner's confirmation hearing is now rescheduled for next week, after the inauguration.

Here’s my question to you: Should Timothy Geithner's tax and housekeeper problems cost him the post of Secretary of Treasury?

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