November 04, 2015

Obama's counterterrorism chief takes fresh stab at closing Guantanamo

Featuring Phillip Carter

Source: Reuters

Journalist Jeff Mason

A new U.S. plan to close the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is likely to be unveiled in the coming days, with much at stake not only for President Barack Obama but also his counterterrorism chief, Lisa Monaco.

As a top Justice Department official in 2009, Monaco was summoned to the White House Situation Room in the first weeks of Obama's tenure to discuss how to fulfill his campaign promise to shutter a facility that had drawn condemnation worldwide.

Nearly seven years later, most of those who were present at that first meeting have left the government, but Monaco is still there and charged with completing the unfinished task.

Read the full article at Reuters.


  • Phillip Carter

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Phillip Carter was the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. His research focused on issu...