February 18th, 2009
12:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Holder says he'll go to Guantanamo Bay as 'first step'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder disclosed Wednesday that he will travel to the Guantanamo Bay military detention center next week as a "first step" in a process to determine what to do with detainees held there.

Holder told reporters after a speech on civil rights that he will make the trip to Cuba on Monday with the Justice Department's point man on counterterrorism, Matt Olsen, who serves as acting assistant attorney general for the National Security Division.

Spokesman Dean Boyd termed the trip "the beginning of a review process."

Holder told reporters review of the Guantanamo detainees' individual cases has begun and officials are "making progress," but he declined to be more specific.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Matthew, Detroit

    This is a very bad attorney general.

    He is soft on crime. Soft on terrorism. This is a terrible man with terrible beliefs.

    He will shorten drug and violent crime sentences. He believes in early release. He will hamsting the police. He is a very bad person and a lousy american.

    February 18, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Shawn-Tx

    Not sure why people are so afraid to have these terrorists here in America. Will they be making calls to their home country from jail asking for freedom fighters? I say we send them to the toughest prisons we have with the serial killers and mentally deranged folks and let them wait for their trials. Last time I checked it's not torture if the prisoners are the ones doing the torturing.

    February 18, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Shawn-Tx

    Holder should've been smarter than to use the word "cowards" when he talked about america and race. He should have just said "America avoids this topic too much". I guess the meanings the same, but public officials should be more tactful. I'm a supporter, but he dropped the ball here. Now fox news will run articles all week about Obama's cabinet be full of black extremists

    February 18, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Scott, Tucson

    I would like to see Holder in a room, just him and all those peace loving, innocent muslims. They can hold hands and sing Kubaya.

    February 18, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. yuri

    Hold it holder! Take a deep breath, and try to define to yourself what a torture is. Once it is clear, Gitmo ought to be a piece if cake (we think). Of course, nobody is perfect.

    February 18, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. P. Y.

    Hey Proud American

    Get your facts right. No one ever said that GITMO was going to be closed in a day. a week or a month. It is supposed to be closed though.

    February 18, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. America

    This guy is a loose canon. He has already deemed his own people as cowards. Why would we want him representing us in any capacity?

    February 18, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Mike in Houston

    Yes, Eric. Go there and check yourself in.

    February 18, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Gary

    It is really hard to respect Eric Holder – - he paved the way for the Mark Rich pardon-for-bribe scandel and today he called america a "nation of cowards" in the way that we handle race. He was a poor choice for Attorney General, and I think he should be asked to resign before he causes more damage. I've heard him speak on the news a couple times guess I just don't trust his judgement.

    February 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. lynn

    Proud American

    Gitmo is suppose to close in a year

    February 18, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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