February 27th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Mukasey visiting Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Attorney General Michael Mukasey is getting his first look at the controversial military prison complex at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Mukasey arrived late Wednesday morning for the previously unannounced trip, which is expected to last only about five hours.

"The visit provided him with the opportunity to see first hand the state of the art detention facility at the station," said Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr.

Mukasey is scheduled to meet with military personnel and other officials involved in the Military Commissions proceedings.

Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents assigned to the the "high value" detainee cases have been involved in the investigation since they were moved to Guantanamo Bay.

Recently military officials announced they would be seeking charges and a potential death penalty against six of those detainees, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the
mastermind of the Sept. 11th attacks.

–CNN Justice Producer Terry Frieden

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. California Independent

    I am hoping to see some independence by this Attorney General. It hasn't looked too good so far. Let's see if they can get moving on some of these cases.

    February 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Ken in Dallas

    Mukasey's just another political mouthpiece for the Bush administration. His mission is nothing more than to keep his boss out of prison.

    February 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If you watched Mukasey in the hearings when questioned about water boarding, it was unclear what he believes or if he acts on behalf of Bush.

    February 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    I'm glad to see this guy isn't just being an "appointee" hack like so many of Bush's team.

    This represents a change which is good–too bad Bush didn't learn not to meddle until the sunset of his 2nd term. Oh well, slow learner better than no learner.

    Open government-and truthfulness is something we will definitely see when McCain is elected.

    February 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Tim T.

    Five hours to evaluate such a major and controversial undertaking. What a joke!

    February 27, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. AlterEgoEve

    On his visit, will Mukasey witness some waterboarding to determine whether or not he believes it's true torture?

    February 27, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Henry, VT

    And...like something different is going to happen. I agree that he is just protecting his boss. Same old, same old.

    Maybe he should look for a cell for Bush.

    February 27, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. James

    There will be no independence on this one. At least when the shoe falls, Mukasey can't argue he had no knowledge of how we were sponsoring a concentration camp in Cuba. I hope these people in the administration that have tarnished our nation and the constitution answer for their crimes and treason in the court of law. Isn't this why we have impeachment?

    February 27, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. International Spectator

    I sure wish the US military would hurry up and kill these non combatant dogs, just like the Geneva Convention dictates...

    February 27, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. John

    Waste of taxpayers money and he is a waste of space Bush by any legal standing has committed so many acts of treason and war crimes yet no one legal expert speaks out not even this Attorney General.

    February 27, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. RealityKing

    We should just release these guys and send them home...


    February 27, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    This guy is another Alberto Gonzales, just little more subtle.

    February 27, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Vet in S.A.

    Those detainees are living like kings compared to that sheriffs tent jail city in Arizona. They can rot there for all I care.

    February 27, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. BCNU purple state, usa

    Would Janet Reno have done the same? I doubt it.

    February 27, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Cory Miller

    I don't expect anything to come out of this really. Mukasey is just a political pawn, he'll tell the public and congress exactly what the Bush Administration wants them to hear, that nothing unethical is going on in Guantanamo bay. What would be really convincing is if he had himself waterboarded, just like the journalist from fox.

    February 27, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Richard, FL

    Great! Hopefully they will waterboard him to let him determine if it is torture or just one of Limbaugh's college pranks. After months to figure it out, Mukasey isn't capable of deciding for himself so this is a great chance.

    February 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Dee, Plano Texas


    February 27, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Sue, Michigan

    And did he undergo any of the interrogation methods they use there to determine for certain that we are not torturing prisoners? Of course not. Easier to believe whatever Bush and Cheney tell you and parrot that back than to stand on your own two feet as we would expect someone in the Justice Dept. to behave. This trip is a joke and a slap in the face to the innocent men being held without recourse. This place is a shameful example of what happens when power-hungry men take over the White House. I see more of the same happening with Obama or McCain-both are willing to either stay in Iraq or go right back. No change in policy whatever from either of them. Wake up America-Hillary really IS the only one who can change Washington.

    February 27, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Wouldn't a surprise visit be better? They'll just dress up the place like a Ritz Carlton Hotel and all the idiots will say: "See, I told you so. It really isn't that bad after all."

    February 27, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. jw, canadian,ok

    Oh, I can't wait for this Presidential news conference.......

    February 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |