Last year, the new base commander moved some 700 family members, other nonessential workers and pets to north Florida for Hurricane Matthew. This year the entire Sunshine State is in Hurricane Irma’s path, too.
There will no longer be special envoys for the Arctic, Syria, Myanmar, Libya, Haiti, Sudan and South Sudan, though regional offices will assume those portfolios. Tillerson is keeping envoys for religious freedom, fighting anti-Semitism and LGBT rights.
Included in the short-term plans are a new base hospital built to withstand earthquakes at a cost of $50 million per bed, troop housing and infrastructure for a pop-up encampment that could house 13,000 migrants and 5,000 U.S. forces.
The Trump administration is making a fresh attempt at drafting an executive order on handling terrorism detainees, reviving a struggle to navigate legal and geopolitical obstacles to expand use of the Guantánamo Bay wartime prison, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations.
A settlement was announced Thursday in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against two psychologists involved in designing the CIA’s harsh interrogation program used in the war on terror. The terms were not disclosed.
A Pentagon prosecutor pressed an embarrassed and reluctant Saudi terrorist to describe his abuse during interrogations in Afghanistan, including an episode of an Army private shoving his genitals in the man’s face.