Obama Speech On Drones, Guantanamo And Counterterrorism: Where To Watch And What He'll Say

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    President Barack Obama.
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    President Obama is scheduled to deliver a major policy speech at National Defense University in Washington.
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President Obama is set to deliver a widely anticipated speech at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday that will touch on the White House's counterterrorism policy and the status of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Obama will make the speech at National Defense University in Washington, which provides military education and is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The policy address will be televised on major networks, but there are other ways to watch the speech if you won’t be near a TV. The address will be live streamed on C-SPAN here, and the White House will have a stream here on White House Live starting at 2 p.m. EDT.

What will Obama address in his speech? According to White House press secretary Jay Carney, the president will detail how the administration’s counterterrorism policy is adjusting to new threats. Also, Obama will talk about steps to close Guantanamo Bay, the controversial detention center he said he'd close when campaigning but remains open.

“In his speech, the President will discuss our broad [counterterrorism] policy, including military, diplomatic, intelligence, and legal efforts,” Carney said during Tuesday’s media briefing with the White House press corps. “He will review the state of the threats that we face, particularly as the al Qaeda core has weakened but new dangers have emerged. He will discuss the policy and legal framework under which we take action against terrorist threats, including the use of drones. He will review our detention policy and efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. And he will frame the future of our efforts against al Qaeda, its affiliates and its adherents.”

The president is also expected to speak about the country’s controversial drone policy, according to CNN.

A day before Obama’s scheduled speech, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder formally recognized the targeted killing of U.S. citizen and al Qaeda figure Anwar al-Awlaki in a letter sent to congressional leaders. The letter also confirmed that three other citizens were killed by drones, although the government said they were not specifically targeted.

 

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