Andy discussed GTMO’s role and why it is still in operation, explaining that the George W. Bush administration chose to place the detention center in Guantanamo in 2001 in order to interrogate potential enemy combatants outside of the Middle East and U.S. jurisdiction.
He talks through what it would take to shut down the facility, which the Obama administration promised to close. The facility hasn’t taken a new prisoner since June 2008.
Andy served as counsel to the general counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from April 2009 to October 2010, where he worked on national security issues related to Guantanamo and the Southwestern border. He is noted among the nation’s leading experts on these issues.