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    Guantanamo Protesters Arrested Outside Cheney's House

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    The tony Washington suburb of McLean, Virginia, of big houses and fancy cars usually keeps a stiff upper lip, quiet with rarely anything loud and controversial going on. Unless you happen to be former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was visited by a pair of protesters who were arrested.

    They were there to protest the 13th anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba to house suspected militants. The prison was opened in 2002 during the Bush administration, and the protesters said they went to Cheney’s house because they contend he was part of a group of Bush officials who lied to the public about the use of torture at the prison. 

    A recent U.S. Senate report found that the CIA had misled the White House about its use of techniques to get detainees at Guantanamo to talk, and that is was much more brutal that thought. Cheney defended those techniques, saying they were necessary to get to the bottom of  things after the 2001 terrorist attacks. 

    About 20 protesters – some wearing the orange jumpsuits of inmates – showed up at the Cheney property. Two refused to leave when the police arrived and they were arrested on misdemeanor trespassing charges.

    The protesters are part of the activist group Code Pink, which was sponsoring a series of demonstrations in and around Washington. The group also protested without incident at the home of CIA director John Brennan – also in McLean – and in front of CIA headquarters nearby. 

    The group calls their protests the “Guantanamo Anniversary Weekend Torturers Tour.”

    Despite President Obama’s pledge to close it, the prison still holds 127 detainees, some who have been there since it opened in 2002. The Obama administration has transferred some detainees out, but there is a ban on sending any detainees to the United States and other countries are not keen on taking them.