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.
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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.