National Security Brief: Top Democrat Urges Gitmo Review

Amid an expanding list of detainees on hunger strike at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) is urging the Obama administration to renew efforts to repatriate prisoners cleared for transfer or release.

“There is a growing problem of more and more detainees on a hunger strike,” Feinstein said in a letter to the White House, adding, “The fact that so many detainees have now been held at Guantánamo for over a decade and their belief that there is still no end in sight for them is a reason there is a growing problem of more and more detainees on a hunger strike.”

The U.S. military this week announced that it is sending more medical professionals to deal with the rising number of detainees — more than half of the 166 prisoners — on hunger strike at Gitmo.

In other news:

  • The New York Times reports: On an anniversary known for military showmanship, North Korean generals on Thursday declared that their forces were ready to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles and kamikazelike nuclear attacks at the United States if threatened.
  • The Washington Post reports: Nine months before the Boston Marathon bombing, a U.S. counterterrorism task force received a warning that a suspected militant had returned from a lengthy trip to Russia, U.S. officials said.