Limbo Update

  • Aired:  05/01/13
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America wanted to believe Barack Obama's promise to close Guantanamo, but the skeptical country had been hurt before. (6:25)

>> Jon: HEY, WELCOME TO THE

DAILY SHOW.

YOU'RE REALLY VERY KIND.

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

OUR GUEST TONIGHT FORMER SENATOR

KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON, THE GREAT

STATE OF TEXAS AUTHOR OF A NEW

BOOK ON GREAT WOMEN OF TEXAS.

I REALLY HOPE THE COACH'S WIFE

FROM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS IS IN

THERE BECAUSE... LET'S BEGIN

TONIGHT WITH AN OLDY BUT A

GOODIE.

CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA FROM THE

YEAR 2007, THREE SIMPLE WORDS.

WE DON'T SAY IT TO EACH OTHER

ENOUGH ANYMORE.

>> I'LL CLOSE GUANTANAMO.

Jon: OH, SURE.

IT'S EASY TO SAY THAT.

BUT AMERICA HAS BEEN HURT

BEFORE.

AND THE NEW GUY WAS REALLY

SERIOUS HE WOULD HAVE SET A

DATE.

AND, MOM, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO

BELIEVE IT.

HE DID.

>> GUANTANAMO WILL BE CLOSED NO

LATER THAN ONE YEAR FROM NOW.

>> Jon: ONE YEAR.

AND ONE YEAR LATER, OBAMA

REITERATED THIS PROMISE WITH TWO

SMALL CHANGES.

SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT THEM.

>> MAKE NO MISTAKE.

WE WILL CLOSE GUANTANAMO PRISON.

>> Jon: ONE.

HE HAS GONE FROM I'LL CLOSE

GUANTANAMO TO WHAT'S TAKING

EVERYONE SO LONG?

AND, TWO, HE HAS ADDED THE

PHRASE, "MAKE NO MISTAKE.

A PHRASE USED ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY

BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST BEEN

DEFEATED BY A SUPER HERO.

AND HAVE VERY LITTLE CHAN IN THE

REMATCH.

MAKE NO MISTAKE, AQUAMAN.

YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE LAST OF ME

IN MY PLAN TO WEAPONNIZE KELP.

I'LL BE BACK AND YOU'LL BE ALL

WET OR MY NAME ISN'T

DR. DISSOLVE-O.

OH, WHY DID I GET IN THE WATER?

I'M MADE OF...

STOPWATCHING SUPER FRIENDS

DURING THE DAY.

AND TURN YOUR PEN OVER IF YOU'RE

GOING TO FAKE WRITE.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

I WAS FAKE WRITING.

HERE'S HOW MUCH I RESPECT YOU AS

AN AUDIENCE.

IN THE MIDDLE OF MY ADMITTEDLY

WELL ACTED BIT, I THOUGHT, OH,

NO, I'M WRITING WITH THE CAP.

NOW THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BUY IT.

NO ONE WILL BELIEVE I'M...

ANYWAY, SO THAT WAS IN 2010.

AND I HAVEN'T HEARD MUCH ABOUT

IT SINCE THEN SO I'M JUST GOING

TO ASSUME THAT IN THAT TIME WE

HAVE REGAINED OUR MORAL STATURE

AND CLOSED GUANTANAMO.

CUT TO OBAMA'S PRESS CONFERENCE

YESTERDAY.

>> I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT

WE'VE GOT TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO.

>> Jon: AND IN SANTA.

THOSE ARE TWO THINGS THAT I

THINK ABOUT ONCE A YEAR AND

CONTINUE TO BELIEVE.

SO WHAT ABOUT THE 166 PEOPLE WHO

ARE CURRENTLY IN PRISON IN GAWN

TON MOW IN A TWILIGHT ZONE?

WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THEM, WE FIND

OUT IN TONIGHT'S LIMBO UPDATE.

I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE

SPECIFIC WITH THE GRAPHICS

DEPARTMENT ABOUT THE TONE.

SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT LIMBO WE'RE

TALKING ABOUT ALTHOUGH THE

CONTORTIONS AND EMBARRASSMENT

ONE MUST GO THROUGH TO TRY TO

SNEAK UNDERNEATH THE PERPETUALLY

LOWERING BAR IS NOT ENTIRELY

WRONG.

WHY IS GUANTANAMO STILL OPEN?

>> CONGRESS DETERMINED THAT THEY

WOULD NOT LET US CLOSE IT.

>> Jon: THE LEGISLATIVE STONE IN

AMERICA'S URETHRA.

YES, THOSE GUYS, THEY KNOW WHAT

I'M TALKING ABOUT.

SO, THEY WOULDN'T LET YOU.

CONGRESS WOULD NOT LET YOU CLOSE

GUANTANAMO OR EVEN ALLOW BLANKET

TRANSFERS OF PRISONERS.

ALTHOUGH I BELIEVE THEY DID

GRANT YOU THE AUTHORITY FOR

CASE-BY-CASE WAIVERS, NO?

>> EVEN AFTER CONGRESS GRANTED

IT IN 2012, THE POWER TO ISSUE

CASE-BY-CASE WAIVERS TO THOSE

TRANSFER RESTRICTIONS TO SEND

PEOPLE BACK TO PLACES LIKE

YEMEN, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS

NOT EXERCISED THAT AUTHORITY

ONCE.

>> Jon: WELL IF THERE'S ONE

THING WE AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

CAN SYMPATHIZE WITH, IT'S NOT

EXERCISING.

WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT?

THEY DIDN'T EXERCISE THE WAIVER

ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS BECAUSE

THERE'S NO PRISONERS CLEARED FOR

RELEASE.

THESE GUYS ARE THE WORSE OF THE

WORSE.

>> ABOUT HALF THE DETAINEES'

POPULATION, 86, HAVE BEEN

CLEARED UNANIMOUSLY BY NATIONAL

SECURITY AGENCIES FOR MORE THAN

THREE YEARS TO BE RELEASED UNTIL

SECURITY CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN

MET.

>> Jon: HAS ANYONE TOLD THE

PRISONERS ABOUT THIS?

>> A HUNGER STRIKE AT THE PRISON

IN GUANTANAMO BAY HAS EXPANDED.

>> Jon: THEY'VE BEEN TOLD.

HOW EXPANDING IS THE HUNGER

STRIKE?

>> 100 OF THE 166 PRISONERS AT

THE U.S. BASE IN CUBA HAVE

JOINED THE STRIKE.

19 ARE RECEIVING LIQUID

NUTRITION THROUGH A NASAL TUBE.

>> Jon: HOLY [BLEEP].

WE HAVE GONE FROM WATER BOARDING

THEM TO FOOD BOARDING THEM?

AND BY THE WAY, IT'S A GOOD

THING FOR THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

THAT THOSE PRISONERS... THEY'D

HAVE P.E.T.A. ALL OVER THEIR

[BLEEP].

AS THE PRESIDENT EXPLAINED

YESTERDAY THERE'S A PERFECTLY

GOOD RATIONALE FOR THE FEEDING

TUBE.

>> IF YOU CONTINUE TO FORCE FEED

THESE FOLKS.

>> I DON'T WANT THESE

INDIVIDUALS TO DIE.

>> Jon: THIS WAS REMINDING ME OF

SOMETHING.

100-ODD PEOPLE TRAPPED ON AN

ISLAND IN A CONFUSING CONUNDRUM

WITHOUT ANY POSSIBILITY OF

ESCAPE.

IT'S LIKE LOST ALL OVER AGAIN

AND JUST LIKE LOST PROBABLY

SHOULD HAVE ENDED A FEW YEARS

EARLIER.

WE'LL BE RIGHT

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