Report: Obama to make big speech about drones, Guantanamo

The President will reportedly address White House counterterrorism policy on Thursday

By Jillian Rayfield

Published May 19, 2013 8:44PM (EDT)

On Thursday, President Obama will reportedly make a big speech to address White House counterterrorism policy, including the closing of Guantanamo Bay and the Administration's use of drone strikes.

According to an administration official, Politico reports, Obama will discuss the policy at the National Defense University in Washington. From Politico:

Obama plans elaborate on "the state of the threats we face, particularly as Al Qaeda core has weakened but new dangers have emerged," the official said. He will also "discuss the policy and legal framework under which we take action against terrorist threats, including the use of drones" and "will review our detention policy and efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay."

The president will also "frame the future of our efforts against Al Qaeda, its affiliates and adherents."

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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