Obama Heckled Over Gitmo Closure

    US President Barack Obama speaks about his administration's drone and counterterrorism policies, as well as the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, May 23, 2013. Obama said Thursday he had signed new policy guidance regulating the conditions when the United States can use unmanned airborne drones to kill terror suspects abroad. The guidance includes requirements that a target must pose a continuing "imminent" threat to Americans, and says lethal action can be be used only if a suspect cannot feasibly be captured, and there is a legal basis for acting. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    In his big counterterrorism speech on Thursday, President Obama reiterated his 2008 campaign pledge to close the U.S. prison at Guanatanamo Bay—but not before he was repeatedly heckled over the issue. The Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly tweeted that the heckler, who interrupted the speech for several minutes, was Medea Benjamin, an anti-war activist with the group Code Pink. As Benjamin was finally removed by security from the auditorium, Obama went off script to address the kerfuffle. "The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to," he told the crowd. "Obviously I do not agree with much of what she said, and obviously she wasn't listening to me in much of what I said. But these are tough issues and the suggestion that we can gloss over them is wrong." Obama, eventually, was able to say that he will ask Congress to lift the restriction on detainee transfers from Gitmo. 

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