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Retired Military Leaders

These leaders know firsthand that the country’s ideals are a national security asset.

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May 13, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today urged members of Congress to reject provisions in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would make it nearly impossible for President Obama...
April 28, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today urged members of Congress to reject  onerous provisions in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would make it nearly impossible for...
March 23, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Major General Michael R. Lehnert, USMC (Ret.), today urged members of Congress to renew their efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The call came in a...
March 18, 2016 Washington, D.C.—As President Obama travels to Cuba next week, Human Rights First urges him to intensify efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, as its continued operation...
March 15, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today urged members of Congress to reject legislation that expresses the sense of Congress that the Obama Administration should detain captured...
March 01, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Thirty-six retired generals and admirals of the U.S. Armed Forces today sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees...
February 29, 2016 Top News Guantanamo Last week the Pentagon sent Congress the Obama Administration’s plan to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The plan includes the accelerated transfer of...

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Testimony | April 28, 2016
The goal of terrorism is to change behavior and to make us live in fear. On 9/11 America changed. In September 2001 I was a new brigadier general at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina commanding an 8,...
Testimony | March 23, 2016
The goal of terrorism is to change behavior and to make us live in fear. On 9/11 America changed. In September 2001 I was a new brigadier general at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina commanding an 8,...
Letter | March 01, 2016
Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members,  For over seven years we, a group of retired flag and general officers of the United States Armed Forces, have advocated the responsible closure of the...
Audio | February 23, 2016
Following the Obama Administration’s release of its plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights First hosted a media telebriefing featuring Major General Michael Lehnert, the...