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Protester shouts at Obama during speech

Medea Benjamin (center) with the activist group Code Pink repeatedly disrupted President Obama as he spoke about his administration's counterterrorism policy.
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Medea Benjamin (center) with the activist group Code Pink repeatedly disrupted President Obama as he spoke about his administration's counterterrorism policy.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was interrupted three times by a woman who shouted about drones and detainees in Cuba as he delivered a speech on national security.

The woman was identified as Medea Benjamin from the anti-war group Code Pink. Benjamin yelled from behind a bank of cameras before security removed her from the hall at National Defense University in Washington.

Obama at one point said he was willing to ‘‘cut the young lady some slack’’ because the issues he was addressing are worth being passionate about.

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Benjamin shouted, quote, ‘‘86 were cleared already. Release them today!’’

That appears to be a reference to detainees who remain in Cuba despite being cleared for transfer from the facility.