In a democracy public opinion counts and the optics of releasing someone who goes on to kill, say an American soldier walking down the street in some foreign capital, would be very difficult to overcome politically.
Here is X. His life went like this until we grabbed him. We think he did Y. In fact, we are 100 percent sure he did Y, but we did Z to obtain the evidence for Y, and that was illegal, so the evidence that he did Y is inadmissible in court and we therefore cannot try him without losing. That's why we sat on him for so many years without bringing him to trial or letting him go.
- Scan them for every biometric possible and then release them.
- Send them to that tropical US dependency the batch of Uighurs went a few years back.
America is in a hole. The last response of the blowhards and cowards who have put it there is always: “So what would you do: set them free?” Our answer remains, yes. There is clearly a risk that some of them would then commit some act of violence—in Yemen, elsewhere in the Middle East or even in America itself. That risk can be lessened by surveillance. But even if another outrage were to happen, the evil of “Gitmo” has recruited far more people to terrorism than a mere 166. Mr Obama should think about America’s founding principles, take out his pen and end this stain on its history.
Foosnark: "ask yourself where the US would stand on human rights if McCain/Palin had been elected."
"Military physicians should refuse to participate in any act that unambiguously violates medical ethics," wrote Dr George Annas, Dr Sondra Crosby and Dr Leonard Glantz, in a three-page article outlining an ethical case against force-feeding of the detainees.
*checks profile* Yep, not a woman!
Current law allows the Justice Department to bring detainees to the U.S. for trial as long as the Justice Department gives Congress 45 days notice of the transfer.
. . .
On Guantanamo Bay, by blocking the administration from spending money on a replacement prison or any prisoner transfers, Congress would effectively stop the administration from acting over the next year.
And with Republicans dead-set against closing the prison, and poised to take control of the House in January, chances are virtually zero that Congress will relent any time before Mr. Obama stands for re-election in 2012.
“None of the funds provided to the Department of Justice in this or any prior act shall be available for the acquisition of any facility that is to be used wholly or in part for the incarceration or detention of any individual detained at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as of June 24, 2009,” the bill says.
The bill explicitly prohibits the transfer to the U.S. mainland of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
jet_manifesto: Disgusting. I'm not American, so I have no power to change the laws that allow this.
DU: *checks profile* Yep, not a woman!
Ah single issue voters. Is there no election they can't distort?
Benny Andajetz: To make things even worse (if that's even possible), my understanding is that most players on both sides of this believe that most of the Gitmo detainees aren't even guilty.
Metoclopramide (Reglan) was initially developed [to treat psychiatric patients], but was found to be less effective than many other antipsychotic drugs currently in use at the time. However, it was effective in controlling certain gastrointestinal disorders by blocking dopamine receptors of the digestive system. Symptoms that could be controlled included heartburn, acid reflux and gastroparesis, which is partial or complete paralysis of the stomach.
Benny Andajetz: Regarding the prisoners' guilt:
86 of the prisoners in Guantanamo were cleared for release THREE YEARS AGO following a year-long investigation of their cases by an interagency task force of officials at the Department of Justice, Pentagon, State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
« Older Lately, I've had some doubts about the level of di... | "I’m not saying the Left embra... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments
Buy a Shirt