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What next for Guantanamo inmates?

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About 60 Guantanamo detainees have been cleared for release

Ordering the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay was the easy bit.

Working out what to do with the 245 or so inmates who are still there will be much harder.

The Obama administration has a number of options, but none of them will satisfy everybody.

Some have called for all of the inmates to be released.

This simply will not happen, for a number of reasons.

Returned to fight

First, President Obama believes that among the inmates are at least some who present a genuine threat to the United States.

The Pentagon said recently that 61 former Guantanamo prisoners have returned to fight the US and its allies in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

At least one, a Kuwaiti named Abdullah Salih al-Ajmi, appears to have carried out a suicide bombing in Mosul last year.

The five detainees charged with involvement in the 9/11 attacks - including the alleged mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed - have said they want to plead guilty to the charges.

There seems to be no prospect of their being released without first facing some kind of judicial process.

So, will the new administration start by releasing those prisoners who are not thought to present a threat?

Well, the Bush Administration tried to do just that.

Intelligence officials have already cleared about 60 Guantanamo inmates for release, but most would still face persecution in their home nations and other countries have been unwilling to accept them.
Albania previously accepted five Chinese Uighurs released from Guantanamo, and Portugal and Switzerland have suggested that they would be prepared to help.

But European Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels on 26 January will find themselves under pressure to do more, having pressed so hard for the prison's closure.

It looks likely, therefore, that many inmates will be moved to detention centres in the US.

There are several military prisons which could receive them while they are processed for release or trial.

But it is not a popular option in the US, where polls suggest a majority of people do not want them brought onto American soil.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll suggested that the country is split roughly down the middle about whether the Guantanamo prison should even be closed.

If Barack Obama is to fulfil his pledge to both keep America safe and observe its system of justice, his administration will have to set up alternative ways of prosecuting them.

Tainted evidence

But his decision to suspend the military tribunal system at Guantanamo has already come under fire from such senior Republicans as his former campaign adversary Senator John McCain.

Mr McCain released a statement saying that - in the absence of any other process - the tribunals should have been allowed to continue their work.

Even the Bush administration appeared to concede tacitly that it was unlikely to be able to prosecute more than a small proportion of those held at Guantanamo successfully.

Evidence to sustain prosecutions was either lacking, or tainted by the way in which it was procured - through torture, coercion or sensitive intelligence methods that the intelligence community might be reluctant to reveal in court.

This raises the question of what happens to those who may well be intent on attacking the US but cannot be prosecuted successfully.

House Republican Leader John Boehner has said he is concerned that some of those "let go too soon could end up back on the battlefield".

Keeping them indefinitely at a detention centre somewhere in the US opens President Obama to the charge that he has simply changed the location without removing the injustice.

The new president wants to ensure that whatever system replaces the Guantanamo process will allow the innocent to be freed and the guilty to be successfully prosecuted, that it will keep America safe and be approved by the Supreme Court.

It is a tall order.
 
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unfortunately this extreme honourable and human rights stance barack has taken is going to bite him and the US in the ASS
you just cant be like that with these terrorists.
you know someone is guilty but cant prove it, you can either be
all fair and try and prosecute him, if you fail hes gonna kill more people and cause more trouble
be unfair, treat these people like they treat others and save people

sometimes you gotta do a little bit of bad to do a lot of good
 
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unfortunately this extreme honourable and human rights stance barack has taken is going to bite him and the US in the ASS
you just cant be like that with these terrorists.
you know someone is guilty but cant prove it, you can either be
all fair and try and prosecute him, if you fail hes gonna kill more people and cause more trouble
be unfair, treat these people like they treat others and save people

sometimes you gotta do a little bit of bad to do a lot of good
werd. we should just skip the whole evidence & fair trial bullshit and just hang these terrrorrrrists.....like they did in the "Salem Witch Trials".

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Don't worry, they will be back!
 
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This is a double edged sward cause on one hand it's a good thing to do, to relase the guys whom don't prove a potenial threat.

However on the other hand if one of the released turns around and someones commits an act of terroism on US soil or masterminds it, it could mean the end of Obama's career.
 
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Refer to Tech's post, this is ridiculous.
 
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so just to say your fair you`d prefer to have more people in the world who will not think twice about blowing up you and your family?

we have to think 50times before we even consider.
 
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so just to say your fair you`d prefer to have more people in the world who will not think twice about blowing up you and your family?

we have to think 50times before we even consider.

Are you purposely this ignorant?

Locking up people without due process and torturing them? No wonder they want to blow us up.
 
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Are you purposely this ignorant?

Locking up people without due process and torturing them? No wonder they want to blow us up.

I don't think he agrees with innocent people being tortured, but maybe, just maybe they wanted to bomb you guys even before that?
 

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I don't think he agrees with innocent people being tortured, but maybe, just maybe they wanted to bomb you guys even before that?

Why would they want to blow Americans up? What is the incentive?
 
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Even if these men turn around and blow up America. They have every right to.

If I was held in prison for years without being charged and forced to be half a world away from my family, I'd wanna blow some motherfuckers up when I got out.

More power to 'em.
 
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We tell them how to live and stomp all over their culture.

I know, but I was waiting for

"ahhhh they're crazy and hate us because we're rich and free and allow women to vote".
 
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Why would they want to blow Americans up? What is the incentive?

because your not islam.
are you oblivious to the bullshit that is the middle-east? the west and EU doesnt even come close to crappness that is the middle east
islam is one of the worst thing to happen to this earth
 
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because your not islam.
are you oblivious to the bullshit that is the middle-east? the west and EU doesnt even come close to crappness that is the middle east
islam is one of the worst thing to happen to this earth

You're one of the worst things to happen to this forum :talkhand:
 
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because your not islam.
are you oblivious to the bullshit that is the middle-east? the west and EU doesnt even come close to crappness that is the middle east
islam is one of the worst thing to happen to this earth

Dont be so ignorant man, learn more about the religions before you speak such nonesense...


What was hitlers religion? does that make it a bad religion?


Don't blame a religion for this, blame the people who like using religion as a excuse to act inmorally. They interpret there religion like they want to. All religions have their shit so dont be so ignorant pls.
 
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because your not islam.
are you oblivious to the bullshit that is the middle-east? the west and EU doesnt even come close to crappness that is the middle east
islam is one of the worst thing to happen to this earth

This is the worst post on MM in quite some time. Next time you make a post make sure you've done at least some research on the subject.
 
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Even if these men turn around and blow up America. They have every right to.

If I was held in prison for years without being charged and forced to be half a world away from my family, I'd wanna blow some motherfuckers up when I got out.

More power to 'em.



all the good that you do with your other posts is undone with anti american bullshit like this. it also lessens the relevance of your political posts because your hatred of america gives you a bias that is clearly evident.


Read how IS posts. learn from them.
 
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all the good that you do with your other posts is undone with anti american bullshit like this. it also lessens the relevance of your political posts because your hatred of america gives you a bias that is clearly evident.


Read how IS posts. learn from them.
I'd be saying the same thing if it was a different country torturing prisoners.

I don't like bullies. America happens to be the bully in this situation.
 
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