Comments on: If Obama really wants to close Guantanamo, here’s what he needs to do http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/19/stop-talking-about-closing-guantanamo-and-finally-shut-it-down/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: PeterTobias http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/19/stop-talking-about-closing-guantanamo-and-finally-shut-it-down/#comment-1102916 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 06:51:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40497#comment-1102916 Migranger, I am feeling safe with former Gitmo detainees in US high security prisons, like the Supermax in Florence, CO. They are safer than Gitmo, cheaper than Gitmo, no lawless places like Gitmo was intended to be, and less of a recruiting tool for our enemies than Gitmo.
. . . The real problem is not safety but the legal status of the detainees, which was the original reason to build Gitmo as a lawless place where prisoners could be tortured and hold indefinitely. When Obama declares hostilities over and transfers those illegal immigrants of Gitmo to the US, he has three prisoner groups to deal with.
1) One group of prisoners can be prosecuted in US federal courts and be locked away for a very long time, like Khalid Sheik Mohammed for his involvement in 9/11. Supermax waits for him.
2) One other group of detainees was cleared for release but no country was found to take them (Yemen, home of most of them, has a civil war). They can be kept in ICE camps in the Us, until a country is found.
3) The problem is the group of prisoners, against whom no sufficient evidence exist, but whom the administration considered guilty anyhow. I think they have sat long enough in prison, over ten years, and should be treated like the group (2), detained by ICE until a country accepts them. We don’t keep criminals forever in jail if we can’t show their guilt, that is a principle of our legal system: in dubio pro reo. We do not lock up people for future crimes.

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By: MGSquared http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/19/stop-talking-about-closing-guantanamo-and-finally-shut-it-down/#comment-1045803 Wed, 20 May 2015 20:24:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40497#comment-1045803 Thank you for this useful article. A good review of the situation and a wise solution to this enormous injustice.

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By: Kaphonius http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/19/stop-talking-about-closing-guantanamo-and-finally-shut-it-down/#comment-1045768 Wed, 20 May 2015 19:48:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40497#comment-1045768 Closing Gitmo prison is easy, hang the lot of ’em.

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By: mjgranger http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/19/stop-talking-about-closing-guantanamo-and-finally-shut-it-down/#comment-1045568 Wed, 20 May 2015 12:14:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=40497#comment-1045568 Do you feel safer with detainees IN or OUT of Gitmo? Gitmo is and will always be the best place for unlawful combatant Islamists who want to kill us in the Global War on Terror. Until all Islamists are dead or no longer have the means or will to kill us we must defend ourselves, and the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is a small price to pay for our security. You mention over 500 prosecutions of terrorists in U.S. Federal courts since 9/11/01, but only just over 300 remain in Federal prisons. Where are the other almost 200 convicted terrorists? In your neighborhood? Gitmo is the finest military detention facility on earth. The Islamist equivalent to Gitmo is a PILE of HEADS and ASHES. ICRC physicians I worked with at Gitmo in 2002 told me, “no one does [detention operations] better than the United States.” The idea that Gitmo is a recruiting tool for our enemies has been disproved over and over again. Our enemies would try to exploit and propagandize any place we kept them. Best to leave them where they are, where they and those who guard and care for them are safest and most secure, at least until the end of hostilities, as per the Geneva Conventions and Law of War.

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