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In Yemen, oh joy, let's set them all free.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/wo...emen.html?_r=4

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.
post #2 of 10
Hey, I just read where Ireland wants them. Or at least their leadership said it would be okay to take some to help out.

Wonder if their citizens would agree?
post #3 of 10
John Murtha says he'd be glad to have them moved to his district in PA. There with his "racist, redneck" constituents, I guess.
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
John Murtha says he'd be glad to have them moved to his district in PA. There with his "racist, redneck" constituents, I guess.
Well, if they are "racist rednecks" then the problem of where to put them would likely be quickly resolved.
post #5 of 10
Looks like Yemen's got a place for them. With help from the US.

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4&sect...=23&m=1&y=2009

Yemen is setting up a center where more than 100 Yemenis are to undergo rehabilitation after their expected release from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, state media reported yesterday.

The center is being built in Sanaa with US government assistance, according to the weekly newspaper 26 September, a Defense Ministry mouthpiece.

post #6 of 10
They also keep talking about Leavenworth prison as a potential source for relocation. Leavenworth is about 30 miles north of me, and that has made me pause and think about whether I want prisoners of this caliber in my neck of the woods. The fear is for terrorist attacks on any prison where they are located.

Closing Gitmo is a symbolic gesture and I understand the need to do this. But relocating the remaining prisoners is going to be a very tough thing to do.
post #7 of 10
Some think in the long run Guantanamo will not be closed. The Excecutive Order actually establishes a commission to study the closing.

But if it is, Leavenworth is not a likely site, I hear. More likely Florence, CO, which is a super secrurity sites with their its own court facilities.
post #8 of 10
I'm dead set against the closing of Gitmo. You start housing these thugs in US prisons then it opens up a whole new legal can of worms, including whether or not they would be protected by the Constitution.

Since they aren't POWs but rather unlawful combatants they aren't entitled to some of the same provisions that are made for POWs. Obama, no matter how much I disagree with his decision, has the right to do this because of the Geneva Convention. Much like Bush had the right to intern people who were captured on the field of battle and suspected of being unlawful combatants. When it comes to unlawful combatants the detaining authority has the right to inter them while they await trial in a legally constituted court or military tribunal. Release the ones where there isn't enough evidence to hold them as unlawful combatants and keep the ones who are guilty locked up. Just not on the US mainland.

On the other hand, put one of them among the general population in a maximum security prison and I bet he wouldn't last the night.
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Actually, I think there may be a bright side to it. Don't use prisons, use military brigs. Every Base, Fort or Camp has one, more than enough to separate all the detainees. Moral is a powerful force with this type, and if they are all held at different brigs, where they have no one to show off for, or front for, it may actually serve to weaken their "resolve" as much as any of the CIA's tricks...maybe
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Originally Posted by Skippymjp View Post
Actually, I think there may be a bright side to it. Don't use prisons, use military brigs. Every Base, Fort or Camp has one, more than enough to separate all the detainees. Moral is a powerful force with this type, and if they are all held at different brigs, where they have no one to show off for, or front for, it may actually serve to weaken their "resolve" as much as any of the CIA's tricks...maybe
That makes perfect sense!
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