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A simple question related to future plans for Guantanamo detainees:


Barack Obama has pledged to make it a priority to close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay. What do you think should be done with the detainees?

A. Release them to their home countries

B. Try them in the US criminal justice system

C. House them in a tent city on the White House lawn



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Re: A simple question related to future plans for Guantanamo detainees:


They need to be tried in the US criminal justice [sign in to see URL] a fair and impartial trial which will either exonerate them or convict them.

Holding them without due process just exacerbates the dilemma and tarnishes our standing as a law abiding nation.

Get it done right or let them go back home.

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Re: A simple question related to future plans for Guantanamo detainees:


I'm all for subjecting the detainees to due process. If they're found guilty and their crimes warrant it, put them in the deepest, darkest hole available. Otherwise, they should be allowed to go home to their countries if found innocent.

That, however, presents its own set of problems if the erstwhile prisoners cannot go home because of the possibility of them being maltreated or even killed. In that respect, would America feel duty-bound to grant them political asylum or, at least, facilitate a move to another country?

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Re: A simple question related to future plans for Guantanamo detainees:


quote:

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That, however, presents its own set of problems if the erstwhile prisoners cannot go home because of the possibility of them being maltreated or even killed. In that respect, would America feel duty-bound to grant them political asylum or, at least, facilitate a move to another country?



I fail to see how allowing those found innocent or erroneously detained could result in their "maltreatment or even killed" if allowed to return to their home countries.

Unless they were seen as being as "collaborators", even under the strictest tenets of Islamic laws or customs should not impart any danger to their well-being.


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Re: A simple question related to future plans for Guantanamo detainees:


Vito,

The following ]article details some of the issues facing detainees if they are released from Gitmo. I just think it'll make things a little more complicated than either locking up the guilty or allowing the innocent to return home to their countries.


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Re: A simple question related to future plans for Guantanamo detainees:


Actually, I agree with both of you. They deserve due process.

I've seen enough evidence to suspect there are a few there who were just "in the wrong place at the wrong time", and not guilty of bearing arms against our troops.

But then again, there IS story of the insurgent (I forget his name now.... but could dig up a link to the story I'm sure...) who supposedly was not an insurgent either... was released and sent back to his home country... then was later picked up again fighting with Al-Queda in Iraq.

At any rate, to be fair, they deserve due process in my books... and those found guilty.. put away or possibly executed depending on circumstances.

That being said, GITMO should remain intact until they have had their day in the legal justice system... Unless Obama wants to keep em on the White House lawn!

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