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Common sense prevails….Justice Dept. advises the President to forget the politics of the issue…some Gitmo people can never be tried or go home…..

I am glad to see this story…while the thought of holding people indefinitely…..without trial doesn’t seem right (and will bother a great many people here, and abroad )….the reality of the world these days, dictates that the Justice Task Force’s recommendations make sense……

A Justice Department-led task force has concluded that nearly 50 of the 196 detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be held indefinitely without trial under the laws of war, according to Obama administration officials.

The task force’s findings represent the first time that the administration has clarified how many detainees it considers too dangerous to release but unprosecutable because officials fear trials could compromise intelligence-gathering and because detainees could challenge evidence obtained through coercion.

While this is not where we might want to be….this country is in reality there already……

Human rights advocates have bemoaned the administration’s failure to fulfill President Obama‘s promise last January to close the Guantanamo Bay facility within a year as well as its reliance on indefinite detention, a mechanism devised during George W. Bush‘s administration that they deem unconstitutional.

The issue is very difficult…while the administration wants to certainly get rid of the problem…it faces problems at home on closing Gitmo…a big campaign promise Obama made…. Which is dear to the public abroad…..

Moving a significant number of detainees to the United States remains key to the administration’s now-delayed plan to empty the military facility. The federal government plans to acquire a state prison in Thomson, Ill., to house Guantanamo Bay detainees, but the plan faces major hurdles.

Congress has barred the transfer of the detainees to the United States except for prosecution. And a coalition of Republicans opposed to any transfers and some Democrats critical of detention without trial could derail the possibility of using the Thomson facility for anything other than military commissions, according to congressional staffers.

The task force comprised officials from the departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security and Justice, as well as agencies such as the CIA and the FBI. Officials said that the process of assessing the detainees was extremely challenging and occasionally contentious, but that consensus was reached on each case in the end.

Some European officials, who would like to see Guantanamo Bay closed without instituting indefinite detention, are advocating the creation of an internationally funded rehabilitation center for terrorism suspects in Yemen and possibly Afghanistan. They say such a facility would gradually allow the transfer of all detainees from those countries back to their homelands, according to two sources…….

The timetable Obama gave a year ago is already past…..It will be forgotten…it was political in nature anyways……the solution for the detainees will involve a lot of work by a lot of people and its anyones guess what the final solution will be….

One must also be mindful of the political consequences of a major terrorist act, committed by someone the United States had in custody, that was found out, to have been released…..that is the stuff that can ruin a politicians political life for ever…..and get people killed……

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January 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, September 11, Updates | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments