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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:17 PM
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WHy wasn't GITMO closed this week?
Why wouldn't the Rethugs close it like everybody wants to?
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:18 PM
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1. Thought I heard they would be sending some Haitians there ...n/t
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Jkid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:19 PM
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2. Must be foot dragging as usual.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:24 PM
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3. Its a legal quagmire.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 05:56 PM by undeterred
There is talk of moving prisoners to a maximum security prison in Illinois, but the funding is being blocked by Republicans.

More at: http://www.witnesstorture.org / and http://writ.news.findlaw.com/mariner/20091104.html
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:44 PM
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5. Are the repubs going to close it?
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:47 PM
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6. Because the Bad Obama who is the same as Bush and wants to keep it open!
"some say" anyway...

:evilgrin:
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:25 PM
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7. There is no short answer to this, but here's a good article:
Anthony D. Romero Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union
Posted: January 22, 2010 01:02 PM

Closing Guantanamo: A deadline missed

Today an important deadline was missed. One of the most shameful chapters of American history was to have been brought to a close with the shuttering of the prison at Guantánamo Bay. President Obama's executive order to close the prison within a year, made on his second full day in office, was a bold act that signaled a strong commitment to breaking away from the unlawful policies of the Bush administration.

Sadly, the prison is still open. President Obama has recently reaffirmed his commitment to closing the facility, and that is encouraging. Yet, at the same time, it is worrisome that when Guantánamo finally does close, it appears that some of its most shameful policies will continue on U.S. soil, potentially reducing the closure to a symbolic gesture.

The administration has admittedly run into significant obstacles to closing the prison. Congress, awash in fear-mongering and claims of "Not in my backyard," helped turn Guantánamo into a political football by blocking transfers of detainees cleared for release to the U.S. and launching a failed attempt to block the Justice Department from prosecuting detainees in federal court. But the administration is also to blame, as it has essentially discouraged other countries from accepting detainees by refusing to accept any into the U.S., fought the release of cleared detainees even up to the Supreme Court, and declared recently that it won't release detainees to Yemen. The notion that Americans are made safer by continuing to detain prisoners who have been deemed appropriate for release simply because they come from certain countries will only serve to inflame those who believe that the U.S. has lost respect for the rule of law.

It is vital that the failure to meet the closure deadline does not give in to a sense of inertia or inevitability that the prison will be open for a long time to come. But it is also just as important that when Guantánamo is finally closed, it is closed right. That means that along with closing the facility, we must also put an end to its illegal policies like indefinite detention. Unfortunately, the latest indications from Washington don't bode well.

more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anthony-d-romero/closing-...
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