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Thu May 2, 2013, 11:32 AM

What should a country do with a prisoner it has itself radicalized?

I'm thinking obviously of the prisoners in GITMO that we can't find a country to take in.

Grant for the sake of argument that we're talking about prisoners who were entirely free from wrongdoing when we shipped them to prison (this was the case for some of them)

Grant for the sake of argument that they now are angry enough at the US to help advance terrorist plans against us or countries deemed too close to us.

What do you do at that point? Pericles told the Athenians that "this empire was wrong to grasp, but dangerous to let go of"; what do you say about that argument?

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Recursion May 2013 OP
G_j May 2013 #1
Recursion May 2013 #2
G_j May 2013 #3
Robb May 2013 #5
Recursion May 2013 #7
randome May 2013 #8
randome May 2013 #4
Recursion May 2013 #6
FarCenter May 2013 #9
Recursion May 2013 #10
FarCenter May 2013 #11

Response to Recursion (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 11:37 AM

1. What does America do with with the people

it releases from its criminal factories? (the federal prison system)

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Response to G_j (Reply #1)

Thu May 2, 2013, 11:37 AM

2. Well we sure don't have a good answer for that, either (nt)

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Response to Recursion (Reply #2)

Thu May 2, 2013, 11:40 AM

3. that's what I was thinking

I know the Rs in particular will never go for the Gitmo prisoners being taken in here in the US.

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Response to G_j (Reply #1)

Thu May 2, 2013, 11:44 AM

5. Let 'em out. Then just sit back and wait.

Because with a deliberately high recidivism rate, business will always be booming.

I figure that's the plan with Gitmo, too.

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Response to Robb (Reply #5)

Thu May 2, 2013, 11:48 AM

7. Isn't Glenn Beck building a compound somewhere?

An idea just struck me...

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Response to Recursion (Reply #7)

Thu May 2, 2013, 11:51 AM

8. It's too bad Whedon's Dollhouse closed up.

 

We could mind-wipe them then imprint them all with Glenn Beck's personality.

"I am Glenn Beck."
"No, I am."

Eventually even Glenn Beck would doubt his own Beck-ninity.

(Um, guess I shouldn't be cracking jokes about this. I'll stop now.)

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 11:43 AM

4. Well, there is an upcoming Mars mission, I hear.

 

Seriously, I don't know the answer. We need desperately to close Gitmo and stop force-feeding people.

OTOH, if they are desperate enough to go on hunger strikes, maybe we should repatriate them and ask their governments to keep an eye on them for us.

And then hope for the best.

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Response to randome (Reply #4)

Thu May 2, 2013, 11:45 AM

6. We had to shop around the Uighurs to like 20 countries

I forget who eventually took them but it took Secretary Clinton threatening to cut off all of their aid if they didn't take them. And those are people that pretty much everybody agrees were innocent going in.

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 11:52 AM

9. Send them back to their country of origin.

 

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #9)

Thu May 2, 2013, 11:55 AM

10. In most cases they won't take them, or US law forbides us from returning them

Many come from countries we can't legally return them to because we have a reasonable suspicion that the regime would torture or kill them.

Others come from countries where that isn't the case, but those countries have stated they will refuse to let them back in.

It is, in a word, FUBAR.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #10)

Thu May 2, 2013, 12:00 PM

11. Send them back anyway

 

Many come from countries we can't legally return them to because we have a reasonable suspicion that the regime would torture or kill them.

Change the law. What their country does to their citizens is not our problem.

Others come from countries where that isn't the case, but those countries have stated they will refuse to let them back in.

Put prisoner in capsule, attach parachute, put capsule and parachute in drone, and drop off prisoner over country of origin.

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