President Barack Obama Is In A Quandry.

by Daniel Russ on October 6, 2009

Guantanamo Bay Prison

Guantanamo Bay Prison

Obviously Gitmo did little to help the United States. If it did, it has never been proven and we need proof if we’re going to cross the line into torture. And we did cross that line.

So closing Gitmo is a very important thing to do on Obama’s agenda. The problem is…well there are a number of them. Like where do the prisoners go? No one wants them? We don’t want them.

What if they go back to terrorism? What if they sue in international court over torture?

What’s a guy to do?

Republicans have led criticism that Obama pledged to close the Guantanamo camps without having a plan in place for detainee transfer. But even many members of Obama’s own Democratic Party, including left-leaning Senate majority leader Harry Reid, have said accused terrorists should not be admitted to the United States.

Copeman, who took charge of the detention centre in June, said guards among the 2,100 personnel assigned to running the camps are aware that days off may be cancelled over the “deadline” period. “It’s a contingency,” he said.

Copeman said the Pentagon had given him no new order saying the closure deadline is postponed, but the Obama administration has managed to arrange for the transfer or resettlement only about 20 detainees over the last nine months.

Explaining that his command is not involved in finding destinations for the detainees, Copeman quipped: ‘We’re not military-match dot com.”

Delegations from Spain and Portugal are among those the U.S. State Department has helped to visit Guantanamo to interview detainees for prospective resettlement.

“The identification of point B, where they go to, and all the attendant policy, legal and legislative issues that go with it . . . is the hard part,” Copeland said. “The physical move from this place to wherever they go is not that complex. You give us a couple of weeks’ notice and some C-17s (military transport aircraft) sorties, and we can . . . meet the timeline.”



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