Thursday, January 22, 2009

Gitmo Topic On Paltalk

Murtha - detainees welcome

President Obama's order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within a year will be the topic tomorrow, Friday January 23 on News Talk Online on

Reaction to the anticipated order is varied.

Some family members of 9/11 victims are upset that, in conjunction with the decision to close Guantanamo Bay, military tribunals there have been, for the time being at least, halted. They are looking for assurances that the detainees who have been charged will be tried, if not by the military, then by the civilian court system.

Speaking tonight on Larry King Live, U.S. senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain echoed that sentiment. He thinks that, while closing Gitmo is a good thing, setting a timetable put too much pressure on efforts to resolve the ancillary issues. Like trials for the detainees. And determining what to do with them.

At least one congressman says he has an answer. John Murtha (D-PA) says send them to his district. Since the prisons in the area he represents are filled, Murtha presumably is angling for the building of a new prison, or prisons, to house them in. Something that would create jobs for the people he represents.

To discuss the ordered closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility at 5 PM New York time Friday January 23 on News Talk Online on CLICK HERE.

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Anonymous said...

Heres a thought. Send them back to their countries and let them deal with them.

Anonymous said...

I would Like to see the International Community deal with those that have been proven to have been active in terrorism. the world court would Be a start.

Anonymous said...

I would Like to See those that have been proven guilty of Terrorist activities be tried by the International Community or the World Courts at the Hague.

Thank you,


James said...

Quote: "Heres a thought. Send them back to their countries and let them deal with them".

Sure thing, maybe you (anonymmous) can pack them a lunch, or better yet make them a care package for their flight home.

That is the most asinine suggestion I have ever heard. How about this? We have plenty of old cargo planes sitting at Davis Monthans AFB in Tucson, Arizona so I suggest we load the prisoners into a couple of them, and arrange a mid-air collision somewhere over the Atlantic. That would be a far more fitting end in my opinion.

Silvia said...

Obama ordered the close of Guantanamo base that was created as a militar court , and the Convention of Ginebra had not jurisdiction to it and according the Constitution the prisioners should have right to a lawyer for the Federal Supreme Court .
Barack Obama signed the decret which ordered the closing of this illegal base more that 800 prisioners were there and 245 still are there .The process will take a year it was discussed the methods of interrogation and politic of detention, a controversial practice that was forbidden by this decret and they will be interrogated under legal ways and Obama ordered to postpone the trials till 120 days.
Human Rights First has issued
a new approach to detainee policy by taking the following steps:

Announce intention to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo within one year.
Direct the Attorney General to review cases for federal court prosecution.
Direct the Secretary of State to perform individualized risk assessments and review remaining cases for transfer to prosecution, repatriation, or resettlement.
Suspend all pending military commission proceedings.
Terminate the Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRTs) and Administrative Review Boards (ARBs).
During his first six months in office, the next president should:

Bring those detainees who the Attorney General believes have committed crimes against the United States to U.S. soil for federal court prosecution.
Transfer for prosecution those detainees found eligible for transfer by the Secretary of State and who may be tried in their home countries or in third countries, even if they cannot properly be tried for crimes against the United States.
Negotiate repatriation agreements, and begin to repatriate a third group of detainees who have not committed crimes against the United States and who may be returned to their home countries in accordance with U.S. obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law.
Negotiate resettlement agreements, and begin to resettle a fourth group of detainees who cannot be returned home in accordance with international law.
Manage the risk posed by repatriation and resettlement by expanding risk assessment, monitoring, and other security programs.
Propose legislation to repeal the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA).
By the end of his first year in office, the next president should:

Initiate federal court prosecutions of detainees suspected of having committed crimes against the United States.
Complete transfers to prosecution, repatriation and resettlement of the remaining detainees.
Continue to manage the risk posed by repatriation and resettlement

The Human Rights First blueprint sets forth an effective strategy for overcoming these challenges and beginning the long overdue process of justice for all the victims of 9-11.