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Uruguay to Take in Six Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    In big news for those of us who want to close down the Guantanamo Bay detention center, Uruguay has agreed to 'resettle' six prisoners who have been held there for over a decade and offer them refugee status in their country. The deal was supposedly in the works for months, but continued to get stonewalled and delayed by the Defense Department and is rumored to be one of the main sources of friction between President Obama and outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

    While this is a very welcome development, there are still 136 detainees who call Guantanamo home. Many of these detainees are low-level fighters who were swooped up in the early days of the Afghan war and have spent a decade or more behind bars without ever having a trial. This miscarriage of justice goes against each and every one of our stated ideals and has cast a black eye on Americas reputation.

    We all remember how President Obama issued an Executive Order one of his first days in office which was supposed to begin the process of closing the detention center, but he soon found out the limits of his power as Commander in Chief. Congress stonewalled him at every corner and continues to do so to this day. I can only hope that they wake up one day and realize that it is long past due to close down the detention facility.

    What does everyone think of today's announcement? Will it possibly encourage more countries to step up and decide to take in more prisoners or is it just going to be a one day story and we will go back to forgetting all about those 136 people who are being held without charges or trial?
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Is there anything to keep them there ? I would imagine they'll stay for 6 weeks while they put on a few pounds, exercise, and mass communicate with everyone that they used to know. Then I expect they'll be on a flight to Yemen, Saudi, Pakistan, or somewhere else in the middle east.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    I know a few Republican congressmen we should "send" there!
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Tony Johnson Wrote: Is there anything to keep them there ? I would imagine they'll stay for 6 weeks while they put on a few pounds, exercise, and mass communicate with everyone that they used to know. Then I expect they'll be on a flight to Yemen, Saudi, Pakistan, or somewhere else in the middle east.
    This is the kind of talk that keeps Guantanamo Bay open. Most of the guys in GITMO are low level people we picked up in Afghanistan during the early days of the conflict. They aren't high ranking Taliban or Al-Qaeda officials who were plotting major terrorist attacks against America--they are people who chose to fight an army that invaded their country.

    Everyone in GITMO is being held for doing the same thing any of us would have done if another country invaded the US and overthrew our government. Would you fight them or sit back and take it? Would you feel the same way if you were imprisoned for over a decade just because you were fighting for your country?

    And hell--if they want to go back to 'the field' and get killed by one of our drones then I say have at it. It is a hell of a lot cheaper to do that than continue to house them for decades on end.

    At some point we have to say enough is enough. If we can release Nazi generals after the second World War then we can release some low level Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives. Not just that, but we actually invited many Nazi prisoners into America to help us win that war. How was that acceptable then but not now?

    We need to treat these individuals like prisoners of war, even though our Congress has serious trouble actually declaring it. It is customary to release prisoners at the end of war, as is the case here. Now we have to decide what to do with the rest of the individuals held there. We either need to charge them with war crimes or set them free.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Tony Johnson Wrote: Is there anything to keep them there ? I would imagine they'll stay for 6 weeks while they put on a few pounds, exercise, and mass communicate with everyone that they used to know. Then I expect they'll be on a flight to Yemen, Saudi, Pakistan, or somewhere else in the middle east.
    This is the kind of talk that keeps Guantanamo Bay open. Most of the guys in GITMO are low level people we picked up in Afghanistan during the early days of the conflict. They aren't high ranking Taliban or Al-Qaeda officials who were plotting major terrorist attacks against America--they are people who chose to fight an army that invaded their country.

    Everyone in GITMO is being held for doing the same thing any of us would have done if another country invaded the US and overthrew our government. Would you fight them or sit back and take it? Would you feel the same way if you were imprisoned for over a decade just because you were fighting for your country?

    And hell--if they want to go back to 'the field' and get killed by one of our drones then I say have at it. It is a hell of a lot cheaper to do that than continue to house them for decades on end.

    At some point we have to say enough is enough. If we can release Nazi generals after the second World War then we can release some low level Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives. Not just that, but we actually invited many Nazi prisoners into America to help us win that war. How was that acceptable then but not now?

    We need to treat these individuals like prisoners of war, even though our Congress has serious trouble actually declaring it. It is customary to release prisoners at the end of war, as is the case here. Now we have to decide what to do with the rest of the individuals held there. We either need to charge them with war crimes or set them free.
    Yes Jared, I completely agree; however your statement: ........to release prisoners at the end of "war"........what "end" of what war? ( we have so many going on)
  • Independent
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    The report on CIA torture was published; it puts a dark cloud over this country. I kind of rather do not react on it, but certainly am shocked. How can this country keep a straight face in this world as being progressive and decent church goers. Shaking my old head.