Great news everybody:
We’re screwed (but I guess you already figured that out)
Apparently, only a day after Obama suspended all military tribunal proceedings, there has been a draft to close guantanamo presented to him. The order requires the prison to be closed within one year but there aren’t any details as to what will happen to the detainees thus far.
Not surprisingly this decision has the defenders of the terrorists and the Europeans (I know, I know… same thing) cheering:
“It is a major positive step in the right direction,” said Jamil Dakwar, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union who was observing pretrial hearings at Guantanamo this week.
The decision was also welcomed by the European Union, which repeatedly criticized the Bush administration over alleged human rights abuses at Guantanamo as well as for the military commissions.
The European Commission “has been very pleased that one of the first actions of Mr. Obama has been to turn the page on this sad episode of Guantanamo,” said Michele Cercone, spokesman for the EU Justice and Home Affairs Commission.
But the families of the terrorist’s victims are clearly and justifiably upset at the halt of the trials and the possibility that these terrorists could be brought to the united states:
“The safest place to have these trials is Guantanamo Bay. If they were to move to the homeland it would endanger all of us,” said Lorraine Arias Believeau of Barnegat, New Jersey, whose brother, Adam, was killed in the attacks.
Did I say we’re screwed yet?