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Obama Working to Close Guantanamo   November 10th, 2008
Prisoners may be brought to U.S. for trial       

 
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President-elect Obama is apparently moving to fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo. The question is what to do with the detainees. Apparently Obama's solution is to bring them to the U.S. for trial.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27640617/

I don't think I have a problem with that. As I mentioned in my positions page, the issue of Guantanamo is a tricky one. On one hand I don't think it's right to indefinitely imprison someone without a trial; on the other hand, you can't exactly release them back onto the battlefield where they were found fighting against our forces.

Personally, I think those that are found guilty should be punished as decided in the trial. Those that are found not guilty should be turned over to the government of the country where they were detained so that that country can determine whether they are a threat to the local government and decide whether they should be released or further detained by said government.

    Update 11/17/2009: Over a year later, it appears that Obama now is planning on bringing terrorist suspects to the U.S. for trial. I want to make clear that, above, where I said "I don't think I have a problem with that" I was referring to the concept of giving terrorist suspects a trial, perhaps under a "special court system" that was mentioned in the linked article. I do have a problem with bringing terrorist suspects to the U.S. and it seems that putting them in a civilian court creates a whole host of problems.

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