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Sun Mar 20, 2016, 05:11 AM

Many at Guantanamo apparently not ‘too dangerous’ after all

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/03/19/many-guantanamo-apparently-not-too-dangerous-after-all/IU9mJLB9sQGDQY5MWHIszM/story.html

Many at Guantanamo apparently not ‘too dangerous’ after all
By Ben Fox Associated Press March 19, 2016

MIAMI — In the last comprehensive review of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. government decided nearly 50 were ‘‘too dangerous to transfer but not feasible for prosecution,’’ leaving them in an open-ended legal limbo.

Now it seems many may not be so dangerous after all.

A review board that includes military and intelligence officials has been taking a hard look at these men and helping to steadily chip away at the list of indefinite detainees, who are a significant obstacle to President Barack Obama’s push to shut down the detention center at the U.S. military base in Cuba.

The first 23 decisions announced by the Periodic Review Board as of this month have skewed heavily in favor of the prisoners. It has unanimously cleared 19 for release, and said five will continue to be held but will be re-evaluated again later. Some of the approved have already left Guantanamo while the rest are expected to depart over the summer.

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To date, none of those responsible for torture In Gitmo and elsewhere have been charged.

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Sun Mar 20, 2016, 09:18 AM

1. Well, dangerous to whom, is the question?

Their testimony in a court of law could be very dangerous to some people.

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Sun Mar 20, 2016, 10:01 AM

2. None of the prisoners at Guantanamo are super villains, or super anything else.

The are human beings. And as such should be subject to the Geneva Conventions.
Some prisoners were minding their own business, but at the wrong place and/or wrong time. That was their biggest crime.
Imagine you were walking to a business a few blocks from where you live. On the way there, someone pointed you out and you were kidnapped and whisked off to another country in chains and subject to brutal conditions. You end up in a hot hell hole and denied your basic human rights for years on end. As silly as it sounds, you were deemed to be too dangerous to be given a proper trial.
That is what we are doing to people we are keeping prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Granted there may be some actual terrorists there, but there is no reason why they cannot be given real, fair trials and IF, IF found guilty, be sent to federal prisons located in this country. Most can and should be sent home.

We, the United States, has no business doing what we are doing in the Middle East. Almost everything we touch over there turns to shit, either at the time we touch it or at some later date through unintended consonances. All we are doing there is making more enemies to fight. We have enough terrorists in power in this country, that should be in prison, instead of gold plated revolving doors and high paying jobs. Let's work on getting justice for those terrorists instead, OK?

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