And Do What With the Prisoners?
Well both Biden and Carter have come out demanding that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be shut down.
Former US President Jimmy Carter called on the Bush administration to close the prison at the US naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba in order to end “the terrible embarrassment and a blow to [the US’s] reputation.”
In recent statements from a two-day human rights conference in Atlanta, Carter said that the current US administration is continuing to discredit itself in light of ongoing reports of offenses against prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo.
The US Nobel Peace laureate said that the Washington must inform the detainees of the charges against them, and that no inmate should be held incommunicado.
Carter’s demand joined others, such as the appeal made by US Senator Joseph Biden, the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee. Biden demanded the shutting down of the Guantanamo prison last week. In statements to the ABC television network, the senator described the prison at the illegally occupied base in Cuba as “shameful.”
Okay, fine, but what are we to do with all of the detainees there? Let them go? Bring them to the U.S. and treat them like armed robbers, burglars and car thieves? I just can’t take such “demands” seriously without knowing what these guys are proposing to do with the detainees?
Update: Here is a related news item from the Washington Post
At least 10 detainees released from the Guantanamo Bay prison after U.S. officials concluded they posed little threat have been recaptured or killed fighting U.S. or coalition forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to Pentagon officials.
Now it is not clear that Biden and/or Carter want the detainees released, but this is something we should keep in mind.