Chapter 14: The Future of Guantanamo
- This is the heart of the issue: if detainees are not going to be housed at Guantanamo then where will they be kept? Will they be relocated to US soil or released outright? Tried in the US judicial system? Freed - maybe in America - if poor battlefiel evidence collection or safeguarding of classified information does not conform sufficiently to strict evidentiary standards?
- These are not mere academic hypothetical questions. Federal judges, advocacy groups, and pressure from domestic and international activists all point to these as plausible solutions to the "problem" of Guantanamo.
- Learn here some of the real, meaty issues that are certain to arise if an Obama administration moves arbitrarily to close Gitmo without sufficient forethought.
- These issues - regardless of how you think and feel about the existence of Guantanamo - will affect every American citizen. This is a critical issue that needs to be debated openly, unemotionally, and based on fact, not myth.
- Since these issues will affect you and your friends and family you need to become fully aware of them and the factual basis for the debate. Inside Gitmo is an excellent beginning, and using this web site and the multiplicity of resources contained herein: news, blogs, podcasts, discussion groups, references, and more will give you the tools required to be an informed citizen on this issue. I urge you to take advantage of our work and to become involved.
Reprinted end notes from chapter fourteen of the book, with links to source
and other supporting materials
1. For a summary of some shocking intelligence failures, see Congressman
Curt Weldon, Countdown to Terror: The Top Secret Information That
Could Prevent the Next Terrorist Attack on America . . . and How the CIA
Has Ignored It. Washington, DC: Regnery, 2005.
2. Khan, My Guantánamo Diary, p. 65.
3. News releases, U.S. Department of Defense, March– June 2007.
4. Tom Junod, “Innocent,” Esquire, Vol. 146, Issue 1, July 2006.
5. Adam Lisberg, “An Exclusive Look at Lindh’s Life Behind Bars,” New
York Daily News, April 2, 2006.
6. “Exclusive: Marine Sergeant Comes Forward to Report Abuse at Guantánamo
Bay,” ABC News, October 12, 2006.
7. Rodriguez interview, December 2005.
8. “Afghans Declare Guantánamo Bay Jail Conditions ‘Humane,’ ” Fox
News, July 14, 2006.
9. Nat Hentoff , “Gitmo’s Innocent Victims,” Washington Times, March 6,
2006. [Inside Gitmo website administrative note: this article was previously located at http://www.washingtontimes.com/functions/print.php?StoryID=20060305-093315-9638r but has been removed.]
10. Dana Priest, “CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons,” Washington
Post, November 2, 2005, p. A01.
11. Sarah E. Mendelson, “Closing Guantánamo: From Bumper Sticker to
Blueprint: A report of the CSIS Human Rights and Security Initiative
and the Working Group on Guantánamo and Detention Policy,” Center
for Strategic and International Studies, September 2008.
12. Julian E. Barnes, “Guantánamo Closure Not an Easy Prospect,” Los Angeles
Times, April 14, 2008, http://articles.latimes.com/2008/apr/14/nation/na -gitmo14 .
14. Martha T. Moore, “Guantánamo Bay Puzzles Candidates,” USA Today,
June 18, 2007.
15. Tom Curry, “What Are the Alternatives to Guantánamo?” MSNBC,
December 1, 2007.
16. Senator Sam Brownback, “Don’t Put Detainees at Ft. Leavenworth,” Los
Angeles Times, April 18, 2008.
17. Moore, “Guantánamo Bay Puzzles Candidates.”
18. Thom Shanker and David Sanger, “New to Job, Gates Argued for Closing
Guantánamo,” New York Times, March 23, 2007.
19. Curry, “What Are the Alternatives?”
20. Barnes, ”Guantánamo Closure.”
21. Ariane de Vogue, “ ‘Ironic’ Task: Resettling Gitmo Detainees Refugee
Group Prepares to Help Uighur Detainees from Guantánamo Bay Settle
in the U.S.; Justice Department Prepares Appeal of Court Ruling,” ABC
News, October 7, 2008. http://www.abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/Story?id=5977907&page=2 .
22. “China: Attacks Possibly Linked to Terror Groups,” USA Today, August 13,
2008. http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-08-13-china-terrorN.htm . [Inside Gitmo website administrative note: this article is now located at http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-08-13-china-terror_N.htm .]
23. Hope Yen, “Judge: Let Chinese Muslims from Guantánamo into US,”
Associated Press, October 7, 2008. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081007/apongocastpe/guantanamochinesedetainee;ylt=ArurTzmsAUncDg4mfEN4dIDW7oF .[Inside Gitmo website administrative note: the cited URL is no longer valid, although the article can still be read at http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2008/10/07-15 .]
25. Barnes, “Guantánamo Closure.”
26. Jim Garamone, “Commander Discusses Perceptions of Guantánamo,”
American Forces Press Service, June 27, 2007.
27. Jed Babbin, “The Gitmo Varsity.”
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