Posts Tagged ‘guantanamo’

Reuters: One in 7 who leave Guantanamo involved in terrorism

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seventy-four, or one out of every seven, terrorism suspects formerly held at the U.S. detention site at Guantanamo Bay are confirmed or suspected of having returned to terrorism, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Of more than 530 detainees transferred from the U.S. base in Cuba, 27 are confirmed and 47 suspected of “reengaging in terrorist activity,” according to a written Pentagon summary.

The total of 74 has more than doubled since May 2007, when the Pentagon said about 30 had gone back to terrorist activity, and increased slightly since January, when the figure stood at 61.

WSJ Opinion on Obama and Ready-Fire-Aim strategy on Guantanamo BAy: ‘Democrats Discover Gitmo’s Virtues’

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

WSJ:

All Democrats in favor of standing with your president to shout out the evils of Guantanamo, shout aye! “Aye!” All Democrats in favor of doing what would be necessary to close Guantanamo, shout aye! . . . What, nobody?

On day two of his presidency, Barack Obama issued an executive order to shut down, within one year, the Gitmo prison that still houses 241 detainees. Four months later, he may be about to be handed his first defeat of a major campaign promise, and by his own party. Faced with the actual politics of bringing terrorists to U.S. soil, congressional Democrats are running for the exits.

Jim Sullinger: Pat Roberts to hold Leavenworth town hall meeting on Gitmo closing

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Prime Buzz:

It’s no secret that both Kansas senators dislike the possibility that Guantanamo detainers might be transferred to a prison at Fort Leavenworth.

Now, one of those U.S. senators, Republican Pat Roberts, wants to hear from the public on the issue.

He is holding a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 27 at the Leavenworth Riverfront Community Center, 123 S. Esplanade St.

Report: 1 in 7 freed Guantanamo detainees rejoins terrorism movement

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

MSNBC:

WASHINGTON – An unreleased Pentagon report provides new details concluding that about one in seven of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad from the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has returned to terrorism or militant activity, according to administration officials.

The conclusion could strengthen the arguments of critics who have warned against releasing any more prisoners as part of President Obama’s plan to shut down the prison by January 2010. Past Pentagon reports on Guantánamo recidivism, however, have been met with skepticism from civil liberties groups and criticized for their lack of detail.

KC Star: Obama may revive Guantanamo military courts

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The Star:

Officials said the first public moves could come as soon as next week, perhaps in filings to military judges at the United States naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, outlining an administration plan to amend the Bush administration’s system to provide more legal protections for terrorism suspects.

Continuing the military commissions in any form would probably prompt sharp criticism from human rights groups as well as some of Obama’s political allies because the troubled system became an emblem of the effort to use Guantánamo to avoid the American legal system.

Video — Sarkozy: France may take Gitmo prisoners

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

WSJ:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy hinted Friday that his country would accept prisoners released from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, if U.S. President Barack Obama makes good on his promise to shut down the facility by early next year.

Poll: 75% Oppose Release of Guantanamo Inmates in the United States

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Rasmussen:

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats agree with Oabama’s decision to shut the Guantanamo prison camp, while 68% of Republicans – and 54% of voters not affiliated with either party – are opposed to it.

But 64% of Democrats agree with 88% of Republicans and 76% of unaffiliateds that Guantanamo inmates should not be released in the United States.

Similarly, 83% of Republicans, 66% of Democrats and 79% of unaffiliated voters say safety is more important than fairness in determining where the terrorist suspects are released.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of all voters say they have followed recent news stories about the closing of the Guantanamo prison camp at least somewhat closely.