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    Re: Human rights groups say Obama has failed on Guantanamo

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    just because it is on a military base, it does not mean something bad cannot happen, like what happened at fort hood.

    besides why is a supermax prison not ideal for the prisoners at Guantanamo? we lock up plenty of psychopathic killers in supermax prisons.

    what is the danger?
    For me, it is a matter preference and my preference is Gitmo. these folks were not for the most part, if any part captured in the U.S. They were captured by U.S. military or paramilitary forces. I always felt U.S. prisons were for those criminals caught, not someone on the battlefield. Classify them as POW's if you like, but I doubt that those who want to do away with gitmo would like that. Mainly because Geneva says POW's can be held until the war is over and the war on terror looks like a never ending one.
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    Re: Human rights groups say Obama has failed on Guantanamo

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    For me, it is a matter preference and my preference is Gitmo. these folks were not for the most part, if any part captured in the U.S. They were captured by U.S. military or paramilitary forces. I always felt U.S. prisons were for those criminals caught, not someone on the battlefield. Classify them as POW's if you like, but I doubt that those who want to do away with gitmo would like that. Mainly because Geneva says POW's can be held until the war is over and the war on terror looks like a never ending one.
    and terrorists have normally been tried as criminals.

    Timothy McVeigh and the locherbie bomber come to mind as examples.

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    Re: Human rights groups say Obama has failed on Guantanamo

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    I think the main reason for Gitmo in the beginning was a detainment center for suspected AQ terrorist. Originally Gitmo wasn't set up to judge or to have tribunals. I think as is the case in most wars the U.S. gets in, those in charge thought the war would be a quick one. No one thought or planned what to do with those detained after the war was over. More of a jump first and look later syndrome.

    I think if Bush or Obama authorized military tribunals then most of these folks at Gitmo could be judged one way or the other. If judged a threat to U.S. security, deal out the proper punishment or prison time. If not, let them go. But again, this is an I think as I have stated, I haven't kept up with the happenings at Gitmo, it was the paper work shufflers, administrative folks that were going over all evidence to find out whether they were a threat or not. Hearings or what ever you want to call them, didn't take place or weren't allowed to take place.

    Gitmo became a political football, once that happened i suppose everyone just opted for the best of no good choices and decided to do nothing.
    I agree that originally that was the plan then it just lost control especially when we started to pick up people pretty much off the streets and take them there, even teens, and hold them there without trial for years and years in and many of them just returning home. Sure some returned to the battlefield, but i believe this turned out to nothing of what it was supposed to be especially when human right abuses came out against this.


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    Re: Human rights groups say Obama has failed on Guantanamo

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    and terrorists have normally been tried as criminals.

    Timothy McVeigh and the locherbie bomber come to mind as examples.
    Pre-Gitmo. McVeigh was a U.S. citizen and his bombing took place in OKC. Strange, i can't remember anything or hearing about any trial dealing with Locherbie.
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    Re: Human rights groups say Obama has failed on Guantanamo

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    Pre-Gitmo. McVeigh was a U.S. citizen and his bombing took place in OKC. Strange, i can't remember anything or hearing about any trial dealing with Locherbie.
    why is a supermax prison not enough for the prisoners at gitmo?

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    Re: Human rights groups say Obama has failed on Guantanamo

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I agree that originally that was the plan then it just lost control especially when we started to pick up people pretty much off the streets and take them there, even teens, and hold them there without trial for years and years in and many of them just returning home. Sure some returned to the battlefield, but i believe this turned out to nothing of what it was supposed to be especially when human right abuses came out against this.
    I agree that Gitmo turned out to be something else than a detainment center for battlefield POW's for lack of a better word. Nothing is perfect and Gitmo is far from it. But for the time being it works for me. When war was between armies, things were pretty well defined. A terrorist could be a man in uniform, a battlefield combatant. A terrorist could be a man, a woman or a kid. When a war takes place and the enemy, again to use a word here that may or may not fit, wears no uniform, it becomes hard to impossible to determine who is a civilian or who is the enemy. In a war where anyone can set up an ied, how does one define combatant vs. civilian? An 8 year old kid placing an IED is just a guilty as a 30 year old man wearing an uniform carrying an AK-47 or an RPG.

    I don't know, I do know I am more comfortable with them being at GITMO than at any other place.
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    Re: Human rights groups say Obama has failed on Guantanamo

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    What tinfoil hat? That statement about a tinfoil hat, is usually for conspiracy theorists. How is this at all a "tinfoil hat" kind of scenario?
    Its the difference between rhetoric and reality. Obama seems to have understood this when more is on the line than a popularity contest.

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    Re: Human rights groups say Obama has failed on Guantanamo

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    Congress passed a resolution forbidding him from bringing any Guantanamo prisoners on to American soil for trial. Could that have changed his mind?
    His Democrat controlled congress you mean?

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    Re: Human rights groups say Obama has failed on Guantanamo

    Quote Originally Posted by ReformCollege View Post
    Its the difference between rhetoric and reality. Obama seems to have understood this when more is on the line than a popularity contest.
    So you're saying people who support the closure of guantanamo are in it for a "popularity contest"? I mean poll after poll states that majority of Americans favor keeping guantanamo open...


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    Re: Human rights groups say Obama has failed on Guantanamo

    Quote Originally Posted by ReformCollege View Post
    His Democrat controlled congress you mean?
    Hardly...

    WASHINGTON -- A worsening hunger strike and a fresh plea by President Barack Obama to close the Guantanamo Bay prison fell on deaf ears in Congress Friday, as the House of Representatives voted to keep the increasingly infamous jail open.

    The House voted to make it harder for Obama to begin shifting inmates, adding a restriction to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 that bars any of the roughly 56 prisoners who have been cleared by military and intelligence officials to be sent to Yemen from being transferred there for one year. Some 30 other Gitmo inmates of the 166 kept there have also been cleared for release.

    "The Defense Department should not transfer detainees to Yemen because they represent some of the most dangerous terrorists known in the world," said Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), who sponsored the fresh ban on shipping anyone out of Gitmo.
    Guantanamo Bay To Stay Open As House Blocks Bill To Close Infamous Prison

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