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Gates: Guantanamo “Taint” On U.S. Reputation
from The Huffington Post | AP

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Obama administration had no choice but to order the shutdown of the prison at Guantanamo because “the name itself is a condemnation” of U.S. anti-terrorism strategy.

In an interview broadcast Friday on NBC’s “Today” show, Gates called the facility on the island of Cuba “probably one of the finest prisons in the world today.” But at the same time, he said it had become “a taint” on the reputation of America.

Gates has served both President George W. Bush and now Barack Obama at the Pentagon. The secretary said that once the decision was made to close Guantanamo, “the question is, where do you put them.” He said Obama would do nothing to endanger the public and said there has never been an escape from a “super-max”

Abu Ghraib Ties To Gitmo Shown By DOJ Memos
from The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins

Yesterday, in his remarks at the American Enterprise Institute, former Vice President Dick Cheney protested that everyone had Abu Ghraib all wrong!

In public discussion of these matters, there has been a strange and sometimes willful attempt to conflate what happened at Abu Ghraib with the top-secret program of enhanced interrogations.At Abu Ghraib, a few sadistic prison guards abused inmates in violation of American law, military regulation, and simple decency. For the harm they did to Iraqi prisoners and to America’s cause, they deserved and received Army justice.

And it takes a deeply unfair cast of mind to equate the disgraces of Abu Ghraib with the lawful, skillful, and entirely honorable work of CIA personnel trained to deal with a few malevolent men.

But maybe there has been a “willful attempt to conflate what happened at Abu Ghraib with the top-secret program of enhanced interrogations,” precisely because the two things are infinitely conflatable! Dan Froomkin takes on the issue in a report on Nieman Watchdog today and finds that Cheney’s words just don’t comport to observable reality:

A bipartisan report from the Senate Armed Services Committee released in December definitively concluded that the administration’s repeated explanations of the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere was a pack of lies. “The abuse of detainees in U.S. custody cannot simply be attributed to the actions of ‘a few bad apples’ acting on their own,” the report found. “The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees.”Similarly, in his book “The Torture Team,” [Phillipe] Sands documents how the Pentagon initially tried to blame officers at Guantanamo for the brutal interrogation regime there. As Sands wrote in this Vanity Fair excerpt, Bush administration officials insisted that “techniques were not imposed or encouraged by Washington, which had merely reacted to a request from below.” They even maintained that the legal justification was initiated there as well. “It was not the result of legal positions taken by politically appointed lawyers in the upper echelons of the administration, and certainly not the Justice Department.”

But, Sands wrote: “The real story, pieced together from many hours of interviews with most of the people involved in the decisions about interrogation, goes something like this: [The February 2002 memo in which Bush exempted war-on-terror detainees from the Geneva Conventions] was not a case of following the logic of the law but rather was designed to give effect to a prior decision to take the gloves off and allow coercive interrogation; it deliberately created a legal black hole into which the detainees were meant to fall. The new interrogation techniques did not arise spontaneously from the field but came about as a direct result of intense pressure and input from Rumsfeld’s office. The Yoo-Bybee Memo was not simply some theoretical document, an academic exercise in blue-sky hypothesizing, but rather played a crucial role in giving those at the top the confidence to put pressure on those at the bottom. And the practices employed at Guantánamo led to abuses at Abu Ghraib.

“The fingerprints of the most senior lawyers in the administration were all over the design and implementation of the abusive interrogation policies. Addington, Bybee, Gonzales, Haynes, and Yoo became, in effect, a torture team of lawyers, freeing the administration from the constraints of all international rules prohibiting abuse.”

It’s important to note that President Barack Obama’s decision to not release the most recent spate of detainee photos, is one that will preserve the disinformation spread by his predecessor::

The White House disinformation campaign has been so successful, however, that Abu Ghraib is still widely seen as an isolated incident – and not as the result of public policy decisions. That’s the biggest reason why President Obama’s recent decision to fight the court-ordered release of more prison-abuse photos was such a blow to accountability…The photos Obama is now trying to keep secret are said to depict prisoner abuse very much like that at Abu Ghraib – but at several other locations, including Guantanamo.Froomkin’s piece is the eighth in a series of stories on this matter, so don’t just make do with these excerpts.

Reid: Obama Speech Opens Way For Gitmo Closure Discussion
from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday he was open to discussing with President Obama the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay and the relocation of detainees.

That discussion will include the possible relocation of detainees to the United States to stand trial and, if convicted, be sent to prison. But Reid did not back off his previously stated opposition to such a transfer, stopping short at a willingness to talk about it.

First, said Reid, Congress needs to see a detailed plan.

“Many Americans have had concerns about terrorists coming into our communities. We received today a broad vision from President Obama and that’s important that he did that. We’re all awaiting the details of his plan. And he’s going to come up with one,” said Reid. “We’re wanting and willing to work with him to come up with a responsible solution.”

Pressed as to whether he’d allow the relocation of prisoners to the United States, he said, “I think I’ve answered the question.” Reid is up for reelection in 2010.

NYTimes Reporter Casts Doubt On Own Claim That I In 7 Detainees Returned To Jihad
from The Huffington Post | Talking Points Memo

Reporter Elisabeth Bumiller is now casting doubt on the claim in her front page story today, pounced on by the right and quickly picked up on cable, that one in seven detainees released from Guantanamo “returned to terrorism or militant activity.”

Appearing on MSNBC today, Bumiller said “there is some debate about whether you should say ‘returned’ because some of them were perhaps not engaged in terrorism, as we know — some of them are being held there on vague charges.”

Bumiller’s claim is so striking because her A1 story in the print edition of the Times today, which ran under the headline, “1 In 7 Detainees Rejoined Jihad, Pentagon Finds” (emphasis ours), began:

“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.

Obama: 50 Guantanamo Detainees Cleared For Transfer
from The Huffington Post |  LARA JAKES |  AP

Forty-eight terror suspects currently held at Guantanamo Bay are waiting to be released to other nations, the Obama administration said Thursday.

The detainees are among 50 whose cases have already been reviewed, President Barack Obama said Thursday, pointing to efforts to empty the prison without bringing all its inmates to the United States.

Two other detainees have been released since January, to Britain and France, officials said.

In a speech defending his plans to close the detention facility at the U.S. naval base in Cuba by early next year, Obama described the 50 detainees as prisoners who “can be transferred safely to another country.”

“My administration is in ongoing discussions with a number of other countries about the transfer of detainees to their soil for detention and rehabilitation,” Obama said in his speech at the National Archives.

Military officials described those detainees Thursday as either low-level threats who no longer have valuable intelligence to give, or have been cleared for transfer because of a court order or otherwise lacking evidence against them.

Obama Guantanamo Speech Addressing Critics
from The Huffington Post |  JENNIFER LOVEN | AP

President Barack Obama fought Thursday to retake command of the emotional debate over closing Guantanamo, denouncing “fear-mongering” by political opponents and insisting that maximum-security prisons in the U.S. can safely house dangerous terror suspects transferred from Cuba.

In a unique bit of Washington theater, former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered his own address just one minute later, defending the Bush administration’s creation of the prison camp as vigorously as Obama denounced it.

Obama, appearing at the National Archives with its immensely symbolic backdrop of the nation’s founding documents, said shutting down Guantanamo would “enlist our values” to make America safer. Speaking a day after an overwhelming congressional rebuke to his pledge to close the prison, he forcefully declared the camp a hindrance _ not a help _ to preventing future terrorist attacks. He contends that the prison, which has held hundreds of detainees for years without charges or trials, motivates U.S. enemies overseas.

The president promised to work with lawmakers to develop “an appropriate legal regime” for those who can’t be tried and are too dangerous to be released. Still, he did not provide the level of detail about his plans that lawmakers, including Democrats, demanded in a 90-6 Senate vote denying money for the shutdown on Wednesday.

FBI Director Mueller Raises Concerns About Gitmo Detainee Release In US
from The Huffington Post | AP

FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress on Wednesday that bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States could pose a number of risks, even if they were kept in maximum-security prisons. Responding to FBI concerns, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Obama administration would not put Americans at risk.

Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Mueller faced repeated questions about the prospect of transferring to the United States some of the 240 inmates currently held at the naval base in Cuba.

President Barack Obama has ordered the Guantanamo Bay detention center closed by January 2010, but that timetable may be in jeopardy. As Mueller testified, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to block funding for bringing detainees to the U.S., whether freed or imprisoned.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon was preparing to release a long-awaited report detailing the number of Guantanamo detainees who had either returned to the battlefield or were suspected of returning after being released from the prison.

1 In 7 Guantanamo Detainees Freed Return To Terrorism: Pentagon
from The Huffington Post | New York Times

An unreleased Pentagon report concludes 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 the transfer or release of any more detainees as part of President Obama’s plan to shut down the prison by January. Past Pentagon reports on Guantánamo recidivism have been met with skepticism from civil liberties groups and criticized for their lack of detail.

The Pentagon promised in January that the latest report would be released soon, but Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, said this week that the findings were still “under review.”

Two administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said the report was being held up by Defense Department employees fearful of upsetting the White House, at a time when even Congressional Democrats have begun to show misgivings over Mr. Obama’s plan to close Guantánamo.

At the White House on Wednesday, Mr. Obama ran into a different kind of resistance when he met with human rights advocates who told him they would oppose any plan that would hold terrorism suspects without charges.

The White House has said Mr. Obama will provide further details about his plans for Guantánamo detainees in a speech Thursday.

Carl Levin Is Open To ‘Guantanamo North’ in Michigan
from The Huffington Post | CQ By Josh Rogin, CQ Staff

Most lawmakers view the prospect of moving prisoners from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to their districts as a negative proposition. But at least one Democratic senator is open to the idea as a potential economic boost to his struggling state.

Carl Levin , chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said that construction and staffing at a new maximum-security prison in Michigan could help his cash-starved state.

“If the governor and the local officials are open to it, that’s something that should be considered,” said Levin, making the point that each state should make its own determination.

Former Michigan Gov. John Engler, a Republican, suggested this month that creating a “Guantánamo North” in the Upper Peninsula could net the state upward of $1 billion per year, according to reports.

Other Senate Democrats have backed away from their initial openness to bringing some Guantánamo prisoners to U.S. soil, and Senate leaders agreed to drop funding that President Obama requested to close the prison from the fiscal 2009 supplemental appropriations bill (S 1054).

But many still argue that holding alleged terrorists in U.S. prisons is not a security problem.

“We are already holding some of the most dangerous terrorists within the United States,” said Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin , D-Ill. “If we can safely hold these individuals, we can safely hold the Guantánamo detainees.”

Even Levin’s Republican counterpart on the committee, John McCain of Arizona, said he was open to the possibility of moving Guantánamo detainees to secure facilities in the United States, saying, “It depends on the circumstances.”

Pentagon Official: US Must Take Gitmo Prisoners
from The Huffington Post | AP

In an escalation of arguments over closing a prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, a top Pentagon official says members of Congress must rethink their opposition to accepting these detainees into the United States.

Michele Flournoy is President Barack Obama’s new Pentagon policy chief. She says members of Congress need to remember that closing the stigmatized prison in Cuba will mean hard choices for everyone. She spoke after Senate Democrats said they won’t pay for closure until the administration delivers a satisfactory plan for what to do with the detainees.

Flournoy says it’s unrealistic to think that no detainees will come to the U.S., and that the U.S. can’t ask allies to take detainees while refusing to take on the same burden.

Without singling anyone out, Flournoy said lawmakers need to think more “strategically.”

Obama’s Detainee Definition Revised By Court
from The Huffington Post | The Atlantic

A federal judge has ruled that the Obama administration cannot use a captured person’s “substantial support” for the Taliban or al Qaeda as a reason to justify their detainment. At the same time, Judge John Bates, in an order that has ramifications for the upcoming trails of many detainees, held that the government was well within its rights to indefinitely detain several classes of belligerents, including under Congress’s 2002 Authorization for Using Military Force in Afghanistan resolution.

Detaining an individual who “substantially supports” such an organization, but is not part of it, is simply not authorized by the AUMF itself or by the law of war. Hence, the government’s reliance on substantial support” as a basis for detention independent of membership in the Taliban, al Qaeda or an associated force is rejected.

It is not entirely clear how many of the 240 Guantanamo detainees fall into this category. Bates, according to an analyst who has reviewed the decision, gave the government an out by noting that direct evidence that a person helped the Taliban means that the person is “functionally” part of the Taliban, and thus would be covered by the AUMF.

Harry Reid: No Gitmo Detainees In U.S.
from The Huffington Post | AP

President Barack Obama’s promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison suffered a blow Tuesday when his allies in the Senate said they would refuse to finance the move until the administration delivers a satisfactory plan for what to do with the detainees there.

As the Senate took up Obama’s request for money for military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Democrats reversed course and said they would deny the request for $80 million for the Justice and Defense departments to relocate the 240 detainees at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They also said they would bar the transfer of any of the facility’s prisoners until the plan is delivered.

While allies such as No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois cast the development as a delay of only a few months, other Democrats have made it plain they don’t want any of Guantanamo’s detainees sent to the United States to stand trial or serve prison sentences.

“We don’t want them around,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Democrats Won’t Fund Guantanamo Closing: AP
from The Huffington Post | AP

President Barack Obama’s allies in the Senate will not provide funds to close the Guantanamo Bay prison next January, a top Democratic official said Tuesday.

With debate looming on Obama’s spending request to cover military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the official says Democrats will deny the Pentagon and Justice Department $80 million to relocate Guantanamo’s 241 detainees.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposed changes to the bill were to be unveiled later.

The administration has yet to develop a plan for what to do with the detainees, and Obama’s promise to close the facility is facing strong GOP opposition.

Hardin, Montana Requests Guantanamo Detainees
from The Huffington Post | Al Jazeera English

Barack Obama has ordered the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be closed by early next year, and as the fate of the remaining 240 prisoners is decided some could be moved to the US for trial or continued detention.

Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds travelled to the town of Hardin in the US state of Montana to find out why it has offered to take in some of the detainees.

They call eastern Montana “big sky country” – a vast sweep of prairie stretching from horizon to rugged horizon. Towering thunderclouds roiled the sky as we approached Hardin, population 3,400.

It is a long way from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But if people here get their way, up to 100 detainees now held in Guantanamo will soon be living in a brand new prison on the edge of town.

I toured the empty, never-used jail with Greg Smith, Hardin’s economic development director.

It is a windowless, low-slung tan concrete hulk surrounded by a double row of high mesh fence topped with gleaming coils of razor wire.

Earlier this month, Hardin’s town council voted unanimously to offer the US government a deal: Send Hardin the detainees that most foreign countries and other cities the US are afraid to take.

Bush Lawyers’ Disbarment Sought
from The Huffington Post | Full News Feed by The Huffington Post News Editors

Two outside groups want Bush administration lawyers linked to memos on harsh interrogation techniques of detainees to lose their licenses to practice law.

Complaints were to be filed Monday against former attorneys general John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and John Yoo, Jay Bybee and Stephen Bradbury. The complaints were being filed in the District of Columbia and four states _ New York, California, Texas and Pennsylvania.

Memos by the Bush Justice Department contended that waterboarding _ a form of simulated drowning _ as well as sleep deprivation and other extreme techniques were legal under U.S. and international law.

The groups VotersForPeace.US and Velvet Revolution say the lawyers misused their licenses.

Frank Rich: Obama Can’t Turn The Page On Bush
from The Huffington Post | NY Times

To paraphrase Al Pacino in “Godfather III,” just when we thought we were out, the Bush mob keeps pulling us back in. And will keep doing so. No matter how hard President Obama tries to turn the page on the previous administration, he can’t. Until there is true transparency and true accountability, revelations of that unresolved eight-year nightmare will keep raining down drip by drip, disrupting the new administration’s high ambitions.

That’s why the president’s flip-flop on the release of detainee abuse photos — whatever his motivation — is a fool’s errand. The pictures will eventually emerge anyway, either because of leaks (if they haven’t started already) or because the federal appeals court decision upholding their release remains in force. And here’s a bet: These images will not prove the most shocking evidence of Bush administration sins still to come.

There are many dots yet to be connected, and not just on torture. This Sunday, GQ magazine is posting on its Web site an article adding new details to the ample dossier on how Donald Rumsfeld’s corrupt and incompetent Defense Department cost American lives and compromised national security. The piece is not the work of a partisan but the Texan journalist Robert Draper, author of “Dead Certain,” the 2007 Bush biography that had the blessing (and cooperation) of the former president and his top brass. It draws on interviews with more than a dozen high-level Bush loyalists.

Military Commissions: Obama Clarifies Position
from The Huffington Post | The Huffington Post News Editors

The White House released a statement Friday afternoon clarifying the president’s position on the use of military tribunals

Lakhdar Boumediene, Guantanamo Detainee, Released By U.S.
from The Huffington Post and AP | ANGELA CHARLTON

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was at the center of a Supreme Court battle over inmates’ rights arrived Friday in France, which agreed to take in the Algerian in a gesture to the Obama administration.

After seven years in the U.S. camp, 43-year-old Lakhdar Boumediene was released Friday and flew to France.

The French government has arranged for medical care if needed, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Eric Chevallier said. Boumediene has been on a hunger strike since 2006 and was force-fed at the prison camp, his lawyers say.

Boumediene, suspected in a bomb plot against the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, was arrested along with five other Algerians in 2001 in Bosnia.

Obama To Revive Military Tribunals For Gitmo Detainees, With More Rights
from The Huffington Post |  LARA JAKES | May 14, 2009 09:38 PM EST | AP

The military trials will remain frozen for another four months as the administration adjusts the legal system that is expected to try fewer than 20 of the 241 detainees at the U.S. naval detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Thirteen detainees _ including five charged with helping orchestrate the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks _ are already in the tribunal system.

The changes to the system were to be announced Friday. Two senior administration officials outlined several of the rules changes, which will be carried out by executive authority, to The Associated Press on Thursday night. They include:

  • Restrictions on hearsay evidence that can be used in court against the detainees.
  • A ban on all evidence obtained through cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. This would include statements given from detainees who were subjected to waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning.
  • Giving detainees greater leeway in choosing their own military counsel.
  • Protecting detainees who refuse to testify from legal sanctions or other court prejudices.

Obama Weighs Indefinite Detention Of Terror Suspects On U.S. Soil
from The Huffington Post | Wall Street Journal

The Obama administration is weighing plans to detain some terror suspects on U.S. soil — indefinitely and without trial — as part of a plan to retool military commission trials that were conducted for prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The proposal being floated with members of Congress is another indication of President Barack Obama’s struggles to establish his counter-terrorism policies, balancing security concerns against attempts to alter Bush-administration practices he has harshly criticized.

On Wednesday, the president reversed a recent administration decision to release photos showing purported abuse of prisoners at U.S. military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Obama cited concern that releasing the pictures could endanger U.S. troops. Mr. Obama ordered government lawyers to pull back an earlier court filing promising to release hundreds of photos by month’s end as part a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Jim Lichtman: My Problem with Dick Cheney
from The HuffingtonPost.com by Jim Lichtman

During his tenure as vice president, Mr. Cheney would rarely sit for interviews to discuss the Bush administration’s policy choices during his eight years in office. Lately, the reticent Mr. Cheney has taken to sitting down with anyone and everyone in an effort to get “the other side of the story,” out regarding President Obama’s decision to close the Guantanamo detention center as well as the administration’s ban on water-boarding and other national security issues.

I didn’t always feel this way about the former vice president.

Mr. Cheney served as Chief of Staff to President Ford, whom Ford referred to in his book as “a great friend… he did a great job for me.” However, Ford’s opinion of Cheney changed under the second Bush administration. In his book, “Write It When I’m Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford” by reporter Thomas DeFrank, “Ford questioned the need for warrantless surveillance.”

War Funding Bill To Include Money For Relocating Gitmo Inmates
from The Huffington Post News Editors | AP – ANDREW TAYLOR

A war funding bill headed to the floor next week would provide the $50 million sought by the Pentagon to relocate prisoners from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the top Democrat in the Senate said Monday.

The administration would be denied the money until it came up with a detailed plan on how to close the Guantanamo detention facility and how to deal with the 240 or so detainees being held there, said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

ProPublica: Government Could Destroy Records in Hundreds of Gitmo Cases
from The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com by ProPublica

A stockpile of documents about hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees, some written by the prisoners themselves, could be destroyed under a little-known provision of a federal court order the Bush administration obtained in 2004.

For four years, records in the prisoners’ habeas corpus lawsuits challenging the legality of their detentions have been piling up in a secure federal facility in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Va. Because much of the information is classified, the 750 or so attorneys representing the prisoners are required to do and store all their work on-site.

The provision is part of a broad order (PDF) issued at the very outset of the habeas cases — at the last official count in January, 220 cases remained — that set rules for how sensitive documents and attorney access should be handled. It calls for the government to destroy all classified records given to, prepared by or kept by prisoners’ lawyers — including originals and copies of writings, photographs, videotapes, computer files and voice recordings — when the cases end.

GOP’s Anti-Guantanamo Scare Campaign Parodied
from The Huffington Post News Editors

The GOP has put forward an excellent new measure, the Keep Terrorists Out Of America Act — also known as the Fluffy Bunnies Forever For All Good Children Act — a move that has brought our legislative branch perilously close to the day when legislation is presented in LOLCat form, or with interpretive dances. Hopefully, at some point, the bill will be larded with the amendments it deserves, like the Push Jaywalkers Into The Ocean Amendment and the Shaming Bedwetters Resolution, but, until then, we have this chilling video from Hilzoy, who reminds us that at this very minute, dangerous criminals are locked in prisons, and that those prisons ARE RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA.

On Guantanamo, The GOP Attacks Hard Working Americans
Huffington Post | Adam Blickstein | May 7, 2009

After failing for 8 years to actually keep the world safe from terrorism, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and especially Dick Cheney, are embarking on a renewed push to rehabilitate their failed reputations and political prospects.

GOP Promotes ‘Keep Terrorists Out Of America Act’ To Prevent Gitmo Closure
Jason Linkins | HuffPost Reporting From DC

The new and exciting idea from your House GOP is a bill called the Keep Terrorists Out Of America Act, which is SUBLIME. At long last, someone had the guts to stand up and express the visionary idea that terrorists should be kept out of America. This will finally keep terrorists out of America, unless they somehow start dealing in subterfuge, or something.

Actually, the bill is merely a backhanded attempt to prevent the closure of Guantanamo Bay, by turning the matter into an internecine war between state governments over who shall house the prisoners presently in detention at the GITMO facility.

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.

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