Jeh Johnson, the Defense Department’s chief lawyer, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that releasing a detainee who has been tried and found not guilty was a policy decision that officials would make based on their estimate of whether the prisoner posed a future threat.
Like the Bush administration, the Obama administration argues that the legal basis for indefinite detention of aliens it considers dangerous is separate from war-crimes prosecutions. Officials say that the laws of war allow indefinite detention to prevent aliens from committing warlike acts in future, while prosecution by military commission aims to punish them for war crimes committed in the past.
Johnson said such prisoners held without trial would receive “some form of periodic review” that could lead to their release.
As Dick Cheney said, Gitmo exists for a reason. That reason being the security of our country and the security of armed forces. The worst of the worst are housed there, and as Cheney stated in the above linked video, 12% of those released after careful review are back in the fight. Just look at the leader of the Taliban currently fighting our Marines….a Gitmo prisoner released in 2007:
A former Guantanamo Bay inmate is leading the fight against U.S. Marines in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to FOX News on Tuesday.
Mullah Zakir, also known as Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, surrendered in Mazar-e-Sharif in Northern Afghanistan in 2001, and was transferred to Gitmo in 2006. He was released in late 2007 to Afghan custody.
Now as the United States is pushing ahead with the massive Operation Khanjar in the southern province of Afghanistan, Zakir is coordinating the Taliban fighters. Some 4,000 U.S. Marines and hundreds of Afghan forces have faced some resistance as they sweep across the province, reclaiming control of districts where Zakir and his comrades were running a shadow government.
But now Obama and friends are in charge and their baseless attacks against Bush look foolish, and even worse…appear to have been done to gain power. Bush is evil, Bush is evil, Bush is evil……but now that Obama is the one doing it there is wisdom in the policies.
Hypocrites one and all.