What a quandry.
The United States is “relatively close” to making decisions on what to do with an initial group of Guantanamo Bay detainees, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday.
……The attorney general did not say how much longer he thought it would take to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. Before officials can meet President Obama’s January deadline, the U.S. must first decide which detainees to put on trial and which to release to the U.S. or other countries.
Holder said the first step is to decide how many total detainees will be set free.
“We’re doing these all on a rolling basis,” he said. “I think we’re probably relatively close to making some calls.”
Gee, where do we dump some of the most ruthless muslim terrorists on the planet?
……The Obama administration is edging toward taking some Guantanamo prisoners to the U.S., most likely to Virginia. They are Chinese Muslims known as Uighurs, and their supporters say they never should have been at Guantanamo in the first place.
The Uighurs are part of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and trained at camps affiliated with the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Link: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20113.pdf (page 5)
They belong in GITMO along with the rest.
Republicans in Congress say Guantanamo should remain in operation and are mobilizing to fight the release of detainees into the United States.
Against that backdrop, Holder hoped to reassure skeptical Europeans without generating too much public opposition back home. After meetings in London and Prague, the attorney general is to give a speech Wednesday night in Berlin about Guantanamo.
Austria’s interior minister, Maria Fekter, has insisted her country would not take any prisoners.
“If the detainees are no longer dangerous, why don’t they stay in the U.S.?” she asked.
More importantly, why aren’t they shipped back to their countries of origin?
Simon Koschut, an associate fellow with the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, spoke of the difficulty facing Holder in trying to find a consensus among European leaders.
“In Germany, many are asking why America isn’t taking care of its own business. If you started it, you ought to finish it,” Koschut said.
What? Last I checked, the muslims started this ‘holy war’. The bulk of the fighting and the job of finishing it has never been in question. It rested on America’s shoulders from day one.
So much for “We stand with you”.
There are about 240 Guantanamo inmates. As many as 60, if freed, cannot go back to their homelands because they could face abuse, imprisonment or death. They are from Azerbaijan, Algeria, Afghanistan, Chad, China, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
Several European nations, including Portugal and Lithuania, have said they will consider taking such detainees. Others are less interested and don’t want their neighbors to accept any prisoners either, because of the ease of travel within the European Union.
‘They could face abuse, imprisonment or death’? I hardly think so, especially since the countries they came from are primarily responsible for their creation.
They’ll just pick up where they left off; planting IEDs, beheading, and strapping bombs to themselves so they can blow everyone to smithereens for ‘allah’.