Thursday, November 19, 2009

Behind Missed Gitmo Deadline: Detainees Unwanted

Once again I will beat the drum to have all captured Muslim terrorists imprisoned on prison ships, in international waters.  This will require the simple adoption of the Geneva Conventions to cover the legal requirements of incarcerating them until the end of hostilities, without trial.  Frankly, as the Islamic Jihad will carry on for decades, many terrorist prisoners will die in  of old age before they could possibly be tried or released.  But that's war.  As with Japanese and Nazi leaders, they need not be tried until Islam stops it's attacks on Western civilization.  If at that time, those Muslim leaders who are incarcerated should be brought before MILITARY tribunals, not civilian courts.  The same holds true of lower level individuals who may be suspected to have committed war crimes and or crimes against humanity.  It was unimaginable during and immediately after WW II that high ranking Nazis and Japanese leaders would be tried in civilian courts for war crimes.

So we are now saddled with Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama's political campaign promise to close Guantanamo Bay prison.  Because no other nation is stupid enough to take these worst of the worst Muslim terrorists, Obama has decided to proceed with civilian trials for the top five terrorists, but to hold Military tribunals for remaining prisoners. So he says.  But the plan for military tribunals is just a ploy.  If he can get away with the first five, the rest will surely follow into the civilian system.

And of course, what are his plans for all the Muslim terrorists that will be captured in the years to come?  He has already issued an executive order that they are to be "Mirandized" on the battlefield, so his plan must be to ship them directly to America.  I haven't seen anything that indicates just what is happening to those we capture now.  Are they being held incognito in US military prisons in the AfPak theater?  Are they being turned over the AfPak authorities?  If they are being turned over to the AfPak authorities, many of them will be turned free by sympathetic fellow Muslim jailers to resume their attacks.

There must be international consensus to hold captured Muslim terrorists, wherever they may be caught in the world, on prison ships for the duration of hostilities.  The Islamic Jihad recognizes no time limit, and so the West must not recognize any time limit on how long Muslim terrorists can be held.

Trials are for the victors to hold, and we are far from victory.


Behind Missed Gitmo Deadline: Detainees Unwanted

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- President Barack Obama is now confirming what many have long suspected: He will miss his January deadline to close the Guantanamo prison -- partly because he cannot persuade other nations to take the detainees.
Prisoners like Walid Abu Hijazi. The 29-year-old is nearing his eighth year at Guantanamo even though the U.S. approved his release in February 2008. No one else has been willing to allow him, or dozens of others, into their territory.

This dilemma is one of the chief obstacles to closing the jail, according to lawyers and human rights groups who monitor U.S. detention policy. Most say Washington bears the main blame because it also refuses to accept prisoners on American soil.

"It's very difficult to persuade third countries to accept the political or security risks involved, especially when the United States has been unwilling to accept that risk itself," said Matthew Waxman, a professor at Columbia Law School.
U.S. officials decline to disclose the details of efforts to relocate Guantanamo prisoners, though in the past they acknowledged the difficulty in resettling ethnic Uighurs from China.

In Abu Hijazi's case, his Chicago-based lawyer, Matthew O'Hara, said he can only speculate that the problem with relocating his client is that the U.S. has no relations with Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, where Abu Hijazi is from.
No charges were ever filed against Abu Hijazi. O'Hara said his client told a military review panel he trained for two weeks at a militant camp in Afghanistan but never fired a weapon except in training and denied being part of the Taliban or al-Qaida.
"He's hanging in there," the lawyer said. "The men there generally have learned not to get their hopes up."

O'Hara doesn't see a possibility of his client being accepted elsewhere.
"Our friends and allies around the world say, 'If you don't want them, why should we take them?' That, I think, is the key obstacle," he said.
The administration says about 90 of the 215 men now held at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay on Cuba can be released or repatriated, but it has made little progress since Obama announced shortly after his inauguration that he would close the widely criticized prison.