Guantanamo Won’t Close In Obama’s 1st 100 Days

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Foreign Policy, Guantanamo Bay, History, Law

But it will happen.

Obama said as much on This Week today:

“I think it’s going to take some time and our legal teams are working in consultation with our national security apparatus as we speak to help design exactly what we need to do,” Obama said in an exclusive “This Week” interview with George Stephanopoulos, his first since arriving in Washington.

“It is more difficult than I think a lot of people realize,” the president-elect explained. “Part of the challenge that you have is that you have a bunch of folks that have been detained, many of whom may be very dangerous who have not been put on trial or have not gone through some adjudication. And some of the evidence against them may be tainted even though it’s true. And so how to balance creating a process that adheres to rule of law, habeas corpus, basic principles of Anglo-American legal system, by doing it in a way that doesn’t result in releasing people who are intent on blowing us up.”

But Obama said unequivocally that it will close. “I don’t want to be ambiguous about this. We are going to close Guantanamo and we are going to make sure that the procedures we set up are ones that abide by our Constitution. That is not only the right thing to do but it actually has to be part of our broader national security strategy because we will send a message to the world that we are serious about our values.”

I think, ultimately, the biggest challenge will be where to put the very dangerous folks. Because I’m imagining you’ll have a lot of “not in my back yard” talk.

Perhaps Alaska? :-)

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One Response to “Guantanamo Won’t Close In Obama’s 1st 100 Days”

  1. Gary Baumgarten Says:

    Blogger and human rights activist David Swanson will be my guest on News Talk Online on at 5 PM New York time Wednesday January 14 to discuss president-elect Obama’s pledge to close Guantanamo Bay and whether the U.S. human rights policies will improve under the new administration.

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