Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pentagon Rejoins the Fight Over Guantanamo

Conservative talkers will be flogging this story from the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — 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.

That might be because the Pentagon considers former detainees giving interviews critical of the United States as "terrorism or militant activity." According to a report by Seton Hall Law School's Mark Denbeaux, the "Tipton Three" who participated in the documentary The Road to Guantánamo and one of five Uighurs released to Albania wrote a New York Times op-ed urging "American lawmakers to protect habeas corpus." The Pentagon counts all as anti-American activity under the rubric, "returned to the fight."

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