30 April 2006

Latest US word on Guantanamo Bay


Under the headline "U.S. Says It Fears Detainee Abuse in Repatriation" the New York Times reports

A long-running effort by the Bush administration to send home many of the terror suspects held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been stymied in part because of concern among United States officials that the prisoners may not be treated humanely by their own governments, officials said.

Administration officials have said they hope eventually to transfer or release many of the roughly 490 suspects now held at Guantánamo. As of February, military officials said, the Pentagon was ready to repatriate more than 150 of the detainees once arrangements could be made with their home countries.

But those arrangements have been more difficult to broker than officials in Washington anticipated or have previously acknowledged, raising questions about how quickly the administration can meet its goal of scaling back detention operations at Guantánamo.

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The military has so far sent home 267 detainees from Guantánamo after finding that they had no further intelligence value and either posed no long-term security threat or would reliably be imprisoned or monitored by their own governments. Most of those who remain are considered more dangerous militants; many also come from nations with poor human rights records and ineffective justice systems.


What implications, if any, are there for Australia and for David Hicks? Read the whole article and wait to see how the issues it discusses are reported in the Australian media.

1 comment:

nod said...

After considerable effort Hicks made his case for a British passport. Now the poms seem to be wriggling and squirming in an effort to avoid taking him on board.

A couple of days ago the Lords told the Blair govt that it had exhausted all its options and had to issue a passport.

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Australia has been talking about allowing him to serve his sentence in an Aussie gaol. It might be best to wait till he is convicted of something first.

This makes me so angry.