Friday, January 23, 2009

Gitmo - - Closing.

This is coolbert:

Another executive order just signed by President Obama is directing the DoD to plan for the closing of the Guantanamo detention facility within one year.

Resolve the "problem" of housing and detaining the captured jihadis. Or should I say accused jihadi?

Most of these jihadi bad guys will end up being released - - but not necessarily to the lands of their native origin. Those particular nations DO NOT want them. That approach has been tried already. European countries that were critical of President Bush will be willing to accept without qualifications the detainees? Each and every EU member nation will have to accept a fair portion of those folks released?

This has all to be worked out.

Protocols, procedures, legal charges pending against those persons accused of having perpetrated the 9/11 attacks are going to be a sticky point? Surely NO ONE is suggesting that the four or five detainees in custody at Gitmo thought to have a hand in the 9/11 attacks will be RELEASED??!!

What to do with those "accused" 9/11 villains? Try them in American court? That might be difficult, considering that the "accused" were purportedly water boarded!! Evidence obtained by coercive or hostile interrogation will not be permissible in an American court? What to do with the handful of 9/11 planners and enablers then?

For those many hundreds of jihadi already confined at Gitmo, and whose release will not be imminent but nonetheless forthcoming, there is the anachronistic policy in wartime of PAROLE available to the American authorities. A PRACTICE AVAILABLE TO BUT NOT USED BY THE U.S. MILITARY IN OVER 140 YEARS!!

"the release of prisoners based on prisoners giving their word of honor to abide by certain restrictions."

Parole is '[t]he agreement of persons who have been taken prisoner by an enemy that they will not again take up arms against those who captured them, either for a limited time or during the continuance of the war.' The U.S. Department of Defense defines parole more broadly. 'Parole agreements are promises given the captor by a POW to fulfill stated conditions, such as not to bear arms or not to escape, in consideration of special privileges, such as release from captivity or lessened restraint.'"

Parole of captured combatants [note I have not said unlawful enemy combatants] was a method used widely by both sides in the American Civil War. Get the jihadi in residence at Gitmo - - prior to release - - to sign a pledge, a promise, NOT to participate in further jihad as a condition of their release!

I am also taking into account the Islamic practices of taqqiya and kitman. Lying, prevarication, dissimulation, mental-reservation, etc., are permissible under Islamic law under certain circumstances. Signed pledges and promises as a condition of parole will be meaningless to the jihadi?

But, don't just allow the detainees to be let go scot-free without getting SOMETHING in return. Even a basically worthless piece of paper will be better than nothing!


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