As of June 18, 2009, there are 229 detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Obama Administration is trying hard – according to the Wall Street Journal – to get more countries to accept (or imprison) more detainees. Additionally, Attorney General Eric Holder proposed to allow ~25% (roughly 56) of them either civilian or military trials.
- 229 – 56 = 173
- Even if 100 individuals are accepted abroad, that leaves plenty in Cuba
The final few people in custody will be difficult to handle. Some may be hardened criminals (terrorists), but others might be caught at the wrong place at the wrong time. Years later, many individuals suffered without even being formally charged. Regardless of their ‘guilt’ or past, they were eligible for the enhanced interrogation techniques discussed here.
Now again they are slipping through the cracks. Ignoring their prolonged detention by our elected government – again – is morally unacceptable. A solution, however difficult, must be relentlessly pursued.
Options include allowing more trials for as many detainees as possible, punishing those guilty and continue looking for other countries to accept innocent detained people. Delaying the process with more congressional oversight is unlikely to help to executive branch’s duty to pursue criminal and military matters such as these. None of this is easy, but it is necessary.