November 2015 Archives

The $607 billion "defense" bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday includes a ban on transferring men held in Guantánamo to U.S. prisons, undermining President Obama's plan to institutionalize the practice of indefinite detention. 

"On the point of transfer to the U.S., the U.S. wants to hold people in the U.S. without charge, indefinitely detain them, without any sort of due process," says Omar Shakir, a Bertha fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights. "They would be placed in a black hole where they are not subject to any sort of legal process." 

Politicians from both sides of the aisle debate the future of Guantanamo at the expense of prisoners' lives. True "closure" of the detention camp can only be accomplished with a determination to charge or release all inhabitants.  

The Pentagon proposal expected this week would sanction false imprisonment on U.S. soil.

Indefinite detention without trial is illegal under international law, but that's slim comfort for the 35 men being held at Guantánamo with no prospect of release or a day in court. (A further two dozen men remain in legal limbo, recommended for trial by a federal task force five years ago but not yet charged.) The 35 "forever" prisoners are men the U.S. deems too dangerous to release but is reluctant to try in court...

Jenifer Fenton, Executive Producer Al Jazeera America

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