[Ppnews] 46 Guantánamo Detainees Who Will Never Be Tried and Never Be Released

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Tue Jun 18 10:46:06 EDT 2013

  There are 46 Guantánamo Detainees Who Will Never Be Tried and Never Be

By Kevin Drum <http://www.motherjones.com/authors/kevin-drum> | Mon Jun. 
17, 2013 10:46 PM PDT


Throughout the years-long debate about fate of the Guantánamo prison, 
there's always been one unanswered question: how many detainees are in 
permanent limbo? That is, how many of them are considered unquestionably 
too dangerous to release, but just as unquestionably not prosecutable. 
Now we know: 

    The Obama administration Monday lifted a veil of secrecy surrounding
    the status of the detainees at Guantánamo, for the first time
    publicly naming the four dozen captives it defined as indefinite
    detainees --- men too dangerous to transfer but who cannot be tried
    in a court of law.

    ....Administration officials have through the years described a
    variety of reasons why the men could not face trial: Evidence
    against some of the indefinite detainees was too tainted by CIA or
    other interrogation torture or abuse to be admissible in a court;
    insufficient evidence to prove an individual detainee had committed
    a crime; or military intelligence opinions that certain captives had
    undertaken suicide or other type of terrorist training, and had
    vowed to engage in an attack on release.

The formal classification for these prisoners is "continued detention 
pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (2001), as 
informed by principles of the laws of war," as you can see in the 
excerpt below.

There are lots of Guantánamo detainees who have no near-term prospect of 
being prosecuted or released, but still could be if circumstances 
change. However, even if we handled every single one of them, there's 
still a hard nut of 46 prisoners with no recourse at all. They will 
never be tried, and they will never be released.

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