Obama's going to try Guantanamo detainees in US criminal courts

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    "WASHINGTON – President-elect Obama's advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials, a plan that would make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but could require creation of a controversial new system of justice."

    Kind of interesting. I personally don't think the US criminal courts are the place for these guys.

    Obama planning US trials for Guantanamo prisoners - Yahoo! News
     
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    where do you think they should be tried Allie? if they were plotting against the U.S. shouldn't they be tried in the U.S.?
     
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    Hmmm..."could require creation of a controversial new sytem of justice." Maybe it will interface with the new civilian security organization.
     
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    It sounds like garbage to me. It reminds me of KGB shit.
     
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    Not if they aren't US citizens, or at the very least, apprehended on US soil.

    I think it's problematic, will create a HUGE headache for the already overburdened US judicial system, and will cause more problems than it will solve. There are prisoners of war. Not US citizens who broke the law of the land.
     
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    so should they just be let go instead? many have been in Gitmo for YEARS without counsel, without being charged and without a trial...but I agree, it's problematic and has been for years.
     
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    Yeah, that's the really awful thing about being a POW. You get to languish until the end of the war.

    My uncle did 4 years in a Japanese POW camp.
    People would rather relatives died than be captured during the Civil War, because of the conditions of those camps...and no possibility of release until the end.

    But the one place they do NOT belong is in civilian court. It's ludicrous.
     
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    if they are just prisoners of war and they haven't committed any crime other than being a warrior for 'the other side', they get to just go home, when the war is declared over, right?

    what happened to trying these true criminals by military tribunals, was that deemed unjust or something?

    i guess i gotta read the article............. :)
     
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    Well, when it was suggested that they be released into the country where they were captured there was hue and cry that they would be tortured or killed.

    I say we release them in California.
     
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    Exactly. If it isn't a crime in THEIR country, then what place do they have in OUR courts...unless apprehended on US soil?

    This is going to be a mess. I love it when dems decide to "fix" things.
     

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