I strongly believe that the American system of justice is a key part of our arsenal in the war against al Qaeda and its affiliates, and we will continue to draw on all aspects of our justice system – including Article III Courts – to ensure that our security and our values are strengthened. Going forward, all branches of government have a responsibility to come together to forge a strong and durable approach to defend our nation and the values that define who we are as a nation.”
First things first, this means that Barack Obama will not be the President who closes Guantanamo. The plan is to hold new trials there, so obviously the prison will not be cleaned out. It’s been over two years since the President signed an executive order to close Guantanamo.
Second, this is not just a way to “bring terrorists to justice.” It’s a way to hold onto detainees without charges. Included in this order is a procedure for indefinite detention of detainees at Guantanamo. Those deemed “too dangerous” to release, but where the government doesn’t have the evidence to convict, will simply be held in a cage for the rest of their lives, I guess. The executive order allows for a “periodic review” of those indefinitely detained, which was floated back in December
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