by Patrick Appel
A reader writes:
You quoted Geraghty:"
another reader explains why this whole debate is a distraction:
We can get them here. We can safely confine them here. We can try them here. We can find a place for the convicted and the exonerated. Logistics is not the issue and the opponents of closing Gitmo know it.What they fear is reality. Right now we are detaining upwards of 300 people quasi-legally at best, but these people aren't "real" to us. They are nameless and faceless for the most part, but all that will change once they enter our legal system. Some of them will be found innocent. Some will tell stories of torture and abuse.Most of the people who went along did so thinking that these people would never, ever see the light of day to tell their story. They want the cat left tightly in the bag.
Detainees were taken to Gitmo for legal reasons to declare detainees "enemy combatants" not for security reasons. How many prisoners have ever escaped from a supermax prison? Yeah, that's what I thought: Geraghty is paranoid, confused, or both.
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