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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has acknowledged that a return the commissions remains an option. But most legal scholars and human rights advocates say there is no amount of tweaking that will repair this deeply flawed system.

And, as if this Obama Administration legal migraine wasn't enough, it is also having to deal with the question of where to put these prisoners as they await trial?

Gates has already asked Congress for $50 million to build a new prison - a new GITMO.

But where? Virtually every voice in Congress is already belting out the NIMBY aria. You can bet that every member of Congress will be running, not walking, away from the opportunity to make an earmark out of this new construction project.

Mercifully, George W. Bush couldn't run for reelection last November. But he still managed to shoot the Obama Administration - and all the rest of us -- in the foot.

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William Fisher has managed economic development programs in the Middle East and elsewhere for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development. He served in the international affairs area in the Kennedy Administration and now (more...)

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