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US Law Prohibits Transferring Guantanamo Prisoners to America

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Another 46 are indefinitely held without charge or trial. Washington claims they can neither be released or prosecuted.

Twenty-two or more prisoners were under 18 when captured. Twelve or more fear torture or persecution if returned to their home countries. They'll remain detained until or unless other nations offer them safe havens.

Ten years or longer reflect how long most men have been held without charge or trial. Nine died in captivity. Two were forcibly sent to Algeria "despite credible fears of abuse."

No US government officials have been held accountable. None will be. They freely get away with murder, torture, and other unconscionable abuses. They do it out of sight and mind.

Obama authorized it. He's guilty of gross crimes against humanity. So are other complicit government and Pentagon officials. 

Guantanamo remains open. Obama won't close it. The New York Times tried having it both ways. On November 25, 2012, it headlined "Close Guantanamo Prison."

Obama promised, it said. He pledged no more torture and abuse. It "was a bold beginning." It's unfilled. He continues Bush administration practices. He claims executive power.

During last year's presidential campaign, Guantanamo "scarcely came up."

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At the same time, NYT editors "trust" he'll fulfill his pledge. He spurned it for four years. Expect no change ahead.

Jennifer Daskal is Georgetown University adjunct professor. Formerly she was Justice Department counsel to the assistant attorney general. She's senior counterterrorism counsel for Human Rights Watch.

On January 10, her Times op-ed headlined "Don't Close Guantanamo."

Earlier she favored closure. No longer. She believes "Guantanamo should stay open - at least for the short term."

Dozens of prisoners can't be prosecuted, she said. They're "too dangerous to be transferred or released." Why she didn't explain.

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She turned international law on its head. She claims they're "held under rules of war" that permit "detention without charge for the duration of hostilities."

False! Bush officials called them "unlawful combatants." They're now classified "unprivileged enemy belligerents." 

Language changed but not intent or lawlessness. Francis Boyle told this writer and others earlier. He said Bush spurned Geneva, constitutional and US statute laws. 

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>>"Washington wanted prisoners. It still doe... by Paul Repstock on Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 8:19:32 PM