Sunday, January 02, 2005

U.S. May Consider Lifetime Terror-Suspect Detentions

Even as War Crimes Central tries to revise the history of the Torture Memos before Gonzales gets his gonads toasted in confirmation hearings, they've come up with another brilliant affront to the rule of law and the rest of the world:

"WASHINGTON (Jan. 2) - The Bush administration is preparing plans for possible lifetime detention of suspected terrorists, including hundreds whom the government does not have enough evidence to charge in courts, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

Citing intelligence, defense and diplomatic officials, the newspaper said the Pentagon and the CIA had asked the White House to decide on a more permanent approach for those it would not set free or turn over to courts at home or abroad.

As part of a solution, the Defense Department, which holds 500 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, plans to ask the U.S. Congress for $25 million to build a 200-bed prison to hold detainees who are unlikely to ever go through a military tribunal for lack of evidence, defense officials told the newspaper.

The new prison, dubbed Camp 6, would allow inmates more comfort and freedom than they have now, and would be designed for prisoners the government believes have no more intelligence to share, The Post said.

'It would be modeled on a U.S. prison and would allow socializing among inmates,' the paper said.

'Since global war on terror is a long-term effort, it makes sense for us to be looking at solutions for long-term problems,' Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, was quoted as saying. 'This has been evolutionary, but we are at a point in time where we have to say, 'How do you deal with them in the long term?'"

Words escape me.

1 Comments:

Blogger bluememe said...

Just wait: because there are lots of Muslims in Indonesia, and the Administration is under pressure to top Japan's aid offering, and the folks who will be our "guests" for life are Muslims, the Administration will try to include the cost for the new Havana Hilton in the advertised total for the disaster aid package.

Makes me nostalgic for the catsup-as-a-veggie days.

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