Sunday, May 31, 2009

Putting the cart before the horse

"The question of what to do with 17 Uighur men held at Guantánamo is one of the challenges awaiting an Obama administration seeking to close the prison camps. . . . While Defense Secretary Robert Gates has staffers in Washington writing plans to close the prison camps, the saga of these 17 men called Uighurs (pronounced Wee-ghurs) shows what the architects of any new detention policy are up against. Gates wants Congress to write legislation to block former terror suspects here from asylum on U.S. shores. But that's precisely the remedy of lawyers who have for years helped these men sue for their freedom. Because they are from a Muslim minority in China, all sides agree that sending them back would doom them to religious persecution, perhaps torture, in their communist homeland."

Shouldn't you figure out what you're going to do with the inmates before you decide to shut the prison?

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