Friday, January 11, 2008

Six years ago today, the first prisoners arrived at Guantanamo

Six years ago today, "the first orange-clad, shackled and blindfolded prisoners arrived at Guantanamo's Camp X-Ray." Today, demonstrators have been protesting worldwide. The ACLU notes, “Since that dark day in recent American history, more than 700 people have been detained without due process and not a single trial has been completed.”

In April 2006, the Center for American Progress established a comprehensive strategy for dealing with suspected terrorists after the closure of Guantanamo. The report concluded that the best solution to the problem would require working with our allies to create a Special Tribunal of International Terrorist Suspects.

In June 2006, President Bush stated that he wanted to close Guantanamo. With less than a year left in office, it appears that Mr. Bush plans to leave without following through with his intention of closing the camp, leaving his successor with the job of cleaning up his mess.

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