Guantanamo: a three-headed panel is to decide once a year on the fate of each detainee
"Illegal camphor" their official status, which does not grant them any rights. Each of them a potential threat to the superpower; their imprisonment a "necessary security clearance (rumsfeld)"660 prisoners have been living in the guantanamo bay detention center for more than two years (cf. Architecture of lawlessness), without knowing where they stand. Despite massive criticism not only from human rights organizations but also from u.S. Courts, the administration does not want to make any decisive changes to it. While there will be some – minimal – approximations to standard legal procedures, the course the u.S. Government is taking in this unprecedented matter remains stubborn: some of the inmates will be held there indefinitely. Rumsfeld made this clear once again yesterday (friday).
Of course, rumsfeld also knows that in civilized societies it is quite unusual to detain people without lawyers and trial, as he pointed out in his speech to businessmen in miami. But, as the usual mantra goes, with new analogies, guantanamo does not hold bank robbers or car thieves, it holds "enemy combatants", terrorists. And other rules had to be applied. Point.
For paul butler, another high-ranking representative of the department of defense, who was in washington over the weekend to do public relations work on guantanamo, there is no question that ordinary law cannot be applied to the inmates: they are not there because they have been punished, but because they pose a threat. Point.
While there are those who recall at this point the 70-year-old grave-like haji from afghanistan who was released with another peer in october 2002 (and claimed his name was passed on to the americans by paid warlords) or the 15-year-old boy released from guantanamo in january (not the only minor there cf. The children of guantanamo), the pentagon is crafting a success story out of guantanamo.
The interrogation of the prisoners revealed valuable material, fruitful clues for the fight against global terrorism. Among the prisoners were very important people, says paul butler:
Terrorists linked to the attacks on u.S. Embassies in east africa and on the uss cole, a former bodyguard of osama bin ladin, an al qaeda bombing instructor specializing in shoe bombs, an al qaeda member who planned an attack on oil tankers in the persian gulf, for which he planned to use bomb-laden fishing boats, an al qaeda translator and financial manager who helped create weapons caches in afghanistan to be used against u.S. Forces, and a host of others who trained in training camps and still express a commitment to kill americans and carry out suicide bombings when released.
But butler, too, is in doubt; inmates who no longer pose a threat and whose value for intelligence investigations has been exhausted have been released continuously.
In the future, this will be decided by a panel of three people. This is the "candy", which rumsfeld and bolton presented to the public on friday.
Now that not only the usual human rights organizations have been constantly criticizing the questionable treatment of the prisoners, but also the highest u.S. Court wants to take a closer look at some of the traps, there seems to be a willingness to take the smallest possible steps in the direction of a more peaceful society "trial" to make. However, without real judges and without real defenders. An unspecified "reprasentants" will be granted to the prisoners. Once a year, each prisoner’s case is reviewed by a three-judge panel. An intelligence analyst and one who can boast some interrogation experience ("interrogator") and an unspecified third party are then to decide on the further fate of the detainee.