US releases ‘indefinite detainee’ list

Well it seems that freedom of information is good for something – the Maiami Herald and New York Times made a freedom of information request to get the list of those who are deemed to be too dangerous to release or move while not being able to try them in a civilian or military court. There are supposedly 26 Yemenis, 12 Afghans, 3 Saudis, 2 Kuwaitis, 2 Libyans, a Kenyan, a Moroccan and a Somali, coming to a total of 48 on the list for indefinite detention – two have however died leaving 46 currently in the camp. Reducing the number in Guantanamo bay to 46 from the current 166 would be a big improvement but it would be nothing like the final closure that Obama keeps promising he is trying to reach.

The best thing would be for these 46 to face trial as they cant go home but it seems that they cant be due to the evidence, or lack of it. Presumably this means there is evidence that would not be admissible – if there was not the evidence then it would seem odd to consider these people immensely dangerous as a result of lack of information (by that reckoning there would be billions of people who can’t be released – basically anyone not online so having their information checked over by PRISM!) According the Miami Herald “Administration officials have through the years described a variety of reasons why the men could not face trial: Evidence against some of the indefinite detainees was too tainted by CIA or other interrogation torture or abuse to be admissible in a court; insufficient evidence to prove an individual detainee had committed a crime; or military intelligence opinions that certain captives had undertaken suicide or other type of terrorist training, and had vowed to engage in an attack on release.”

In addition to this 46 in indefinite detention there are also more detainees that may at some point be prosecuted in federal courts but for the moment are effectively in indefinite detention as a result of the ban on them being transferred.

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