Close Guantanamo? Bring Gitmo Detainees to the US? Harmon Introduces House Bill

In a move designed to complement Senator Diane Feinstein’s (D-CA) similar bill in the Senate, Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA) introduced a bill that would close Guantanamo within a year. “We need to talk about these problems anew,” said Harman in an interview quoted in the Chicago Tribune.

In a press release from Harmon’s office the following options are given for disposition of Guantanamo detainees:

– transfer to a detainee’s country of origin (so long as that country provides certain assurances regarding treatment of the detainee) [note lack of assurances that they would be confined]
– transfer to a facility in the United States to be tried before military or civilian authorities
– transfer to a qualified international tribunal
– outright release

There appears little thought has been given in these high impact options to the dangers posed to American citizens. Before any action is taken consideration must be given to the following facts:

– There has been an alarming recidivism rate of released detainees and many countries of origin offer (including the UK) offer little more than a revolving-door approach to continued confinement.
– The deleterious effect that moving Guantanamo detainees to any US community would have, most of all the fact that these communities would now become terrorist and activist targets. A vast majority of Americans do NOT want these men brought to US soil.
– That most international tribunals are political rubber stamps for anti-US governmental policies and are notoriously inefficient in dealing with terrorism cases.
– Outright release is tantamount to returning dedicated jihadist fighters to the battlefield.

If you are worried about any of these outcomes – and we should all be very worried – then we as citizens need to take action to let our elected officials know of our concernes. Arm yourself with the facts by getting your own copy of Inside Gitmo: The True Story behind the Myths of Guantanamo Bay now. Order your copy here.

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