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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gitmo To Supermax?

Colorado Independent

Politicians in Colorado are split over the chance detainees from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, could be imprisoned at the Supermax federal detention facility in Florence. Some say Supermax can handle Gitmo suspects just fine, others warn it’s too dangerous. But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado said in a statement to the Colorado Independent Friday afternoon that moving Gitmo detainees — including many only suspected of crimes — to the country’s most secure prison “is simply another form of torture, one which makes a mockery of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ ”

While the Obama administration’s plans to shut down Gitmo earn the group’s applause, ACLU of Colorado executive director Cathryn Hazouri says the conditions at Supermax won’t be an improvement for terror suspects. Noting that several Gitmo detainees have been released after the Bush administration admitted it couldn’t prove guilt, Hazouri questions whether a move to the tiny cells at Supermax, where most inmates are kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day, is fair treatment for suspects awaiting trial.


Anonymous said...

We need Obama to step in, with an executive order to force a complete change in the current adminstration of Colorado Prisons.djw

Anonymous said...

I need to clarify, the detainee's at Gitmo are PRISONER'S OF WAR and needed to have been treated according to the Geneva covention, rules. They now need to be sent home to the countrys they come from.
If there were war crimes committed it was, Busch, Cheney. djw

Anonymous said...

So, as prisoners of war, they should be treated like John McCain was treated by the North Vietnamese.
Note also that due to pressure from groups like the ACLU, these suspects were released and are now back bombing the US Embassies. They would not have been shipped all the way to Cuba if they were not suspected or caught plotting against us or killing or firing on our soldiers.
As soon as Hussein was caught and executed, we should have withdrawn and let these people kill themselves off. This conflict with the Arab world will never be resolved until this world ends.mpc

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