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House Votes to Maintain 'Indefinite Detention' at Gitmo

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Kit B (276)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:33 am
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Guantanamo will stay open and continue to be a place of "indefinite detention" for individuals cleared for release.

This was the result of a vote Friday by members of the US House of Representatives, who rejected a plan to close the detention facility where 166 individuals are currently being held.

Further, Representatives voted 236 to 188 to add a restriction to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 that bars any of the roughly 56 prisoners who have been cleared by military and intelligence officials to be sent to Yemen from being transferred there for one year.

"Not everybody that we rounded up and took to Guantanamo, unfortunately, turned out to be the very dangerous terrorists that we thought they were," said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), who along with Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) sponsored the failed closure amendment.

"Determining that if there is any minimal threat whatsoever we're simply going to hold them forever is, well, quite frankly, un-American. That is contrary to our values to say we're going to hold somebody indefinitely—I gather forever—because we think there might possibly be some risk," Smith added. "That's not the way the Constitution is supposed to work."

This ruling follows the recent announcement by military officials that, of the 166 detainees, only "20 at most" will ever officially be charged and tried for a crime.

Over 100 of the prison detainees are taking part in an ongoing hunger strike, protesting against the cruelty of their indefinite detention. Over forty of those participating are currently being force-fed, a process denounced by many as being a form of torture.

By: Common Dreams Staff | Common Dreams |

Kit B (276)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:34 am

Maybe we are better off when Congress spends it's time examining the lint in their naval.

Gene J (290)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:13 am
There are actually quite a few members of Congress I would like indefinitely detained at Guantanamo more than those presently housed there. We'd be a safer country, especially for women and children, if they were. :^)

Vallee R (280)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:28 am
Another atrocity - love your comment Kit -

Barbara K (60)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 11:06 am
Shame on them. I hope this gang of thugs stopping all progress and a pain in the neck to the rest of us all get voted out of office. Everyone who voted NO should lose the seat he doesn't deserve. We can do better than that; and we need to do better than that or we are all doomed.

Barbara K (60)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 11:07 am
Too many people are forgetting that they did not start the war, BUSH started the war and killed millions of them.

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 11:40 am
Right on Gene....but then we'd lower ourselves to their standards. However these corrupted and demented so called Representatives need not to be in a place of any type of power. This is just another in a long list of shameful actions this Country is putting out for the world to see.

Please people don't keep voting these Heartless Ones in. It's a shame on us all. Get out from under the Propaganda!

Wish I could give you another star Barbara for the last comment on who had started the war, but you got yours today.

JL A (281)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 12:53 pm
None of those who supported this deserve to call themselves fiscal conservatives given how this is antithetical to cost-effective and can no longer validly claim to have any concerns about deficit spending.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:11 pm
According to a Washington insider, the Guantanamo amendments aren't expected to pass. The White House has threatened to veto the defense authorization bill in years past over Guantanamo restrictions, but President Obama has ended up signing the bills.

A coalition of 25 retired generals and admirals released a letter in support of Smith's amendment to close Guantanamo, writing, "We cannot fathom any rational argument that favors spending more than $1,500,000 per detainee [at Guantanamo] compared to the $34,000 it costs to incarcerate prisoners at a high security federal facility." The group of retired generals and admirals went on to argue, "If we are to make America more secure against disparate and diffuse terrorist threats around the globe, we must win with our values, and we must support other nations in taking responsibility for threats within their borders. The United States must close Guantanamo as part of a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy."
(Gitmo news June 14)

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:46 pm
What is WRONG with these "people"????? It's Un-American for sure & (if they were Americans) Un-Constitutional! I know my freakin' RepubliCON Congre$$man, John Shimkus is a slimey ba$tard.. "Determining that if there is any minimal threat whatsoever we're simply going to hold them forever is, well, quite frankly, un-American. That is contrary to our values to say we're going to hold somebody indefinitely—I gather forever—because we think there might possibly be some risk," Smith added. "That's not the way the Constitution is supposed to work."

Karena N (14)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 4:34 pm
Thank you for this

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 5:43 pm
So, not everybody they rounded up "turned out to be the very dangerous terrorists" they thought they were. Uh-huh. So, now that they've been at Gitmo all these long years, I guess those in charge are now afraid we've created new terrorists because of this. Sounds like Catch-22 to me.
I was absolutely livid that day watching the news report that millions of leaflets were being dropped from the sky....offering huge cash rewards to anyone turning in a terrorist in Afghanistan. I saw the writing on the wall, but we had no voices speaking truth-to-power back then.

paul m (93)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 5:24 am

They all can't be ionnocent, so ,why don't we be-head them, like they do to us....!!

Kit B (276)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 6:08 am

We have abandoned any pretense of being a society of "due legal process".

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Sunday June 16, 2013, 5:31 pm
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