Monday, January 25, 2010

Shaker Aamer among 50 slated for indefinite detention?

Marking the one year anniversary of Obama's executive order to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, a Justice Task Force has recommended that 50 prisoners be held indefinitely without trial. Obama first spoke out in support of  a policy of "indefinite detention" on May 22, 2009.

Scott Horton, in his groundbreaking Harper's Magazine story about the cover-up of three murders at Gitmo, suggested that the US government's primary motive for holding certain prisoners indefinitely may have been to prevent these inmates from implicating US government officials in crimes.

Horton's comments about one prisoner in particular, a Saudi born British resident named Shaker Aamer, renders the recommendation of the Justice Task Force all the more unsettling.... Continued here.

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