Tuesday, July 07, 2009

And now Obama won't release people acquitted of crimes in Guantanamo

From the Wall Street Journal:


WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Tuesday it may continue to imprison non-U.S. citizens indefinitely even if they have been acquitted of terrorism charges by a U.S. military commission.

Jeh Johnson, the Defense Department's chief lawyer, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that releasing a detainee who has been tried and found not guilty was a policy decision officials would make based on their estimate of whether the prisoner posed a future threat. The Bush administration took the same position, but its legality was never tested."

So lets see: you've been arrested, gone to trial, been acquitted of committing whatever crime that you're charged with, then the government decides to keep you locked up until they make a "threat assessment" about you committing the act that you've been cleared of committing in the future.

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