Detention dilemma

Suggestions for Guantánamo
President Obama took a crucial step toward reestablishing the nation’s moral bearings with his executive order outlawing torture (see news story in this issue). His order calling for the closing of the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba, where scores of terrorist suspects have been held without trial, was another important step toward demonstrating that the nation will not sacrifice human rights in the war on terrorism.

But the Guantánamo closing is only symbolic. Obama gave his administration a year to close down the facility, and in that time he must decide what to do with current and future detainees suspected of engaging in terrorism.

 

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