U.S. to resume military prosecutions of Gitmo detainees
March 7th, 2011
03:20 PM ET

U.S. to resume military prosecutions of Gitmo detainees

U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States will resume using military commissions to prosecute terrorism suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility.

The announcement said the Obama administration remains committed to closing the controversial detention facility, but will rescind its previous suspension on bringing new charges before military commissions.

The commissions are military proceedings rather than trials in civilian courts.

Obama previously pledged to close the Guantanamo Bay facility within a year of taking office in January 2009. However, it still is open due to legal complexities involving the status of some detainees and congressional opposition to holding trials for high-profile suspects in U.S. criminal courts.

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  1. American Idiot

    Oh well. Shiite happens.

    March 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • haterhaterhater

      everything happens of course , one tiny mistake but a big riot.

      March 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    I find it quite ludicrous that these guys are being prosecuted while both George Bush and Barack Obama continue to live like kings. After all,these two murdered far more people than the prisoners at Gitmo and continue to get away with it. How repulsive!!!

    March 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      Who did they murder? Unless you are a pacifist, I think you will agree there is a difference between murder and military action.

      March 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Robert

    Fukk you Frank, why don't we prosecute you mother for being a fukkin horr, you stupid ass.

    March 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spiro T.Agnew

      Now that's telling him,Robert just like a true Tea Partier would. I'm glad that you Tea Partiers mean business!!!

      March 7, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    Repulsive is your moms asss

    March 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Gee Robert,you must really be a fan of both Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann,judging by your choice of words here. You Tea Partiers never quit!!!

      March 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    All I'm saying is we should distribute justice equally. A baby killer is a baby killer. Acting like it's an oopsie doesn't change what it is.

    March 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Robert

    You should be more careful, these people are not the same as a US president, these people killed many of our soldiers, if you had any children serving in the military you wouldn't think that way.

    March 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Oh wouldn't I? I don't think much of anybody who's nihilistic even if it were to be my child,but most of us grow out of it and that's the difference. There is no glory in war and I want everybody to know it!!!

      March 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Muslims are activealways

    borders? What nonsense.. The u.s. Military respects no borders. A cartoon nato and cartoon politicians have only beenie babies for oil borders. But americas official muslims do love army and prison pay. So then.. Fry baby bradley. Only way to jusitify the obvious lack of justice...fry baby fry.

    March 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Robert

    I don't think you are American, if you are and say those things you should move to Afghanistan or Irak

    March 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Are you trying to tell us Robert,that only you right-wing,foul-speaking,anti-intellectual Tea Partiers have a right to live here in America??? It sure sounds that way!!!

      March 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The obama bush voting army

    the brothusss official u.s.d.a. Muslims got power under bush..and money under obama as prison keepers and army oil mubariks..why no stories about them like here in kansas.. Good bruthusss..would never lie to america or arabs..would they?

    March 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim Davis

    If I were to vote on who needs to be prosecuted here,I would start with the right-wing thugs in Washington first since they started these two useless wars that we're currently fighting,causing untold death and destruction!

    March 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      Good posting,Jim. Thank you. I totally agree.

      March 8, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Were we not supposed to be reading about Gitmo being closed already? C'mon. What does Cuba have that Fla. ain't got. Nada por nothing. Florida's big enough to where we could keep detainees on the other side of the swamp. What's the holdup?

    March 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    @Jim...these "wars" were planned long before you could pin them on one party. get a clue.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. leeintulsa

    If the object was to get rid of gitmo, why did they stop trying them? More might be gone by now.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    "If"...I don't recall an "If I close Gitmo" promise. And more might be "gone"? Gone where leeintulsa? And just for the record, since 911, how many terrorisists have been convicted. And where are they now. Congress voted in the largest prison funding increase in US history right after 9/11 "to house the thousands of "terrorists" we will be going after"...where are they? It's been a decade.

    March 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Apparently, you don't know, either. Maybe someone with answers will chime in.

      March 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chuck Norris

    Under my beard is a fist that would enjoy smacking you "IDIOTS" silly!

    March 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
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