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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Filed under: Barack Obama • Crime • Guantanamo • Justice • Politics • Terrorism
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  1. Newt Cheney

    We dont have a chance..unless Mitt gets rid of the shovel,rope,plastic bags,in his rental wagon.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cul de sac

    I keep driving around in circles with no way out... .

    March 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Drive around going RIGHT in circles, then you'll find your way out

    March 8, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nasscar

    @ Mary,the Irony is they keep turning left.

    March 8, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    ok, then maybe if we tell them to take the keys out of the ignition and push the car to the right , LOL i dont know, i'll give up after that.

    March 8, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. HelenHull102951

    Why don't the US give these people the same justice they give our troops when they capture one, just "CUT THEIR HEADS OFF" and video tape it then show it on national television in their country?? These dogs do not deserve a fair trial afterall, they attacked the US first just so they could draw us into a war.. And further-more we need to start fighting this war like we did in WWII. Find the enemy and kill them with no MERCY!!

    March 8, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Simple answer? Because some of us, obviously present company excluded, are BETTER than they are.

      March 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • haterhaterhater

      it's not like that at all.

      March 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    HelenHull-You prove that you are such a Tea Partier by the way you express yourself.

    March 8, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. HelenHull102951

    These people are POW's and should be tried as such, by military justice and not by civil court justice. If they are given a trial by US courts, then they have the option of plea bargins for a lesser sentence, and just tell the lies they always do.

    March 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Ya know, not everyone captured fighting against us is a terrorist. Some just wanted to avenge dead relatives, defend their homeland, etc. Ya know, like you might if we were invaded. Many probably knew nothing about us – third world, no tv, no radio. Just know what they are told. Hmmm. You may be more like them than i thought...

      March 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HelenHull102951

    And what do you see as your party Cesar? Or are you even leagally able to vote? Most of you wet-backs are afraid to vote in fear that ICE will be able to track you down and take you back to the sh-t hole you came from! I'm sure somewhere in you litter of animals one or both of your parents came across the border illeagally...

    March 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. American Idiot

    Morally, I do have a bit of a problem with these people being held offshore and being treated differently from suspected criminals being remanded in the US, HOWEVER the government is technically within their right to do so. Anyone who disagrees might want a little light reading, the Geneva Convention, as it pertains to "unlawful combatants". Basically, since they were not uniformed soldiers, the government does not need to treat them as POW's and can pass it's own laws to deal with them, so long as they are treated humanely. There are no specifics listed on what qualifies as humane treatment, however.

    March 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sees All Evil

    I have no problem with terrorist suspects being held at gitmo better there than here. frank who did Mr Obama kill? Now w. has alot of blood on his hands. Helenhull take your meds your evil peeparty personality is in control and it sounds rediculous. You were doing good until you went off on cesar then it got stupid.

    March 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      You people seem to forget about those ungodly drones being used to slaughter people mercilessly over in both Afghanistan and Pakistan and the filthy creeps who operate them. That needs to be outlawed if it hasn't already been.

      March 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Davis

      Thank you,Frank. You really said it! I totally agree and how!!!

      March 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      Frank, if I was sitting in the Oval Office and I had a choice between sending in a dozen soldiers or a drone strike to deal with a few terrorists, I would go with the drone strike every single time.

      March 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      And if I were sitting in the Oval Office American Idiot,there'd be no war in the first place. And these wars that we're currently fighting are both useless and unnecessary except to make money for special interest groups!

      March 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    To HellenHull, u went WAY to far with your vicious attach on Cesar. You need to taste some of the Justice you want to dish out. I'm not defending the POW'S in Guantanamo, but do believe they should have been tried already. U attach Cesar again i will report u.

    March 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      That's all right,Mary. People of obvious limitations like Helen Hull have to be excused for their ignorance. I bet she'll go as far as to defend those guys in Texas for gang raping!!

      March 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Had to say something, that was uncalled for

      March 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse Cook

      Cesar didn't post the above Mary,I did. I'm a blue-blooded Tea Partier and proud of it! Some of those profane posts are also mine!

      March 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    Doesn't matter who's name u post under, that was uncalled for, Cesar is not that cold blooded. It would have been different if he had been throwing u the F bomb but he didn't he was just making a statement , gotta go to the store be back soon to hear your useless response

    March 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Mary,the very least these Gitmo detainees deserve is to be granted POW status and not to be tortured. Even better yet,is to quit fighting these two useless wars and bring the troops home!

      March 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    @Jesse Cook: Hi Mohamad (E) How was your swim in Panama? So you posted at 2:24. Interesting, I posted at 11:57. Desgraciado. Always fun to get a rise out of Helen Hull 102951-She is funny. @Mary: Weird, I am going to the store too: Frozen pizza (no anchovies) among other stuff. Bye you two.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    @HelenHull102951*KISS KISS embrace* You are my Mexican baby.

    March 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
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