The U.S.'s continuing debate on closing Guantanamo
William Glaberson gives a current and fairly comprehensive analysis of the complications surrounding the possible closure of Guantanamo detainee camps, which paints a fairly frustrating outlook, but it's a good read nonetheless. (From the International Herald Tribune):
WASHINGTON: U.S. officials are considering granting Guantánamo Bay detainees substantially greater rights as part of an effort to close the detention center and possibly move much of its population from Cuba to the United States, according to officials involved in the discussions.
One proposal that is being widely discussed in the administration would overhaul the procedure for determining whether detainees are properly held by granting them legal representation at detention hearings and by giving judges, not military officers, the power to decide whether detainees should continue to be held.
The Bush administration has insisted for more than five years that a central legal pillar of its war on terrorism is that the military alone has the power to decide which foreigners should be held and for how long, and backing away from that would be a sharp change of course.
Yet some officials say that enhancing detainees' rights could also help the administration strategically, by undercutting a case now before the Supreme Court that could wind up winning those at Guantánamo even more power to challenge their detentions.