Thursday, January 15, 2009

Male captus, bene detentus

  • WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Tuesday (13 Jan 09) that 61 former detainees from its military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appear to have returned to terrorism since their release from custody.
    Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said 18 former detainees are confirmed as "returning to the fight" and 43 are suspected of having done in a report issued late in December by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Somehow the logic of this "catch and release" program escapes me. Being from Canukistan I have gotten used to the perversity of the Canadian Penitentiary Service and the National Parole Board but I really thought Americans were smarter than that. The Geneva Convention does permit the indefinite detention of prisoners of war, usually these prisoners may be held until hostilities have ended. The war on terror may go on for decades but that is no excuse to let these dangerous Jihadists loose.

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