Barack Obama is struggling to keep his promise to close down Guantanamo Bay, and all because of 47 difficult prisoners.
But these prisoners aren’t difficult in the way that one might expect. The problem they’re causing isn’t due to attempted escapes or hunger strikes. What makes them difficult is this: Officials don’t know what to do with them.
According to ABC News, “They are reportedly too dangerous to be released, but cannot be tried either because the evidence against them is too flimsy or was extracted by coercion.” What this means for these prisoners is they will continue to be held without trial. And “coercion” can probably be read as “torture”.
Terrorism is a serious crime. But regarding any other offence, in this end of the world, people have a right to a fair trial. Even if the police or government are certain that someone is guilty of something terrible, multiple rapes and murders for example, they are not charged until enough evidence is gathered for a conviction. If it can’t be proven that this person is guilty, they remain free.
Apparently, suspecting that somebody might be considering performing an act of terrorist one day is enough to put them away for the rest of their lives without trial.
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