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Guantanamo military procedures at a standstill

In an article entitled "Guantanamo military procedures at a standstill," published November 3, 2010, the Los Angeles Times reports that the military trials of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay appear to be winding down. 

The LA Times reports, "[o]f nearly 800 terrorism suspects brought to this remote U.S. base in southern Cuba over nearly nine years, 174 remain, most because of diplomatic troubles between Washington and their home countries rather than out of concern they would pose a security threat if freed."

The case of Omar Khadr, however, raises several vexing questions, "[a]mong them: Who should be tried there? And do conditions at the prison actually encourage radicalism?" Guantanamo has produced only five convictions of the accused terrorists while U.S. federal courts have resolved more than 400 terrorism cases involving suspects who were not held at Guantanamo:

"Five convictions in eight years — that's not a great stat," Marine Col. Jeff Colwell, the chief defense counsel for military commissions, said of the tribunal's record. He expressed frustration with the on-again, off-again nature of the commissions, which leaves his defense lawyers uncertain about their role in representing detainees for whom charges are said to be pending."For us, we'd just like somebody to make a darned decision," Colwell said. "Federal courts, military commissions, some kind of combo? We just don't know."

For the full text of yesterday's article, click here

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