Monday, January 18, 2010

Gitmo Detainee Tried in DC?

A Gitmo detainee tried in DC? Really? Apparently the present administration believes it is a good idea to try Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, in Washington D.C. for his crimes. Hambali is accused of being the chief architect of the bombings at a Bali nightclub that killed 202 people.

Nobody is saying exactly what Hambali is going to be charged with before he is brought to the U.S. for a criminal trial. The administration is currently discussing holding a number of trials in the U.S., in either Washington D.C. or New York City, in an effort to show that they do not accept the policies of President George W. Bush in dealing with terrorists. Seems like a pretty high risk move, bringing dangerous terrorists to the very places targeted on September 11, 2001. Read more about the administrations plans to have a Gitmo detainee tried in DC and see a video below.

According to the story here, Hambali was held for years in secret CIA prisons prior to being detained in Guantanamo Bay, and is now going to be brought to the United States for a criminal trial. I can’t tell you how bad of an idea I think this is. Hambali is thought to be Bin Laden’s chief deputy in Indonesia and during interrogation was said to have revealed a plan that consisted of suicide bombings in the United States.

President Obama is going to miss a self-imposed deadline to close Gitmo. I guess the President is finding out that it’s pretty easy to criticize when you don’t have all the information, but once you have all the information that went into the decision you begin to see that the decision wasn’t so bad in the first place. It is pretty easy to say “Close Gitmo!” but it’s not so easy to figure out what to do with those being held there.

I agree with those who say that conducting the trials in Washington D.C. and New York City are going to make those cities even more of a target than they already are. It makes no sense to me to subject those cities to threats that they simply do not need. That’s how I feel about this, but I’d love to hear your opinion. Should we bring suspected terrorists to the United States to hold criminal trials, or should the trials be held outside the U.S. at a place like Gitmo?

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