We already know that there have been ZERO convictions out of 5000 arrests — the Justice Department had a 0% track record on terrorist arrests. Well now it’s out that
the US is anticipating having LIFETIME SENTENCES for these suspects.. It readily admits that there is not enough evidence to bring these people to trial, but that’s not stopping the Bush’s. If we don’t have enough evidence, they think it’s OK to go ahead and hold the people for the rest of their lives.
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US Said to Mull Lifetime Terror-Suspect Detentions
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bush administration is preparing plans for possible lifetime detention of suspected terrorists, including hundreds whom the government does not have enough evidence to charge in courts, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Citing intelligence, defense and diplomatic officials, the newspaper said the Pentagon (news – web sites) and the CIA (news – web sites) had asked the White House to decide on a more permanent approach for those it would not set free or turn over to courts at home or abroad.
As part of a solution, the Defense Department, which holds 500 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, plans to ask the U.S. Congress for $25 million to build a 200-bed prison to hold detainees who are unlikely to ever go through a military tribunal for lack of evidence, defense officials told the newspaper.
The new prison, dubbed Camp 6, would allow inmates more comfort and freedom than they have now, and would be designed for prisoners the government believes have no more intelligence to share, The Post said.
“It would be modeled on a U.S. prison and would allow socializing among inmates,” the paper said.
“Since global war on terror is a long-term effort, it makes sense for us to be looking at solutions for long-term problems,” Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, was quoted as saying. “This has been evolutionary, but we are at a point in time where we have to say, ‘How do you deal with them in the long term?”‘
A Pentagon spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke of the Air Force, had no information on the reported plan.
The Post said the outcome of a review under way would also affect those expected to be captured in the course of future counterterrorism operations.
One proposal would transfer large numbers of Afghan, Saudi and Yemeni detainees from the U.S. military’s Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center into new U.S.-built prisons in their home countries, it said.
The prisons would be operated by those countries, but the State Department, where this idea originated, would ask them to abide by recognized human rights standards and would monitor compliance, a senior administration official was quoted as saying.