Fiddling While It Burns

Getting rid of Gitmo | 31/03/2009

IntLawGrrls has a great post with some really in-depth policy thought about the imminent closure of the Guantánamo Bay. It’s a report from a recent panel entitled “Closing Guantánamo: Legal and Policy Issues”. This is what the blogosphere really brings to the mediasphere that traditional news media is incapable of: real experts, writing like experts, and giving any citizen the chance to gain real knowledge about a subject, the contribution to the health of democracies that the inverted pyramid, news values and the need to “excite” readers made newspapers incapable of.

He acknowledged that some subset of detainees cannot be tried (because any evidence against them was obtained by torture or mistreatment, any crime for which they might be tried was enacted after they acted, or because there is simply no or inadequate evidence available against them) but remain dangerous. For this group, the U.S. should establish a preventive detention regime that is based on the law of war (to which GTMO doesn’t come close to complying). This paradigm must reflect the model of a communal camp setting with access to the outside world, etc.

Can you see the difference between this and the rest of what you’ve likely read about Guantánamo Bay. Bay? Pragmatism, relatively free of ideology, and free of the partisan gamesmanship that so characterises debates about the GWOT. As I said in my previous post on the subject, Guantánamo tends to either be vehemently supported, dismissing any criticism as treacherous, or opposed just as vehemently without offering any considered alternatives. It’s the nature of these early years of a new form of political interaction, but it’s certainly nice to see some clarity of thought.

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