Deal Close on Closing Gitmo

In Crime, Politics on March 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm

That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, which is reporting that Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham has been working with Democrats Carl Levin, Ben Cardin and Dick Durbin. The paper also reports that two unnamed Republicans are prepared to go along with the deal.

The Journal says that as part of the deal more detainees — including 9/11 Mastermind Khallid Shaikh Mohammed — will be tried before military commissions.

Curiously, ten days ago, The New York Times reported a similar deal was in the works but that Graham was without support from Republican colleagues, leading the ACLU to throw an ocean-full of cold water on the idea.

So, what’s changed? Not really clear.

My only hope — and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — is that before they close Guantanamo, they figure out why four people died there — were they murdered?

  1. Forget about personal ideology. Forget about political party identification. I don’t understand how anybody–“liberal,” “conservative” or any other label; Republican, Democrat or any other affiliation–can support the continued operation of Gitmo for even one more hour. It violates every important tenet of criminal justice that every loyal American would presumably battle to uphold.

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