Blog of Rights

"We Will Close Guantánamo"

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 6:05pm

November 16 is the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline to decide whether it will prosecute any of the detainees currently being held at Guantánamo in federal court.

According to news reports, there are still 215 detainees being held at Guantánamo.

The president should take an important step toward restoring due process and American values by moving detainees’ cases out of the unconstitutional military commissions and into our federal court system.  It’s long past due for our time-tested judicial system — one that has handled 119 international terrorism cases since 9/11 — to deliver true justice that, in the words of Attorney General Eric Holder, is "consistent with the rule of law."

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