April 14, 2008
On December 30, 2007, Guantanamo Bay detainee 942
(Abdul Razzak for those of you who refer to human beings by their name) became the first "unlawful enemy terrorizer" to die of natural causes. Most are still alive and waiting to be charged. They may die from old age before that happens.
In the latest Civil Discourse comic
, I examine the possibilities that come with "indefinite detention." If the government continues to leave them in a legal limbo we're going to be holding a prison full of senior citizens!
But considering the fact that some of the youngest detainees were mere teenagers
when they were captured, it's going to take a while.
The next president of the United States will be inaugurated by taking an oath of of office where he or she will pledge to uphold and protect the Constitution. If they mean a word of that oath, they'll move to immediately shut down the prison camp
without so much as taking a pee break after the ceremony.
The first paragraph of a previous version of this post stated: "The rest are still alive and waiting to be charged." A handful of detainees have already been charged - the current version of this post reflects this fact. Also in an earlier version, we stated that the youngest detainee was 15 when he was captured. We now believe that there are detainees who were even younger when first captured.