Guantanamo closure blocked by legal, logistical concerns: Gates Mike Rosen-Molina at 7:51 PM ET
[JURIST] The US has been unable to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] because it has been stymied by legal and practical questions about what to do with the center's detainees, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates [official profile] said at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing [recorded video] Tuesday. Gates said that the US has not found a way to handle detainees who will not be charged under the military tribunal system but who cannot be released for security reasons, partly because most US jurisdictions are reluctant to take on the accused terrorists. Gates also said that there are approximately 70 detainees at Guantanamo who cannot be returned to their home countries, either because those countries refuse to accept them or because of concerns that the detainees may pose a threat to the US if released [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.
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