“Well,” you might say, “this policy would be intended for prisoners at Guantanamo suspected of being terrorists. Why does it matter to me?” It matters because it sets a horrifying precedent. Remember that weapons and tactics developed for use in the “war on terror” can and will be used against the American people. Remember how domestic wiretapping was originally intended for “the terrorists”? Now everyone’s subject to it.
The White House is preparing an Executive Order on indefinite detention that will provide periodic reviews of evidence against dozens of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, according to several administration officials.
The draft order, a version of which was first considered nearly 18 months ago, is expected to be signed by President Obama early in the New Year. The order allows for the possibility that detainees from countries like Yemen might be released if circumstances there change.
But the order establishes indefinite detention as a long-term Obama administration policy and makes clear that the White House alone will manage a review process for those it chooses to hold without charge or trial.
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