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Gitmo's days are numbered, but exactly how close we are to an end to a national embarrassment is hard to say. What challenges are facing our government in closing this facility?
The first one that pops into my mind is the prison culture we have in America, if we're shipping those prisoners here to be detained. I'm certain that shipping them in with the general populace of maximum security inmates is a death sentence. So, special precautions would have to be taken. They'd have to remain out of general and have added security, etc. I don't see that going over well with conservative types. Even myself, as a moderate liberal, I think that would be a bit much. However, you've got 220 prisoners now to account for, and if they each to a different facility then MAYBE it would possible (if a pain in the ass) to do this. I don't see it possible if they're all sent to the same prison. I see most of them dying.
Another possibility is that some die, while others thrive. There's a not insignificant portion of inmates who are part of the black muslim movement. I wonder how that would give a charismatic muslim terrorist potential influence and power, in and out of prison?
And lastly, what if there simply isn't enough evidence to convict? Are we ready to accept the losses of American lives if we DO release terrorists (whether they were or not before they got there. I know with some of the shit that went down I'd be harboring some anti-American sentiment myself.) back into a warzone?
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