Friday, June 22, 2007

Guantanamo 'Close' to Shutting Down?

I won't hold my breath, but encouraging signs from Al Jazeera:

The White House has refused to confirm a report that it is close to a decision to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

A White House spokesman told Al Jazeera that George Bush, the US president, had "long expressed a desire" to close the prison in a "responsible way".

The Associated Press had reported that the Bush administration was close to a decision to shut down the prison and move detainees to military prisons on US soil.

Although miserable evil genius, Dick Cheney has other ideas:

Cheney's office and the justice department have been firmly opposed to the step, arguing that moving "unlawful" enemy combatant suspects to the United States would give them undeserved legal rights.

Of course, the question still remains as to what would happen to the inmates were Guantanamo to close. I suspect the US government will be less than straightforward in how they deal with this matter.