January 26th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
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What's next for Guantanamo Bay detainees?

President Barack Obama recently ordered the closing of Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

President Barack Obama recently ordered the closing of Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

(CNN) - With President Barack Obama limiting how and where detainees at Guantanamo Bay can be interrogated, some analysts are asking if intelligence agencies will be able to get the information they need to keep the country safe - and where the prisoners will eventually end up.

Fresh off his inauguration, Obama issued executive orders relating to Guantanamo, including one requiring that the detention facility be closed within a year.

During a signing ceremony at the White House on January 22, Obama reaffirmed his inauguration pledge that the United States does not have "to continue with a false choice between our safety and our ideals."

The president said he was issuing the order to close the facility in order to "restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great even in the midst of war, even in dealing with terrorism."

At its peak, Gitmo held 770 people the U.S. government believed may have been involved in terrorist activity or military action against the nation. The facility drew sharp criticism, including from Obama as he campaigned for the presidency.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. john w

    House arrest in Washington D.C.

    January 26, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Bobbie in Maryland

    This horrible chapter in our nation's history should have been closed LOOOOOng ago! It tramps on our ideals as a democracy & has made terrorists of the prisoners tortured there. Do you blame them?????
    Thank you, Mr. President!!

    January 26, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Alex

    How about either their day in court or immediate release if there's no evidence against them? Maybe some restitution for those who were falsely imprisoned on bogus charges? Perhaps some criminal investigations into the operatives and decision-makers that subjected them to inhumane treatment?

    I think that would be a good start.

    The arguments of the GOP and their supporters about the terrible danger that might come from imprisoning these people on US soil shows just how truly cowardly the American right-wing has become... Either that or they're just plain dishonest and simply acting contrarian in the face of a Democratic president and majority. My money is on both!

    January 26, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Matt

    Each of them will be issued a bogeyman outfit and the address of a Republican member of Congress so they can go hide in that person's closet (after pushing aside the man-sized dresses, mistresses, bags of bribe money and/or gay lovers as the case may be).

    January 26, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. janet, ohio

    Send them to live with Obama at the White House! Plenty of bedrooms, I'm sure it would work out just fine.

    January 26, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Jackie in Dallas

    Information gained by torture is almost always false. The use of such techniques have had nothing to do with keeping us safe. Those "analysts" should go back and do some research.

    Closing GITMO is hopefully closing a painful chapter on this country's fall into brutality and lack of due process. I'm not saying to release them all, I'm saying that some of these people have been incarcerated for more than 7 years without even a review of their case, or access to a lawyer. Even POWs are due humane treatment, but we haven't even determined whether some of the detainees even fall into that category. Among many other things that have come to light, this is among the most shameful. I'm a Vietnam Era veteran; my father was a career military man, a veteran of both World War 2 and Korea. We love this country, and have paid for the freedoms in this country with blood and service for many generations. I'm just glad to know that my father did not live to see us using the very techniques and rationale that the Germans used in World War 2!

    January 26, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Susan, Albany, NY

    are these criminals super-humans?
    Can't our walls secure keep them in jail?

    I don't see why they can be housed in our jails. Isn't it time to show authority on weaker nations (Cuba) by prisoning criminals in thier territory. Gitmo is Cuba's land. We just have a lease for it.

    January 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. Fred C Dobbs

    What's next? Why Disneyland of course. Be sure to visit the Dick Cheney hunting exhibit!

    January 26, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Proud American

    I think they should look into moving them to Texas with Bush.

    January 26, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. No incumbents 2010

    Does the world love us yet?

    January 26, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Lori

    Send them to those red states that wanted these wars in the first place.

    January 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Concerned Democrat.

    We don't want them in OUR CITY OR STATE do you want them in YOURS?

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. jb from wv

    Let's see... It's been 7 DAYS that Obama has been in office.
    MANDATED FOREIGN-AIDE ABORTION;
    Skirted immigration laws WITH HIS OWN, ILLEGAL ALIEN AUNT;
    Throwing away $825 BILLION DOLLARS on projects THAT WILL NOT CREATE JOBS;
    He has shown his "TRUE BI-PARTISANSHIP BY TELLING THE MAJORITY PARTY "I WON...END OF STORY" (nanny, nanny, boo, boo);
    CLOSING GITMO without any plan in place to house these killers elsewhere; what is this guy thinking?
    AND NOW....HE WANTS DIRECT TALKS WITH IRAN, BENT ON DESTROYING EVERYBODY WHO IS N-O-T I-S-L-A-M-I-C (and some who are).....BY THE WAY, THAT "EVERYBODY" INCLUDES US!!
    i voted for this guy...and now i wish i would have not!! for give me my fellow Americans for voting for this guy....

    January 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Hammer

    Freedom to kill more Americans is what is next for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

    January 26, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. Dems be dopes

    Berkley would a nice place to drop them off, then again maybe DC where they could blend in with all the politicans.

    January 26, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. BB

    Put Rush and Rove in there and wait 5 or 6 years to determine the charges. The repukes will let it be closed then in order to get their brains out of exile.

    January 26, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. Suzy

    Why is USA trying to take care of everybody in the world. Yes, other countries need to step up to the plate. Read between the lines. We should not keep footing the bill. News flash we are one of the poorest country now. You got to start cutting cost somewhere!! The media is critical of every move. If you got some answers why don't you start sharing them with the American people. Since you are so concern about American taxpayer dollars!!!!! The response in my state and neighborhood is yea, right!!! The media is really concern.

    January 26, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. rk in republican tx

    The administration should send all detainees to Wyoming or Dick Cheneys house...since he put them in there, he can take care of them.

    January 26, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Alcatraz

    Great idea–

    Send the good guys onto Alcatraz. CA and Nancy Pelosi deserve them, and once they're rehabilitated, they can become the garnder, the pool boy and limo drivers.

    America, it's a great day!

    January 26, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Canuck

    send them to every liberal bastion in the country. let them talk piece and tolerace with the locals. free college at berkley too, then they will really be taught how to hate america.

    January 26, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. joey

    Rush Limbaugh has proven himself un-American and unpatriotic again anyone who has that much hate to say he wants our president to fail is also saying he wants our country to fail he should be watched very closely. Is Rush Limbaugh plotting against our government? I hope I am wrong for thinking of such a thing. But, sometimes people say things and we may not take them seriously and bad things happen. Should Rush Limbaugh be watched? His negative thoughts might trigger an already sick mind to do something against our government.

    joey

    January 26, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. TrueIndependent

    It seems a lot of average I.Q. individuals continue to underestimate Obama.

    President Obama may close Guantanamo, but he will secretly 'deal' with them. The problem with us is that we talk too much. I suspect that terrorists who are arrested will not live to see the light of day when Obama begins to deal with them.

    January 26, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Texas Teacher

    Let's leave that to Obama and his administration. I trust that he knows what he is doing. I am quite sure that he has no intentions of just closing Gitmo and letting the detainees run free! Come on....get real. Give the president a little credit!

    I am really tired of this "tar and feather" him rhetoric before he is even in office two weeks! Seriously, this is unbelievable! 😦

    January 26, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. nathan

    LOL, bring them to USA, and free them. USA like prisoner, and give them human rights.
    They should first find the ways how to deal with the prisoners, then close the jail. Obama did this on a reverse way.

    January 26, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. SunnyD

    Just how much information can they get from these people. At some point we are going to realize that these are not monsters if they are, well maybe them being there had something to do with it.

    January 26, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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