Colin Powell: Close Guantánamo prison camps

By LIBBY QUAID

Associated Press

WASHINGTON --
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he favors immediately closing the Guantánamo Bay military prison and moving its detainees to U.S. facilities.



The prison, which now holds about 385 war-on-terror captives, has tarnished the world's perception of the United States, Powell said.

''If it was up to me, I would close Guantánamo. Not tomorrow, but this afternoon. I'd close it,'' he said.

''And I would not let any of those people go,'' he said. ``I would simply move them to the United States and put them into our federal legal system. The concern was, well then they'll have access to lawyers, then they'll have access to writs of habeas corpus. So what? Let them. Isn't that what our system is all about?''

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said Congress and the Bush administration should work together to allow imprisonment of some of the more dangerous detainees elsewhere so the military camp at the remote U.S. Navy base in Cuba can be closed.

The Defense Department estimates it would take about three years to conduct 60 to 80 military trials, if the administration authorizes that many.

Some Democrats in Congress have sought to close the camp, which sprawls across a bluff on the Navy base overlooking the Caribbean. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and other lawmakers have proposed shuttering the camp and shifting the commission trials to the United States.

Powell, who was secretary of state in President Bush's first term, said the U.S. should do away with the military commission system in favor of procedures already established in federal law or the manual for courts-martial.

''I would also do it because every morning, I pick up a paper and some authoritarian figure, some person somewhere, is using Guantánamo to hide their own misdeeds,'' Powell said. ``And so essentially, we have shaken the belief that the world had in America's justice system by keeping a place like Guantánamo open and creating things like the military commission.

''We don't need it, and it's causing us far more damage than any good we get for it,'' he said.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said he believes the prison should remain open.

''It's more symbolic than it is a substantive issue, because people perceive of mistreatment when, in fact, there are extraordinary means being taken to make sure these detainees are being given, really, every consideration,'' said Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor.

''But I'll tell you, if we let somebody out and it turns out that they come and fly an airliner into one of our skyscrapers, we're going to be asking, how come we didn't stop them? We had them detained,'' Huckabee said.

''I can tell you, most of our prisoners would love to be in a facility more like Guantánamo and less like the state prisons that people are in in the United States,'' he said.

Powell spoke on Meet the Press on NBC. Huckabee was on Late Edition on CNN.
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There is nothing short of committing suicide, and detailing in his living trust, that he was party to the worst atrocity ever perpetrated on the American people. He would have to detail that he played a major role in crafting the argument for an illegal act of naked aggression against and innocent country; for me to even begin to take his word on who is going to win the Super Bowl let alone what he think about political matters.

The nerve of Powell.
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Originally posted by blaqfist:
There is nothing short of committing suicide, and detailing in his living trust, that he was party to the worst atrocity ever perpetrated on the American people. He would have to detail that he played a major role in crafting the argument for an illegal act of naked aggression against and innocent country; for me to even begin to take his word on who is going to win the Super Bowl let alone what he think about political matters.

The nerve of Powell.


EXACTLY!!!HE HAS SOME NERVE!!!
Awww mannn ... I can't believe all y'all are still mad at Colin!!

Not that he didn't do a really bad thing ... but I'm sure he's probably sorry! Big Grin
He did, Yemaya! No doubt about that ...

But, he was/is a Republican, for goodness sake!! Big Grin Brainwashed zombie-like actions are par for the course!! A Black person loses most if not all of his reasonability when s/he gets sucked in by that party! Eek

Unlike somebody like Clarence Thomas or Condi Rice, I've always held out hope that Powell would one day come to his senses and see the evil of his ways!! I'm hoping that time is coming!! It looks like it might be. And if it is, I guess I'm willing to forgive and forget! Smile Those other two will never realize that they're really Black! Or that George Bush is the enemy!
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Originally posted by Yemaya:
Colin let himself get played....know what I'm sayin' ER?


What do you expect? He's a soldier, following orders from the President, which also includes lying for him too.
Thanks Huey,

He took that soldier BS too far and should have jumped ship immediately...it is not like he needed a job....plus who would want to sell their soul like that just for a 9-5? It is not that damn serious.......

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