posted on Aug, 5 2013 @ 09:28 PM
I searched and did not see this posted anywhere else. I'm surprised it wasn't but the title of the article and other details for search didn't show
This comes as a real surprise and this is the full title which space wouldn't really allow.
" Why we should shut down Guantanamo: Prison camp's jailer-in-chief makes jaw-dropping U-turn and says it should never have been built
Now this isn't just anyone. That is what makes this surprising and from two directions. What he's done for Obama and what he did for Bush. He's
served under both and back to the start on the Gitmo issues.
As a senior military lawyer from early 2002 to mid-2003, he designed the Guantanamo ‘military commissions’ – special tribunals set up to
try terrorist suspects
This, in addition to his handling Detainee Affairs / Gitmo in the Pentagon for 3 1/2 years. His statements are specific and I find myself in full
agreement with this next part.
William Lietzau, America’s Deputy Assistant Defence Secretary for Detainee Affairs, told The Mail on Sunday in an exclusive interview that
Guantanamo’s detainees should have been legally designated as prisoners of war and held in Afghanistan, or if charged with crimes, taken to
prisons in America.
I also agree with the next part, when it comes right down to it.
Mr Lietzau – who, after three and a half years in his job, last week announced he will be stepping down to take a private sector job in
September – added that the best way for President Obama to close Guantanamo would be to announce that the ‘war’ with Al Qaeda is over.
Under international law, this would end any justification for continuing to hold prisoners who had not been charged with
He has quite a bit more to say and its worth reading, given who the man is and has been in this whole thing. If anyone would have the perspective and
right to an opinion, it would seen he'd sure be among the top on the list.
Whatever anyone believes happened that night in Pakistan at the Bin Laden compound, they did declare that the date he died. That, in my opinion,
should have also been the day the war was effectively declared over and then, it's the enemy's to restart as we're leaving. This never was sold or
accepted to be about making a whole new Middle East and beyond. It was killing one guy. Well, again, whatever the truth, the record shows he died
that night. Mission Accomplished and declaring it over now is better late than never.....as there aren't many other choices as the interview also
goes into the logic behind.
I have to admit, the logic is hard to argue and it's how Gitmo closes cleanly. Holding criminals or holding POW's is reasonable, I'd say and has
been. Holding people in some forever limbo between is against all our nation has stood for in it's entire history. At least that's my take on this
and in consideration of this interview.