Administration Reconsiders Plans to Release Gitmo Detainees in US
Posted Jun 12, 2009 6:18 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
The United States may not become the new home for some Guantanamo detainees after all.
The Washington Post reports that the White House has “all but abandoned plans” to allow some detainees to live here. Administration officials revealed the change in thinking as the United States released to Bermuda four Chinese Muslims known as Uighurs who had been held at Guantanamo Bay for seven years. A judge had ordered their release after the U.S. determined they were not enemy combatants, but an appeals court overturned the ruling, saying the decision was for the president rather than the courts.
The U.S. is negotiating with other countries to take 13 remaining Uighurs.
The story says the administration won’t broadly pursue the release of detainees here, although “there may yet be ‘a few’ candidates for settlement in the United States among the dozens of Guantanamo detainees who have been cleared for release.”