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Why we should shut down Guantanamo: Prison camp’s jailer-in-chief makes jaw-dropping U-turn

Posted By admin On August 7, 2013 @ 3:33 am In World News | Comments Disabled

UK Daily Mail [1]
August 7, 2013

The Pentagon official in charge of Guantanamo Bay has admitted that if he had his time over, he would have argued that the notorious detention camp should never have been built. 

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.

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 crimes.

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