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living conditions living improve under Barack Obama, but he has yet to say how he might change the controversial military tribunals created to try them.
David Cynamon David Cynamon is a partner at the lawfirm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and represents the four remaining Kuwaiti prisoners detained in the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay. , who represents four of the detainees at Guantanamo, says he is not sure they will be overly excited by the election of Obama, who pledged to shut down the navy-run prison in a US enclave in Cuba, set up in the wake of the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda attacks.
"I will tell them that this is a very hopeful development," he said as he planned to visit his clients next week.
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"They will be surprised, because they were convinced that a black man could never become president in the US," Cynamon added.
Civil liberties activists who have strongly denounced the Guantanamo prison all applauded the election of the progressive Democrat to replace President George W. Bush, whose administration set up the prison in 2002.
Guantanamo's population reached some 800 prisoners at one point, and most of those who have passed through its doors never been charged.
Critics say the detainees are denied basic rights, and they have cheered Obama's pledge to abide by To stand to; to adhere; to maintain.
See also: Abide constitutional principles with regard to the detainees.
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(Italian: “power”) In medieval Italian communes, the highest judicial and military magistrate. The office was instituted by Frederick I Barbarossa in an attempt to govern rebellious Lombard cities. , the head of the transition team preparing Obama's assumption of power on January 20, acknowledged last week that Obama "has said that he intends to close the facility at Guantanamo."
But he added it is "a complicated matter" and the incoming government's position was "under review."
Still, the Pentagon has already begun researching alternative sites on US soil where a high-security prison could be set up, Sandra Hodgkinson Sandra Hodgkinson is an American lawyer, officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and a Bush Presidency political appointee. , US assistant secretary of defense for detainee de·tain·ee
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They cannot simply be dumped in federal prisons with other convicts, due to a legal prohibition against housing enemy fighters with convicted criminals, she said.
One plan to transfer the detainees into a military prison at Fort Leavenworth Fort Leavenworth (lĕv`ənwûrth'), U.S. military post, 6,000 acres (2,430 hectares), on the Missouri River, NE Kans., NW of Leavenworth; est. 1827 by Col. Henry Leavenworth to protect travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. The oldest U.S. , Kansas was not well-received locally, sparking worries that prisoners the government calls dangerous terrorists might escape, and that the prison could be targeted for attack.
Hodgkinson suggested that with reinforced security measures, worries could be eased.
The new prison would not necessarily house all 250 prisoners still at Guantanamo. Among them are some 60 the Pentagon regards as "transferrable," meaning they could be released to their home country or a third country in the near future.
Moreover, the detainees are all now contesting their detentions in front of a US federal court, after a ruling in June permitted the challenge. If the court judges that any are held without cause, they could be freed.
But some rights activists oppose replacing Guantanamo with another high-security prison inside the country's borders.
"I don't think it would solve anything to close down Guantanamo but to reopen it inside the US under a different name," said Jameel Jaffer of the American Civil Liberties Union American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), nonpartisan organization devoted to the preservation and extension of the basic rights set forth in the U.S. Constitution. .
But, he added, "I think that closing (Guantanamo) is an important step in bringing the US back into line with its constitution and with international law."
For him Guantanamo's closure needs to be accompanied by an overhaul of the special military tribunals established for detainees, which critics say deny fundamental US rights for defendants.
While so far only some 20 prisoners have been formally charged, including five men accused of helping organize the September 11 attacks September 11 attacks
Series of airline hijackings and suicide bombings against U.S. targets perpetrated by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda. , the Pentagon envisages eventually trying some 60 to 80 for "war crimes" under the special tribunals.
So far Obama's team is keeping its views on the special tribunals secret, though they denied rumors that they would create new "national security" tribunals.
"President-elect Obama said throughout his campaign that the legal framework at Guantanamo has failed to successfully and swiftly prosecute terrorists, and he shares the broad bipartisan belief that Guantanamo should be closed," Obama foreign policy advisor Denis Denis, king of Portugal: see Diniz. McDonough said on November 10.
"There is absolutely no truth to reports that a decision has been made about how and where to try the detainees, and there is no process in place to make that decision until his national security and legal teams are assembled."