According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the US government is not doing enough to ensure that prisoners sent back home are not subjected to ill treatment, despite diplomatic assurances from their home countries. The US is continuing to repatriate prisoners, sending home 16 Saudis on Thursday. But in their haste to reduce the numbers at Guantanamo, it seems they are being less than thorough in ensuring that the former prisoners are not mistreated.
So the lesson we are to learn from this is that we should never have held suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, but HOW DARE WE free them and send them back to their countries of origin?
Call me stupid, but I just can’t figure liberals out.
Human Rights Watch has urged the US government to give detainees advance notice of their transfer and allow them the opportunity to contest it in a federal court if they fear torture or abuse upon their return. The US, as a party to the UN Convention Against Torture, has committed to not permitting prisoners to a country in which there are “substantial grounds for believing he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.” But, as Washington reduces the number of people detained at Guantanamo, it seems content to accept “diplomatic assurances” from countries with less than glowing human rights records.
Or they could do the unthinkable and just stay away from anything resembling a terrorist activity. No more meetings with Hassan and Mohammed. No more talks about strapping some C4 to their chests and blowing themselves to bits in an Israeli pizzeria in a glorious act of Jihad.
Is that really too much to ask?