No release for Guantanamo detainees | Bush to simply let them die in his 'legal black hole'
Telegraph | News | No release for Guantanamo detainees:
Of the 435 detainees currently being held at Guantanamo, only 10 have so far been charged with terrorism-related offences. A further 14 detainees – the so-called high value detainees such as Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks – are also expected to face trial now that the US Congress has passed the Military Commission Act, which will finally enable America to commence trials of Guantanamo detainees next year.
But of the remainder an estimated 200 detainees face being held indefinitely at Guantanamo because they are deemed a threat to international security even though there is insufficient evidence to bring them before a military commission.
John Bellinger, the legal advisor at the US state department who is responsible for defending Guantanamo's legal status, said the hard core of the detainees will continue to be held indefinitely either because they are considered a security threat, or because there is nowhere to send them if the military authorities at Guantanamo decide to release them.
'The remaining people – other than the ones who have been approved for release – really do pose a threat,' Mr Bellinger said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph. 'Ten per cent of the people we have released have gone right back to fighting generally in Afghanistan. It's hard to tell exactly how many people would go back to actual acts of terrorism, or whether they would just go back to fighting in Afghanistan.'