Jeh Johnson’s Walkback
Friday, July 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm
The Pentagon general counsel, July 7:
Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson suggested to the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the difficulties inherent in bringing legal charges against (or deciding on preventive detention for) about 220 detainees at Guantanamo Bay means that some continued detention past President Obama’s January 2010 deadline for closing the detention facility was likely, “whether at Guantanamo or somewhere else.” That sounded like the first concession from a senior administration official that Guantanamo Bay wouldn’t definitely be shuttered by the deadline.
The Pentagon general counsel, July 24:
“Additional reviews are ongoing, and the process is on track,”, Johnson said. “We remain committed to closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within the one-year time frame ordered by the president.”
There are something like 230 detainees still at Guantanamo. There isn’t a plan in place for charging or repatriating or incarcerating the vast majority of them. Six months remain before the January time frame Obama laid out for shuttering the facility. Why believe it’s getting closed on time?
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