According to the Washington Post, the Bush administration is working out plans to ship up to 70% of the prisoners at Gitmo to places like Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.
The decision to move more than 20 percent of the detainees at Guantanamo to Afghanistan and to largely clear out the detention center at Bagram is part of a broader plan to significantly reduce the population of “enemy combatants” in U.S. custody. Senior U.S. officials said yesterday’s agreement is the first major step toward whittling down the Guantanamo population to a core group of people the United States expects to hold indefinitely.
“This is not an effort to shut down Guantanamo. Rather, the arrangement we have reached with the government of Afghanistan is the latest step in what has long been our policy — that we need to keep dangerous enemy combatants off the battlefield,” Matthew Waxman, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, said shortly after leaving Kabul with Prosper. “We, the U.S., don’t want to be the world’s jailer. We think a more prudent course is to shift that burden onto our coalition partners.”
It’s also a way to get them out of U.S. custody so that if there are any more questions about how the prisoners are questioned, it won’t be us doing the interogation…
They also need to clear out some space in Gitmo to make room for the more restive and unpatriotic among us, like the obnoxious bloggers who question the president’s motives for going to war, right, NTodd?
(PS: Triva test: anyone know where I got the title of this post from?)