[Guest post by DRJ]
The Pentagon’s chief lawyer won’t rule out that some Guantanamo detainees will be brought to the United States for prosecution or long-term incarceration:
“Defense Department general counsel Jeh Charles Johnson told the House Armed Services Committee that some suspected terrorists might be transferred to the U.S. for prosecution and others sent to a facility inside the U.S. for long-term incarceration.
Administration officials had raised those possible moves before, but Congress in June passed a law that would allow Guantanamo detainees to be transferred to the U.S. for prosecution only after lawmakers have had two months to read a White House report on how it plans to shut down the Guantanamo detention facility and disperse the inmates. The law is silent on whether Guantanamo detainees can be held inside the U.S. if they do not have a trial pending.”
Johnson stated no detainees would be released in the U.S. He also said the Obama Administration had not decided what to do with newly captured detainees.