As soon as he moves into the Oval Office, Barack Obama promises to shut down the U.S. prison camp for “enemy combatants” at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Human rights advocates are thrilled with the news (though not as thrilled, we assume, as Omar Khadr, the lone Canadian languishing at Gitmo). But closing George W. Bush’s infamous creation is not as easy as turning out the lights. The new president’s legal team must now figure out what to do with the 250 detainees still locked inside—and that process could take months, if not years. Most of the remaining prisoners are innocent men mistakenly captured on the battlefields of Afghanistan, but some are hardcore jihadists, including the architects of the 9/11 attacks. If they don’t belong at Gitmo, where should they go? One suggestion surfacing this morning is to ship the worst of the worst to army bases on U.S. soil, including Camp Pendleton in San Diego and Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
If they don’t belong at Guantanamo, where should they go?
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